First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes waiting and hoping for the most incredible day of their lives… the birth of their beautiful little girl, Olivia. My dear friends, Chris + Kim, have been huge supporters of mine throughout the years and I’m so incredibly thankful for their friendship. They told me months ago when Kim was newly pregnant that I would be there to photograph the birth… little did we all know that this would be the first birth that I would actually miss! I know it happens to us birth photogs, but I was hoping that it never would for me. I received multiple texts from Chris throughout the day of Kim’s induction about the slow progression of the day, but once dinner time came around the texts changed and became more frequent. Kim was hoping to have an all-natural birth, but there were other plans in the works for Livy’s birth. At around 7pm that night, I received a text that said they were meeting with the doctors now and Kim was possibly going into surgery for a c-section that night due to blood loss from a placental abruption. At this time, Kim was likely going to be 3rd in line for a c-section, so we had a little time. I told Chris that I would pack my things and head up to Mother Baby Center to start the pre c-section part of their story. I grabbed my things and as I was walking out the door, I got another text, “Head our way.” I jokingly text back to tell Kim to stall the docs as long as she could, I was on my way. Chris text me back immediately, “We can’t. Emergency c-section. Happening now.” That was it. I may or may not have driven 85 mph up to the cities nearly in tears wondering what the heck was going on. I was rushed into scrubs and into the OR only to walk in and find out that Livy was born only minutes before. I found out later after things calmed down, that while talking to the doctors in the meeting regarding a possible c-section, Kim stood up and lost a very large amount of blood (when all was said and done it was 3 scary liters worth!), so they basically said, “Never mind the possibility of a c-section, you are going in right now!” The care that Kim & Olivia received was incredible and all recovered very quickly and were doing awesome within hours of the surgery! I’m so happy for my friends and secretly so happy to have been the very first person to have met little Livy Lou (besides her mommy and daddy)!