Baby Simon’s Homebirth

I woke up chilly under the covers since we lost power the day before, and groggily reached for the lightswitch in the bathroom to brush my teeth forgetting that the electricity was still out.  That’s when I heard my cell phone bing in the bedroom (thank goodness I charged it the night before at my parents’ house).  It was a text message from the dad-to-be letting me know that Mindi’s contractions were getting intense and I should head over to their house soon.  I brewed a quick cup of coffee to go, grabbed my camera bag that had been packed for about a month in anticipation of this moment, and sprinted out the door (trying not to slip on ice).  These photos tell the story of what happened over the course of the beautiful day Baby Simon entered the world…

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Baby Simon did a total flip at some point while en utero, which resulted in this knot in his umbilical cord.  Very interesting and unusual, according to the midwives!!  OriginPhoto-Simon-281 copyOriginPhoto-Simon-310 copy OriginPhoto-Simon-313 copyOriginPhoto-Simon-317 copy OriginPhoto-Simon-318 copy OriginPhoto-Simon-320 copy OriginPhoto-Simon-321 copy OriginPhoto-Simon-322 copy OriginPhoto-Simon-324 copy OriginPhoto-Simon-326 copy

That’s a NINE pound baby folks!!!!!
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Thank you for hiring me to document Baby Simon’s birth!  And thank you, Big Brother Jack, for taking my picture with your new camera …OriginPhoto-Simon-389 copy 2

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