Fragile bird your fight was big…at times your wings they failed you…
But time again you proved us wrong…your spirit strong, it saved you…
We loved you hard…despite the fight…& waited while you grew…
Our little dove you’ve flourished now…the fight in you was true.
Now I know I say this regularly but I truly am so privileged to share in the journey of so many miracles and today’s little man could be described as nothing other than that. I’ll let his mumma share their journey below and I’ll share some pics along the way but today my heart is full. There were laughs, there were tears of awe at just how far this special guys has come. So much love for this special family.
This beautiful image shared by his family and taken by a very special Heartfelt photographer show’s just how far this little warrior has come and the story below shows just the strength it takes for a mumma and papa to weather such a storm….
On a beautiful autumn afternoon, we were excitedly inspecting our new future property, imagining what it would be like to raise our little “peanut” in our dream family home. The pregnancy had been uneventful, and at 24 weeks my bump had only recently started to show and resemble the fact I was growing a small human. That day I’d felt uncomfortable and experienced some back pain, and the usual tiredness that comes with pregnancy. Within a few hours the cramps escalated and increased in frequency. My husband and I drove to the PAC at Mater Mother’s, assuming after a quick check over we’d be sent on our way. Only to be advised by our obstetrician we were about to become parents. At 1:04am, at 24+6 weeks we met our little boy, Carter James, weighing 675g, following an emergency caesarian. We were thrown into a world we didn’t know existed. Never had we experienced so much love and pain all at once. We woke each day feeling empty and hollow, and at night walked out the hospital doors wondering what the next day would bring. However, nothing was tougher than the battle our little fighter took on; the hurdles he faced and challenges he overcame. Carter grew in strength each day, and proved to everyone he was here to stay. After 108 days in the NICU and on the first day of spring, we took our baby boy home. Now, 5.5months later, weighing 4.7kg, we wake to his gorgeous cheeky smile and mischievous personality. The phenomenal love and support of the nurses, our friends and our families helped us not only cope, but find joy amongst the pain. They gave us the courage to face each day. Without you, the journey would not have been possible, and our beautiful family wouldn’t be what it is today.
This guy though…from that teeny tiny peanut to all kinds of lush, rolls for days, smooshy lips and eye lashes beyond….
Sigh…all kinds of lovely…and can we just take a moment to appreciate the most divine hair you’ve ever seen…those adorable little curls on the top were everything! And how special is this little necklace with Carter’s name engraved on it that was gifted to his mumma.
Night night little guy….
We may have all breathed a collective sigh when this little guy, a 5.5mth old newborn, not only slept but transferred into this sweet bum up pose usually reserved for freshie newborns!! I hope mumma loves it as much as I do…I mean who doesn’t love a cute little tooshie!
There’s just something about little bubba’s tucked into bed….
This gorgeous little bear and sheepskin were both gifted to Carter so I just had to include them in today’s special session….
This was our first set up the day…when mumma arrived she said…he doesn’t sleep during the day and he hates to be swaddled….he he he…ok mumma!
While Carter may have been a little bigger (now) than most of my usual newborns, I adore these teeny felt hearts because they show just how small their little hands truly are…
I just adore this shot…this wrap was the only thing mumma had a chance to buy for her sweet boy before he arrived unexpectedly so early….I love including things in our sessions that have such a special meaning and will stay with this little guy forever.
Ok, I can’t even with this guy…seriously the laughter that was involved in this shot after we snipped his nappy off with scissors while he was snoozing, wiggled and jiggled him into this knit romper that may have been a touch too small and then plopped him in this bowl…he just looked at us like….what on earth are you lot doing? Oh Carter, so worth it in the end, you could not be any cuter if you tried…even with your signature frown!
I never, ever, want a family to miss out on capturing that special newborn stage, even if it is 5.5mths down the track and the fact that I had the immense privilege of not only caring for this sweet guy in the NICU but also to capture those magic moments for them today was just the very best. This little man is a warrior like no other and he deserved to celebrated for all the struggles he has fought and won.
Carter, I love you to pieces, you and your family are so very sweet and it was the best gift to see you all today.
Kate & Keli, your strength and courage is a true inspiration and Carter could not have chosen more perfect parents…I hope you love your sneak peak.x.