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introducing Hannah James {{ cincinnati dayton newborn family lifestyle in home photographer }}

the best part of my career as a photographer, hands down, is meeting new people.  They become friends, {BD} family, and their journeys inspire me so much.  As a girl who married her high school sweetheart at 19 and was pregnant a month after our honeymoon, I probably didn’t realize how many different paths there are to making a family.  I’ve watched my clients have surprise pregnancies they wouldn’t change for the world, chose in vitro as a single mom retiring from the military, battle thru cancer to find adoption as their perfect route, nearly lose their precious newborns, live through miscarriages, travel to the other side of the globe to hold a son they couldn’t yet bring home, and as featured today, win the infertility struggle.  Jen and Ben are spending this month getting to know their amazing blonde baby girl, Hannah James.  Here are some of my favorites from their session, and a summary of their journey, as told by the new mama herself.

I still can’t believe I’m a mom and to this perfect, beautiful little girl! For as long as I can remember, there was one thing I knew I wanted to be when I grew up: a mom. I’ve always loved kids and babies, so I couldn’t wait to have my own. So when the time came to start trying, I was beyond excited! Then months started to pass and no double line. I couldn’t believe it, infertility had honestly never crossed my mind. We waited about a year and a half to go to the doctor. Meanwhile, it seemed like everyone was pregnant and having babies in the process! I was so happy,but I couldn’t wait for my time. The doctor put us on medicine and we took different vitamins and supplements to help us. I even ate certain foods to help.
Nothing was working.
It was so frustrating and hard! Fertility doctors were our next option. I was worried we wouldn’t have the money to to do this. You hear stories of people spending thousands of dollars and still no baby. I knew we didn’t have that kind money., so thethought just added to the stress and heartache of not being able to get pregnant. I finally talked myself and my husband into going. I’m not a very proactive person, so my friends helped convince me to go too. The fertility doctors were amazing and really gave us hope! The process seemed long, though. By this point I was getting so upset every month when I started. Our first procedure was a fail. I was starting to think it would never happen, and I wasn’t getting any younger. Finally the second attempt worked! I couldn’t believe it! That second line on the test was the most amazing feeling! My husband and I both teared up.We had to wait 3 long weeks to hear the heartbeat… it seemed like an eternity. Again, we cried when we heard it!
 It still doesn’t seem real that she is here. Hearing her sweet little cry for the first time was amazing! It took so long for her to get here, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I wouldn’t have Hannah if we didn’t go through all this. It wouldn’t be her if I would’ve gotten pregnant sooner. And now only two weeks old, my husband and I can’t imagine our life without her. 
Infertility is such an emotional roller coaster. You can’t understand it fully until you experience it, and everyone has their own experience big or small. I know some people have many more struggles than we did and some less, but no struggle with infertility is insignificant. All I know now is, every struggle we had with this was worth it for my sweet Hannah James! 


 
i want to thank every client i’ve had, for letting me be part of your incredible journeys.  we learn from our experiences, and we all have different ones.  thank you for sharing and expanding my world.  i learn so much from you.  it struck a heart string when jen said “I wouldn’t have Hannah if we didn’t go through all this. It wouldn’t be her if I would’ve gotten pregnant sooner.”

just the night before, i was snuggling with my girls age 10 and 11{how so old??!} and telling them i’m so thankful for their daddy, my husband of 12 years.  if it weren’t for him, i wouldn’t have them.  my ten year old said, “wait? if you had married a different guy, i wouldn’t be here?” i explained “yes”, because daddy’s DNA is what made her cute dimpled chin, etc. If our journey was any different, I wouldn’t have hermy sarcastic, beautiful, hilarious Brooklynne.  I wouldn’t have my responsible, loyal, gorgeous Briella.  We wouldn’t have the petite male model that rocks our world everyday, our wild Bronx. Jen, I know what you mean to look at your perfect child, your whole world, and know you wouldn’t change a thing because she is more than worth every effort, tear and disappointment it took to get her.
thanks for reminding me to count my blessings and enjoy the journey. thank you for sharing:)you will never know how many it touches.
*ATTN BD friends.  life is busy and i don’t blog nearly as many sessions as i’d like to.  if i haven’t made yours public, you would like to tell your story, please let me know and i’ll be happy to pull my favorites images and give you the platform to help someone with your words. *
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nicole - one of my most favorite families in the whole wide world! great pictures bridgette, you never cease to amaze me! these photos make me even more excited for my next infant session :)

Melanie - Adorable!! And yes to everything you said in the beginning. It’s hard to think back to the yrs when I was so naive of pain, heartbreak and struggle.

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