Giving birth and being born is no easy feat. This particular birth story is about my newest nephew, Huxton. Dana asked me to be in the delivery room to capture his birth months before she was due. I was so excited, and nervous, because photographing births is new to me and Lord knows I didn’t want to screw this up. There was no way I could have prepared for how amazing the experience would truly be. I woke up to a text early Saturday morning. It couldn’t have been more well timed, as I could leave J & O with dad and dash out the door because I had an hour drive. The sunrise in my rear view window was gorgeous and I just knew it was going to be a great day!
When I arrived at the hospital, Dana had been up all night with contractions and had just received her epidural. While she was waiting for the full effect, you could see that pain on her face, but she was powering through. Luckily, she was able to catch a short nap to gather her strength for the task at hand. There was so much anticipation in the room, with bets being thrown out on whether baby was a boy or a girl. And Dana, being the wonderful, fun loving woman that she is, was laughing and making jokes between contractions and pushes. Jeff never left her side. Seeming to know when to encourage and when to just be present. He was her rock. You could see their love for one another as they got closer to meeting their sweet baby. Through pure strength and determination, Dana gave birth to an incredible, 7 pound 4 ounce baby at 12:44 PM on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Another Scholl BOY! There is nothing more powerful or emotional that I have witnessed than the birth of a baby. It was a wonder witnessing Huxton Douglas Scholl take his firsts breath and create a happy family of three.