Keli called me somewhere around 20 weeks into her pregnancy and cried over the phone as she described what she wanted from me: to capture the moment her daughter, Olivia, sees her new sibling for the first time. No big deal right? I acted all nonchalant, yeah yeah, of course I can do that. Because I knew I could do it, if all the stars aligned. But hospital rooms don't always have the greatest light, and you know, I was going to have to time it just right so that I got there before Olivia and her dad got there, and station myself in place, with good light and a cooperative newborn (and no interference from hospital staff) just at the right moment. I was pretty sure there was NO WAY it was all going to come together, but I was also quite certain I wanted it to, so I had to try. And uh, well, the stars freaking aligned people. I mean, right?!
Welcome to the world, Severin Wilder. Though undoubtedly there will be days your sister complains about your existence, know this, you were extremely well loved by her from the first moment she saw you. I feel so lucky to have been there to witness it and capture that love for your family. If only I had been able to record the sweet things she said to you; the soundtrack to this scene as it played out was entirely tear-worthy.