:: birth week :: peace strength and cake … aubryn’s birth story

thursday of :: birth week :: …
i’m realizing really quickly why i rarely blog …

and also why i should blog more.

i LOVE it … i love the interaction … i love spilling words through my fingers upon the keyboard.  i love looking at photos and creating stories.  i love telling stories.

but time.


time certainly slips quickly through my fingers … i feel like i’m constantly reaching for that last minute of the day … eager to get to it and flop my head down upon my pillow … whilst pushing it away … because i have just a few more things that need to happen before i get there.

i think we all feel that way … i hope we all feel that way … please tell me i’m not the only one.

today’s birth story …

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this beautiful mama and i had a chance to finally meet during her maternity session …

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she was so beautiful and kind … i felt so honored that she had chosen me to come into her birthspace and observe as she brought her daughter into the world.  on one condition … my cora was going to be turning seven on the 3rd of may.  so … she could have her any day … except that one.

on the third.  (of course.)  she definitely knew that baby was on her way.

i celebrated my girl.  and turning seven.

we ate dinner before heading to her birthday party … which i had oh.so.smartly. planned to have at a local bounce house place … just.in.case.

as we were finishing dinner … i got the … “you should probably think about coming sometime in the nearish future” call.

i hugged my girl tightly while she gave me the permission to go.  and i left.  even though it kinda broke my heart leaving her.  and my poor husband.  because gah.  20 kids in a jumping place?  whew.  (thank goodness for the employees of said jumping place.)

such calm and peace surrounded this mama as she moved through her birth … a true testament to hypnobabies (want to learn more? … there’s a giveaway at the end of the post!) … she had a wonderful support team that knew when she needed some aloneness … and tuned in enough that any minor change in voicing would send them all scurrying towards her.

and they frosted a cake.


mama is a master at cakes … and asked that her team spend some of their time creating a birthday cake.  but here’s the thing.  NONE OF US ARE PROFESSIONAL CAKE DECORATORS.  i hid behind the camera while the doulas and midwives gracefully decorated her cake.  er.  kinda gracefully decorated her cake.  the frosting was delicious.:) there was truly no perfection involved … but that cake was embellished in LOVE.  (and giggles) plain and simple.

enjoy …

and because she’s so darn cute …

here’s aubryn at her newborn session …

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and now for the familiar sounding script that i ONCE AGAIN copied and pasted … because it’s late. and my eyelids are droopy …  to re-explain ::birth week:: to all of our new friends!  (PLUS A NEW GIVEAWAY!)

it’s funny how things tumble into place amongst friends. i’m so very lucky to be able to count megan (megan crown photography) and brooke (peace love babies) as my friends.  they are some of the fellow birth photographers locally that i have grown to love and appreciate in this crazy world of birth photography.  it’s incredibly wonderful to have people that understand what being on call is like and who appreciate late night texts of waters breaking and making plans that often are dependent upon moms in labor.  and they make me laugh and giggle uncontrollably.

so … when we were given the opportunity to photograph an upcoming event that is coming to minneapolis … the birth without fear meet up … we all jumped at the chance!  and through crazy late night discussions …  we decided that we should celebrate with a giveaway!  or two.  or three …  :)

(ok.  to make it fair … megan came up with the fabulous idea and brooke and i just thought it was awesome.  but i like to think that we come up with some original ideas that are awesome too.  maybe?)

each of us are giving away two single tickets to the BWF meet up in minneapolis (amongst a few other surprises) … AND we would love to have you enter by following us along on this :: birth week :: adventure!

our :: birth week :: will be filled to the brim with birth stories and photographs celebrating the beautiful births that we have captured on camera!

you can gain additional entries for the giveaways by heading to the blogs this week and following the directions to enter!

and for the links?

MEGAN CROWN PHOTOGRAPHY:  see more of her work HERE

and for her today’s post?  go HERE.

PEACE LOVE BABIES:  see more of her work HERE

and for her today’s post?  go HERE.


AND … also? the BIRTH WITHOUT FEAR giveaway!

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a jennifer liv photography BIRTH WITOUT FEAR giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway
  AND AND … the $50 gift certificate towards a hypnobabies class certificate with the mama from today’s birth story … read more about her here: A Blessingway Birth and for information on her upcoming hypnobabies classes … go HERE … the next class starts September 7th!


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see you all tomorrow for more of :: birth week! ::



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Jolaine - I just love your pictures. What an amazing mommy and support team. The cake looked great!!

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