I thought about writing the intro to this post, but it’s really not my story to tell. It’s my sisters. I was honored to capture some fun photos at Target last year for my sister and this is why I’m just now sharing them.
“This time last year, almost to the day, my sister went with us to take pregnancy announcement photos. We were excited, naive, hopeful. We had the absolute best time at Target taking the photos and they were so stinkin’ cute…I couldn’t wait to share the unique, fun pictures to announce our new baby on the way.
Well things came tumbling down within a week and a half of the photo shoot. At around 12 weeks pregnant, our greatly anticipated baby was given a grim chance of survival. After many tests, a high-risk doctor visit and many ultrasounds, we discovered our baby had Trisomy 18- a chromosomal abnormality. I was told I’d more than likely only carry the baby for a few more weeks…he probably wouldn’t survive for much longer. We were devastated. So many hopes and dreams crushed in an instant. At 16 weeks, our sweet little boy went into the arms of Jesus.
Since then we have been blessed with another baby boy that should be here within the next two weeks! How amazing is that? This time of the year was horrible last year and this year it’s being redeemed with another blessing.
The photos in this post are from our shoot with my sister, prior to our world flipping upside down. Up until now, the only people who have seen them are my sister, my husband and myself. We obviously didn’t share them after finding out about our sweet Christopher but I feel it is important to share them now. A year later, we still grieve the loss of Christopher but seeing the pictures reminds me of how special it was that I did get to carry him for 16 weeks. The pictures are the few things I have to remind myself of him and I will cherish them for the rest of my life.
I’ve always loved pictures. I love the memories they spark, the joy they show and what life was like a various moments in the past. I think we sometimes take for granted how important capturing moments can be. But you never know what life will throw at you. So take the pictures people. Get someone to take the fun pictures, the hard pictures, the special pictures, the pictures where you don’t feel your best, the pictures where you do feel your best. And share them. Print them. Love them.”