I was supposed to meet Andrea and Jose a few years ago. We met through the heart community - both their baby daughter and I were born with congenital heart disease. Katherine, their gorgeous baby girl, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome - she essentially only had half a functioning heart. When Andrea contacted me they had just come home from a very long hospital stay and they wanted to have some pictures done. We scheduled the session and as we were getting all the details in place Katherine got very sick and they had to go back to the hospital, putting a stop to our session. Unfortunately, shortly after, Katherine passed away... I couldn't believe it when I heard... Another precious little life taken much too soon by the monster of CHD.
Needless to say, I was completely overjoyed when Andrea contacted me a few weeks ago to book a newborn session for their unborn baby boy! Their Rainbow Baby. And just a few days ago I was able to go over to meet and photography Nathaniel James. Perfectly healthy and perfectly beautiful. He looks soon much like his big sister Katherine, and he's such a mellow and sweet baby. He was happy to sleep the entire time for me (minus a couple of feeding breaks) and pose and look adorable. His nursery is natural theme so we totally went a little crazy with the nautical outfits and props :)
Andrea and Jose are head-over-heels in love with this little man. Their love and joy just shines through, it's so amazing to witness. They know pain and loss and suffering, and to have this amazing, perfect, beautiful little boy in their lives now is such a blessing.
Andrea and Jose - congratulations! Nathaniel is such an amazing addition to your beautiful family. What an incredible blessing that little boy is. It was wonderful to finally get to meet you and hug you, and chat with you for hours. I hate that we are linked through the heart community, but I truly love that I got to meet you and that you're in my life. You are such wonderful, amazing people. You've gone through so much yet your faith and love shines. Wow.
PS - Rufus is adorable! :)
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