A Rainbow Baby Maternity Session
You do not know how happy we are to finally be able to share this wonderful news. A beautiful Rainbow Baby was born and we cannot wait to meet him! This month month marks my 1 year anniversary as a volunteer photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS). I know I say it a lot but volunteering with this organization has changed my life so much. Last year I told you about the very first family that I had the honor of serving as a NILMDTS volunteer and how despite the heartbreaking loss of their daughter Malia, they remained the sweetest, most humble family I have ever met. This remains true today.
Over the past year, Sam and I have grown to be friends with this beautiful soul and her family. My son and her son have been on several play dates together and I was so honored when at one of these play dates she told me she was expecting again. We couldn’t be happier for her. Of course you can imagine how scary this was for her and why she decided not to tell anyone or post it on social media. Of course Sam and I offered to photography her maternity session and at first she was very reluctant and wasn’t sure if she wanted to but I told her I understood and that the offer was there if she changed her mind. It wasn’t until just a few weeks ago, she decided she was thinking about going ahead with the maternity session after all. I was so excited.
Nothing is more beautiful than an expectant mother and this was is no different. She was just glowing with beauty. It was so beautiful to include her daughter Malia in the photos as well. She brought a beautiful white kitty from Build A Bear with an angelic white dress similar to Malia’s. I’m not going to lie, when we watched the slide show, we were both in tears! I am so glad she decided to go ahead and go through with the maternity session. It was just so touching and Sam and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving.
The thank you I got from her after the session was over had me crying so hard I couldn’t even finish reading it to Sam. I hope she doesn’t mind that I share some of this with you but these are some of the kindest words I have ever heard and am so blessed to have crossed paths even in the worst situations.
“… You guys have given us memories to last a lifetime. Memories to show us that though the storm may have been rough and ugly, there is something beautiful that can come in the end. These pictures will remind us that we together as a family made it through and brought beauty and life back into our family…”
Before I started volunteering with NILMDTS, I never knew what a Rainbow Baby was but now I know that it is a beautiful blessing and miracle. Congratulations to all of Mr. Liam’s family, we cannot wait to meet him at his newborn session, this baby boy is already loved by all so much! Thank you so much to Kim Ramirez from Makeup by Kim Ramirez for the gorgeous makeup application, be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram for more of her work. Keep on the lookout for my blog on his newborn session in the next few weeks- he’s absolutely adorable!!!
Two Piece Maternity gown by Ana Brandt, TAoPan