A Night at the Hospital... Final Chapter.

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A week ago yesterday, my nephew came into the world. I was lucky enough
that my sister in law, who also happens to be my very best friend in the
entire world, allowed me to be present during his birth.

I was very excited during the pregnancy. She told me very early on that
she wanted me in the room during the delivery. I was both honored and
excited. How cool would it be to witness a human being brought into the
world? I couldn't wait. She also wanted me to document it on camera.
Woot! That means I get to hide behind the camera.
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As we neared the date, there were a couple of false alarms. I would sit
in the room as the doctors checked her out and the more I thought about
what was to come, the more I started to freak out about it. It became this
huge thing in my mind. Ugh. No wonder expectant fathers pass out during
this ordeal. I could feel that welling up inside. Heh.

Well, cut to the final day, one week ago when it was time to happen. We
actually almost missed the whole thing, because once it starts, it STARTS!
We had been at the hospital for about 36 hours, labor was pretty easy going,
and there wasn't a whole lot of progress being made. They started talking
about a possible C-section and I was going to be disappointed as that would
have meant an operating room and all that jazz. I really wanted a photo of this.

It was an opportunity of a lifetime.

Standing out in the hall, talking with her 10 year old son, my brother in law
steps out of the room and says, "you better hurry up, its happening!" We went
from a possible C-section to full blown birthing in about 10 minutes. I rushed back
inside, found my camera, and put the right lens on while everything is in chaos.
Nurses were rushing around, the doctor was down where he needed to be and things
were happening. I was planning on staying up near her head and photographing from
her perspective, but that didn't last. I witnessed the entire thing. Everyone
was yelling at her, cheering her on with encouraging words. My wife was crying,
cheering and jumping up and down. The whole room was filled with chaos and
excitement. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life.

As she pushed her final push, and he was all the way out, everyone cheered
and then got really silent. We all waited for that first breath and first cry.
The silence was deafening as we all held our breath waiting for his...

Then there it was. Everyone in the room burst into cheers and tears as he
started his cries. As soon as he let out his first cry, I snapped my photo,
immortalizing that moment in time.

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As I walked back out to the waiting room, passing the elevators a woman stepped
off on her cell phone. I overheard her explaining to someone that grandma
had just passed away. It was a touching moment and I felt odd over-hearing
it, but I couldn't help but think about the entire circle of life since her and I
were at the hospital for two completely opposite reasons.

More of that afternoon's photos.

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beautiful. Your writing was so touching too. What a beautiful moment to remember. And coming from a mom that means so much that you were able to be there and take those beautiful pictures for her.
Plus she looks fantastic for going through a long labor. :)
 

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JUST BEAUTIFUL!! The photos are amazing. You have captured something *very* special for the new mom and dad.
 

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Those are awesome! Priceless keepsake photographs.
 

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Amazing photos and story. Thanks for sharing. As a mom, they make me all teary eyed...
 

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all i have to say is beautiful photos and that all that you said gave me goosebumps...coming from a mom and being in that position once before
 
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Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I feel like it was an opportunity to do something
with someone I care about so much, but I didn't need to be "involved" if you know what
I mean. If my wife ever gets pregnant, I doubt very seriously she'll want me photographing
the event... I'm gonna have to be holding a leg most likely. :D

Thanks again to everyone who enjoyed them. I am overwhelmed at the whole event...

Still.
 

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Congratulations on your new nephew! You did a wonderful job documenting his arrival.
 

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