So I'm possibly the worse sister in the world! It has taken me almost 6 months to edit and deliver my sister's maternity, birth and newborn photos. Last July my sister had her first baby!! YAY!! I'm finally an Auntie...right!?! I was so excited! I spent a month in Denver in the heart of wedding season to be there for my sister. She didn't share much about her pregnancy and delivery but has allowed me to share that now. At her 20 week ultrasound they found a fibroid, that should have shrunk and fallen off but it didn't. It grew. Melissa was seeing a high risk OBGYN and regular OBGYN to watch my growing nephew and the growing fibroid.
At Melissa's 36 week prenatal appointment. The Doctor told her the fibroid was the size of a softball and taking nutrients from the baby. They decided to deliver Patrick three weeks before his due date. Melissa was given the option to deliver by c-section or be induced, after thinking about it Melissa decided to try delivering naturally. After almost 48 hours in labor, the baby began to show signs of stress and ultimately needed an emergency c-section. Now, at that point I wouldn't be allowed to photograph and would have to wait until Melissa came back from the recovery room. BUT the amazing staff at Rose Medical allowed me to get dressed in scrubs and follow (with my camera) to the operating room. I stood back, trying to stay out of the way. I didn't want to be kicked out. It's a big deal to bring a camera into a surgical room, so I was very careful of what I photographed.
Shortly after they started the surgery, the mood in the room changed. More staff was called in, they began tugging and pulling on my sister even bumping into my brother in law. Everyone started rushing around and I started sobbing. I didn't know what was going on, but I knew it wasn't good. I didn't know if my sister or nephew would make it. I realized that I couldn't look at or talk to my sister because I didn't want her to see that I was upset. After my nephew was delivered they rushed him over to the incubator to give him oxygen. My sister wanted Trevor to stay with her side so I went to the baby and cut his umbilical cord. Then followed him into the nursery where they measured, weighed and cleaned baby up before officially meeting Mom and Dad.
I am happy to share that everyone is doing well.. home, happy and healthy.
Melissa and I have a special bond, she's my soulmate! She knows what I'm thinking all the time, she's been there for me when no one else was and we can laugh for no reason for HOURS. I am so thankful that I have a job and supportive husband that allows me to travel and be gone for as long as I need. I am so thankful that I rescheduled my flights 3? 4? maybe 5 times so I could stay and be there for my sister when she needed me the most. I am so thankful that I was able to help my sister prep for having her first baby, be there for the delivery and stay a few days to help her to adjust to motherhood.
Here's FINALLLLLYYYYYY a few photos of Melissa and Trevor the day they went to the hospital, the delivery and baby Patrick, who's named after his Grandpa.