Lilah {A Birth Story, St. Anthony Hospital, Effingham, Illinois}

  I'm not going to go into great detail about all the craziness my friend had to go through with her pregnancy and the birth of her little girl. If I did, you would be here a very, very long time.  Lets just leave it at.......she's gone through A LOT. But she was determined to bring her baby into this world healthy and as naturally as possible, and she did just that.

Meet Lilah.......Delilah Marie Font, Born at 10:17am July 18, 2012. Seven pounds on the dot and 20.5 inches long. You can tell she's already such a good little baby.  Her heart rate didn't fluctuate or anything when she was born.  Nothing fazed her!!  She barely cried aaaaaaaand, she's already sleeping 6 hours at a time at night!!!!  Can you say, "perfect baby!"

The birth of Lilah is the most amazing thing I've ever seen in my life.  For real.  Number one most amazing thing. I know that may sound bad since I have a little boy, and shouldn't his birth be the most amazing thing I've ever seen??  I wish it was, but I didn't actually see it. I had a C-section and was pretty out of it.  I barely remember anything.  I'm so happy that Lisa got to deliver naturally and get this experience.

I just want to add one more thing. Lisa never would have been able to deliver her baby naturally if it wasn't for all the nurses that took such good care of her and supported her through it.  And for Dr. Dust, for swooping in and saving the day. You're all the best!!

 

last meal before induction......or so we thought!

deciding to go home!

this time it's for real

she's still smiling

walk 30 minutes, rest 30 minutes

Later in the day, Tharin got to meet her.  He was more interested in the snacks and drinks in the room.  Go Figure.

look how cute her ear is!!!!!

the first sunset of Lilah's very long, very happy life

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.