This Tacoma family became a family of 6 with the arrival of their beautiful newborn baby girl, Signe. It is such an honor when I am chosen to capture a new addition at my natural light studio near Tacoma, right in the heart of downtown Sumner; especially so when referred by a friend. Mom contacted me at the insistence of a mutual friend who I also did a newborn photoshoot for. I especially enjoy the earthy natural color palette that mom chose for her session. Since she was also born in December we honored the holidays with a little red and green Pacific Northwest inspired Christmas set up as well. I have a feeling these pictures became extra meaningful after hearing mom’s birth story; she was so kind to allow me to share that with you as well.
Our daughter was set to arrive via c-section on December 14th, at 39 weeks. I was counting down the days, but felt thankful for the much needed time to prepare for Christmas and enjoy our favorite holiday traditions with our 3 older kids. I was looking forward to gingerbread houses, a Santa picture, Lucia Day-which celebrates our Swedish heritage and more! I went in for my bi-weekly non-stress test on December 4th and was sent to the hospital following the test because our baby’s heartbeat was steady, but non reactive. I was both scared and excited at the prospect of meeting our little girl sooner than I had planned.
I had been having contractions on and off over the last few days, but as I was checked into the hospital it was becoming more apparent that I was in the beginning stages of labor. After several hours of IV fluids and monitoring the doctor decided our daughter needed to be born. While there isn’t anything I find especially appealing about the bright, sterile environment of the operating room, I couldn’t wait to meet our girl, Signe.
She was born at 9:42 pm, weighing 11 lbs 1 oz. and was all cheeks and rolls! This is the part where my plan takes a second turn off course. Signe was having trouble breathing and had a variety of other issues that needed extra time to regulate. She spent less than 24 hours in the NICU at St. Joe’s before the doctors decided as a precautionary measure she should go Seattle Children’s Hospital. I was able to visit her before she left in an ambulance. It was amazingly hard to see her with tubes and wires and even harder that I couldn’t hold her.
My husband went with her and after I was released from the hospital, I was able to go see her in the NICU at Children’s. She was 3 days old and I was finally able to hold my baby girl for the first time. 9 days later she moved out of the NICU and I was able to stay with her for the next 5 days. I had nothing to do, but snuggle her and nurse her. We finally had our chance to bond. It was an excruciatingly long 2 weeks in the hospital, but she was finally well and ready to come home. It was a very special Christmas with our family all together again and though things didn’t go as planned at her birth, it strengthened our family and we have a healthy, growing baby girl. She is a true blessing!
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!
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