A child lights up a house, the sounds of giggling, bare feet running across the room. My life changed on April 3, 2019; a boy was born nine pounds and three ounces. This little human was the start of a long story his mother and I had started in elementary school. Love had found us at the right time of our lives, and our child had come at the perfect moment. Becoming a parent has been the most challenging thing I have faced in my life, a feeling many new parents know very well. Together we held our child in a low, dimmed hospital bed. We looked at one another, knowing we were forever cemented through the pounding heart of this new life. Life is so simple, so incredible, and so vulnerable. These images are of personal experience, becoming a father.
Eight months pregnant, Courtney holds a coffee in her hand during a morning walk in the country.
Filling out paperwork at the doctor during a routine check-up.
First ultrasound pictures of our son, still unnamed.
Courtney feels her belly as the baby moves around. A hot bath makes him active.
A milk bath set photograph.
Courtney, scared minutes before being induced, crying in the hospital bathroom.
Nurse prepare Courtney before the doctor comes in to induce her, the baby is coming.
Nine pounds, three ounces, baby Kieran has a birthday, 4/3/19
Courtney holds our son for the first time.
Kieran sits in a heated bed before the nurse comes to look at him.
Courtney's family storms her hospital bed as nurses move her to another room.
The c-section cut exposed a real scare of the modern mother.
Hospital hallway walks for nightly exercise.
Kieran comes home after a long stay at the hospital, the family dog also greets him.
Kieran has his first bath.
Courtney kisses Kieran's head as he drifts to sleep.
Courtney rests her body in a hottub.
My father (left) visits to see his new grandson along with my sister (right).
On the way to Oklahoma to visit my mother, Courtney feeds Kieran a bottle at a fast-food parking lot.
Sunset during a walk.
Courtney, her sister, and nephew play in bed with Kirean.
Courtney sits on a park bench with Kieran in his chest pack.
Kieran laughs while shopping, seeing all the colors is exciting.
After a long morning, Kieran falls asleep in this mother's arms.
Keiran cuddles with his blanket on his mother.
A stroller is pushed in a crowded zoo, Kieran visits the animals for the first time.
Months have gone by and Kieran grows fast and faster. He pushes the toy truck he received from his first Christmas.
Kieran plays on a body swing at a local park.
Kieran and Courtney play on a low branch during an outdoor adventure.