Two and a half years ago, I spent several hours at the hospital with Kendall & William and their sweet family as we all waited on their son, Carter, to be born. I’d helped a friend photograph their wedding two weeks before Ben and I got married so it was fun to see everyone again and spend so much time with them! Carter wasn’t in much of a hurry to join us in the hospital room so we had ample time to chat and catch up and even have lunch together. However, his sister Charlotte had much different plans!
My mind is still having trouble wrapping around all that transpired a week ago yesterday. While I was in Columbia to photograph another birth, Kendall saw my post on Instagram and texted me saying she saw I’d shot a birth that morning, but I texted her back saying he wasn’t here quite yet! She was having a few signs that baby Charlotte was beginning to make it known that she wanted to join us on the outside, but Kendall told me there was no panic at all and that she had another appointment scheduled for the next day. But since I was already at one birth, she was really excited for Karen who would be delivering within hours!
However, things really got interesting when Karen in Columbia was about an hour away from pushing and Kendall called me from Greenville to say her water had broken! Y’all. I could not have predicted any of this happening if I’d tried. The thing is that even when a mom’s water breaks, there’s still no telling when that baby will come. So, I called my friend Jana to see if she was in town and able to go up to Greenville Memorial if I wasn’t able to make it in time. Thankfully she was there and willing to step in which I think made us all feel better! But after baby Lucas was born in Columbia and I hung around for photos the couple of hours after he was born, I hit the road and made my way to Greenville!
I touched base with Ben as I was leaving because my camera needed a new battery and I definitely needed more memory cards. I hadn’t left that morning prepared to shoot more than one birth so amazingly, Ben was able to swing by our house, get what I needed and meet me in the parking lot at Greenville Memorial. At 6:45pm, just 30 minutes before I pulled in, Jana had texted me that Kendall was getting close and might start pushing at 7:30pm.
They had the same book with them for everyone to sign!
But when I pulled into the parking lot at 7:15pm, she hadn’t even started pushing yet! I can’t believe the Lord allowed me to be at both births in two different cities in the same day!
Jana, THANK YOU doesn’t even begin to cover how much I appreciate you and the photos you took before I could get there.
I think I was actually still out of breath a little bit when we took this photo!
Sweet Mimi had been there for Carter’s birth and this time she would be in the delivery room to meet her name-sake when she was born!
Oh how I love these two sisters!
I think this photo should be deemed “Team Charlotte” because all of them cheered on Kendall as Charlotte made her way into the world!
William hadn’t been too sure about things when Carter was born, but this time,
he said he was “an old pro” and he was by Kendall’s side the entire time!
Ah! She’s here!!
(And yes, I had tears in my eyes, as always!)
I don’t think Charlotte could believe she was here either :-)
Hi there, beautiful girl!!
And then Carter was able to come and meet his new sister! He was so excited and I get teary eyed just looking at these photos again!
Seriously. SO precious!
Kendall, motherhood looks so good on you.
William, I’m pretty sure she loved you at first sight.
Leah had taken video of Carter coming into the room and was sharing it with everyone.
I had to step back and get a photo mostly so that I would stop crying!
What an amazingly supportive and loving group of friends and family!
Congrats, you guys. She’s beautiful!!