“After having a medically necessary induction with my twins, having another induction was a huge fear of mine. I did not react well to the pitocin and wanted to avoid it unless absolutely necessary. This birth was going to be different, I had my heart set on it. One of the perks of having a singleton is being able to have more of a say in how you want your birth to go. I know my body pretty well and I knew I’d progress better being mobile and medication free.
As my due date rapidly approached, my worry over a possible induction increased. The day prior to my due date, I was told we’d schedule the induction at the following week’s appointment. I’m not much of a “go with the flow” type of person so my anxiety quickly became all consuming.
The morning of April 17th started off like any other Sunday morning in our house. My twin boys woke before the sun had started to rise, eager to start the day. After we got them breakfast I headed to the gym. Once there, I recognized the initial signs of labor and was thrilled that my little girl was going to come on her own. After texting my doula, I finished my workout and headed home. Within a couple of hours, it was clear that my little girl was going to come quickly and we needed to head to the hospital. We started to load the car at 10:07 am.
By the time we reached the hospital, it was clear that Dylan was ready to arrive. There wasn’t time to get into our room or for the babysitter to get our twin preschool boys. Dylan arrived at 10:36 am. My anxiety over being induced was for nothing. Dylan made her entrance on her own timetable. A family centered birth with our boys watching and cheering me on wasn’t part of the plan, but it was perfect and I can’t imagine having had it any other way.
I knew for our newborn session I wanted to include the whole family for a lifestyle session. Our photographer, Esmeralda and I have become great friends over the years. She photographs our fall family sessions and maternity sessions, so it was only natural for her to do our newborn session as well. My boys know her and are comfortable with her, and I’m so thankful she captured these beautiful sweet moments for us to look back on as we create new and crazy memories.” The New Mother
ESMERALDA FRANCO PHOTOGRAPHY | Contax 645, Carl zeiss 80mm 2.0, Fuji 400h,
Ilford Delta 3200