This family looks a little different from the last time I saw them, soothing their newborn and settling into a new, strange life rhythm. Coleman is now an intelligent, vivacious, wildly curious kid, and I’m so impressed with the individual he’s become! I still see that newborn in him, though, and won’t ever forget seeing him for the first time in the hospital, his parents both stunned and thrilled, having birthed him unexpectedly at home. I think he showed the world even as a newborn that nothing could stop him from drinking life in, from exploring, and from inspiring others to come along, too! He’s going to show his baby sister the world, and I know they’ll have the most unimaginable adventures together!
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. .:: As this child’s birthday approaches, I’m reminded, once again, that I’m totally off my blogging game. I’ve loved putting together this post and thinking back on my sessions with this beautiful family. We weren’t sure whether we’d have time to squeeze in a maternity session before baby girl’s birth, but I was so delighted when it worked out! I about froze them to death for certain, but enjoyed the cool quiet air, most sound dampened by the snow, interrupted only by our laughter. They were great sports!
This surrogacy journey was brimming with little miracles throughout, small things that blessed my heart, particularly as I’ve been struggling with infertility myself. I’m so excited to share this journey with you, and this is just the beginning. Don’t miss their birth film in the Gallery! ::. .
. .:: It was a drizzly, overcast day, and we were so close to rescheduling, but decided to stick it out. I’m so very glad we did! This woman is vibrant and beautiful inside and out, and over the course of this journey, I’m so honored we have become friends. ::. .
Expecting Vivien :: Denver Maternity Photos
Less than two years ago, I was photographing a birth at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado, when I received the call from Kayla (the gorgeous woman in these photos) that she was in active labor at a different hospital. It's one of those rare scenarios where I wish I could clone myself and be with two families at once. Luckily, Kim was available to back me up and be with her until I could get there (this was long before we established a formal partnership!) After the Sky Ridge baby was born, I zipped on over to relieve Kim, and got to be there for Ezra's birth as well! (Ezra is the handsome boy you see in these photos!)
This month, I thought I very well could find myself in the EXACT same scenario. These same two clients were both pregnant again with due dates that could conflict. My rational mind knew it was highly unlikely, but when it comes to birth, I'm a little superstitious. The whole point of my partnership with Kim is to have less stress surrounding potential conflicts, both for my sanity and the sanity of our clients. At the same time, I couldn't ignore how I so desperately wanted to be with both families, as they're both so special to me! I was so thrilled to tell Kayla that the other baby, the most beautiful little girl, had been born early, and there would be no chance of conflict this time around!
So now we patiently wait for little Ira, for those first signs of labor, very much aware that second babies sometimes come very quickly. I love this moment of pause, (though most of my clients detest it and just want baby OUT). These are the last nights she'll cuddle her single child and kiss him goodnight, the last moments as a mother of one. A strange period where time is suspended and every day could be the day. I think it's just so unique and beautiful.
- Michelle -
To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited.
– By Anne Buchanan & Debra Klingsporn
Cuddling at home, getting the fur babies in on the action, and then exploring Colorado's beautiful outdoors allowed us to get such a fun variety of images! This is Kim's maternity session in Denver, Colorado.
Kimberly's Maternity Session in Denver, Colorado