We will have a full post of photos and eventually a video for you but for tonight this will have to do…
Is that not the sweetest face you’ve ever seen? Oh my gosh. He is gorgeous!
Sharon did amazing and Mac, as they’re calling this little guy, is perfect! He spent some time in the NICU with oxygen because he had “wet lungs” which is totally normal for c-section babies because they aren’t squeezed in the birth canal. He’s doing great and will hopefully be with mom and dad full time in the morning after a night of careful watching by the incredible nursing staff! I’m hoping to run up tomorrow to get some more shots of Mac with mom and dad because although I did get lots of video and Kim took tons of photos, most of what I got was in the special care nursery and most of what Kim got was all the other family details… we’re missing the big piece of baby with parents! AND I will admit I want to hold him! HA!
I will also admit that I broke down today.
Our job in all of this was to capture these new moments. I was going to be in the OR and Kim was going to be with the family (we love capturing what’s happening during parts of the story the parents can’t see) until the very last second as I was putting the scrubs on and the anesthesia doctor said I couldn’t come in. I don’t cry much, at all, just ask Kim. But I lost it.
I just felt so frustrated. Defeated. I’d been planning their video in my head for months. And ultimately I just felt like my job in their lives is to document the important moments and here I was missing one of the biggest. I felt like I had failed them even though it wasn’t my fault at all. Luckily Sharon’s sister, Julie, gave me a hug and reminded me we’d get tons of good shots regardless… and she was right. The doc I handed my camera to at the last minute with a 5 second camera how-to actually did a great job at capturing the birth! A tad out of focus maybe but all the important elements were captured. Thanks Dr. Paul!
Kim and I both can’t wait to sift through all the footage we gathered and share it all with you! Thanks for your prayers and support… this blog has wrapped Tom and Sharon in so much love!
Here are a few more favorite shots…
Tom introducing McCullen to the family eagerly waiting in the hallway! Look at Tom’s face! LOVE!
Sharon getting to hold and look at Mac for the first time after a few hours in the nursery!
And my FAVORITE…
McCullen Seamus Johnston | 7 lbs. 14 oz. | 20.5 inches long.
Welcome to the world Mac! We all love you madly!
I have to ask!!! Dr. Michael Paul??
I have been following the blog since I read the Johnston’s story. This couple makes me feel so optomistic and hopeful since my husband and I lost our little guy. I’m so happy for them!!!!
Hooray!!!! Welcome little Mac! Can’t wait to see the rest of the pics and video!
What a gorgeous baby boy! Congrats, Johnston family!! Excited for you to get him home & spend hour after hour holding him, kissing him, and cuddling him!!
Thanks for the prompt post girls :). I can’t wait to see (and hold) him myself tomorrow afternoon!!! The pics are fabulous and bring tears to my eyes. LOVE the look on Papa Bear’s face as he introduced Mac to the fam! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your work, you guys do such a great job.
Thanks for the prompt post girls ;). I can’t wait to see (and hold) him myself tomorrow afternoon!!! LOVE the look on Papa Bear’s face as he was introducing Mac to the fam! Can’t wait to see the rest of your photos and video from today, you guys do such awesome work.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Welcome to the world sweet Mac, you couldn’t be loved or anticipated more. Congratulations Johnston family.
Thank you! For the amazing cry that I have needed for weeks… I feel so blessed to have the blog world to see and be apart of people’s lives even if its just through a photo and a blog post. This family deserves everything and more!
So excited, so sweet!!! Can’t wait ti see the rest.
He is just beautiful and he is joining the best mom and dad!
Oh my gosh! He’s adorable. I was so holding it all together until that pic of Tom and Mac. Killed. me. Congrats, guys!
He is absolutely beautiful! So happy for the Johnston family. Congratulations, enjoy the journey!
What a handsome baby! So happy for the family and looking forward to meeting him one day!
Congrats to the Johnston family!
So much happiness in their faces.
so happy for Tom and Sharon, what a cute little guy.. now i must go get a tissue
MiMi and PaPa are overwhelmed with joy! Thank you, Jesus for Your special delivery.
so cute so cute! i love brand new people!
How about a father son weekend at the lake…but only if the grandfathers are included!?! He is spectacular.
So happy for you both on your long-awaited precious little blessing!
Congratulations!!! God is good–we are so pleased and happy for the whole family!!
Congratulations! We are thrilled for the safe and healthy arrival of baby boy.
Blessings to all of the family.
We are so happy for you both. Little Mac is beautiful. Congradulations to you,
God Bless .
God bless you all! What wonderful pictures!
Congratulations Tom and Sharon. I’m so happy for you both!