The INSIDER Summary:
- New parents Dara and Eric Crouch waited until their baby’s birth to learn the gender.
- Dara said she “lost it” when she found out the baby was a boy.
- Dara was convinced she would have a girl.
- There hadn’t been a boy born in her family for 50 years.
- The photos capturing her priceless reaction have gone viral.
New parents Dara and Eric Crouch waited right up until their baby’s arrival to find out the gender. When mom, Dara, learned she had given birth to a boy, her reaction was more than surprised.
The labor and delivery nurse’s immediate reaction to her son’s birth was captured by family photographer Neely Ker-Fox. Since surfacing on POPSUGAR earlier in June, the photos — which we first saw in a Redbook story on Yahoo — have gone viral.
Dara decided to leave her son’s gender a surprise since her favorite births — as a labor nurse herself — have been ones where the parents don’t know whether the baby will be a boy or girl, according to POPSUGAR.
Plus, she said there hasn’t been a boy born on her side of the family in 50 years. Dara already has a daughter, and was certain that she would be having another one.
“My husband thought from the beginning that it was a boy. I was not so convinced. I had this weird connection to my daughter’s clothes, and since their birthdays would only be three weeks apart, I knew I could reuse them,” she told POPSUGAR. “It never really set in that this baby could be a boy until just a few minutes before he was born. I started freaking out because I had never been around a little boy and didn’t know much about raising one. When my midwife, Melissa, held him up, I was in complete shock! It was a boy, and I lost it! I was so excited, and so in love! I couldn’t imagine it being any other way!”
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