Claire’s Birth Photos

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As you know we welcomed our 3rd daughter, Claire, at the end of May. I have had several requests for some more pictures from her birth. There are already two posts on this blog about birth photography, Birth Photography: 10 Lessons learned and 6 Tips to Photography your Baby’s Birth, so this isn’t a how-to post but more of a picture share and a place for me to record her story.

I have been blessed with many amazing friends at our current base and one of them, Aspen of Aspen Burke Photography, we kind enough to take birth photos for us.

If you are thinking about having someone take birth photos for you, I HIGHLY recommend it. It was so nice to not have to worry about getting photos of this once in a lifetime moment. Plus, my mom and husband didn’t have to feel the pressure of capturing the moment and could be there to enjoy and be in the moment.

Here’s Claire’s story:
*Disclaimer – I am a HUGE wimp. I have had only one with my previous two pregnancies (one induction and one c-section) so I was hoping to get my epidural before I was in too much pain*

2:45am – I woke up with contractions that were 4 minutes apart. Since this was my 3rd pregnancy they told me to come in when the contractions were that close. We waited until about 3:30am, woke my mom up to let her know we were leaving and headed to the hospital.

We went to triage and got hooked up. After about an hour they said I was only at 3.25cm and could walk the halls or go home for 2 hours.

5am – I decided to go home.

9:30am – Contractions were getting worse and I really wanted my epidural. We headed back to the hospital.

10am – They told us all the rooms were full and I was only at a 4cm. I needed to walk around for another 2 hours. My contractions were every 3-4 minutes and were miserable (remember I’m a wimp). I was learning to breathe through them but I really wanted the epidural.

11:45am – After walking around for almost two hours, I couldn’t bare it anymore and we went back to triage to be checked again. Ian was such a trooper and was so supportive the whole time! My poor mom was sitting in the lobby just waiting for them to check us in.

I was at 5cm and that meant I could stay! Yay!! We just had to wait for a room. After a little while, a room opened up and I put on my fancy hospital gown (Thanks Trisha and Tracy!). I was so happy to be back in a room and know we were that much closer to meeting our little girl.

2:25 pm – I finally got my epidural! 12 hours after the contractions had started. Remember, I only had one contraction with my previous too, so that seemed like FOREVER. My mom asked if I didn’t want to just keep going without an epidural. I think I gave her a look like she had lost her mind!

7:30pm – I was 10cm and ready to push. What is funny is, they kept telling me what a great job I was doing. I couldn’t feel anything and all I was doing was holding my breath while I was “pushing”. ha ha When they said, “good job, keep pushing.” I just held my breath longer ha ha. I finally turned to Ian and said, I’m not pushing, just holding my breath. Ha! Well, it worked!

7:42pm – She is here!! She is perfect! 7 lbs 9 oz and 20 inches.

Talking to my Dad :O)

Meeting Honey for the first time.

I don’t remember the times after that as it was all a wonderful blur. Lots of tears of joy! We were just so happy to have our 3rd daughter here, healthy and wonderful! The hospital staff was A-MAZ-ING! I can’t say enough wonderful things about the staff!

We came home the next day and have been loving her ever since!

Thank you Aspen for these priceless images! I will treasure them always and I am so thankful you were there to take them for us!! Thank you!!!

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  • Lynn Guthrie
    June 12, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    What beautiful pictures- you were gorgeous! Don’t look like you just gave birth!

  • Tracy Ballard
    June 12, 2012 at 9:50 AM


    Thank you so much for sharing! I am so, so happy for you, Ian and the girls. Good luck with your move.


  • June 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Congratulations Courtney!! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful moment!

  • June 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Thanks for more of the story and for sharing Claire with us. I hope the transition is going well and I look forward to more stories and photos!

  • June 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

  • June 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Nice job Aspen!!! And Courtney, why didn’t you show any of the pictures of your powering through those contractions ;)

  • June 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Girl I feel your pain!! I only had about 4 hours of contractions and thought I was going to die!! O asked every person we saw if I was in time for an epidural when we got there.

    Love reading your story and seeing your beautiful pictures!!

  • Trisha
    June 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Well done Aspen – & Courtney too! These are great. It’s so special to have wonderful pictures of your birth. Congrats!

  • June 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Aw, so beautiful! And good for you for putting it down. I never have and I’m sure I’ve forgotten so much after 4 kids.
    And bringing your own gown? Brilliant! What a gorgeous family you have ;)

  • Chucky
    June 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Great selection of pictures. Congratulations for having a healthy baby. Thanks that you’ve shared this post.

  • Pam
    June 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Congratulations to your wonderful family…..such a sweet baby girl.

  • June 13, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Congrats! Those are beautiful pictures and you look so pretty that you could have fooled me about the pain!

  • June 13, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Congratulations!!! She’s beautiful, you look great and Aspen did an awesome job!

  • June 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I loved reading your story Courtney and am SO impressed that you made it 12 hours before you got your epidural! You’re too funny! Aspen did a beautiful job with the photos (of course)–what a wonderful gift :). I loved your hospital gown too!

  • June 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    These are so beautiful that they look like they were shot for a magazine. You look GORGEOUS! What a sweet and beautiful images of your newest addition. Oh and I LOVE your gown!

  • June 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Ah, love love love! Priceless images. Seems everyone wants to know more about your hospital gown, including me…do share! I am so happy all went well with Claire’s birth. Fun hearing all the details. She’s perfect!

  • pam
    June 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Oh, she is beautiful!!!

  • Vanessa
    June 14, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    She’s GOR-GEOUS!!! Congrats to you and your family! =D

  • June 14, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Congratulations!! She’s absolutely gorgeous. :D

  • Jax Davidson
    June 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Congratulations! Your new little angel is gorgeous and you look fabulous too! It doesn’t seem that long ago that you were announcing your pregnancy and here you are giving birth! Thanks for sharing this special moment with us!

  • Katie
    June 17, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    What a beautiful girl, amazing story, and gorgeous photos! I cried through it. You’re a wimp, and I’m a basket-case! haha! All the pictures are so raw and personal… are you sure I wasn’t there with you? :O) Buck, Grady, Oakley and I are so excited and thrilled for you guys. Much love to you and your wonderful family!! And we can’t wait to meet the star of the show, darling Claire!

  • Karin
    June 20, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    Congratulations, Courtney (and Ian)! These pictures are so beautiful

  • July 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Congratulations!! Love the emotions in these images, and she’s absolutely perfect!!

  • Claudia S
    July 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Photos are lovely! What a darling addition to your beutiful family. So glad you shared with all of us.

  • Tina
    July 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Congratulations! Wish I would have had more pics with my babies!

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