Delivery Day


I got the most wonderful package in the mail yesterday. Our birthing photos have arrived! I'm super excited to share these with everyone! I didn't want a lot of people in the delivery room with me, so I'm thankful my husband convinced me to go forward with hiring a photographer. We went rounds and rounds about whether to hire one. It's hard to justify paying another person when you know in the back of your head you could just shoot everything yourself, not to mention we just didn't have the spare cash. But just a week before I went into labor, after a good talk with Jedidiah, I realized hiring someone would let us focus on those special fleeting moments. For my family and loved ones who couldn't be here for this wonderful day, please enjoy... but be prepared, there are a lot of photos. It was hard to narrow them down from the 200+ photos I was given and still create a story.

 At 3 am on August 4th I started feeling my first contractions. I'm a night owl and I had yet to go to bed. The kids were asleep and the house was quiet. This late hour was my me time and I knew those days were numbered. I was guiltily binging on tv shows that I had wanted to watch all week. Apparently I picked the wrong day to watch them all! I didn't connect at first that these were actually contractions. I only had mild and infrequent cramps. I decided to retire upstairs and pack a bit more for the hospital (yep I'm a total procrastinator). As the hour passed by I started to realize these cramps, contractions, were becoming more frequent. I text Jedidiah and told him I think I'm in labor, from there I started tracking my contractions. There was no pattern to them, only that they were stronger than the ones I had had throughout the month. Jedidiah assured me I was probably fine and to get some sleep. I tried to lay down and rest but I couldn't sleep. My mind raced with all the things I had yet to accomplish before delivery. I wasn't ready! I had planned to go into delivery, scheduled, with washed hair, freshly put on make up, well rested, and SHOWERED! But God has a sense of humor and today was the day I was to deliver... not 4 days later (or my actual due date the 13th). Another 30-45min had past and I decided to get up and put myself together so I didn't go to the hospital entirely gross. It was difficult to get dressed and put makeup on while my contractions grew stronger. It was, however, a welcoming distraction while I waited for Jedidiah to get home. As soon as he got home we woke up the family and raced off to the hospital. The drive there seemed like the longest drive of my life. We caught every light on the way. I screamed to go faster! I was NOT going to deliver in a car! It was another 30 minutes before they got me into a room and I feared I'd have to deliver without an epidural.

 As I was saying, I did not want to deliver drug free. I'm not one for pain and while I praise those  who go without, I am not one of those ladies. Of my three deliveries, this one was by far my most painful. My contractions were consistently about every 1-2 minutes and I was only 5 cm dilated. In the photos above, while we waited for my epidural, the alarms kept going off... I had low blood pressure.

After my epidural things slowed down. I tried to rest but sleep never came. By now it had been more than 24hrs since I last slept. I felt exhausted and yet strangely alert all at once. I'm thankful Jedidiah managed to catch some sleep in small spurts.

When the time came to push, the doctor wasn't there. With being early my own doctor was gone on vacation. The one on call had already lost favor with me. He was slow about everything and not very friendly. The nurse however, Jessica, was amazing. She was there for us the entire time. Aren't nurses a blessing?! She helped start my pushing but mid way out she made me stop so the doctor could come and do the rest. I've never had to wait mid push and this doctor took forever! I'm so sad I didn't have my own wonderful doc there. With each passing minute I started to become anxious. I could feel more than I would have cared to. I clicked on the epidural button as much as I was allowed.

 At long last the doctor arrived and I was able to finish pushing. I was so exhausted and eager to meet our precious new daughter. I can't remember how long I pushed, to me it felt like hours, so it was probably only like 10 minutes.

And with one last hard push I heard her cry. That beautiful soft and sweet cry. All that anticipation and growing emotion swelled up inside me. Like any proud and relieved mama, I cried, we all did.

 I am so thankful to have such an incredible and supportive family. Jedidiah never left my side. My mother in law was there too. I couldn't have asked for better in-laws. I love them so much. I also forgot to mention that Piper was just beaming about being a "bigger" (not middle) sister. She stayed for the entire birth, never wanting to leave my side. And if asked, she will proudly share she saw everything, a front row seat. Had her grandmother not been there to hold her, this girl would have floated away. I was later told that as Piper cried at the arrival of her new sister she said to her grandmother "Mama, I'm so happy, I'm crying tears of joy." Sadly Chloie didn't want to be in the room and I didn't push her. I tried to respect her choice on the matter. I think the thought of blood made her nervous.

There are a lot of things I wanted done this pregnancy, like delaying her bath and umbilical cord but like any delivery, sometimes unexpected things happen and plans change. Shortly after Isla was born they placed her on my chest, she cried but was blue in color. They tried to warm her against my skin but it didn't work. Jedidiah cut her cord and she was whisked over to the heating lamps. She had a lot of fluid in her lungs and struggled to breathe. After a few minutes I began to panic. My other girls didn't have this problem. I wanted to go to her but I couldn't. I laid helplessly from across the room as I looked at the backs of doctors and nurses trying to remove fluid from her lungs. She gurgled and cried. My husband and Piper stood over her crying. I cried too and worried for Isla. We prayed for her safety. I kept hearing, there is so much fluid. After about 20 minutes (the longest 20 minutes ever) the nurse asked if she should go to NICU. The doctor said yes, if we can't get more out. They said her breathing was really rough. They used cups on her back to help break up the build up. My poor girl, she had to endure so much stress so early in life.

After about 40-45 minutes Isla was in the clear. I don't remember the amount or the terminology used but they cleared 2 vials full of fluids from her lungs. I was told that was a very large amount. Her color slowly returned too.

