Some parents are eager to know the gender of their unborn baby, but others prefer to have a little surprise during birth delivery, like this mom from Columbus, Georgia.
Dara Crouch, already a mom to her 3-year-old daughter Neyland, decided to leave the gender a surprise for her second child. But when a baby boy weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces (approx. 4 kg) was born on April 25, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital, she was shocked.
Talking to POPSUGAR, the mom recalled: “When my midwife Melissa held him up, I was in complete shock.”
Luckily, a photographer captured that priceless expression.
“I just knew I was having a girl,” Dara, a labor and delivery nurse, told TODAY.
She thought it would be impossible to have a boy since no one on her mother’s side of the family had given birth to a son in 50 years.
She felt “shock more than anything.”
Neely Ker-Fox, a photographer and a family friend of Dara, has taken over 100 birth photos since 2011. Speaking of Dara’s reaction, she said, “I’ve seen surprises, but Dara had by far the most genuine reaction.”
“Five minutes before it was time to start pushing, the couple again started thinking about the possibility of a boy,” she said.
Ker-Fox also recalled how Dara exclaimed in utter disbelief the moment the midwife told her it was a boy: “Oh my gosh! It’s a boy; I can’t believe it’s a boy!”
Being a nurse, Dara described how she feels at work and when she gave birth to baby boy Liam: “As a labor and delivery nurse you get the emotions going on in the room … you sometimes bond a lot when you’ve been taking care of someone for 12-plus hours. But nothing compares with the excitement I felt with Liam.”
The candid photos were later posted on the Facebook and Instagram page of Birth Without Fear.
“I look kind of crazy in them, but I think they’re great,” Dara told ABC News, alluding to the photos. “We have something to look back on had we not have [sic] a photographer in the room we would’ve never seen that.”
In an interview with CBS News, she added: “I never expected to react like that, so it’s great my son will get to see how excited we were when he was born.”
Sending tons of love to baby Liam, and congratulations to Dara for breaking the 50-year-old family history of having no boy babies!