Beto and I met Katie a little over a year ago, and she has become one of my very best friends. You see, Katie is one of the brilliant nurses in the cardiac ICU at Children’s. She joined Beckham’s care team when he was just days old, and we quickly became friends. We realized that we have friends in common, love the same music, and frequent the same great restaurants. Beyond that, Katie has the biggest heart. She has shown us more grace, kindness, and love than I could ever repay. I never planned, nor would I have imagined, to make friends in the ICU, but I couldn’t be more grateful. I tell Katie over and over that I just do not know how I could have made it through this year without her friendship.
Katie found out she was pregnant around the time of Beckham’s second hospital stay this spring, and when she asked me to document her family this winter I could not resist. Beto and I are still on a leave of absense (visit Beats for Beckham to find out why), but when is spending time with friends ever work? Plus, now that we have experienced the beauty that is parenthood, we truly believe those first days and weeks of bonding and loving on a little one are like nothing else on earth. They should be cherished, captured, and always remembered.
Chris and Katie, you are wonderful parents. You’ve got this! It may be the most exhausting time of your life, but it is filled with the best kind of love. It is written all over your faces, your proud words, and the way you hold sweet Oliver. He is your world. He should be. Never, ever lose sight of the beauty in the mundane. These moments will make up your life… and I promise it will be a good one. Cheers to parenthood my friends!
Everyone, meet Oliver!!