Eliza’s birth was quite a whirlwind! You can read the full story of her birth here, but this is the story in photographs. A special thank you to Joy Crampton at San Antonio Birth Photography and to my best friend, Catherine Esser, for these special photos of our sweet Eliza’s arrival!
Hitting another contraction and taking our very last bump pic!
Getting acquainted with our sweet girl.
Mommy and her sweet girl!
Nikki arrives and meets Eliza!
Replicating the look from Levi’s birth as we walked down the hallway to the bedroom. Haha! I love my midwife!
Getting all my vitals checked in the comfort of my own bed.
Sweet baby toes!
Sneaking a kiss!
Meanwhile the kids were still playing outside, oblivious to the fact that their baby sister was here!
Taking some time to get to know her before all the kids came in.
Skin-to-skin time with daddy.
Levi happened to wander in. He climbed up on the bed and was quite curious about everything that was going on!
Levi watched on as Nikki checked out the placenta and we took the last few photos with it still attached. It is amazing what the body can do! Women grow an entirely new ORGAN to grow their babies!
Daddy cutting the umbilical cord.
Weighing our sweet lil chunk- 8 pounds, 8 ounces of pure perfection!
At this point, the older boys wandered in as well. I honestly didn’t even think to send for them, since we were still taking care of all the details and they had been happily playing together outside. We all watched on as Nikki finished checking miss Eliza out.
The boys getting to officially meet and hold their baby sister for the first time.
So grateful for Shelby and that she’s been a part of each of our children’s stories. Particularly grateful that she was here to help deliver Eliza!
Eliza with her Nana and Popo!
What fun to have a few extra admirers! Elijah and Eliana loved Eliza. They will be such good big siblings to their baby in a few more weeks!