Then, like Claire, Samuel ended up in the NICU, and my plans were shot down. Again. I was hoping he'd be off oxygen in just a few days, but that didn't happen either.
Deep down, I still wanted newborn pictures, and tried to think of a way to make it happen. Courtney and I even talked about having them done with Samuel still on oxygen.
So when I found myself back in the hospital, I knew I needed to let it go.
But I hadn't taken into account what good people I have in my life. I should have known better.
Turns out, Nicole and my sweet sister-in-law Kelsey put their heads (and hearts) together and planned a surprise photo session for Samuel. While I was recuperating in the hospital, the two of them, along with our moms, made the impossible happen. Even better, his lungs were doing so good, they were able to get pictures with out the oxygen tubes.
Kelsey and Nicole, thank you so much. It's strange to think that I will never have a little newborn of my own again. Now I will have these pictures to remember this special, oh-so-humbling time of our lives.
You will never, ever know how much this means to us.
(If you are looking for someone to capture amazing moments with your family, you can see more of Nicole's work at http://nicolespixiedust.blogspot.com/ . . .You will fall in love with her and her remarkable talent.)