I don't even know how to begin this post. The past 12 hours have been the most wonderful, blissful, anxious, exhausting, and completely amazing moments. No...those don't even begin to describe all of the emotions that went through my heart today.
My best friend became a mother. She and her hubby are now a family of 3.
Most of you know we have been documenting the journey to get to this day. Most of you know births are my favorite thing to photograph. Next to photos of my own babies, this is my new favorite shoot ever. It's going to be a long one...
Because I love these people with all my heart.
Because I got to watch this new love unfold.
Because this is what life is about.
Candace and Lee--I have already expressed my love for you both (multiple times) today. Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me be a part of this. I have no words to tell you how much I love you three...
On my way to the hospital, I stopped to photograph the sky.
A beautiful, cloudy day.
When I arrived, Candace had just been hooked up to her monitors. She was already having regular contractions. This baby already knew it was it's birthday.
Both Lee and Candace were so calm and they watched the Olympics while they waited to hear from the doctor.
Once last check. Baby was still breech--it was time for the c-section.
Lee waited while they prepped Candace. I think he paced a hole in the floor.
Once he went in, my hands were freezing. I was so anxious and nervous for them both. I heard laughter through the OR doors and then I heard crying. I took a picture of the birth time...
Then I heard the word "BOY"...and I burst into tears.
Dad took this photo inside the operating room.
8.6lb and 20.5in
Introducing the most perfect Harrison Thames
Lee has never held a baby before--until today.
Candace gets to hold him for the first time. These moments were so beautiful to witness...
First smile--are you kidding me? Melted. Completely.
And another smile. Already a pro.
I said he has an old soul. Just look at those eyes!!
A toast to Harrison Thames. It was a celebration, indeed.