LINK: Amaya Rose Birth Video
Ashley contacted me pretty soon after she and Milton found out they were going to have a baby. She had seen Kelly and Andy's birth session on my blog and was interested in hiring me to photograph the birth of their first born as well. Within a few weeks I found out she was having a little girl. And a few months after that I was taking her maternity pictures.
I can't believe how fast the time has gone! I've enjoyed getting to know both of them better during these last few months. Such a sweet couple!
Ashley and Milton met in college - set up by a mutual friend. They eventually married and recently moved to the Dallas area from the small town of Brookfield, MO for Milton's job. Like my husband and I, they do not have any family in town. So, when their baby girl decided to make an early arrival, Ashley and Milton were on their own.
Or so they thought...
I arrived at the hospital just before 10 a.m. on Monday, October 12th. In their birth video (linked at the top of this blog post and also below), you will see Ashley Face Timing her parents to let them know she had been admitted into the hospital and was about to deliver her baby. Ashley and Milton's parents hadn't planned to arrive in Dallas until closer to her due date, which was the 20th of October. Eager to meet their grand daughter and niece, Ashley's mom and dad and sister quickly booked a flight hoping to at least be in town to help them after the baby was born.
I kid you not...Ashley's parents drove to the airport, got on a plane, landed, took a cab to the hospital and arrived no more than 5 minutes after Ashley started pushing.
Apparently sweet baby Amaya is kind and thoughtful - just like her momma. She was such a good little grand-daughter and niece. She waited close to 10 hours to begin her entry into the world so they could be there to enjoy the moment. Ashley's mom, dad, and sister (who flew on a plane for the very first time in her life) made it just in time for Amaya's delivery - with just over two hours to spare.
What a blessing!
While they were busy traveling, Ashley, Milton and I enjoyed getting to know each other better - and cheering on our favorite baseball teams. Ashley (though she should have been resting) was also busy booking hotels from her hospital bed and making sure her soon to arrive guests would be well taken care of. She could have easily run a travel agency from her hospital bed. That just goes to show - she is one of the sweetest most thoughtful young ladies I've met in a while.
Modern technology kept both Ashley and Milton in contact with all their friends and family. It would be 12 hours before we'd meet baby Amaya. In between taking a million detail shots of the hospital room and Ashley's progress, Milton and I were able to keep track of the playoff games. I followed the Chicago Cubs score on MLB.com. Milton watched the Rangers game on television. Sadly, Marty McFly (from Back to the Future 2) was incorrect. 2015 is not the year the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. My Cubbies blew their chances of a World Series appearance once again just last night. Milton and Ashley's Kansas City Royals, on the other hand, are still in the running. Here's hoping they perform better than the Cubs did in their last series against the Mets.
(Ahem....back to the baby!)
Amaya Rose made her entrance at 9:36 p.m. weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces and measuring 20 1/4 inches long. Bets were being placed before she was born as to how much she would weigh. Both Ashley and Milton were born at the exact same weight of 7 pounds 7 ounces, so they predicted she'd be pretty close to their birth weight. Imagine everyone's surprise when Amaya came in weighing exactly their birth weight. Pretty cool!!!
I praise the Lord, everything went very smoothly and am grateful to God for another beautiful life born to wonderful parents who I know will love their child deeply.
If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to watch the video of Amaya's birth HERE. (You might want to have a tissue or two handy! So sweet!)
Congrats, Milton and Ashley! I'm so very, very honored to have been chosen to document this special milestone in your lives!