Births have been and always will be a special type of session for me. I feel so very connected to this type of photography. But, it was a totally different experience standing by during my cousin's son's birth. Kam and I have always been close, our entire family is, so being able to live out her pregnancy and then her birth with her was such a special feeling. I don't think I'll ever be able to express how thankful I was to be a part of all of it.
Kameron arrived at the hospital during the afternoon hours on a Thursday and she labored until the wee early morning hours on Friday before doctors decided that it was in baby's best interest to be born by cesarean section. It all happened so quickly really. One minute, we were all sitting in the waiting room, laughing and talking. The next, we were rushing to the room where nurses and the doctor were hurriedly prepping Kameron for surgery. Thankfully, it wasn't an emergency situation in that moment but it was very emotional in more than one aspect and, we were made aware that, had she waited, it very well could have been an emergency situation. As always, the Good Lord was right there, planning each step and guarding Kam, Tyler and baby Benson along the way.
It was hard not to cry as I watched my Aunt Glenda, Uncle Mark and cousin, Emily, embrace Kameron and encourage her as the staff buzzed around in the room. I could tell Kameron was nervous but she was so strong. She had the determined mother attitude and whatever it took to get Benson here, safe and sound, was exactly what she was prepared to do. Tyler was strong and silent. He quietly got dressed and gathered their items, stopping periodically to look over at Kameron. I was so proud of him throughout the whole process. There's never been a doubt about the kind of husband and support system that he is for Kam but on that day, even before Benson arrived, I caught a glimpse of the type of father that he was going to be. That prediction held true. He is an amazing daddy.
To say that Tyler and Kameron are wonderful parents is such an understatement. I truly love watching them take on this role and I look forward to watching them raise Benson in the light of the Lord.
Generally, slide shows aren't as long as this but it was important for me to share each detail of Benson's birth since it was so near and dear to my heart. It's been an overwhelmingly beautiful few months for our family and I thank our Heavenly Father for all of the good that He has provided us.
I love you Kameron, Tyler and my sweet, sweet, butterbean Benson. Aunt Erin will always be here (likely with camera in hand) to root you on, kiss you all over and pray for you daily, just like I pray for your cousins. You are my sweet boy.
Benson Ivey Parker, born September 9th, 2016 at 9:50 in the morning, weighing 8 lb. and 5 oz. and 21 inches long. <3