I am so blessed to have friends for clients and clients for friends. The Miller Family have become so much like family to us that you would think that we are blood. At midnight on May 17th, my friend Blake called me out of my bed because it was time for their sweet baby to come into the world. They had a home birth with their other children and this time would be no different.
I loaded up my gear and I hit the road from Virginia Beach to Chesapeake. Little did I know the high rise would be closed which was the ONLY way I knew how to get there. "Okay don't panic" I told myself and I texted Blake. He said "Oh yeah I forgot to tell you that. Don't worry just take the mid-town tunnel". I thought okay no big deal I know how to get to the mid-town tunnel. For the record, I am the woman who never leaves Virginia Beach unless it's to join my husband on a Bass Pro trip or we are going somewhere fun for the kids.
So I make it to the mid-town tunnel and low and behold...yup it's closed. So now I am panicking a little bit because this quick trip to Chesapeake has taken over an hour. haha! I text Blake and he says "Oh man! Okay the mid-wife says the Gilmerton tunnel is the way to go. You may miss the baby. She's getting close" Um...what? Where is the Gilmerton? I was a mess at this point but my only concern was getting to them before their baby made it into the world.
So I pull over and call my friends Angel and Darrin. Thank God they were so understanding of being woken up in the middle of the night and seriously thank God for technology. They had me download an iPhone Finder app and once they found me they guided me to my destination because GPS was NOT helping with detours. I finally made it to my destination.
As I walk into the bedroom, I notice the calm quietness. This is the second time I have witnessed Amber give birth at home and each time I am amazed at how quiet and calm everything is. No bright lights, no machines beeping and no sense of panic. Amber was resting in a bath trying to get some relief. It wasn't long after that (about a half hour) until that sweet baby had finally had enough of mommy living and made his way into our world.
A couple of small moans out of Amber and he was here with us. Beautiful and magical! I am so honored to have been a small part of his first moments in the world, one of the first 5 people to hold him and to call him family. He's a miracle and a blessing for sure. Here are a few of the pics from that sweet night and our newborn mini shoot!
So many Congratulations and Blessings to the Miller Family! Welcome to the world Tobin Oliver Miller! I love you more than you will ever know!