Introducing Henry Worthington Webster {Birth Story/Video & Fresh 48 Photos}

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Introducing Henry Worthington Webster {Birth Story/Video & Fresh 48 Photos}

It ‘s been almost one month since we had Henry, so I wanted to share the story and photos of how he arrived. While this is incredibly personal, it was one of the best days of our lives and I am excited to share. Reading other people’s birth stories and watching their videos helped me feel so prepared and excited, so I hope that in sharing, someone else will feel the same!

Our incredible photographer, Lindsay McCrea, took these photos for us. I listened to the background song on repeat while in labor, so I figured it was fitting for the video. There were times when I felt so weak and this song carried me through.

If you are interested in the details of Henry’s birth, the complete story is below under the video!

Enjoy!

Henry’s Birth Story

On Thursday morning, August 22nd, two days after my due date, I woke up around 6 am with contractions. They were between 30 seconds and a minute long, every few minutes, but not super consistent. I knew we probably still had quite a bit of time, so I told Tommy to go to work and I’d call him if anything happened. I went on a long walk with Finley and things really picked up. I had to stop several times because they were strong enough that walking was super uncomfortable. I called Tommy to let him know and he came home. I paced around our first floor for several hours during the contractions. I was uncomfortable but so excited that things were beginning, and hopeful that we would be meeting our son either that evening or the next morning.

We called our doula, Meredith, and she said to continue to labor at home but make sure all of our bags were packed and ready. She obviously told us there was no way of knowing for sure, but based on my contractions she thought we’d probably be heading to the hospital that night or the next morning. Little did we know, it would be two more days before we met Henry! Tommy and I then went for a long walk on the track at the local high school and stopped every few minutes so I could breathe through the contractions. I was determined to get this baby out! 

Around 6 PM, the contractions stalled for a while and then were on and off, very inconsistent.  I was only able to get about one hour of sleep that night because I was so uncomfortable. I was in and out of the bath, on and off of the birthing ball, and pacing around our house. I wasn’t having contractions but there was so much pressure. The next morning, we decided to grab a coffee and stop by my parents. My sister was in town for the week waiting for Henry’s birth! We stopped by before our 41 week Non Stress Test and Ultrasound appointment. While we were at their house, the contractions started again and I couldn’t sit still. This time, I knew they weren’t going to stop. They were stronger than the day before and more consistent. We headed home to grab our bags (just in case! Thank goodness!) and off to St. Joes. 

When we got to our appointment, I could barely sit in the waiting room because things had picked up so much. The receptionist asked me if everything was ok with a funny look on her face. I told her I was in labor, and she looked at me like, “Why the heck are you here then?”. We went back for the fetal monitoring (non stress test) first and the tech told us she was impressed by my contractions and that I was indeed in labor (ha!). I couldn’t see the monitor, but Tommy could from where he was sitting and every time the contractions started he would look at me like, “uh oh, it’s starting!” Then, we went in for our ultrasound and the lady had to pause several times during my contractions. It was pretty cool to see my uterus contracting around baby Henry on the screen. The sonographer also advised that we head to Labor and Delivery!

When we got out of the appointment, we called Meredith. Our plan was to labor at home as much as possible. I wanted the least amount of interventions possible, so we knew that by laboring at home, it increased my chances of a natural birth. At the beginning of our call, Meredith advised us to head home, eat some lunch and then come back when things picked up more. She then heard me breathe through a contraction. I couldn’t talk at this point. She then changed her mind and said, just go grab some lunch somewhere in Towson and go back to labor and delivery. I started another contraction, and she said “I’m changing my mind again, head down to the food court, grab some lunch, and then back up to labor and delivery.”

We got off the phone and my contractions were so strong that I told Tommy there was no way I could go into the food court, everyone would stare at me. So he grabbed his truck and we went to the Mcdonald’s drive through. I swear anyone who caught a glimpse of me in the car probably thought there was something seriously wrong!! 

When we got back to St. Joes, we headed into triage and I was checked by one of the midwives, Julia! I had switched providers at 38 weeks, so I never had a chance to meet all the midwives, but Julia was one of the three I had met! It was so nice to see a familiar face. I was 4 cm dilated when she checked me. We then made our way back to the delivery room around 2PM. I was so thankful the room with the birthing tub was available! I also was super thankful that my SIL’s college roommate, Bri, who is a L&D nurse at St. Joes was working that night and got to be our nurse!!!! (She’s phenomenal— she stayed three hours after her shift to wait for Henry to be born!!)

