I remember getting a voicemail as I was getting ready for bed and immediately listened to her husband saying they were headed to the hospital.  (I didn’t even get a missed call!)  Well, from the background sounds of mama I knew I should just get there.  She was nearly fully dilated when she arrived and soon we had a baby girl!  She has two older brothers who love her immensely and now mama isn’t outnumbered!  Happy first birthday sweet girl!!  Enjoy some from her maternity and birthday!

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I hardly have the words for this super special birthday blog.

Katie contacted me late in her pregnancy and explained their situation…wondering if I’d be up to capturing their little girl, hoping for more than minutes with her.  My heart wept for them but gladly accepted.  When I met Joe and Katie in the park I ached for them thinking how ‘deserving’ they were.  I prayed for this little girl HARD.

I remember posting a photo of me all suited up ready to go into the OR and asking for prayers.  I felt in my spirit God was about to show off.

Baby Eleanor wasn’t expected to live past birth—her bell-shaped chest would cause her not to breathe outside of the womb according to all the sonograms (it was measuring at 2.5% percentile!). Well she defeated all odds, and I truly believe God increased her chest size moments before birth.  In her video you’ll literally see the OB shrug her shoulders… a loud WAIL was the last thing anyone expected.

She has Arthrogryposis (arth-ro-grip-OH-sis) meaning a child is born with joint contractures. This means some of their joints don’t move as much as normal and may even be stuck in one position. Often the muscles around these joints are thin, weak, stiff or missing.

About 1 baby in 3,000 is born with arthrogryposis.

Arthrogryposis does not get worse over time. For most children, treatment can lead to big improvements in how they can move and what they can do.

Most children with arthrogryposis have typical cognitive and language skills. Most have a normal life span. Most lead independent, fulfilling lives as adults. However, some need lifelong help with daily activities. Some walk, and others use a wheelchair.

It’s been an HONOR to witness and share this miracle.  Sweet Eleanor God has BIG plans for you!  Thankful for your story and life!

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It’s always a special honor to capture any photos for a family but especially so when there’s photography background involved.  Chris’ husband, Ian, is a local photographer in Salina and they chose *me* all the way from Wichita to capture their special day of their fourth son.  I enjoyed every moment of getting to know this family from eating dinner with them, reading books to their boys, and sneaking a few minutes of sleep on their comfy couch.  This momma labored HARD and her hard-work sure paid off as she delivered her 10 pound 4 ounce son into the morning hours.

Thank you for letting me share this special day and happy FIRST birthday to such a sweet little brother!

Oh, and

YES their hands are full.

NO they won’t try again just for a girl.

YES their mom is outnumbered.

And they are 100% completely happy. 🙂

 

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This was a photographer’s dream birth—beautiful light, gorgeous family, passionate care providers, creative freedom, natural emotion….  I was honored to capture this day for this family and to be reminded how natural birth is.  Just two hours after delivery they were packed up and heading home, and momma hardly looked like she even had a baby!  Now, not all births go this smoothly, but I’ll take all of them I can get. 😉  SO proud of you Lacey and thrilled you got the birth experience you were searching for.  You are SUCH a beautiful person!  Also, love the ladies at Wichita Birth Assistance always and forever!

Happy first birthday sweet Leah!  You might never get to date buuuuut boys are overrated. 😉  Enjoy a few from her maternity, birth story, and newborn sweetness!

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This sweet boy and his family are pretty precious to us and his mom is a total rockstar—even cutting her own cord!   Enjoy a few from her maternity, birth, and newborn session!  And happy FIRST birthday sweet Koen!

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