Happy “BIRTH” Day Hadley!
Last January, as I was walking my friend, Kristie, and her daughter to the door after photographing Bellamy’s first birthday cake smash session, I remember Kristie telling me, “You know this isn’t the last you’ll see of us. We’re still growing.” I responded with a smile. She then said, “do you hear me?” I’m not sure I realized then what she was telling me. Actually, when I do the math – it doesn’t add up, but it wasn’t too far after that day that I found out that Kristie was expecting…and then a few more months beyond that that I found out she would be having another little girl. Then, on November 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm, little Miss Hadley was born and this wonderful family’s hearts grew at two sizes. I’ve actually been on baby watch for over a week. Kristie texted me that they were officially on baby watch and I found myself looking at my calendar almost daily to figure out when I might be able to get to the hospital. As God would have it, the details fell right into place. Bellamy (Hadley’s sister) was able to have her Halloween, and Kristie was induced on Saturday morning. Childcare (aka grandparents) stepped in to take care of Bellamy and I had a cancellation on Sunday that allowed me to be there before they were discharged. So on Sunday afternoon, after another portrait session, I headed off to the hospital to meet this precious baby girl…all 6 lbs, 3 oz, 20 inches of her. Interestingly enough, the exact same size that Felicity was when she was born. Such a little peanut…wearing a pumpkin cap! To be honest, I’ve never done any hospital newborn photos, but man…did I fall in love! I don’t know if it’s the smell of a sweet newborn child…the love between the parents that seems to fill up the room…or just the excitement of witnessing one of God’s little miracles. Whatever it was, I told Kristie that I need a few more friends to have babies stat! And then I emailed my 36 week pregnant friend, Casey and told her that I wanted to photograph her new baby in a few weeks. Hadley was a dream to photograph. After chasing toddlers the past few weeks for family portraits, it was nice to photograph someone that won’t run away from me. It doesn’t hurt that she’s also gorgeous. And you know what? I get to see her again tomorrow for a home session! You’re going to see a lot of this sweet baby over the next year and I can’t hardly wait to capture all the sweet moments along the way. For now though – welcome to the world Hadley! And Congratulations Kristie, Todd and Bellamy!