To watch you grow and struggle…
A fight we know you’ll win…
To see you face these challenges…
time and time again…
You are our little warrior…
each battle overcome…
To be here in our arms…
we love you little one.
I know I say this all the time but I seriously witness true miracles every single day and today was no exception. To see this little fighter in the studio, now a healthy beautiful big girl was just mind blowing. Not that long ago her chances of survival were a worry, she was hooked up to machines, she was literally fighting for every breath. Yet today she rewarded us with her courage and her will…such an honour. I first met this sweet girl months ago in the NICU and was so excited when her mumma and papa decided to brave the big world of taking a vulnerable premature baby out of the house, on oxygen, mind you, all so we could capture special memories of her on her journey this small.
It breaks my heart that not only families in their situation have missed out on a traditional newborn session since their babies are born so early but when they finally are well enough to take home, leaving the house can be completely daunting. To see the look of trust and reassurance on mumma’s face when she arrived in the studio today and handed me her little love was such a treat. I always want clients to feel safe and relaxed with their little ones in my care, but this is a whole extra layer. I hope it makes coming out of the house and sharing your little ones with the world, even briefly for a session, all the more comforting.
We had the best session today with this sweet princess, she was so relaxed and laid back, snuggled up and just let us work our magic. We created a beautiful gallery of soft pinks, creams and whites with a few special set ups, including stars to fit with her nursery theme. I’ll let her mumma share a little of their journey…their story so far…and I’ll pop some gorgeous pictures in for good measure.
Our journey began in 2005 when Reece and I started seeing each other. He was new to Brisbane and started teaching at the same school as me. We soon became friends then room mates and the rest is history. We were never in a rush to start a family as we both worked with kids all day long however the time did come and we welcomed our little boy, Mason in 2013.
Mason was a handful to say the least so it took us a while to warm to the idea of giving him a sibling. Once we decided to take the plunge, we soon realised it wasn’t going to be as easy as I had Ashermans Syndrome caused by scraping of my lining after having Mason. This was then the beginning of many procedures, including two hysteroscopies and a course of IVF which we were unsuccessful with. Finally we decided to give acupuncture a go before calling it quits and we fell pregnant after two years of trying.
This pregnancy was a lot different to my last and I had lots of issues early on; varicose veins, hip problems, fluid retention but the one that forced me to visit Sunnybank Hospital at only 23 weeks was Braxton Hicks (well that’s what I thought they were). I very quickly found out that I was in preterm labour and was transferred to Mater Mothers Hospital. An ultrasound found a blood clot at the base of my cervix. I was told I needed to remain in hospital for a week until my next ultrasound to assess any changes…I didn’t see the week out.
My water broke two days later and at 24 weeks and 1 day, I started having contractions.
Our beautiful baby girl, Chloe, was born on the 22nd of September at 800 grams and 34 cm long, she was 16 weeks early.
Chloe spent the first 119 days of her life in the NICU with some amazing people supporting her. The first 4 weeks of her life were spent on a ventilator as her lungs weren’t developed enough for her to independently breathe. She then moved onto NIPV, CPAP, High flow, Low flow, back to High flow and finally home on oxygen. She received 3 blood transfusions while in hospital, had her eyes tested regularly (and got the all clear until we take her for a yearly check up next year), was poked and prodded regularly. Overall she had no major set backs.
Chloe is a true fighter and has endured more in her little life than many of us have as adults. We love our little princess dearly and pinch ourselves everyday as we know we are one lucky family to have her at home with us.
Thankyou Amanda for capturing this special moment for us, we really appreciate it.
Now considering this little love is actually 4.5kg and months old…we were so happy we could get her snuggled up on this adorable little bed set up. She just dosed right off and it was all things lovely!
Who saw the live feed I did of this set up? Chloe was all smiles…until I picked my camera up, of course!! Cheeky miss!
When mumma asked for pinks I instantly wanted to use this stunning mat…it went perfectly with our set ups today.
A special image with stars to go with Chloe’s nursery theme…
There’s just something dreamy about a little bubba all in white….
So sweetly nestled amongst the flowers….
“To watch you grow and flourish….from tiny, small and new…
And now your wings are boundless….your beauty it is true.”
I wanted to create a special image to celebrate Chloe’s magical transformation over the past few months from something so small and vulnerable to something truly strong and beautiful. My mumma made this golden butterfly…I hope it’s perfect.x.
Chloe it was an absolute honour not only to witness your journey through the NICU but to see you today so healthy and strong. It is the greatest gift.
Jasmin, Reece and Mason….thank you for sharing your gorgeous girl with me and for trusting me with the privilege.x.