I paced around the room for a while until Meredith arrived. She coached me through the contractions on the birthing ball, bed, toilet, with the rebozo, and then finally in the tub. The tub was AMAZING! I felt soooo much relief immediately!! I stayed in there pretty much until 1am, when I decided I wanted to be checked again. I got in bed, and the midwife, Gigi ( also incredible!!), checked me. I was only at 4.5 cm. My doulas had told me so many times that dilation doesn’t mean much. I could go from 4 to 10 in the matter of minutes and even if I hadn’t dilated more, progress was still being made. BUT, at this point, I was just so incredibly exhausted and uncomfortable and really needed rest. I hadn’t gotten much sleep the two nights prior while I was in labor at home, and after talking it over, I decided to go ahead and get an epidural to manage the pain and help me get some sleep.

We rested for the next several hours and in the morning they checked me again and I was only at 5cm. At this point, I was so frustrated and ready to meet Henry! So, they suggested to break my water. I was hesitant because as I mentioned earlier, I really wanted the least amount of intervention possible. We talked it over with Meredith and she told us all the pros and cons of having my waters broken. I decided to go ahead with it and immediately I felt an incredible amount of relief. For me, this ended up being exactly what my body needed to progress.

Within an hour, I declared Henry was coming out and I NEEDED TO BE CHECKED IMMEDIATELY! haha! They all looked at me like “ok, ok, just hold on, he’s probably not coming out!” But I knew something had changed. Eliza, the new midwife came in and checked me, and I was at 9cm! Almost time to push!! I have absolutely no sense of the timing of all this, but when she came back it was around 8:05am and I began pushing. Meredith was incredibly helpful in this. She helped me pull on the rebozo while pushing and this made such a difference! Tommy was so encouraging and held my hand the whole time, cheering me on. Something I’m very thankful for is that the epidural had worn off enough that I could feel enough to know when to push. I could still feel everything and felt completely in control, which was so important to me.

At 8:31am, just 25 minutes later, I gave a final push and Henry was OUT! I went to pull him on my chest and Eliza said “Wait don’t pull!” His umbilical cord was so short! Like 6 inches long! It only reached to my lower abdomen! All I remember from this moment was crying and saying , “My baby! My baby!” I couldn’t see him yet, but all I can remember is that he grabbed onto my finger and held it so tight (our photographer, Lindsay got an amazing photo of this) I got to hold him and do skin-to-skin for nearly two hours before they weighed him, did his measurements, etc. It was pure bliss! They truly followed everything I requested on my birth plan and I am so thankful for that. Those first few hours were absolutely GLORIOUS! Eliza asked me how big I thought he was and I said, 8lbs, 13oz to which she replied, “No way!! I’m thinking 7ish pounds!!!” She headed off to another delivery and when she came back and they had measured, she couldn’t believe how big he was and that my guess was so close! Momma knows best I guess ;)

My mom and sister then came in and we all admired sweet Henry and cried together! Those are some of my favorite photos. They make me tear up every time I see them!

Although they were some of the toughest, these fews days and Henry’s birthday were 100% the best days of my life. Everything about my birthing experience was amazing and more than I could’ve hoped for. I felt so supported by the team of nurses, midwives, our doula, and of course, Tommy. Obviously a lot of things didn’t go as I planned, but that’s the nature of birth! The team surrounding me made me feel so empowered and strong, and I am so thankful that I could step into my new role as a mom on this note.


Here are a few of the photos I took from henry’s first 48 hours. It’s crazy how much his little face has already changed! It was so swollen and chubby when he was first born!

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Our Fixer Upper!

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Our Fixer Upper!

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This post has been a long time coming! When Tommy and I got married, we lived in a rental property managed by one of his friends. It was a great first place in a prime location off York Road and we will never forget all the memories we made there. There’s something so special about the first place you come home to as a married couple.

Tommy rehabs homes for a living and he is also a real estate agent. That being said, our search for our first home was very long and at times difficult!! I am quite impulsive and was ready to jump on any house we went and saw. Tommy, on the other hand, knew exactly what we needed and wasn’t going to settle! As frustrated as I got at times, I am so thankful now!! I love our house and couldn’t imagine being in any of the other houses we looked at.

Tommy had been searching and searching for the perfect house to flip for us when he came across our current home. It was early July, and he actually put an offer in before I even saw it!! The offer was accepted and we closed in August and he began renovations. The ENTIRE home needed to be gutted. It was very outdated and in need of a lot of TLC! On top of his normal work, he would come here every night and stay until midnight most nights working to finish our house. We had new tenants moving in our rental in late October so we knew we needed to be out by then. Besides the help of his dad and a few friends, he pretty much did absolutely everything himself. Impressive, right?! Everything from the plumbing to electric to knocking down walls, installing cabinets, etc, etc, etc. Not only that, be he finished the entire house in the nick of time (3 months!!!!) and we were able to move in!!

It was a stressful few months! I wanted to be able to help more than just picking out paint colors, cabinets, vanities, light fixtures, etc. I wanted to be able to help him with everything else but the reality is I was more in the way than I was helpful, so I stuck with things like cleaning the windows and painting the trim and removing wallpaper… HA!

