It’s hard for me to put into words how happy it makes my heart to be able to photograph the new babies of families who have lost a baby in the past. When I signed up to be a volunteer photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, I never thought about ever having to take pictures for friends. Little Kellan is the grandson of a sweet, sweet lady (Karen) I taught with in Cabot. We taught together for three years and she is a dear friend. Two years ago Karen’s son and daughter-in-law were up in NWA visiting friends. While here, Tara went into pre-term labor with their first son Aiden and he did not make it. I went to the hospital and took pictures for them of Aiden. Tara has an amazing gift of writing and has kept a blog of their journey since then. I didn’t know Tara before meeting them at the hospital, but feel I’ve gotten to know her through her writing and staying connected on Facebook. She was on bedrest for months and months with Aiden’s little brother Kellan and he finally made his appearance last month. When she called to ask if she could drive over from Cabot for me to do a session of him, I was elated. I love being able to do HAPPY pictures for families, especially ones who’ve been through so much.
Tara’s mom got to come too. She tried to get out of being in a couple of pictures, but Tara and I would let her out of it.
A pregnancy after a loss is often called a rainbow baby. A rainbow baby signifies something beautiful that comes after a storm, and the term acknowledges that the storm, or loss, did indeed happen. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.The storm (pregnancy loss) has already happened and nothing can change that experience. Storm-clouds might still be overhead as the family continue to cope with the loss, but something colourful and bright has emerged from the darkness and misery. (© Urban dictionary)