Posted on November 30, 2009
It’s cyber Monday. Yay sales, right? I hoped that I would have this post up earlier than now but there is a certain little peanut that keeps changing my plans, so to make up for it, I decided that I’ll keep the sale open all week long! Yep, an entire week to be able to take advantage of these great specials.
If you want to book a special or have any questions, email me at cherron @ raininglightphotos.com
Posted on November 29, 2009
I was able to go outside and enjoy the end of a beautiful day with my two oldest girls recently. It was nice to let them just run around like crazy children while I tried to snap some photos of them. I got a ton of cute shots of Tatum. I also got a lot of cute shots of Paeton running away from me.
Here are a few of Miss Tot.
I think I may need to put her hair in pigtails more often. She looked so adorable.
They did surprise me and let me get this photo of the two of them together. I do believe this will be on our wall soon!
Perhaps right along side this one?
The little stuffed animal is named Peepers. He was a gift from Daddy to Aryah, but Tatum has sort of adopted him until she is bigger.
I’m going to miss the warm weather.
Posted on November 29, 2009
Now, first of all, let me say that I’m so glad that I’m much better at this with babies who belong to other people! My little peanut would NOT go to sleep no matter what tricks I tried to pull. Out of an almost three hour session, I only got a super small handful of photos that I like. I did, however, get these two that I just LOVE. And that makes it all worth it for me.
Hard to believe that she was supposed to be born this Wednesday but instead will be almost a month old! I can’t believe it sometimes.
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Posted on November 22, 2009
Sweet Kaity has been waiting oh so patiently for these photographs. She is the senior that I mentioned in my last post whose session took place the day before I was hospitalized. She said that a lot of her friends had done urban sessions and that she wanted nature for her photos. I love the location that we picked. It wasn’t as colorful as it was just a week before the session, but it was still gorgeous and I think we got some fantastic shots. I had a hard time narrowing down a handful for the sneak peek.
Isn’t she gorgeous?
Kaity, I hope you enjoy these and I can’t wait to show you the rest!
Posted on November 22, 2009
Wow. So much has happened in the last few weeks. Where to start? Well, my maternity leave was supposed to start on the first of November, but I still had a few loose ends to tie up. In fact, I even had a session on the 4th that I squeezed in for a wonderful senior girl at the last minute. (I’ll be showing her sneak peek later today. ) I remember her asking about the pregnancy and I joked about how ready I was for the baby to be born. Typical banter for a pregnant momma at 35 weeks, right? It’s not the most comfortable of situations by that point, but if I would have realized how close I was to not being pregnant anymore, I’m not so sure I would have been joking about it!
The next day I had a routine appointment with my doctor as well as an ultrasound to check on the baby’s growth one last time before the home stretch to delivery. I have to have c-sections and my doctor likes to make sure that my babies are all looking good since they are taken at 39 weeks. I’m so glad that he does this! The ultrasound showed that my amniotic fluid levels were really low. Also, we discovered my blood pressure was very high and still climbing. I was starting to show signs of preeclampsia. Again. I suffered through that with my first pregnancy and ended up having major complications as well. I knew how serious this could be, but I was only 35 weeks! Towards the end of the pregnancy when I started to get really swollen, I told John at one point that I felt like I was starting to look like I did when I was pregnant with my son. The thought that I might end up with preeclampsia again was a vague concern for me, but never did I think that I might end up with a preemie because of it.
I was sent to the hospital to be monitored and was told that it wasn’t known yet if a delivery would be that day, the next, or the following week, but there was no way I was going full term. After many hours on the monitor (all on my left side, too, ouch!!) it was decided that I’d have another ultrasound the next morning to check the fluid levels. If they were high enough, I would be sent home on strict bed rest to try and make it to 37 weeks. If they were not adequate, we would be having a baby that day. This plan, by the way, was formed about five that evening and I was starving!! See, I woke up late that morning and didn’t have a chance to eat breakfast before my morning doctor’s appointment. Since there was a chance that I would have to go into surgery, they wouldn’t let me eat anything all day until a game plan was established. Oh, it was a long, hungry day. I’ve never been so happy to see food!
The next morning the ultrasound showed that my fluid levels had actually dropped in the night. I was having a baby that day. Five weeks early. It was pretty shocking. I tried not to think about the bad things that could occur with an early baby. Besides, 35 weeks was a lot better than 30 weeks! Things could always be worse, right?
Aryah (Uh-rye-uh) was born on the 6th on November and weighed four pounds and thirteen ounces. She was able to breathe on her own and never required help to maintain her temperature. We were so lucky. She did have some problems with eating the first few days. She would get tired very quickly and wasn’t getting enough calories, so she had to have an NG tube, but even that obstacle was taken care of within days. I admitted into the hospital on a Thursday, discharged on the following Monday, but stayed in the hospital with Aryah until her discharge on that Wednesday. They let us take her home weighing only four pounds and nine ounces. She was soo itty bitty.
She is now two weeks old and weighs a whopping five pounds! Still itty bitty. Still very precious. Here is a snapshot that her daddy took of her while we were in the hospital.
We are taking her official portraits tomorrow since John has the weekend off and can help out.