Forrest McDaid opened his eyes for the first time and peeked at his mom and dad. It wasn’t long after that he got a look at big brother Lewis.
The memory’s probably a bit fuzzy, and someday it will be nonexistent, but baby Forrest doesn’t have to worry about trying to remember his birth. One day, he’ll watch a video of the experience, including the moment Lewis stopped in his tracks after spotting Forrest.
“We don’t plan on showing him until he’s a little older,” said Seth McGaha, Forrest’s father and cameraman. “I hope he’ll just be happy that we were all together and that he can kind of relive something that he experienced but doesn’t quite remember.”
McGaha, a filmmaker and owner of Spruce Video Productions, documented the birth of his and wife Riley McDaid’s second child July 1 at The Mother Baby Center in Minneapolis, the same place where Lewis arrived two years ago this August. In addition to the 2-minute video, McGaha created a series of 15-second-teaser videos he shared on Instagram.
“I didn’t have a plan. I just brought my camera with me,” McGaha said. “I didn’t really know what I was going to film or what I was going to do; it was definitely ad-libbed and not really planned at all.”
McGaha said he and Riley’s experiences at The Mother Baby Center have been positive, and they loved the staff, service and different birthing options. He said, as a father, he felt welcomed, comfortable and part of the whole process.
“We highly recommend The Mother Baby Center,” he said. “Both experiences were fantastic.”