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Photographic Evidence My Husband Was At Paul's Birth

Paul turned 3 months old this past weekend, and already some of the details of his labor and delivery are getting fuzzy. Sure, I’m more than willing to forget about the pain and discomfort, but other things I hope to remember forever.

I have a confession to make. Know what I have very little memory of from my birth experience?

Um, I’ll be honest here. I can’t remember much of my husband being there.

When I think back to my labor and delivery, particularly while I was laboring without the help of medication, I don’t remember interacting with him. I mean, I know he was there, I just don’t remember.

It’s been bugging me for a while, the fact that I don’t remember my husband being an active part of my labor. I decide to confess to him my little secret. I thought he would be upset, but fortunately he agreed that he took a bit of a backseat to the whole process. He felt like there wasn’t much he could do for me, other than wait and pray for it all to be over quickly.

He told me that I was very much focused, and in my “own world” that night.

But looking through my birth photos, I have proof he was there. Without a shadow of a doubt, Paul’s dad was at his birth.

Proof my husband attended the birth of Paul:

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  • Checking In 1 of 14
    Checking In
    Yup, he was there from the very beginning. Getting admitted into the hospital around 10pm.
  • Laboring 2 of 14
    Laboring
    Lending quiet support while I worked through a contraction.
  • Waiting 3 of 14
    Waiting
    I labored for about 5 hours at the hospital before Paul was born. Michael did a whole lot of sitting in that chair.
  • Excited 4 of 14
    Excited
    Eagerly awaiting the birth of his second son. I love the smile on his face, it reminds me of a kid on Christmas morning.
  • Hurry up and wait some more 5 of 14
    Hurry up and wait some more
    No doubt about it, that's my husband. He sits like that all the time. I can spot that pose a mile away.
  • Sidelined 6 of 14
    Sidelined
    Deep into the labor, my doula really took over to help me manage my pain. Micheal took a seat in the sideline, and watched from afar.
  • Gentle touch 7 of 14
    Gentle touch
    He was a great support, asking if he could get me anything, and telling me how great I was doing.
  • Prayer 8 of 14
    Prayer
    After it was all said and done, I remember asking him what he was thinking the whole time. He replied: "I prayed a lot."
  • Sleeping 9 of 14
    Sleeping
    It's a very good thing I missed this when it actually happened. If there wasn't a photo of it, I would have believed it. Sleeping while your wife manages an unmedicated birth. I don't know what to think...
  • He’s here! 10 of 14
    He's here!
    Pure, pure joy. I think this was snapped just seconds after Paul was born.
  • Facing reality 11 of 14
    Facing reality
    Still in shock and awe that he's really here.
  • First touch 12 of 14
    First touch
    Michael gets to simply touch and let baby Paul grab his finger for the very first time.
  • Grabbing a Peek 13 of 14
    Grabbing a Peek
    Watching the action, and glad the labor and delivery is behind us.
  • First family photo 14 of 14
    First family photo
    Once things settled down a bit, we got our first photo as a family.

One of the best things I did was invite my best friend (and fellow Baby’s First Year blogger, Casey) to photograph Paul’s birth. It’s the best gift ever to have so many photos of the whole event to look through whenever I want to recall something. You know, things like remembering that my husband was actually there.

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