Once in the clear we were allowed to hold her for a while before they weighed and measured her. Weary from crying and the stress of birth Isla didn't stay awake long. It was some time before I was able to nurse her.

 It has been 6 weeks since Isla's birth. Minus a mild cold she is healthy and doing well. She was the smallest of my girls, the fussiest, and the one with the most hair.

I hope you enjoyed this small look into our little world. This is probably the most intimate photos I've shared openly.

Photos (minus the last one) are by the lovely Tessa Lane of Mountain Folk Photography.

Take Care & Enjoy,

Sleeping Isla - 1 Week Old


It's hard to believe the weeks are just trickling by. Isla is 1 week old in these photos and she's already grown so much since then. I've never done infant photography. I've usually hired someone else to photograph my older girls. This was such a fun but challenging experience. Isla is a wiggly baby, even when she sleeps. You have to have a lot of patience capturing a baby. I'd get her posed, grab my camera and she'd stretch. In the future I hope to have Jedidiah's aid. With these photos I had Piper's help but she's 8 and just as wiggly. Piper is an amazing big sister however (we don't say middle sister) and loves to help with anything involving Isla.

I've yet to get my birthing photos back, we hired someone to help alleviate the stress. I'm so excited to see them but until those come back I wanted to share these and sort of get back into blogging again. Pregnancy really drained me and I didn't like sitting at my computer desk. I suppose I could have used my laptop to sit somewhere more comfortable but I'm pretty old school and prefer my pc to my laptop any day. Do you have a preference, PC or laptop?

I don't want to share too much right now. I had really hoped to have my birthing photos out before these but I was too excited to wait. These photos have inspired me to give infant photography a try. I usually get extremely nervous taking photos for others but I'm going to give it a try. I'll never get over this stage fright if I don't just jump in. If you live in the Colorado Springs area and have a newborn you'd like photographed for free (for a limited time) please contact me.


More posts coming soon! Till then take care & enjoy!

Hair bow handmade by me!
Bloomers: Amazon

P.S. For those of you who aren't sure, Isla is pronounced: Eye-La ♥ 

Heather Gwinn

Two Outfits in One (20 & 22 Weeks Pregnant)


Hi everyone! I realize I'm not posting as much lately and I'm pretty sure this will continue till after baby is born. Although I wish I could be more on top of things, I'm trying to be practical. This pregnancy has proven to have a lot of ups and downs. When I'm feeling great all I want to do is tackle projects around the house or be outside walking and just enjoying the moment. When I'm sick or feeling bad all I want to do is curl up on the couch and watch Gilmore Girls. Baby number 3 is  definitely proving to be quite the challenge to grow!!!

These photos are from 20 weeks & 22 weeks pregnant. I've decided to pair them together because I didn't want them to get lost in the millions of photos I still have left to go through.

It's incredibly rare that I wear something fitted. I always feel so awkward when I do. While I'm sure there will be those who will roll their eyes, I've always been really conscious about my weight and figure. I carry a lot of my weight and flaws in my mid section and work hard to hide them. But somehow with a belly popping out it just makes me feel okay to look a bit larger. I've even dabbled with fitted dresses this pregnancy. I wish I could pull them off when I wasn't pregnant.

I'm absolutely in love with Le Bomb Shop dresses! Many of them are perfect for maternity at an affordable price. This dress, like many others, has a smocked elastic backside making it adjust to your growing belly. This particular one also sits higher on the waist.

I love these photos of Piper & I. Always the goofy gal. It was several photos in before I realized that she was making silly faces and these two were my favorite. I tried to get Chloie to come over too but she was hanging with her friend who was also with us... I'll capture her next time!

Outfit Details:

Outfit one:
Earrings: Etsy (old)
Cardigan: Rue21 (old) - Similar
Fitted Skirt: Rainbow (very old) - Similar
Top: Forever 21 (old), Similar, or this one, and this
Shoes: ModCloth (old) by Chelsea Crew - Similar here or here

Second Outfit:
Cardigan: Local Shop (old) Similar & this one
Dress: Le Bomb Shop
Tights: Forever 21 (old)
Shoes: ModCloth (old) by Shellys London - Similar

Talk to you soon!

Take Care & Enjoy,
 ♥ Heather

Playing Catch-Up!


Hello and happy Wednesday!  I apologize for being away so much lately, I've been sick again but am on the mends. I wouldn't say this pregnancy has been the worst of the three, that spot is reserved for my first but I will say I've definitely felt a lot more pain. I've been trying my best to keep my Tylenol usage to a min, unfortunately that's made being active difficult at times.

In these picts I'm 18 weeks! Yea! I'm almost caught up to where I am now! This is officially the most I've ever photographed myself pregnant. I look forward to looking back on these in the years to come and sharing them with my children.

I've mentioned this area before on instagram. It's such a cool place to take photos. Each side of the building tagged in graffiti and colorful art. I wanted to venture to the other side this past time, unfortunately there was another group taking photos and I just feel so awkward modeling in front of others. This spot used to be an old train station but it's not really being used anymore. It makes me tempted to come out here with my own paint and make a plain colored wall to model in front of. Colorado Springs really lacks awesome colored walls. Someone needs to fix that!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Fleet Collection (old company)
Cardigan: ModCloth
Belt: ModCloth (No longer selling)
Tights: Forever 21 (old)
Shoes: Francescas, Restricted Shoes (old)

I'm keeping this post short and sweet so I can jump right into another post soon. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Xoxo

Take Care & Enjoy
♥ Heather

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