Getting a birth video: He Says/ She Says
She says: “What do you think about holding a camera and getting my reaction when we meet our baby?”
He says: “Absolutely not! I don’t want video of that.”
She says: ”What? It’s not like I want a crotch shot, I just want to see right as the baby’s coming out and I can see my reaction to finding out if it’s a boy or a girl and stuff.”
He says: “No, we can remember what it was like. I remember what it was like with [Lil' J] and we don’t need a video of that for people to see.”
She says: “It’s not like I want to put it on Facebook, or show it at a family reunion. It’s for us.”
Obviously this is a disagreement we have. We’re facing off at opposite ends of the room. I regret not having any video from our wedding day, and I wish I had a birth video, or photos from the first several seconds after meeting our daughter. What did my face say? A picture is worth a thousand words an in my opinion, video is priceless.
I was lucky enough to get some pictures the day after my daughter was born. A friend came and took some photos for us in the hospital. Photos I’ll forever love. In fact, as I was looking for one for this post I got teary eyed seeing how fat my little newborn was.
I thought after getting one baby out of the way my husband would be more open to having other people in the labor room–Like my mom, or maybe a photographer. I’m more open, but he prefers the intimacy of a smaller audience. But I’m determined to win this time. Maybe not with having someone else in the room, but I’d like some reaction (notice, not action) video. I don’t care if I have to set up a tripod myself and zoom in (above my crotch) to capture the special moment.
Another photographer friend of mine suggested I show him birth photography so he can see it’s not as invasive as he may be thinking. It’s worth a shot. Hopefully we can come to a compromise so I don’t have to strap a skydiving-style camera to my head.
What say you?