So, it has been quite some time since I have been able to sit down and blog for you all. What an appropriate subject to get back on track with.
Miss Laalee is the beautiful rainbow baby of a friend of mine. Rainbow babies are babies born after a family has lost a child. In theory, they are the rainbow after the storm. Laalee is defiantly a rainbow. She was born at thirty three weeks via emergency c-section. Airvacced to St. Louis Children’s. From the beginning her doctors and nurses observed that Laalee was fierce and a fighter. Her momma was able to travel and join her two days after she was born.
About the time momma was able to be with her in the NICU, Miss Laalee relieved herself of her IV at just five days old (34 weeks gestation) she decided enough was enough. Shortly after she was taking only breastmilk in her feeding tube. (For those of you who don't know, most premies are given fortifier to help them gain weight, and maintain heartrate.)
Just two days later she was off oxygen and started trying to suck (another huge milestone for NICU babies). Within a few days she was nursing and bottle feeding! What a fighter! After taking out her ng tube and taking more and more feedings by mouth Miss Laalee was released from the hospital and able to be at home after only 18 days in the NICU, on the day she would have been 36 weeks gestation. Since being home she has refused bottles, takes all her food direct from the source and is thriving!
I was honored to be able to gift this family with a Newborn Photography Session, little Miss slept like a rock the entire time. However, I did get to see her fighting spirit, she did not like certain poses and refused to relax into them, all while still sound asleep. It was comical, so I did what I do and rolled with it!
Thank you Miss Laalee for being a rainbow and sign of hope for all of us.
Kandi Woessner is a momma to three, wife to one amazing man, photographer to many. She loves capturing the bitter sweetness of pregnancy, birth, and infancy. Kandi lives in St. James, works in Rolla, but will travel to the surrounding areas to photograph as well.