Paul's Birth Story in Photos

Each baby has a birth story of how they entered the world. I’m a self proclaimed birth story junkie, and if you had a baby, I probably will want to know the details. Even the TMI details. Go ahead, give it to me honest.

Did you go into labor on your own, or did you have a c-section? Where did you give birth? Hospital or home?  How long did it take? Did your recovery go well?

Heck, I could talk about all things birth related for hours!

My baby Paul was born exactly seven weeks ago today, and while it really wasn’t that long ago, it really does feel like ancient history to me. I was lucky enough to have my best friend (and fellow babble blogger) Casey photograph Paul’s arrival into the world. She not only an amazing friend, her photography skills are kinda brilliant (check out the 365 project she’s doing with her daughter, Vivi). And while I’m glad I’ll never have to go through natural childbirth again (Paul is our fourth and final), the photos of his birth are one of my most cherished possessions.

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  • Stand and Sway 1 of 18
    Stand and Sway
    I managed my pain during contractions by standing against the wall, swaying my hips back and forth.
  • Doula Help 2 of 18
    Doula Help
    My doula was amazing! When a contraction would hit, she would apply pressure and massage to my lower back.
  • Between Contractions 3 of 18
    Between Contractions
    The 4-5 minutes between contractions we absolutely glorious.I could talk and laugh like I wasn't even in labor!
  • Taking a Walk 4 of 18
    Taking a Walk
    My labor wasn't progressing as fast as I would have liked, so my doula and I hit the halls of the hospital, hoping it would help me dilate.
  • Contractions Quicken 5 of 18
    Contractions Quicken
    After the walk, my contractions become very intense, although 6-8 minutes apart. Between the contractions, all I feel like doing is giving up, crawling into the bed and falling fast asleep.
  • Riding the Pain Train 6 of 18
    Riding the Pain Train
    I try different positions, including the birthing ball. While some women swear by it, I very much disliked the ball.
  • Late into the Night 7 of 18
    Late into the Night
    In my mind, I gave myself a goal to give birth before the strike of midnight, which was a bad idea. Of course this baby had his own agenda, and midnight came and went.
  • Bedtime 8 of 18
    Bedtime
    Towards the end of labor, I contracted over the back of the bed. I was so exhausted at this point, collapsing and resting was all I could do between contractions.
  • Defeated 9 of 18
    Defeated
    After 2 hours of intense contractions, I was checked and no progress was made, I was still at 7 cm. I was exhausted and defeated.
  • Intervention 10 of 18
    Intervention
    Up until this point, I had had no medical intervention. Since progress was stalling, we decided it was time to have my water broken.
  • Listening to my Body 11 of 18
    Listening to my Body
    As soon as my water broke, I knew it the end was near. I got up and contracted once, and told everyone in the room to get ready. Paul was on his way...
  • Go Time 12 of 18
    Go Time
    My body just knew what to do. I got back into bed and waited for my body to push.
  • “I can’t do this!” 13 of 18
    "I can't do this!"
    Yes, I said it, or more like yelled it. The few minutes leading up to Paul's arrival were so intense, and I honestly couldn't see myself past it.
  • Just one Push 14 of 18
    Just one Push
    And in a moment, he was here. After one mini-push, Paul Richard entered the world. It was 2:38am.
  • Dad 15 of 18
    Dad
    My husband doesn't shed tears lightly, and this is by far my favorite photo of my whole birthing experience.
  • Welcome to the World! 16 of 18
    Welcome to the World!
    Paul had come through the birth canal so fast that he had a fair amount of fluid in his lungs, so I wasn't able to nurse him right away.
  • Blissful Rest 17 of 18
    Blissful Rest
    There is no greater feeling that the moments right after giving birth, holding your newborn.
  • Stats 18 of 18
    Stats
    Paul Richard Elling January 13th, 2012 at 2:38 am. 7 pounds, 8 ounces. 20 -1/2 inches.

I don’t think I ever knew how amazing giving birth really would be. I still looked though these photos and am blown away that it’s me in images. Ladies, our bodies are amazing machines!

If you’re a birth junkie like me and want to play-by-play version of Paul’s birth, I’ve written each and every detail down in a post on my personal blog.

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