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Kaylee & Cavan : a Denver Birth Story

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Every birth story is phenomenal, exciting, terrifying and wonderful; this story is all those things and more.

 

I don't want to get TOO into details about the struggle mom and dad went through to bring these precious babies into the world, suffice to say that it was hard and long and full of disappointments and sorrows. We tend to take fertility for granted and then suddenly it's difficult and we are totally unprepared for that.  These parents powered through like troopers and their reward was these perfect babies.

I am lucky to know these awesome two through my lovely wife ( she works with dad) and so one morning, she called me and said, "I think you need to get the babysitter, Chris just rushed out of here looking scared".  I texted mom right away and sure enough, her water had broken at 34 weeks and 5 days and we were in GO TIME. 

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I arrived about 45 minutes before her scheduled c section, so we sat around joking about the weird faces attached to the pain chart and making nervous jokes to lighten the mood.  Mom and Dad had waited 6 years for these little guys and the moment was now SO CLOSE. 

Denver birth photography
Denver birth photography

Finally, it was time to get ready to go into surgery. Since Alisha was early, we hadn't gotten permission from the doctor yet for me to be in the room and since she was having twins, they basically instantly vetoed extra people being in the room. 

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and then. they were here. 

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Because both babies were born before the 36 week mark they were taken straight to NICU where they had to stay for a minimum of 12 hours to monitor them. Both babies were incredibly healthy and came out truly perfect!

Denver birth Photography
Denver birth Photography
Denver birth Photography
Denver birth Photography

Because of health complications, mom wound up waiting 9 hours to see her little ones ( she had to be cleared to move safely). The meeting was intensely beautiful and still brings tears to my eyes. 

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A little video of the (long and miraculous) day:

Welcome to the world, Cavan & Kaylee

 

 

 

 

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2015- In Review

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2015- In Review

This is not an exhaustive or complete review of the nearly 50 some sessions I got the chance to do this year; if it was, well, I'd be here all night telling you about them.

My first session of the year: January 2, 2015 Ruby Blair's newborn

My last session of the year: December 31, 2015 Ruby Blair's one year

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I met some amazing moms, some spectacular fathers and truly wonderful children this year. I saw families grow and change, I saw the wonder of birth and the bittersweet joy of the first birthday. I saw a mom facing a serious illness and I saw a dad meeting his twins in the NICU. I saw dads impossibly, desperately in love with their wives and children and moms who, despite the struggle of exhaustion and the pain of breastfeeding, falling head over heels in love with their babies. 

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The familes that let me into their hearts and showed me their true selves.

The familes that let me into their hearts and showed me their true selves.

The fathers I met; adoring their children, wondering at their fatherhood.

The fathers I met; adoring their children, wondering at their fatherhood.

Motherhood; tremulous,joyful and shockingly wonderful.

Motherhood; tremulous,joyful and shockingly wonderful.

Grandmothering...enough distance to enjoy your motherhood all over again. 

Grandmothering...enough distance to enjoy your motherhood all over again. 

Cousins that I had the pleasure of meeting and seeing their new and growing bonds.

Cousins that I had the pleasure of meeting and seeing their new and growing bonds.

and of course, my personal project the Spirit Animal series. Magic in my heart and magic in the prints. 

and of course, my personal project the Spirit Animal series. Magic in my heart and magic in the prints. 

 

I saw you all and you made my year perfect and whole.

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Thank you.


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