Almost a year later, we are so happy to be settled in and have most things done! There are still a few projects (deck, front porch, etc) that we would love to accomplish in the next year or so, but with a baby on the way, who knows what will happen!

Enjoy these before and after photos!


EXTERIOR

We removed quite a few trees and it makes such a difference both outside and inside!! There’s so much more natural light in our home now! In the spring, Tommy did the landscaping, we power washed the fence and entire house, and painted all the shutters and front door navy blue! We still would love to put a railing up the stairs and around the front steps, but will likely do it sometime over the next year!

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STAIRCASE

Starting from the front door when you walk in, there’s a stair case straight ahead. Before it was walled on both sides. Tommy removed the right hand wall to open up the kitchen/dining room. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but BOY does it make a huge difference! So much more light flows in the kitchen from the front door now!

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STAIRCASE AND DINING ROOM

To the right of the front door is our dining room and kitchen! As you can see, before there was a wall between the kitchen and dining room. We knocked that down and created an island (technically a peninsula) It makes the room feel so much bigger!

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KITCHEN

We decided to go ahead and tooth hardwood into the kitchen (there was laminate there before) and then refinished all of the flooring throughout the first and second floor.

The gutted kitchen, a very scary sight!

The gutted kitchen, a very scary sight!

Finley was OVER all the wallpaper in this house.

Finley was OVER all the wallpaper in this house.

Let the demo begin!! First few knocks breaking down the kitchen wall!

Let the demo begin!! First few knocks breaking down the kitchen wall!


ANOTHER KITCHEN VIEW

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FIRST FLOOR HALF BATH

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and during! Faming the bathroom.

and during! Faming the bathroom.


FAMILY ROOM

We removed all the wallpaper and paneling, refinished the floors, added trim, tommy built a new mantle, and I white washed the fire place! Since this photo, the second shelf has been decorated, fyi!! ha!

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TOP OF STAIRS

When we got the house, there were 4 bedrooms- 2 on each side of the house. We decided to take one side and combine two of the bedrooms to make a master bedroom with a bathroom and walk-in closet. So as you can see we closed off the door on the right. That bedroom is now the bathroom/closet.

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MASTER BEDROOM

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MASTER BEDROOM ENTRANCE TO BATHROOM/CLOSET

As you can see, we turned this wall into a space for my dresser and then an entrance to the bathroom.

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MASTER BATHROOM (FORMERLY A 4th BEDROOM)

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There’s a big tree that blocks this window, however, we have still frosted this window since this photo was taken!! Would be quite the view for our neighbors every morning!!!

There’s a big tree that blocks this window, however, we have still frosted this window since this photo was taken!! Would be quite the view for our neighbors every morning!!!

… and my awesome walk in closet that has since been filled completely! So excited to have all my winter and summer clothes up year round instead of having to pack away clothes every season! There is another large closet on the left in our bedroom that Tommy uses.

… and my awesome walk in closet that has since been filled completely! So excited to have all my winter and summer clothes up year round instead of having to pack away clothes every season! There is another large closet on the left in our bedroom that Tommy uses.


UPSTAIRS HALL BATH

As tempting as it was to keep the moldy jacuzzi, we decide to replace it with a fresh tub and tile ( and everything else!!) Much better, huh? A whole lot cleaner too! Don’t mind the coors light can. I would blame it on the old owners, but it was likely Tommy’s 😂! He needed it with this project, that’s for sure!

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Working hard!

Working hard!


GUEST BEDROOM/NURSERY

When we first moved in, we set this up as a guest bedroom (with a bunch of random furniture and bed coverings), only to find out a month later that we were pregnant!! SO, it quickly went from a guest bedroom to a nursery! So here is before and after #1 and after #2. Haha! The only thing left I need for the nursery is a rug. The rug photographed is too small. (20 days until due date!!)

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OFFICE

This room has been finished, however, we JUST converted it from an office to the guest bedroom because we moved the office downstairs (I will explain below in basement section) so it is a work in progress. To be updated… here is the before photo and the only photo I could find in my phone of the office before we moved it! Such a shame because it was actually really cute! To be updated with a photo of the new, very tiny, guest room.

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BASEMENT

We don’t use the basement much, but the dogs love it! This is where they hang out whenever we are not home. We recently moved Tommy’s office from the third bedroom to the basement corner (behind laundry room door) so that once Henry arrives, he will be able to work, make phone calls, etc. etc. without a crying baby in the background :)

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LAUNDRY ROOM

You can’t see in the photo, but on the left there’s actually another fridge and a closet that we use to store cleaning supplies, extra paper towels, toilet paper, etc. Its nice having a fourth bathroom in the basement although it doesn’t get used as often as the others! We also have a ton of storage back in the room behind the closed door— not the prettiest site though!

