I am a bit heartbroken that Brady's first year is over. I absolutely adore this family and seeing them once a year from now on is just not gonna cut it! I have loved watching their babies grow and I can't express my gratitude for continuing to trust me to document these precious times. I love you Gaia family! <3 p="">
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wright is a growing boy! He looks so much like his big sister. He was very sleepy and even took a little nap in the middle of his session this morning. After that, he got a second wind and we were friends again. Such a cutie!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I say it all the time, but I swear I have the most gorgeous clients! I had the pleasure of meeting this clan this afternoon for Nolan's newborn session. He has his momma's luscious lips and they are perfect. I had such a wonderful time with them all (and Nolan has everyone smitten...but his big sister never strayed far from him). Such a handsome little guy!
Did I mention how expressive this kid is?!? ;)
I was so sad when this family moved to Arizona a couple years ago, but I have been lucky enough to have them visit. I was so excited to see them this trip because I was able to meet their sweet baby boy! HR is such a happy little guy and looks so much like his big sister, Kate. I love, love, loved seeing them this morning. :)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I was very tempted to bring this red-headed baby girl home with me today. Miss Eloise is such a beauty! She slept like a dream for her entire session, but when she was up she was not afraid to be heard. She also gave me the biggest mess of the year thus far. Ha! I loved meeting this gorgeous girl (and her Mommy & grandmother) and I'm excited to document her first year.
Victoria was 9 days overdue, so she and Mitchell checked into the hospital at 4:30AM yesterday morning. She was already 5cm dilated, so her doctor broke her water and her body took over...
It was a beautiful day and I grabbed a couple of shots as I parked (and picked up some Burt's Bee's as requested for Victoria). I always mention that births are my absolute favorite thing to photograph, but it's even more special when I am doing it for my dear friends. It's such an overwhelmingly emotional experience and I am so grateful that they trusted me to take part in this adventure again with them.
Victoria was still smiling when I arrived, so Mitchell stepped out to grab some lunch.
She kept looking over at the warmer and talking about how there was going to be a baby in there soon. We were so excited!
Victoria was hoping for no interventions, so she walked the halls to try and get things moving.
Contractions were starting to get painful, so she requested to be taken off the monitors. She spent lots of time on the birthing ball and Mitchell was helping her through each wave of pain by massaging her back and helping with the pressure on her hips.
It was so beautiful to watch them together. Victoria was absolutely incredible and so wonderful about trying to keep her body from holding tension with each contraction.
Victoria was having terrible back labor. She was able to vocalize where she wanted Mitchell to keep pressure/massage and they were such a team. It was very difficult for me to document her because I wanted to offer her support as well (and I tagged team Mitchell a couple of times to try and give him a break). She was so strong and determined.
After many hours of laboring without any medication, she was "9.5cm" dilated (there was only the tiniest lip of cervix left). She was exhausted and asked for her epidural. She was completely dilated by the time it was placed, but she still had awhile to go because baby boy was still very high. She was able to rest for a couple hours before she had to work hard again...
Victoria's mom and aunt stopped in to check on her and update with how Ryatt (their 2 year-old) was doing.
It was finally time to have a baby!
Victoria worked SO incredibly hard and pushed for hours. This baby was very cozy inside. There was some concern that he may have been to big for her to push out, but I think all that talk motivated her to work even harder. She was a rock star!
This is the moment...
He has curly blond hair like his brother!
Welcome to the world, Charles Fitz! You have some amazing parents and an awesome big brother and sister. I can't wait to see you again!!
Victoria and Mitchell--you guys blow me away.
Thank you for letting me take part in Fitz's birthday. Love you all!