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The last page. I love that it looks almost exactly like the last page in Mia’s book — thanks to Heather.

Ausha’s Birth Story 

Ausha’s birth was perfect. My contractions started at 8am on Dec. 21, the day before we were scheduled to induce. I was so happy that she was arriving on her own time since I was still a little hesitant about inducing. I went in to the doctor at 11am to get checked and she gave me the choice of going to the hospital to induce right then or waiting it out at home until my contractions got stronger. It was a tough decision to make because she said second babies usually come quicker and there was a big chance that there wouldn’t be time for an epidural. After talking it over we still chose option 2. We waited it out. Our first wait was at Maudie’s Mexican Restaraunt. Ya my contractions were hurting pretty bad but a girl’s still gotta eat! Although I was trying to conceal my pain as best I could, the waitress still figured it out. She asked if I was going to have the baby right there in the restaraunt and gave us the check before we even got our food. After going home for a while to wait some more I decided around 4pm that it was time to go in. I did NOT want to miss my chance for getting that epidural!! It wasn’t 45 minutes after we got there that I had jumped from a 3.5 dilation to a 5. Luckily I got the epidural. The anesthesiologist said if I had waited 1 more hour to come in I wouldnt have made it in time for one. Yikes! By 7:30pm I was fully dilated and ready to pop that baby out. My doctor was too. She was having her work Christmas party that night so she was needing to make an appearance. But I made her wait. I made everyone wait. My husband, the doctor, the nurses. Everyone. I made them wait so long that they kept coming in and checking me to make sure Ausha wasn’t going to just fall out! I sat there at 10cm for nearly an hour. I was literally not moving a muscle in order to hold her in for as long as possible. Then my husband and I got to laughing and having a good time. I kept telling him to stop making me laugh because I felt like it was going to make my water break. Sure enough, we got to laughing SO hard at something that my water did break! That’s how close she was to coming out. Right when that happened, the nurse walked in and then the reason for why I had been making everyone wait walked in the door — the photographer! lol. (who also happens to be one of bf’s too). That is how important her birth pictures were to me. I wanted her to have the same special memories as Mia did. Minutes later my mom showed up and the doctor came in and after 3 pushes she was here. It was perfect. Everything went how we wanted it to. She arrived on her own time without having to induce or break my water and we got her birth captured on camera.
Thank you Heather for arranging your schedule and busy life to make our daughter’s birth. Thank you for driving in the rain at night like a mad woman for 3 hours. You.are.the.greatest.woman.alive. We love you. 
  • Carla - I LOVE birth stories! Thanks for sharing. I have been following your blog for quite some time. Love your photos and reading about your little family. My daughter was born in May, so it’s fun to see what your Mia is up to and what my girl might be doing soon. Also, I think you are a superstar for having irish twins. I know I would lose my mind! 🙂

  • Chris (wonderchris) - Beautiful birth story! Love the timing of everything…and i love that you waited for Heather. That picture of the tear streaming down your face with Ausha making her debut is absolutely priceless!

  • carla eduarda - EU sou louca por histórias de crianças,principalmente de bebês tenho 5 filhos a mais nova Ana Vitória tem 6 meses ela é muito fofa,gosto muito das historia que você posta no seu blog espero ler mais beijos.