Scottsdale Birth Photographer
Happy Birthday Brinlee
July 14th was a perfect day to have a baby. Michelle had been waiting for this little one’s arrival for a lifetime. The staff at Honor Health Scottsdale Shea was amazing. They were warm and encouraging to not only Michelle but her support team.
Baby Brinlee was born via c-section and I was right there with my camera documenting the whole amazing birth. Brinlee Makenna made her appearance at 9:48am. I marveled at how the sweet little baby was only a minute old when she reached her left hand into the air as if she was waving to the world, announcing her arrival.
I took a moment to focus on Michelle's face as she gazed upon her rainbow baby for the first time. I watched as a smile grew from ear to ear and a look of calm washed over her. A rainbow baby, in case you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, is one born to a mother who’s had a prior loss. You can think of the baby as the rainbow after the storm.
In case you missed it, here is Michelle's Journey and Rainbow Baby Announcement. Michelle's sister was there for every wonderful, miraculous moment. From sharing the joy and excitement of Brinlee's arrival to making sure her new niece’s adorable little hat was perched perfectly on her little head. She held all 7 pounds and 14 ounces of baby Brinlee as mama was being sewn up.
Even though Michelle was unable to sit truly pose for the camera, the candid moment in the operating room between her sister and her with Brinlee was so moving. And still is one of my favorite set of photos.
Very soon, Brinlee was wheeled into the recovery room. And finally had an official meeting with her mama. Michelle held her baby so tightly. She had been waiting for that moment forever. She just stared at her baby daughter’s facewith such love in her eyes.
After just over an hour in the recovery room we all headed towards postpartum.
A moment that tugged on my heart strings: When Michelle held her baby she got to ring the lullabye. This is the lullabye lets everyone in the hospital know that a baby was born. I will never forget the look on Michelle's face when she got to ring that bell. I will say it was hard photographing when your eyes are blurred with tears!
Congrats again Michelle! Brinlee is so beautiful and I am over the moon happy for you!