Today I photographed a birth. Not just ANY birth, I photographed baby #14 coming into the world! To be completely honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect since most of the families I photograph are much smaller. When I first walked in the door, I was welcomed by an incredibly warm atmosphere. It really felt like I had just come home at Christmas time. The room was full of lights, Pandora piano music was playing, kiddos were quietly anticipating their brother arriving, just sitting and watching and in some cases, helping dad make mom as comfortable as possible. Mom was in the birthing tub, barely making a peep, but clearly in hard labor. It was so cozy, I just got to picture taking. Mom said calmly in between a contraction, "I'm about 5cm, so you have some time."
Little did any of us know, the quickest labor I've ever witnessed happened just like THAT and my fingers were READY. All of a sudden, about 15 minutes after my arrival, mom said to the midwife in such a calm voice (like she wasn't in FULL labor about to push a baby out), "Could you check me when you get a chance?"
Mom was checked and she was READY to push! Just like that mom rolled forward and out came baby, in his sac and all! Probably 1.5-2 pushes. Oh, and did I mention he was 9lb. 4oz. and 22inches long, that's no small baby, and she made it look seamless and incredibly easy. (I've had natural labor, I know it isn't easy!) So, if you're looking for a real life superwoman, Nicole is FOR SURE your woman! A total rockstar!
What unfolded next, was so incredible to watch. The birth was so quick, but oh man, getting to witness all of those siblings just totally love on their new baby brother was the sweetest thing in the world. All the smiles, all of the cell phone pics, excitement to share the news with other family, it's one of the main reasons I LOVE this type of photography. These emotions are so raw and real. And what a cool gift to baby Holt just being able to see how loved he is from the minute he entered the world by a whole army of people! I think I just fell in love with the idea of having a huge family (don't tell my husband, haha!). Christmas and Thanksgiving and probably every other random day must be so fun!
Thank you so much for letting me be a fly on your wall during such an amazing event. And WELCOME to the world, Holt Greyson. You are so, so loved! <3
I love this because you can see all of the kids, just hanging, anticipating, waiting for the arrival of their brother. This little guy slept through the entire delivery but woke up and noticed "Baby!" right away! Wherever the baby was, they all wanted to follow. It was so sweet to watch! What better way to pass the time than the Target Christmas catalog? Nicole knits too. How adorable is this little sweater?!