Friday, October 30, 2009
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep - Baby Samuel
Last week Katie and I had the true pleasure of photographing baby Samuel. Debra, Samuel's mom, contacted us directly a couple weeks ago but found us through the NILMDTS website.
Debra found out at 23 weeks that baby Samuel had Trisomy 13, a chromosome disorder, that would not allow him to live outside the womb. She carried him until he was 33 weeks. I would not normally post something like this but Debra said that it was ok. I can't tell you how neat her family is and how special it was to us that we were part of such a private time in their lives. The pictures that I posted were one's that Debra took of Katie shooting and me assisting. I am usually crying the entire time so Katie and I make a great team. We both say that we could never do a NILMDTS shoot without each other!
While pregnant Debra made the most beautiful knitted clothes for Samuel. She learned how to knit during her last pregnany. (Debra lost her sweet Isabel at 36 weeks just two years ago.) I did get to meet her three children that are 12, 10 and 4. You just wonder why this family had to go through something like this not once BUT TWICE! Why..........
In the room with us was her midwife and I can't say enough good things about her, such a beautiful person. She also brought a midwife that was in training, she playing such beautiful soft music on her guitar and sang a couple songs, so peaceful. People always ask Katie and I how we volunteer for NILMDTS and now I can't imagine not being part of such a needed organization! I feel like every shoot I do helps me heal and honor Max and Benjamin.
I know that god brought Debra in my life and I thank him for that. Please pray for her and her family!