I first met Eric and Login over coffee. They're high school sweethearts who were excitedly expecting their first baby and Login had asked me to be there to document their birth. Eric was a little unsure of having a birth photographer (as most dads are), but was so thoughtful with his questions. It was evident in just that short meeting how WONDERFUL and thoughtful they were going to be as parents.
On Thursday morning, I told my friend (and backup photographer!) that I was shocked that Login's labor hadn't begun yet as she had been dilated to 5 cm for several days. Well, it wasn't but a few minutes after that that I received a text saying her water had broken and that contractions had already begun.
Typically, I like to wait for my mamas to be admitted before showing up to their birth, but since Login was already so far dilated, I felt in my heart that I should go right away.
When I arrived at Queens, I was greeted by Eric and Login's mother, who were so hands-on and attentive during her quick labor.
Thinking we still had a bit before the baby arrived, Eric stepped out to grab a snack, and not long after that, Login shared that she felt the urge to push. I was SO worried I'd have another dad miss the birth of their little one while getting food! Luckily, he made it back just in time.
Login labored on. She said she couldn't do it anymore, but she WAS doing it and she was doing it well. When her little one's heart rate began to dip is when she really showed her strength, pushing with all her might to meet her sweet baby. Little Ezra's cord was around his neck TWICE tightly, but thanks to Login's strength and her quick-thinking doctor, all was well and he let out a healthy cry!
Welcome to the world, Ezra Joshua! And congratulations Eric and Login!
Be sure to check out their beautiful slideshow at the bottom to see the full story.