On April 24th, 2017 we welcomed Sadie Mae into the world.
We started trying for this sweet little girl almost 3 years ago shortly after we were married in June of 2014. There are still many people that don’t know that we lost our first pregnancy back in January. We had been hoping and dreaming of getting pregnant again and on August 7th, the day we were due with our first baby, I knew in my heart that it was time to test. I had been praying not only to get pregnant again but also for the strength I needed to accept it if I wasn’t able to carry a baby to full term. I was filled with so much excitement and joy when I watch that test turn to positive. I ran to the front yard where Steven was mowing to share the good news. He knew instantly when he saw my face.
It was a hard day with the loss of our first but it was also a great day with the blessing of the beginning of our adventures with Sadie.
The night before Sadie joined us on the outside world, we were scheduled to go to the hospital to be induced. Just before we were due to arrive; I got a call asking us to kill sometime because they weren’t quite ready for us. As we were killing time, my body actually started the process on its own.
When we got to the hospital we still needed to wait so my husband and I played a little UNO to pass the time.
It was the most amazing thing when I saw little Miss Sadie for the first time with her full head of hair. I’ll never forget that first view of her. “She is so beautiful” I kept saying. A few moments later the nurses took her aside because she had inhaled meconium and her oxygen wasn’t at the level that it should be. This might have been one of the hardest moments of my life. All I wanted was for my baby to be in my arms. I started thinking “what if she doesn’t make it”. The next week would prove to be one of the hardest times for Steven and I as we spent it in the NICU.
My heart ached and I know longer had the strength to take photos (with my pro camera anyways). It was the last thing on my mind really. There was so many tubes and wires hooked up to our little girl for us to count. It was so painful to see her like this but she is one tough little girl.
As Sadie started to get better and our future was looking bright I was kicking myself for not having my camera with me. With everything that was going on it ended up going home with our 'extra stuff'. Luckily one of my dear friends and very talented photographers was able to join us to capture Sadie's first bath the night before she got to go home. Bath Photos below photo credit: Sannetta of The Art of The Unscripted. She is your gal when your looking for a birth photographer!