Saturday, December 1, 2012

And Then There Was One More…..

Just when I thought my family couldn’t get any better………we meet Miss Collins Cate and I realize…… can.

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I am so glad I was able to be there to watch my niece be born, ask anyone; I FREAKED out when I thought we weren’t getting to the hospital fast enough when Sarah got induced (someone had to look like a model before we could go to the hospital…..ahem, AMBER) and then I FREAKED out when we were out shopping in the mall (and letting Sarah rest), when her husband texted me to tell me she had went from a 2 to a 5 in a couple hours. I was yelling at Amber to drive faster back to the hospital, because I was just SURE Sarah would dilate from a 5 to a 10 in a half hour and we would miss the whole thing……..of course I was wrong…..but not by much!


We got back to the hospital and hung out for about an hour or so, the nurse came to check her again and said she was a 9 1/2!! See? Laugh it up family, laugh it up!! If we had kept shopping we MIGHT have missed it all. Ok totally being dramatic, but seriously? None of us expected it to go that fast.


(the nurse telling us she was dilated to a 9 1/2)

My little sister is a rockstar, she looked at childbirth and said:

“what up hooker? I am going to dominate you, and not even break a freaking sweat!”

So it looks like her plan to have a half dozen kids might actually come true…………..sorry Derek.


(Amber coming back into the room and finding out Sarah is almost fully dilated)


Sarah getting a little emotional when she realized how close she was to meeting her little girl…..


but then she was all smiles! I mean SERIOUSLY? Who looks this cute in active labor right before they push a baby out? I would hate her if I didn’t love her so much.

So we all hung out for a bit, the nurse told us it could be another hour or so before she started pushing…..15 minutes later her doctor (cutest thing in the world, by the way) came in and was all like: “let’s do this!”


And then it was a flurry of activity in the room as nurses came in, lights came on, mirrors came down from the ceiling (sounds like a kinky movie eh?…. Yeah I just went there).

I wish I could have caught Derek’s face on camera in that moment (I was just trying to stay out of the way) he looked so panicked and confused and he even said:

“wait, so is this happening?…..Like NOW?”

And it was. Happening. NOW.

And then, in true rockstar form, my sister pushed through about 5 contractions and then we met Collins Cate Lorson.












Favorite picture EVER! Look at that tear on her face as they place her baby on her chest. Heart.Stop.I.Melt.


Words cannot describe those moments. When my baby sister finally got her chance to be a Mommy. After years of practicing with our babies, and the struggle her and Derek went through to have their own, and then that moment it happened…..she was a Mom………and all was right in the world.











And she was perfect, and beautiful and everything we had imagined she would be. Just when you thought it wasn’t possible to feel any more love for the family you have, this happens, and you realize there is no limit to love. It just grows as your family grows.










I am so lucky to have such an awesome family. And not just my siblings (who are my best friends in the whole world!) but everyone else that makes our family complete. Significant others, in-laws, and now a new baby. Love doesn’t get divided, it just multiplies. And how blessed am I that my math equation of a family just got one more new addition?


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Pretty damn lucky.



To view the entire slideshow I made from her birth, click on the link below, turn the music up and grab some tissues if you’re the emotional type.


  1. Amy you did a fabulous job capturing this special day for Sarah! Every time I see pictures or read about that day I tear up. She does make the BEST mommy! From the day I met Sarah it seems like having babies was her biggest dream. It is incredible seeing this dream of hers come true! My sister is about to have a baby at the end of January and I CAN NOT WAIT to get to see her go through this experience. I think my favorite picture is the one directly after the one you mentioned you love (of her with tears) where she is looking up at all of her family in complete awe of the reality of her new life as a MOM!

    1. Thank you Emily, and yes I think ALL of us Long girls have always dreamed of having babies, but especially Sarah.

      Good luck to your sister! Being an Auntie is pretty awesome.

  2. You did such a wonderful job capturing the day. Sarah is going to be (well already is) such an amazing mother. So happy for her and all of your family!

    1. Thanks Ashley, I am so grateful she let me be in the room so I could capture all those moments. I am sure her and Derek wanted to both kill me when they heard the click-click of the camera every 2 seconds. I took 600 pictures that day!! Ha!