I spent a Saturday morning with this beautiful family to capture sweet Emmeline at 1 year old. We stopped at one of their favorite local restaurants, Nighthawks, and then played at a nearby park.
My doula. My friend. And my first home birth session. Their two girls woke in time to be there there with them and the oldest cut the cord (with Daddy’s help) <3
She’s my remarkable doula and she’s helped so many!! I recently had the honor of photographing her home birth with sweet Connor (those pics coming soon) but first, wanted to get a little sneak peek together for Mom and Dad of his mini newborn session… Sweet little lovable Connor and his two big adoring sisters!
Oh, this day… A day that is forever engraved in their hearts and one I’ll never forget. Marcy and I became friends over the last few years. We have a beautiful mutual friend in Lisa, who connected us after Marcy and Nick experienced their first miscarriage. Those of use who have experienced loss are in a club – not one that I would ever want anyone I love to be a part of, but here we are… There is a different kind of sadness that I don’t think others can quite grasp until they’ve walked in our shoes. So when Marcy and Nick had their first loss and she didn’t know who to talk to about it. Lisa connected us. We talked… a lot… and we cried even more. A mom’s heart in a situation like this goes through so many emotions and I’ve found through my own losses that there is comfort when someone else “gets it” and can talk through these feelings with each other. We started chatting on Facebook but quickly exchanged numbers and have kept in touch ever since, unfortunately, both through an additional loss each. Marcy became a friend that I knew would be in my life forever, she has the kind of heart that you absolutely do not find every day. She sent me a ring after our last loss that I still wear every day. It’s a beautiful reminder of God’s love and plans in our lives. You’ll see a theme in this post about Marcy’s heart, but for now… let’s move onto the day Nick & Marcy got to finally meet and hold two sweet baby girls!
The plan was to go natural, but circumstances made for different plans and a c-section to meet these babies. Regardless, these two were beyond excited to meet their twins! And having a scheduled c-section meant that I was definitely going to make it to the birth on time. They delivered at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Normally, I wouldn’t drive 3.5 hours (one way) for a birth, but because it was Marcy and she said that she couldn’t imagine anyone else there to capture these moments, I knew that I had to be there. I drove down the night before the c-section where unbeknownst to me, Marcy called and completely paid for my room. Early the next morning, Nick and Marcy arrived and were prepped for surgery. I arrived shortly after and was prepped as well. I’ll let the images tell the rest of their incredible story…
Nick waited nervously to be called into the operating room. They didn’t know the sex of the babies. This is Marcy’s beautiful reaction to the first baby being a healthy girl <3 They had two girls. This was the first moment that Nick and Marcy both got to see Mila’s face. Harper had extra fluid in her lungs and needed to spend a few hours in the special care nursery on a CPAP machine. They weren’t able to hold her until much later. Here they are rolling Harper over to meet her Mommy and Daddy before going to the Neonatal Unit. Mila was able to stay with Marcy in the recovery room. Nick followed Harper to the neonatal unit. It was so sweet to watch him love & care for their baby girl – he refused to leave her side until she was out of the neonatal unit so she knew she wasn’t alone. <3 After Marcy was out of recovery, I was able to go back with her. Moments after leaving the recovery room on her way to see Harper, Marcy saw her best friend (who had been there all day!) in the waiting room. The joy that they both felt in these moments – to see Marcy holding her own baby – was one that I hope they never forget. It was beautiful! The first moment that Marcy got to hold Harper. These girls are such a blessing and I’m so thankful they are here! Congratulations dear friends!!!