Love at the end of the rainbow | atlanta newborn photographer

November 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Last year I told you about my client who lost their beautiful baby girl to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). It was such a tragedy. As she told me about it my heart just sank and sank for her. That was the one thing I never wanted a client to tell me. If you'd like to read her story, you can find it here. I've had clients who told me that their beloved grandfather died or that they got divorced, but never has anyone told me that their 3 month old daughter had died. If I was devastated, I think it only scratches the surface of what my client was feeling. I tried to console her as best I could, but it just didn't seem like enough.  The only thing I could do was to provide her with images of her daughter for her memorial service. Nothing I could say could make things better, but at least I could provide her with images to remember her perfect little girl.

So earlier this year I received a text from this same client telling me she was pregnant! The last time I had spoken with her she wasn't sure if she wanted to try again. That is so understandable. So when she told me she was expecting I was overjoyed for her. This time she is pregnant with a little boy. This is her rainbow baby. 

I remember the first time I had heard that term and didn't know what it meant. In case you're in that same boat, I'll tell you. The best description I found is as follows: "A "rainbow baby" is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better.  A rainbow baby brings light but by no means replaces the angel baby." I couldn't have said that better myself.

I'm telling you all of this because I attended my client's baby shower this past weekend. It was so great to see her. She looked radiant and ever so fly. I mean, this woman makes pregnancy look good and stylish. She was happy and feeling good and surrounded by people who love and care for her. I couldn't have been happier for her. Even though she, her husband and their 2 year old daughter anxiously await little Zechariah's arrival, I can tell she still mourns her daughter. It doesn't seem like she's obsessed with it, but the memory will always be there. She had only a short time with her daughter, but I know that time was very precious to all of them. 


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