Happy Birth Day, Vivian!

(Be sure to check out the slideshow at the bottom! <3)
A year flies by so quickly!
One year ago this morning, Kellie gave me the “heads up.” Baby was coming! And naturally, we were all so excited.
A few hours before I got her message though, my sister-in-law gave birth to a beautiful one pound, one once baby girl… more than 800 miles away. Our whole family was a nervous, emotional wreck. But that precious baby proved to be a fighter. She is celebrating her first birthday today, too!
Mentioning the birth of my niece in this blog for Vivian wasn’t something I set out to do, but in my mind I just cannot separate the two. I joined Vivian’s family with a mask of bravery, and tried not to let my worries for my own family overshadow or interfere with anything else going on. I had a very important job to do.
It was truly an honor to photograph miss Vivian’s arrival. Kellie and Steve have such fun, friendly parents and are an amazing couple, themselves. I had met Kellie’s parents before, when I photographed the births of their other two grandchildren (Kellie’s sister’s daughters). So I earned the bragging rights that I had photographed the births of all of their family’s grandbabies. 😀
Vivian took after the rest of her family in those two hours I stayed after she was born– smiling, happy… It was such a joy to document!
I hope you enjoy looking back at this day a year later. Have fun celebrating! And thank you so much for having me! Can’t wait to see how miss Vivian reacts to becoming a big sister in a few months! 😉 <3
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Go IU!

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These crack me up. There was a VERY important game on. Every time IU plays is a big deal, right? 😉

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Timing was perfect. Kellie was “complete” shortly after the game was over, and was ready to push. (Also, I believe this was the first time I ever purposely didn’t arrive until after mom was 9 centimeters dilated. We had been in close contact all day, and even when she was 8 centimeters a few hours before, I took her lead and we both believed there was no reason for me to rush. Communication is key, and everything worked out so smoothly.)

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10:20 pm — Welcome, Vivian Marie!
8lbs, 6oz (Daddy called it!)
21 3/4 inches

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There are a ton of sweet video clips in their slideshow, and so much more. Enjoy!

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