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That Very First Photo (Fourth Edition)

By Monica Bielanko |

Welcome to the world, little one!

I am so thrilled to present the fourth edition of That Very First Photo!

I love receiving these emails and reading your birth stories and looking at all your beautiful photos. The photos are always amazing but the birth stories in this edition seem particularly action-packed and thrilling.

No matter whether mom’s skin is blotchy, her hair is greasy and she’s got mascara dripping down to her knees, these photos are stunning. In fact, it’s the tired Mona Lisa-like smile that really hits me in the heart. And the babies! My gosh, the babies! Sweet little human beings captured taking their first few breaths of air.

Please enjoy this edition of That Very First Photo and, if you’ve got a photo you’d like to share post it on Babble’s Facebook page or email me your photo with the subject “First Photo” and a few sentences about the birth at monica bielanko at yahoo dot com.

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That Very First Photo (Fourth Edition)

Pure Love and Joy and Beauty

This one comes from Katie who tells me "I wanted to share with you one of the first photos taken after my son's homebirth in March 2009. He was 21.5" and 8 lb 12 oz and born after only about 2 hours of hard labor + 45 minutes of pushing. His birth was such an overwhelming force and an amazing day in my life, and I was on the hormone high for weeks afterward! Right after he was born, I hesitated to show people the pictures because I had mascara running down my face and wasn't exactly feeling photogenic. Now, though, I look back on pictures of that day and see nothing but pure love and joy and beauty."

That Very First Photo (including my own submissions)

That Very First Photo (Second Edition)

That Very First Photo (Third Edition)

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About Monica Bielanko


Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “That Very First Photo (Fourth Edition)

  1. Melissa says:

    I do not tire of these posts – every picture is special! Good concept there, lady.

  2. Shantel says:

    Thank you so much for including me in this edition! I absolutely LOVE seeing all the beautiful ladies and their babies being introduced to each other for the first time. I can never get enough, childbirth and motherhood is the most amazing blessing! Keep it up, I can’t wait to see more!

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