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The End of Vivi's, the Beginning of Tayden's

By caseymullins |

Whew. You guys. Vivi will be one next month. ONE. Which means that my baby is possibly the biggest baby on the Baby’s First Year block both in age and sheer size (baby got big.) I have enjoyed this past year with my family more than any other year in my life, it’s been filled with the most marvelous opportunities and the chance to see a budding and flourishing relationship between my oldest and my baby.

I love birthing babies. Love it to death. I’ve only done it twice but I consider both of them to be some of my greatest accomplishments. I’ve been shooting birth stories like Emily’s for a couple of years now and yesterday I had the most spectacular opportunity to shoot my only sister’s birth of her first baby, her son, Tayden.

You could say I’m a bit of a birth lover, the whole process, no matter how it happens is beautiful, scary and amazing, my sister’s birth was no exception. As I wade through the photos and recover from the three a.m. “HER WATER BROKE” text I’m remembering the best parts of my own labors as well as the ones I’ve witnessed. Including my sister’s. I wrote this post dedicated to my best friend’s son when he was born in January and I’m working on forming the words for my own sister.

The truth is I’m in awe of what she did yesterday.

My tiny sister labored for nearly 2 days, 12 hours of that were hard and heavy, and gave birth to a 9 lb. 6 oz. 22.5″ baby boy (who just happens to be the size my kids were at 2 months old.)

If you were to pick one moment of your labors or adoptions as the most memorable or one you treasure the most, what would it be?


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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “The End of Vivi's, the Beginning of Tayden's

  1. Erin says:

    The moment my beautiful Avery entered the world and I reached down, grabbed her naked body and said, “Oh! She’s not little at all!” The docs had been monitoring me constantly because she was measuring small, but at the moment she seemed big. Turns out she was only 6 pounds 9 ounces, but to me, she was perfect.

  2. The Mommy Psychologist says:

    The most memorable: I was pushing and pushing. My water had not broke yet. They told me that it was still intact. All of a sudden my water bag shot out of me like a rocket. The nurse between my legs ducked and the bag of water smashed against the wall behind her. The bag of water exploded on impact. I swear to God this is a true story. Everyone in the room burst out laughing, including myself. The nurse said, “oh my God, now that I have never seen.”

    Take home message: those kegels really work!

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”

  3. Sara says:

    My favorite moment was holding him for the first time – it’s just magical. All the pain, blood, sweat, etc just disappears when you see that little face. Nothing can prepare you for those emotions. Second favorite was when I first realized I was in real labor, that it was actually starting. I was so excited and scared.

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