Their adventure started with a small blue cross, indicating a positive pregnancy test. After that, Sean Klitzner documented every milestone of his wife Noelle’s nine-month journey to motherhood… and the result is a real tear-jerker.
Klitzner is a 33-year-old comedian and performer. In fact, he found fame as a YouTube funnyman but went on to star in films, TV shows and various other internet-based sketch shows.
Indeed, some of his more impressive credits have seen him hosting The American Idol Experience, being a member of New York’s Blue Man Group and guest-starring in Storage Hunters. It’s a decent resume, to say the least.
But there was one video project that would test Sean’s composure in front of the camera above all else – documenting the whole of his wife Noelle’s pregnancy. Now that’s not a task to take lightly.
Filming began on January 15, 2014, or the very day the couple discovered that Noelle was pregnant. From there, then ten-minute clip follows another eight months of ups and downs, and tears and smiles.
Near the beginning of the YouTube video, though, Sean paces around his apartment while Noelle takes the home pregnancy test in the bathroom. It’s an anxious wait, and after Noelle comes out and reveals that it’s positive, Sean is choked up by the news.
Then, in February 2014, the couple break the happy news to Noelle’s family. But, as Sean is a comedian, it’s no ordinary announcement. Indeed, he lines up the family for a photograph and instead of “Say cheese!” Sean tells the family to say, “Say Noelle’s pregnant!” At first they think it’s a joke, but then it all sinks in.
In March, Noelle goes for an ultrasound. The doctors could tell the gender of the baby, but the couple decide not to find out. Instead, they get it written down and put into an envelope, and how they decide to open it is hilarious.
They give the envelope to an unsuspecting baker and ask her to open it in secret and bake them a cake. If the filling is pink it means they’re having a girl; if it’s blue then they’ve got a boy on the way.
Later, Sean and Noelle set up a pair of laptop screens and log on to Skype so that their parents can be there at the cake-cutting ceremony. And, as Noelle cuts a slice and picks it up, everyone can see it’s pink. They are expecting a little girl!
Over the next few months, Noelle’s bump really begins to grow. It’s amazing to watch the baby develop and to almost feel part of such an intimate event. By mid-July, the couple are celebrating two years since their engagement; a lot has happened since.
In August, around seven months into the pregnancy, Sean lays his hands on Noelle’s stomach and feels the baby kicking. As any parent knows, this is an incredible moment for them both.
In September, the couple head into the hospital to see their doctor. And, after running a couple of tests and examining Noelle, the doctor estimates that they have just a week to go before they meet their baby girl.
However, the very next day, something unexpected happens. Surprisingly, Noelle’s waters break, and she starts having contractions. So, a little ahead of schedule, Sean and Noelle head to hospital for the birth.
By lunchtime, Noelle’s contractions are getting really strong. In fact, in no time at all Noelle goes from three to eight centimeters dilated; this baby is seriously motoring.
In the final moments of the film, then, Sean is there while his daughter is actually being born. And, as the camera pans to mom, you see in her arms is Brooklyn Violet Klitzner, born on September 11, 2014. What a journey it’s been.
Finally, at the end of the clip, a message pops up telling viewers that they can follow the baby’s journey into childhood through social media. Indeed, you can head to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to view her progress.
But despite young Brooklyn’s social media presence, nothing compares to the online reaction to the video of her mom’s pregnancy. In fact, as of June 2016, the video has had close to two million views.
And it wasn’t long before the media picked up on the success of the comedian’s YouTube video. Indeed, Sean’s story would be shared by a whole host of news outlets around the world, from the SF Globe to Philippines Reports.
Fortunately, if Sean’s Instagram page is anything to go by, the Klitzner family look as though they’re doing pretty well. Brooklyn, who’s now almost two, is full of laughter – just like her dad.