One thing I’ve always wanted to do was photograph a live birth. I finally got my chance and I was not disappointed. This experience was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced.
Two months ago today, I was at my granddaughter’s first birthday party when I got the call. Kathryn and Rob were on their way to the hospital to meet their sweet little man. When I arrived, Kathryn had been laboring most of the day. Rob and Kathryn’s doula, Karla Lindquist, were at her side comforting her and cheering her on. (Side note: Everyone should consider having a doula!)
Kathryn had a natural birth so she was able to get up and walk around or get in the bath tub. She did a little of both! Rob continued to stay right by her side the entire time. He was rubbing her head or getting her water – you could feel the love they have for each other. They were such a joy to watch!
Kathryn labored all day and pushed for hours. She was a true champion! Cyrus Monroe Thompson finally arrived right before midnight (on his due date) weighing in at 8 lbs. 7.3 ozs. He was bright eyed and calm. This little family was at once whole and perfect.
I’m not sure if I can explain the way I felt when I saw this little human enter the world. The whole process was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life. And the cool thing is that I got to capture it through my photography and share it with Cyrus’s mommy and daddy to have forever. I hope and pray I’ll get the opportunity to experience and document many more.
Happy 2 months, Cyrus. I’m so excited you’re one of my Sweet Club babies because that means I get to capture your whole first year! And what a start!