November 22, 2010 was a day I will never forget.
Each birth is different and with this being my fourth baby, the one thing I knew I could expect, was that I had no idea what I could expect.
Most surprising was the fact that I literally felt little to no pain for the first 6 hours of labor.
It wasn't until the doctor broke my water that I felt I was actually about to have a baby.
It was only a short hour or so after that until we welcomed little Asher Leo into our lives.
This was my easiest and most pleasant birthing experience to date. I think I earned that. :)
The other detail I never would have even dreamed of, was that my very own Steven, helped my doctor deliver our son.
What a honor for him and a truly unique experience for both of us.
(I have the best doctor by the way! If you need a recommendation call me so I can rave about him.)
Life has been and continues to be a complete joy since that day.
I facebooked and watched Friends to keep myself entertained for the first 6 hours of the day.
I also read affirmations and primped excessively. ;)
We prepped Sophia for the events of the day.
She wanted to be there and it was wonderful to have her with us.
My sister Ashley kept Sophia entertained and also did some mighty fine video work.
I only labored briefly.
Then it was time.
My doctors suited up.
And my baby was born!!!
Pause. Absorb. Wow!
Steven gently handed me our brand new son...
...and Ashley took my favorite image of all time.
He weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 21 inches long.
My biggest and strongest baby.
My deepest gratitude to Ashley Thalman Photography
for this beautiful imagery and exceptional work.
Happy Birthday Asher Leo. You are adored, loved and treasured!!