See the Dad Who Gained Fame For His Reaction to Holding His Rainbow Baby Catch His Son at Birth
In March 2017, Hunter Madden went viral for the emotional look on his face upon holding his rainbow baby daughter, Evelynn, for the first time. Hunter and his wife Hope then welcomed a baby boy in October 2018 and hired the same Austin, TX, birth photographer, Leilani Rogers, who once again captured the full range of Hunter's emotions. However, this time Hunter's cutest reaction came as soon as his son Sullivan was born, when Hunter caught him in his arms (though we've got to say, the photo of him officially holding Sullivan for the first time looks a hell of a lot like his photo with Evelynn, and the juxtaposition between them is so touching).
"To be back with a family that has been through so much and to capture that raw emotion all over again is a very special experience," Leilani told POPSUGAR. "Hope and Hunter are wonderful parents and deserving of all the joy this life has to offer. I love how open and honest they have been about their fertility struggles, and that they are willing to share their ups and downs with others who might need some encouragement with their own fertility struggles. The Maddens' second birth was just as full of sweet moments as the birth before. Hope sung throughout her labor, which was beautiful, and when baby Sullivan made his entrance — via Daddy's catch — his eyes were full of wonder. You can tell from his photos just how aware he was! Big sister Evelynn didn't hesitate to sit down right next to him and welcome him into the family."
We're so happy for this sweet family — check out the photos from Sullivan's emotional birth below.
Waiting for Hope's labor to progress.
Hunter by Hope's side during contractions.
Hunter catching Sullivan!
Sullivan being handed over to his mama.
Hunter officially holding baby Sullivan for the first time.
The new parents with their boy.
A very alert Sullivan!
Sullivan wrapped up in a personalized swaddle.
The Maddens with their new addition.
The photo of Hunter and Evelynn that went viral in 2017.