“I thought everyone was joking…”
When Koto Nakamura went into labor, she couldn’t wait to meet her little girl, who she and her husband planned to name Hinata. The Australian couple had a room ready with pink and frilly things to welcome Hinata home. But, despite being told by doctors that their first child would be female, their bouncing baby turned out to be a boy.
“I thought everyone was joking,” Nakamura told TODAY Parents. “I lost words and I couldn’t believe it until I saw his bottom.”
Noto’s look of utter disbelief was caught on camera by birth photographer Jessica Jackson, and thank goodness it was, because her reaction is nothing short of priceless.
“This was one of the most amazing moments — a roller coaster of emotions in just a few short minutes,” said Jackson. “Pure shock, excitement, happiness and relief. This is the reason why birth photography is so important. Imagine when (the baby) is all grown up and his parents are telling his birth story to him and they have these images to share the way they looked when they found out this news.”
Despite the hint of horror in Noto’s expression, she’s now proud to call little Taiga, which means “big and gracious” in Japanese, her son.
“I was shocked for a few seconds, and then it didn’t matter if it was a girl or a boy.”
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