I’ve photographed Chelsea and Austin’s engagement, wedding, maternity, and now the birth of their first daughter, Haislea Elizabeth. Chelsea was induced at midnight on Thursday night and I don’t know about you, but most moms can’t relax and sleep when pitocin is being pumped into their iv. When I went up the following morning around 10:30 a.m., I expected to find Chelsea tired, yet cozy, with an epidural keeping her pain minimal…but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Once they changed her medication and slowed down the pitocin, Chelsea seemed to be able to relax and get a few closed eyed minutes before she had to begin pushing. Chelsea had so many family members surrounding her, and it definitely wasn’t easy for them to watch her be in pain…She had to wear an oxygen mask for awhile and she had to move her oxygen monitor to her toe because she couldn’t stand it on her finger anymore. Chelsea pushed like a champ, but the baby was being quite stubborn. No woman likes to labor for over twelve hours, push for over an hour, and then be told she may have to have a c-section….let’s just say there were tears shed. Chelsea, although super exhausted, decided to try one last option with the doctor guiding the baby’s head out with the vacuum tool. ..And wouldn’t you know it, baby Haislea was out just like that! Oh how wonderful the miracle of birth is!