Last Fall I was logging onto my facebook account and saw that I had a message. Anyone that knows me well knows I love messages, emails, letters, etc. I eagerly clicked to see who the message was from and was pleasantly surprised. Neada, a friend of mine from freshman year high school home ec class, was gushing over my little girls about how cute they were. Flattered and happy to hear from her I wrote her back thanking her for the sweet words and asking how she had been. This turned into a little convo, that eventually turned into a coffee date, that turned into a three hour long coffee extravaganza. I reeked of Starbucks from being in there so long and also had a permanent smile on my face after our get together.
We’ve “been together” ever since. She’s my person, and I honestly don’t know what I’ve been doing without her in my life. She’s the kind of friend that builds you up and sings your praises. The kind that cheers and celebrates the loudest over your everyday victories. The kind that you can talk to for hours and hours and still have a million more words to exchange once your voice starts to go dry or the clock strikes midnight. And my favorite part about her is how much she truly loves my children as if they were her own.I’m convinced God crossed our paths in a time we needed each other the most. She and Brian, her sweet husband, have become apart of our family and my girls love them as if they were. A few months later, Neada shared the amazing news that they were expecting!! They found out that a sweet baby girl was coming their way. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for somebody. I felt an instant love for that little being inside of her and couldn’t wait to meet this special lady. Baby O, as everyone called her, is now a gorgeous 1 month old baby love, named Olivia Claire. I had the honor of taking their maternity, birth, and newborn pictures. When Neada told me she wanted me in the delivery room, I played it cool. Not wanting her to see how I was internally reacting…jumping up and down, crying, screaming, excited, and so so honored. On the day of her induction I felt like a nervous, anxious, happy ball of emotions. I cried more times that day than I can count. When I finally got to the hospital Neada had been in labor for almost an entire day. She was awesome and so was Brian. As the clocked ticked and Neada spiked a high fever it was soon necessary for a c-section. I waited, along side of their sweet families, in the labor & delivery halls. When Brian finally came out to say Olivia was here and Neada was okay, I felt such a huge relief and sense of joy.
Even though I wasn’t in the delivery room, I was able to capture the excitement, anticipation, worry, and LOVE that night held. I know how cloudy you feel after a c-section. How when you finally come to and really “wake up” you look down to see a swaddled bundle of baby and have to register that you just did that! I wanted Neada and Brian to remember the miracle that happened that night, and not all the crazy chaos that may have surrounded it. Neada, I hope you remember how pink and warm and SOFT her skin was. How she only would open her left eye to look around the room. How when I picked her up so you could see her up close, she looked right at you and calmed down once you started to talk to her. How her sweet little bottom lip was swollen and purple. And how we couldn’t believe how much dark beautiful hair she had! I was so happy to be in the recovery room when you got to hold her for the first time. I love the pictures of you studying her and soaking her in. They’re my favorite from the night.
As a special gift, a “thank you” for being such an irreplaceable friend, I put together this special movie. I hope you love it. Enjoy and go grab some tissues 🙂
-Northern Virginia Newborn Photographer-