Birth is so beautiful, you guys. I had Ella two and a half years ago, but had never been in a room to watch the miracle unfold from an outside point of view. I knew the first time I saw birth photography that it was something I'd love to try someday — to experience the process, not with my eyes squeezed shut and in pain/shock/love like when I gave birth, but to see a woman in labor. To watch a man lovingly help his wife through the pain, and then witness his child being born. To see a baby take his first breath. Just pure magic.
Courtney was going to be induced on a Tuesday morning right before Christmas. She texted me before I woke up that morning and said there was no need for the induction — she was in labor! It seemed like no rush, she wasn't terribly far along yet, but maybe I should go to the hospital... soon-ish. I ate breakfast with Ella and thanked Mike for watching her for the day (thank goodness he had that option), got dressed, grabbed my camera, and made it to the hospital around 9:20. Courtney, Dan, and I chatted a while and everything was chill. Then all of a sudden, things moved faster. And faster. And she was ready — an hour after I got there! Second babies are so unpredictable!
Little Logan had a little trouble breathing right away, so he had to spend a couple of hours in the NICU. Courtney rested a little bit, and Facetimed with Logan (also magic!), then she and Dan and Logan moved to their room. I loved watching these two become parents again. Carolina came and met her baby brother, and so did Grandma Deb and Grandpa Rick.
I absolutely loved photographing this birth for my best lady friend. Unfortunately, I can't commit to offering this service to clients since I stay home with Ella and don't have a babysitter available at a moment's notice, but I would love to do this again someday. In the meantime, another experience crossed off my bucket list!