With all of the technology available these days, it’s not often that you hear of people waiting to find out the sex of their baby.
Let’s face it, there are ultrasound machines that can show a 4D view of our baby’s face at like, 12 weeks. So if you don’t have to wait 40 weeks to find out whether you’re having a boy or a girl, most people don’t. Not to mention the elaborate gender reveals that the Internet could not survive without.
When it came to welcoming her second child into the world, Dara Crouch decided to go “old-fashioned.” The 29-year-old from Columbus, Georgia, wanted to leave the gender of her second child a surprise.
Nobody on her mother’s side of the family had given birth to a boy in more than 50 years, so Dara figured she had this pregnancy on lock—her family history indicated it could only be pink bows and ruffles.
“I just knew I was having a girl,” she told TODAY.
The day finally came when the Crouches would meet their newest family member. Four hours in labor, and out HE came. It was a BOY! The first one in half of a century!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I’d say these ones are priceless.
Dara said she felt “shock more than anything.”
The surprise, and Dara’s reaction, was captured by family friend and photographer Neely Ker-Fox who says she’s been behind the lens for more than 100 childbirths since 2011. “I’ve seen surprises, but Dara had by far the most genuine reaction,” she told TODAY.
About five minutes before pushing, the couple started thinking again about the possibility of it being a boy—something that Neely called “motherly apprehension” in Dara. Just moments later the now-two-time mama was gushing with excitement: “Oh my gosh! It’s a boy; I can’t believe it’s a boy!”
The birth of Liam was even more special because Dara delivered him at the hospital where she and her husband, Eric, have both worked for the past seven years. Her best friend, Camille, who is also a fellow nurse, assisted with the delivery.
“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,” Dara said of her work as a nurse. “But nothing compares with the excitement I felt with Liam.”
Photos of the birth and Dara’s contagious joy were shared on Birth Without Fear, where they quickly spread like wildfire.
As for the first boy to make history in Dara’s side of the family, let’s just say Liam will definitely know how to treat a lady.