BABY BACK LABOR

As Erin Back writhed in agony and begged for someone – anyone – to make the anesthesiologist hurry up before it was too late, the look on the nurse’s face told me what I had already suspected:

 Woman in labor in a lot of pain while her husband holds her hand while a nurse watches on, color, Stillwater, OK

...that Erin would most likely be having this baby without an epidural.

And she did it.

Her ability to power through the pain as the agonizing back labor hit her with blow after blow left me completely awe-struck. I cannot even begin to imagine what she went through.

But it was worth it.

 New baby girl holds her daddy's hand, black and white, Stillwater, OK

The daddy, Curtis, was a model husband, providing Erin with exactly what she needed when she needed it – at times comic relief and at others quiet strength.

 Husband holding the hand of his wife in labor, black and white, Stillwater, OK

Their other children, Van and Kyli, had been noticeably anxious all day, unsure about what was happening to mama and why. But when they finally got to meet their new sister, their excitement could barely be contained.  

 Brother and sister running into hospital room to meet their new baby sister, black and white, Stillwater, OK
 Brother and sister happy to meet their new baby sister in the hospital, color, Stillwater, OK
 Little boy holding his new baby sister while his other sister looks on, black and white, Stillwater, OK

After the kids had a chance to meet their sister the rest of the family came in to welcome baby Camryn Jean to the world. The first to snatch up new baby Back was, of course, Grandma Helen.

 Grandma walking into hospital room to meet her new granddaughter, color, Stillwater, OK
 Grandmother excitedly getting ready to hold her new granddaughter, color, Stillwater, OK
 Grandmother holding her new baby granddaugher, black and white, Stillwater, OK

After everyone had a chance to hold the baby, they made a quick FaceTime call with family who hadn’t been able to make it in person and then it was time to let mommy, daddy, and baby have some alone time and get some rest. I cannot thank the Back Family enough for letting me be a part of this day. It was pure magic.

 Little boy reaching up to grab his new baby sister, black and white, Stillwater, OK
 Woman facetiming with family members in the hospital as she holds her new baby girl, black and white, Stillwater, OK
 Checkmark next to the goal, "Have a baby," black and white, Stillwater, OK