She is not just a beautiful newborn girl.  She is a beautiful Rainbow Baby.

In case you’re unaware of what a Rainbow Baby is, I found a great definition online:

“We have the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope.”

My niece makes the most beautiful Rainbow Baby.

From her perfect, button nose…

… to her scrumptious little toes.

And my family prayed for this baby more than I could even begin to tell you.

She was wished for, hoped for, prayed for… and she is loved.

Writing is typically very easy for me.  But, you see… when my heart is involved to this extreme…  when I’m so enamored by such a little miracle…

Well…. words elude me.

It’s like there is so much love for this baby crammed inside my body… the words have no room.  Love has taken up full residence and kicked those words right out.

So, I am left speechless.

I am left with nothing but total heart-aching awe over the fact that my darling nephew is finally…. finally a big brother.

It’s just….

Great heavens, I can’t even.

…  Um…

…  ** Happy sigh**

From the peelies on her toes, to every single eyelash.   She is beautifully perfect.

And, in case  I didn’t mention it enough….

She is loved.

So. Very. Loved.

I was honored to be in the room while this little lady came into our world.  In the words of my sister-in-law, it was “The Day Life Was Perfect.”  If you’d like to experience the story of her birth through my photos, feel free to grab some tissues and visit this link:  Birth Video.

To my brother and sister-in-law, I am over-the-moon rainbow thrilled to welcome your sweet miracle into our crazy-beautiful family.  I know you’ll love these photos even more than I do (and that’s a whole heck of a lot).  Enjoy your Cloud 9…. because after all you’ve been through… you deserve it so, so much.

Friends, that is not only my brother in that last image…  he is also the world’s best eye doctor.  Visit his Facebook Page HERE and click that “like” button to follow Spring Hill Eyecare to  “See what you’ve been missing.”

Well, hello little Rosebud.
You can rock a bonnet like no-baby’s business.

And that’s not just any bonnet…  it was the very same bonnet your mommy wore when she was a baby.

“You don’t say!”

No go ahead and be proud of your inherited bonnet in all it’s vintage cuteness.

See?  It’s so special and pretty. Just like you.

And I feel special to be photographing you.

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I loved seeing how much this pretty girl had changed since her newborn session a few months ago.

Aside from getting bigger, she had discovered a favorite “accessory” that goes with her wherever she goes… it even helps her sleep.  I’ll let you guess….

Gosh, I love when they do that!

Just like I love baby girls wearing blue.  Just like I love this baby.

I love tummy time, too.

At 3 months old… it’s still new to do.

And, there’s one more thing I can’t (I JUST CAN’T) let you miss.

This most glorious baby bald spot.

Mommies and Daddies, you can’t wait for the hair to grow back in, but it will happen overnight.  You won’t get a chance to say goodbye and believe it or not… you’ll miss it.  Not so fast, baby bald spot!  Now we have a photo that will last forever. <3  And baby girl, you rock that bald spot while you still have it. You have your whole life (well, at least a year) to rock a bonnet.

To her parents: It means so much to me that you made the drive all the way from Kentucky for this photo session.  I always look forward to seeing you and talking with you during your sessions.  After photographing big sister’s first year, I am just thrilled to be photographing your newest beauty as she grows, too.

Look.  Just look. At this little Sir.

A NEW little sir so sleepy and snug.

Like a bug in a rug, just seven days new…

with eyelashes, too:

He was a Sir of many smiles:

Such a handsome little chap!

He also had rolls a-plenty:

Squish. Squish. Can’t stand it.

And, I’m giving him the Blue Ribbon for The Most Perfect Newborn Skin.

Flaw. Less.

And an Honorable Mention for his 2-hour newborn shoot. :)

What a perfect baby, this Sir Snugs.

To his parents: Your growing family is so beautiful! I can already tell that your sweet, newborn boy is every bit as well-behaved as his two older sisters.  He is learning from the best. (ps- I loved their hugs!)  I’m excited to photograph him as he grows throughout his first year. I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished soon!

There’s regular bugs, and then there’s cuddle bugs.

As we all know, a regular bug is creepy and crawly.

This baby?  Too young for the crawly.  Zero creepy.  And a little bit sleepy.

Bugs of the cuddle variety are mega cute and always welcome in my studio. (And in my arms, which is where he spent a good amount of time… hence, the Cuddle.)  I have no problem with that, by the way.

For the rest of the time, he was right here as you can see, doing an excellent job of being ridiculously cute. (something regular bugs can’t do… not even the ones of the Lady variety.)

And very beautiful eyes.  Just one pair, thankyouverymuch:

When is comes to a regular bug, I MAY squish him.

When it comes to a cuddle bug, the only thing getting squished are his perfect little cheeks.

And little legs and feet?  Only one perfect pair of those.  And… regular bugs don’t have toes.

As much as Cuddle Bugs like to be held, they also like my camera.

He was 7 weeks old… still new at being a baby.  With bright eyes of blue, and hair that was trying to decide if it wanted to be brown or reddish… if it wanted to be curly or straight. The “figuring-out” stage is pretty darn cute if you ask me.

Hello, you precious thing.

Want. To keep. The baby.

Snug as a Cuddle Bug in a rug.

To his mama: I was sooo thrilled to meet your newest baby and I’m even more thrilled to photograph him every few months as he grows this year.  I enjoyed chatting with you (and chatting and chatting and chatting) because with this being your third baby to grow up in front of my camera, you have become much more than a client to me. I love you, friend! You’re such a good mama.

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