I can't believe that 2017 is ALMOST OVER!!! What a whirlwind of a year!! I constantly count myself as so lucky when thinking about the families and couples that I get to work with.. and this year was NO EXCEPTION! I don't usually blog many family sessions --most of the time it's just engagement and weddings -- so I figured the end of the year would be a good time to recap all of the fun I had this past year with my awesome families. From Milestone sessions, to Newborn sessions, to Mommy & Me sessions, to the busiest time of the year -- Christmas Card Photos :) Some families, I was even lucky enough to see more than once throughout the year!! I tried to share a bit from each session as they were all so equally special to me!! So, enjoy and Happy New Year!! Can't wait to see what the New Year brings!
Cody and I both played basketball at Mines a loooong time ago. We would occasionally see each other in the training room... Cody for his ankle (I think??) and me for my knees. He was known on our team as probably the nicest guy on the guys team.
Fast forward a few years, I was at dinner at my friends house and guess who shows up... Cody!! He was there because his wife is friends with a friend of my friend who was in town visiting..... Did you get that? Moral of that story, I met his wife, Jenna, and was so glad I did!! Jenna is one of those people that you meet and hang out with and think.. "there's no way she's this nice all the time." But, she totally is!! So, the nicest guy on the guys bball team married the nicest girl and THEN (as you can probably tell by the title of this post) the two of them decided to add a tiny little nugget to their family.
Ironically, we were at the same friends house when I found out that Jenna and Cody were going to be having a little boy. Not long after that, I heard from Jenna about being there to capture the birth of their little boy and, obviously, my answer was something along the lines of "Hell yea".. or "I wouldn't miss it"
I showed up to the hospital to a laboring mama with a huge smile on her face. Seriously, I walked in to the room and Jenna was chatting happily with her sister and Cody in between contractions listening to her Jock Jams. As contractions intensified and Jenna progressed, her smile and positivity was unwavering along with her support.
After some tough laboring, Jenna decided to hop into the tub. At this point, I was still breastfeeding my little guy, so I decided to take this time to head out and pump. I did a real quick pump session and got back and Jenna was ready to push. I couldn't believe it! A quick stew in the tub and that little guy was ready to make some moves!!!
Jenna was a superstar!! So focused and so powerful bringing her little guy into this world. With each push I could almost feel her and Cody's excitement to meet their little boy growing and growing and then.... he was here!! Tiny Collins Clickner! In and instant, his parents were in love and in an instant, their family of two because a beautiful and loving family of three.
A long long LONG time ago, I met this short, fast, little spark of a woman on a track in High school. We "knew" each other only because we were forced to race each other in the State finals. Who knew that many years later, I would be in her wedding when she married her pretty awesome husband, Trever.. and then be there for her as she and Trever welcomed their first sweet nugget into the world.
I got the text that Teresa was in labor and after hitting my husband in excitement and squealing a little...I started packing myself up to head to their house. When I got there, Teresa's little brother and sister were sitting downstairs, clearly feeling the excitement as their sister labored upstairs, trying hard to peek up there to see what was going on. As I got upstairs, I was overwhelmed with calmness. Teresa sat on a ball and swayed back and forth through each contraction, so focused, timing each one calmly on her phone. Contractions picked up, so we hopped into the car and sped to the hospital where nothing seemed to slow down. Teresa progressed so smoothly and beautifully with unwavering support from Trever. I was so blown away by the connection that Teresa and Trever had during Teresa's labor. As Teresa worked hard... in the tub, standing up, on the ball... Trever was right there, rubbing her back, giving her water, supporting her. It was all so indicative of the type of parents they would be: united, supportive and amazing!!!
When the midwife finally told Teresa that Reagan was ready to join us Earth-side, Teresa showed such strength and determination and after a few tough pushes, was holding her beautiful baby girl in her arms.