Today is a very special day in my house. My baby girl has turned one year old today! Its been a hectic week of planning the perfect birthday party and there has been candles and cupcakes early allready! As I am typing this it was exactly a year ago that she was born.

Here is some of the images from that very special day, allong with a short story as how I remember it.

The birth of our baby girl, Emily-Thea.

The 10th of May 2013 was the date, and I am not going to lie, its a nervous feeling walking into that hospital and you are about to meet your child for the first time. It was set for 9am the morning so I was up at sparrows fart to be there on time while battling the peak hour traffic of Cape Town.

Prepping started and the nerves crew and I was shooting every second of it, its an almost surreal feeling, documenting these things, its almost feels like you are not there yet you are…difficult to explain.

One thing I must say is that the staff of Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital is outstanding! From the nurses who assisted us with the prepping, the checkin, everything. Every last detail was explained to us to the T, I cant recall one moment that I thought what the hell is going on now.

Walking into the theatre you are confronted with machines, pipes and instruments that is all alien to us, after all the last time i was in theatre I was fast asleep, this was the first time I was awake and could see, hear, smell and feel everything.

Karin took the spinal like a champ, it looked sore and it probably was until the drugs took their affect. There was quite a few funny moments as well, like the nurse with all teh stickers!

Doctor De Jong did a sterling job and I knew exactly when what was going to happen, he counted down the seconds till when Emily will be out and he made sure that I was ready to shoot it.

And then she came out…..

Watching everyone work in unison was amazing, its like a well oiled machine, holding, handing, clamping etc all without one saying to the other what to do!

I could cut the cord, quite nerving but yet its also quite surreal, I know she does’nt feel anything but yet you cant help but worry that you will hurt her.

Now I could hold her the first time, she sat by me with her hands folded on her chest like as if she was praying, and till today, almost 7 weeks later she still lays like that when feeding.

This was one of the biggest days in our lives and I can just thank everyone involved, from friends and family to the hospital staff, teh doctors and my wife, for being the champ she is and for being the loving mother she has become.

Feel free to comment on the images, feel free to share them, after all i am sharing them with you guys.

Thanks for all the wishes from everyone of the last couple of months, it has been one fun ride!

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