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It’s a Boy! The Birth of Dawkins : March 2, 2011

03/02/2011

For weeks I have been sleeping with my phone by my side anticipating the birth of Michelle and Clay’s baby, “Dawkins”. And last night, at 1 am, I got the call! I was so excited. Afraid I might miss photographing something important before I got there… I threw on some clothes in the dark and drove a bit hurriedly to the hospital…. afterward I discovered I had on 2 different socks! Thank God no one noticed!

Despite hurrying, I ended up getting there in plenty of time and while I waited outside of the birthing area to get in, Michelle’s Father (who was also waiting) kept me company. There was a hospital rule that only so many people could be in the room at one time and there was no vacancy. I was thankful he was there because it certainly made the time go by faster. We compared notes on having babies, caught up on family news, all while we anxiously ‘texted’ everyone who was already in the room to get the details because Michelle was close to giving birth.

Finally… we spotted Clay’s mom through the glass doors and she smuggled us in. YAY!!!!! At 2:25 a.m. Michelle had just given birth to a 6 lb. 14 oz. baby boy!!! Get out the cigars!! I got out my camera 🙂

Ok, now I was able to see Michelle for the first time since she gave birth a few minutes prior. I know many of you may have seen someone give birth, if not live, then most likely on a television show like ‘House’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, or a movie. I certainly remember seeing those woman drenched in sweat, their hair soaked and strewn all over the place, tired, and just completely worn out. So that’s what I was expecting Michelle to look like. However, when they pulled the curtain back – there she was, looking as awesome and perky as ever! I was amazed. Not one ounce of sweat, her hair was perfect, and she made having a baby look like a piece of cake! Just look how good she looks…

Michelle and Dawkins

Welcoming this baby into the world was so cool!

I am so honored to have been able to be a part of it all! Dawkins is so sweet and very much a reflection of his warm and loving family who so graciously allowed me the opportunity to document his arrival. Below are some more photos of the little tyke for you to enjoy!

Congratulations to Michelle, Clay, the new Grandparents, and the rest of the family!!

 

Getting a thorough check-up by the nurse

Dawkins getting weighed

Michelle's Mom, Mary Ann, holding Dawkins

Michelle's Dad, Michael, holding Dawkins

Clay's Mom, Marietta, holding Dawkins

The proud Father, Clay

The first family portrait

Little pink baby feet are so cute!

It's a Boy !!!!!!!!

Dawkins all swaddled and cozy

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Ann Burke permalink
    03/02/2011 6:52 pm

    Beautiful pictures, Misti. Thanks so much for going above and beyond and coming out in the middle of the night. You’re the best!

  2. erene permalink
    03/02/2011 10:06 pm

    Congrats gurly he is precious!

  3. Mary permalink
    03/03/2011 1:23 pm

    The pictures are wonderful – Michelle, Clay and Dawkins look great. Thank you.

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