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If you’ve made it this far, thanks for following along!!! We are excited and proud to show off our hard work!! It truly has been a labor of love and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to rehab this home. We are so excited to call it ours and eager to bring our baby home to this house in just a few weeks. It’s certainly not perfect and there’s still work to be done (isn’t that’s always the case?), but it’s perfect for us and we will continue to accomplish little projects in the next year or so.

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Garrett + Sarah Married {Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding}

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Garrett + Sarah Married {Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding}

I am so excited to share this wedding from mid-June! Garrett and Sarah tied the knot at the Baltimore Museum of Industry downtown and it was all around an absolutely gorgeous day.

These lovebirds met while volunteering at the firehouse a few years back and have stuck through many miles of long distance as they finished school. They suit each other perfectly and every little detail of their day reflected their personalities and relationship with one another. Everything from their romantic first look to their heartfelt, hand-written vows was absolutely perfect.

Congratulations Dr. and Mrs. Cavaliere! I couldn’t be happier for the two of you and excited for your new life together in Baltimore!

DRESS | David’s Bridal, Melissa Sweet

FLORIST | Scentsational florists

CEREMONY GARLAND | Garlands of Eden

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE | Baltimore Museum of Industry

DJ | DJ AJ Smith Productions 

CAKE | Grauls

CATERING | Zeffert and Gold

BRIDESMAID DRESS | Purbelle

GROOM AND GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Apartment 9

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Baby Owen {Locust Point, Maryland Newborn Photographer}

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Baby Owen {Locust Point, Maryland Newborn Photographer}

A few months back, I posted a maternity session on here of an adorable couple! You might remember Laura and Rich and recognize their adorable light and airy nursery (every photographers dream!) that they worked so hard to make perfect for their first born son, Owen!

Fast forward a few months and Owen finally made his appearance late April! He was worth the wait… I mean, just look at that little face! He is a perfect mix of both Laura and Rich.

As some of you know, I work part time at Mercy Medical Center doing newborn photography and when I saw This sweet family had arrived, I was SO EXCITED!!

Once they got home and settled in, I was able to do this sweet newborn session to capture this special time in their lives! Owen was a saint for his shoot.

Enjoy these sweet photos!

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Christina + Fred Married {The Mansion at Valley Country Club, Towson, Maryland}

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Christina + Fred Married {The Mansion at Valley Country Club, Towson, Maryland}

I just love Christina and Fred. I knew after their engagement session last summer that their wedding would be one for the books.

They are super laidback and quite possibly the easiest couple EVER to work with! They are both the kindest, friendliest people, and it’s no surprise that they fit so well together. They truly bring out the best in each other and I feel so honored to have been able to capture a glimpse into their love through my camera! At her OWN wedding, Christina continued to check on me and make sure I had eaten and gotten dessert, had water, etc throughout the entire day….. talk about thoughtful.

While editing these photos, I couldn’t help but smile as i went through the images and saw everyones happy faces. Their love truly filled up the whole room.

Christina and Fred got married privately at the Towson Courthouse in the morning and then celebrated at their reception with all their friends and family in the evening at the beautiful Mansion at Valley Country Club.

It poured for hours prior to their reception, and then completely stopped right before we headed outside for their first look and portraits! Such a blessing!

Thank you Christina and Fred for trusting me to capture this special day. I wish you years and years and years of happiness and wedded bliss. Enjoy every second of your honeymoon in Florida!

Dress | Lily’s Bridal and Prom Boutique Website

Florist | Stacy Bowen

Ceremony Venue | Courthouse Baltimore County, Towson, MD

Reception Venue | The Mansion at Valley Country Club

DJ/ Entertainment Services | Music Masters

Cake | Cake by Jason Hisley

Catering | The Mansion at Valley Country Club

Grooms Attire | Christopher Schafer Clothier

Favors | Otterbein Cookies

Guestbook and Welcome Sign | Dave Taylor’s 3D Wood Art

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Baby Eliana {Baltimore, Maryland Newborn Photographer}

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Baby Eliana {Baltimore, Maryland Newborn Photographer}

I loved meeting the Snyder family! They are thrilled to welcome their first born baby girl, Eliana. She was so great for her session! She made us laugh with her tongue— she truly loves it!! We got so many photos fo her sticking it out at us! Ha!

Her nursery is beautiful and so well done. it was a great place to take all of these photos! Their yellow lab, Wyatt, was amazing for the photos as well. We only bribed him with one or two (or maybe 10) pretzel sticks! We became bffs by the time I was finished!!

Thank you Snyder family for trusting me with Eliana’s photos. It was so nice to meet the four of you! Enjoy these photos :)

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