Although all of my clients are special, some are extra special because I have a connection with them. Baby JJ is one of these special people because I have known his dad for well over 12 years! We used to work together-this was before either of us met our spouses and before he had his two boys. Recently, I was fortunate enough to photograph his newest son Jameson Joseph, and it was surreal to see him as a dad! Although he’s been a dad now for 6 years, I really only get to see that on social media. This time, they were up close and personal in my home studio!
During the session, JJ’s mom shared with me that he is actually a Rainbow Baby 3 times over. For those of you who have never heard the term before, a “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. JJ’s parents Casey & David miscarried 3 precious babies prior to his arrival. This was obviously very hard on the couple, but they did not give up on a miracle. And big brother Wyatt (who just turned 6 the week after these photos) was super excited to meet his new best buddy!
During Jameson’s pregnancy, pretty much anything that could go wrong went wrong. Mom remembers experiencing morning sickness all the way through her second trimester. She was diagnosed with Antiphospholipid Syndrome (a blood clotting disorder, that likely contributed to the previous miscarriages). She also had increased amniotic fluid for most of the pregnancy which can cause so many problems for baby and mom (including pre-term labor, which mom was already at risk of). She had to have weekly hormone shots to help keep the pregnancy viable, as well as regular glucose tests. Mom developed preeclampsia and also had to have regular stress tests because it was considered a high risk pregnancy. Jameson was a very big boy (which they don’t have a reason for) but they couldn’t get him into position even after 3 tries to turn him-he eventually ended up breech. They had to perform a c-section in order to deliver Jameson safely. He was born a healthy and happy boy on Thursday, November 16th (at 37.5 weeks) weighing in at 9 lbs 6 oz, and 20.5 inches long!
On top of the scary things during pregnancy, dad started having chest pains and not feeling himself the week after this photo session. He was hospitalized and they found out that at only age 36, he has acute coronary disease and had to have 2 stents put in. The Dr opted not to do open heart surgery because of how young he is, and instead recommended a vegan diet in order to clear out his arteries and live a healthy life. David and Casey are such troopers and have gone head-on into this new healthy lifestyle because they know how important it is to stick around to watch their kids grow up. This is just a reminder of how precious life is and how we all need to take care of ourselves-we’ve only got one life!
So why do they call babies like JJ a rainbow baby? In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. What a beautiful analogy to a traumatic yet hope-filled time in this family’s life! And although this little guy didn’t sleep for most of his session, there wasn’t even one peep out of him during the entire 3 hours! He finally fell asleep at the end of the session, but he was such a joy to work with. I’m so excited to photograph JJ and throughout this next year as mom has signed up for the “Watch me Grow” plan. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming year for more of this handsome boy-can’t wait to see what’s in store for him and his family!