Neely Ker-Fox of Ker-Fox Photography has photographed over 100 births over the past six years, but says she just photographed the best reaction to a birth from a mom, maybe ever, with Dara Crouch. As a Labor and Delivery nurse, Dara says that surprise gender births have always been her favorite, which is why she's left the gender of both her babies a total surprise. Despite the outcome being 50-50, there hadn't been a boy born on her side of the family in over 50 years (!), so she was pretty convinced she was destined to have another girl.
"My husband thought from the beginning that it was a boy. I was not so convinced. I had this weird connection to my daughter's clothes, and since their birthdays would only be three weeks apart, I knew I could reuse them," Dara told POPSUGAR. "It never really set in that this baby could be a boy until just a few minutes before he was born. I started freaking out because I had never been around a little boy and didn't know much about raising one. When my midwife, Melissa, held him up, I was in complete shock! It was a boy, and I lost it! I was so excited, and so in love! I couldn't imagine it being any other way!"
Neely also touched on how clear it is from the second a baby is born the unconditional love that she's then able to capture in her photos. "In my over 100 births I've photographed, I see all kinds of reactions. Some of the most heart-warming, soul stirring, tear-filled moments," she told POPSUGAR. "But when Dara looked over at me, and I captured this reaction knowing the innocent and very real worries we have when our second child comes into the world (boy or girl), I busted into tears behind the camera. All of that anxiety and worry vanished in blink of an eye. And no matter what we have, the love we have for our kids is instantaneous and overwhelms every cell in our bodies."
We can't get over how priceless and beautiful this mom's reaction was to her baby boy being born — surprise gender births may just be our new favorite thing, too.