Cleveland & Lakewood baby and motherhood Photographer| Ashley Brandich
It's no secret that I hold a special place in my heart for NICU babies and their families. Every time I hear that a friend has delivered a premature child (or two), I automatically go into flash back mode! When this sweetheart came into the world in November, those same heart strings were pulled. I instantly felt a wave of emotion for my high school friend and teammate who would have to endure one of the harder roads a mom can face. Being discharged from the hospital and leaving my babies is one of the most emotional and challenging things I have ever had to do. I immediately reached out to her to offer her support and encouragement. I watched for months through social media posts about how he was progressing with the fantastic team of NICU Doctors and Nurses. We had planned on doing a NICU session but on the day of our session, I was elated to find out that he was being discharged and welcomed home! That did not stop me from offering the best gift I had to offer, my talent!
There are so many things about premature newborns that differ from the average newborn who is coming home for the first time. First, premature newborns are unable to maintain their body temperatures and need to stay bundled up in multiple layers in order to stay warm. Secondly, they are far more susceptible to communicable disease and germs. Lastly, they need to stay flat when ever possible to make sure that their windpipe is not pinched. These factors make the average newborn photography session a challenge and so I offered to come to their home to capture his 100th day milestone. Their home has the most perfectly bright, wide open window which provided a gorgeous soft light for our on-location newborn session. I had decided to pack winter themed items because although he was born in November, he was meant to be a winter baby so therefore it made sense to me. I thoroughly enjoyed my time visiting, sharing stories and snuggling this thriving miracle baby!
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