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    My best friend Rea and her husband Alex recently became parents. These two (now three) are like family to me. Sophie Leona Holguin was born on May 30th after a grueling 52 hour labor. Her birth story is INCREDIBLE and you should read it HERE. Rea is the queen of words so I will save my letters and leave you with my images. Pictured below are Rea, Alex, Sophie, their doula, Stephanie Gordon, grandmama Em, and Neruda. Not picutred: Grandpappy Randy and grandmama Rita; but they loved on her just as much as the rest of us!!

    How fantastic is Sophie's nursery?! I want to live in that room. 

    Rea and Alex: Witnessing Sophie's labor/birth meant the world to me. I am so very proud and in awe of everything you went through to bring your little girl into this world and I'm continuously inspired by your perspective. Sophie is an amazing little soul. She's perfect. You are remarkable parents already.

    Stephanie: You literally saved the day. Rea could not have done it without you and Alex. It was so wonderful getting to know you over that two day period. You are such a calm presence. Thank you for helping my bestest friend bring her child into this world as naturally as she possibly could. You fought for her when she was too tired to even breathe. I'm amazed by what you do and really hope our paths cross again in the future.

    Sophie: You kindly take after your mama and your daddy equally. Aunt Nikki LOVES you so so much. You've given me the newborn babe fever. One of these days we WILL live in the same city. And I will spoil you. Until then, I will get to know you over endless converstaions with your mama. xoxo