Child rearing myth #1: Labor ends when the baby is born.
Just last week I was honored with the invitation to go to one of our local NICUs (we have several!) to photograph oh so precious twin babies Nathan and Penny (short for Penelope, love it!). At that time, the twins had been in the NICU for 7 weeks, born at the high and low ends of 3 lbs each, now weighing both 7 lbs respectively. GORGEOUS!! Penny was getting ready to hit the road the next day and go home, leaving brother in the NICU for a short while longer. They had only been together once in the 7 weeks and we were unable to get them together for these photos. BUT, when we do their homecoming session, I’m excited to get them together! Big sister Amelia is such a little gem and just love loves loves loves LOVES her new baby brother and sister. All she wanted to do was cuddle them, tell them about their nursery, count their toes, comfort them. Sigh… These are just a few of the photos I’m GIVING to Nathan and Penny’s parents, as in case you did not know, ALL NICU SESSIONS ARE COMPLIMENTARY. Yep, 100% no cost to parents. These are done privately with me independent of any organization. Why? Well the question really would be, why not? Parents of NICU babies go through more stress than any brand new parents and I think deserve a little pick me up for all their sacrifices and dedication to their little fighters. Time in the NICU drags on daily but flies by weekly. Three of my nephews/niece were in the NICU up in Canada. I have a heart for NICU mommies and daddies. These times need to be documented because when the babes are ‘caught up’ to the kids their age and the kid running and screaming around outside will never appear so fragile ever again.
Nathan was first up to be photographed. He really wasn’t too happy at first but Momma’s magic touch and Amelia’s devotion calmed the little guy. Sorry this set is so tiny, I accidentally resized too small and I’m tired, so it is what it is.
And sweet happy little Penny. Now, to give some credit to Nathan, Penny was calm and sleepy because she had just been fed by Grandma and Nathan’s feeding was after his photos (gotta stick to the schedule!). The photo of Amelia snuggling Penny happened in literally 2 seconds and my heart LEAPT when I caught it. Seriously, can that image get any sweeter between sisters?? And Penny smiled for me, she really really did!
“Please, no more pictures!”
I will be sharing more photographs with my blog readers as part of my picture of the day (whenever I get it kicked off!), which will feature random photos from past sessions because there are thousands of images that are just precious as can be that are never shared and well, photographs are meant to be shared.
Nathan and Penny, I can’t wait to see you when you’re both at home and be able to capture your devoted momma, daddy, and big sister loving you to the moon and back. See you soon!
P.S. I am IN LOVE with this black and white conversion. This may be a new one that sticks!