Laura Paulescu
Julie Mazziotta
August 25, 2016 07:05 PM

It’s a moment filled with conflicting emotions – saying goodbye to your first baby, as you prepare for the newest one to arrive.

Photographer Laura Paulescu captured that minute in time in a photo that’s resonating with fellow moms.

“Every mother has that moment when they have another child, whether it’s a kiss goodbye in the middle of the night, or standing in your driveway and saying your tearful goodbyes when you’re headed off to an induction or c-section,” Paulescu explains. “Or when you’re in a hospital, having them leave before the real labor, which is what happened with Nikki and her family.”

Paulescu, who is based in Portland, Oregon and specializes in birth photography, was shooting Nikki Colquitt as she delivered her third child with husband Britton Colquitt, the Denver Broncos punter. Just before their two older kids left, Paulescu caught sight of their second child, Everly, giving her mom a sweet hug goodbye.

“She was saying goodbye to her kids, and I just dove in and shot the photo,” Paulescu, a mom to two girls herself, says. “I felt a little pang because I had just had my second, so I could totally relate to that moment of, ‘Oh my gosh, this is the last time I’m going to be holding you as my baby.’ It’s so heartbreaking at that moment, but it’s this dichotomy of feelings [because you’re also] so excited to meet the new baby.”

The photo has over 1,400 likes on her Facebook page alone, and even more as it spread across mothers’ groups online. But the reaction was a surprise to Paulescu.

“When I took that photo in the moment, I didn’t really think, ‘Oh, this is going to go viral!’ ” she says. “But if you’re a mother and you’ve had that moment, time freezes for you and it takes you back to that time.”

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“I’m really happy and thrilled that a photo that is just a part of birth photography documentation is getting notice.”

And Paulescu says Nikki couldn’t believe the love either.

“She was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is crazy! Is this normal?’ ” Paulescu says. “And I was like, ‘No, this is not normal!’ “

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