Oh, this day:)… A day that is forever engraved in their hearts and one I’ll never forget. Marcy and I became friends over the last few years. We have a beautiful mutual friend in Lisa, who connected us after Marcy and Nick experienced their first miscarriage. Those of use who have experienced loss are in a club – not one that I would ever want anyone I love to be a part of, but here we are… There is a different kind of sadness that I don’t think others can quite grasp until they’ve walked in our shoes. So when Marcy and Nick had their first loss and she didn’t know who to talk to about it. Lisa connected us. We talked… a lot… and we cried even more. A mom’s heart in a situation like this goes through so many emotions and I’ve found through my own losses that there is comfort when someone else “gets it” and can talk through these feelings with each other. We started chatting on Facebook but quickly exchanged numbers and have kept in touch ever since, unfortunately, both through an additional loss each. Marcy became a friend that I knew would be in my life forever, she has the kind of heart that you absolutely do not find every day. She sent me a ring after our last loss that I still wear every day. It’s a beautiful reminder of God’s love and plans in our lives. You’ll see a theme in this post about Marcy’s heart, but for now… let’s move onto the day Nick & Marcy got to finally meet and hold two sweet baby girls!

The plan was to go natural, but circumstances made for different plans and a c-section to meet these babies. Regardless, these two were beyond excited to meet their twins! And having a scheduled c-section meant that I was definitely going to make it to the birth on time. They delivered at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Normally, I wouldn’t drive 3.5 hours (one way) for a birth, but because it was Marcy and she said that she couldn’t imagine anyone else there to capture these moments, I knew that I had to be there. I drove down the night before the c-section where unbeknownst to me, Marcy called and completely paid for my room. Early the next morning, Nick and Marcy arrived and were prepped for surgery. I arrived shortly after and was prepped as well. I’ll let the images tell the rest of their incredible story…

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Ian made his debut early, fast and to a super tough mama! I’m always amazed at those mamas who do med-free births and make it look so easy because I know first-hand that its the furthest thing from easy! It’s always such an honor to be invited to capture a family’s life-changing beautiful event like a birth. I heart this “job” that I have:)

A very big congratulations to this sweet adorable family (& friends of ours)!

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I’ve tried writing this blog post a hundred times in my head, but I’m no writer (for those that follow the blog, you know that I don’t write a whole lot!), so here I am struggling again in how to put this incredible birth into words. I’ll never do their birth story justice, so use your imagination and know that everything was even more incredible than I could try to put into words here. It doesn’t help that Kendra is one of my nearest and dearest friends… I adore her, her heart for people and The Lord, and am beyond thankful for her friendship in my life. And now I can add, “Super Labor Woman” to her list of amazing qualities! She (and Dan, aka “Super-Loving Support Daddy”… seriously, look at him and his love for his wife!) actively labored for THREE days!! I was only with them for 24-ish hours (still my longest birth yet)! Rockstars… they are rockstars… and Kendra did the whole 3 days med-free until the absolute very end when her body just wouldn’t progress any further. Kendra and Dan started at the most lovely place to birth a baby, Health Foundations in St. Paul, but were transferred to Regions Hospital when her body needed a little support to help them meet this sweet babe they’ve waited so long for! In the end, a c-section was the the last resort and necessary to help bring sweet Luca into the world – but all that mattered was he was here and he was perfect in every way!

I may or may not have bawled my eyes out when Dan went over to meet their new baby and I was left with Kendra for a short minute… and I may have bawled again when editing these photos… I LOVE watching people I love become Mommy and Daddy!!!

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  • Noemi Hedrick - March 24, 2016 - 10:59 pm

    Absolutely. Beautiful. Seriously. Gorgeous. I felt like I was there. Incredible moments captured for a lifetime. Tasha…you are so talented!