This story is told and the pictures captured by Lizvette with Lizvette Wreath Photography.
The birth story of baby Jacen brought happy tears to many people. I hope you enjoy it as well and share with the world this very happy ending.
Ashleigh’s mom, Christy, contacted me via email last November. The idea of documenting the birth of Ashleigh’s first baby was extremely important because her husband missed the whole pregnancy and was deployed to Iraq. After a couple false alarms, the due date comes around and no baby yet. They find out that his homecoming was going to be earlier than expected! But there was a little detail; she moved to Fort Polk, Louisiana to be with her mom while he was deployed. His homecoming was going to be at his duty station: Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She couldn’t make it to the homecoming since it was close to her due date. The soon to be daddy, Asbai, couldn’t visit her right away… every soldier that returns home from a deployment has to take reintegration classes before taking leave right away. I think that the baby knew what was going on and decided to keep waiting.
The doctor tells her she will be induced the day after Thanksgiving Day…….BUT guess what?! The morning of Thanksgiving Day, I receive a text around 5:45am from Christy (her mom) telling me Ashleigh’s water broke that morning, that they are at the hospital and she is 4cm dilated. I got everything ready, arrived at the hospital and found out that Asbai’s flight was going to arrive that evening!. Everything was going smooth, everyone was excited and nervous…wondering if he was going to be able to make it to the birth of his baby.
A couple minutes before his plane landed in LA, the nurse was telling Ashleigh that she was fully dilated. Wow. The hospital is one hour away! Asbai was so close, yet so far!! He left his baggage behind and raced to the hospital. He finally reunited with his wife and got to see her belly! Quickly the nurse sat him down since it was time for Ashleigh to start pushing and…
….they welcomed their sweet baby boy, Jacen Troy, shortly after daddy arrived to the hospital!
This story was featured in CNN where they shared my images and interviewed the daddy.