Welcoming Baby Emma

Fresh 48 Photography at Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance Edinburg, TX

Congratulations to the new parents, Patty and Mark! They were beaming with joy today when we got ready for this Fresh 48 Session.

Her first time daddy was over the moon with his sweet princess.

When I first met Patty, she was radiating and anxiously awaiting the arrival of this sweet little one. Today, she was absolutely glowing as she smiled and held her daughter.

I remember the excitement of finally meeting baby…. it’s such an amazing feeling.

Emma was born on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 at 9:17pm. She weighed 6 lbs 12.5oz and is 20 inches long. We photographed Emma in her hospital room at Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance when she was just shy of 24 hours young.

Emma, you are surrounded with so much love. I’m excited for this little family’s adventure ahead!

Thank you Patty and Mark! Thank you for trusting me to document this very special time of your life. I wish you all the best as you embark on this parenthood journey ahead.

Are you expecting a little one? Let’s chat about booking your Fresh 48 Session soon! Click here for more info.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Feel free to leave this lovely couple some love and well wishes in the comments.

~Norma H

Introducing Raelynn!

Welcome to the world Raelynn! | Fresh 48 Session Edinburg, TX

Is there anything sweeter than the smell of newborn babies? This sweet baby was only hours old when we had the pleasure of meeting for her very first photo shoot.

Raelynn was welcomed into the world on 6/28/2019 and her family was so happy to meet her! Her parents, along with her big brother and sisters were over the moon.

It was so beautiful to walk into the room this afternoon to find this sweet family’s room filled with family and all the excitement that a new baby brings.

What an honor it is to walk in and document all the details on the same day when baby makes their debut.

Thank you to the L family for welcoming me on this special day!

The L Family initially found me on their visit to Belly View Ultrasound. If you haven’t visited Monica at Belly View, you may want to if you plan on learning your baby’s gender. When you drop by, let her know you heard about her by reading this blog. ;)

Check out some more photos from our session with Raelynn and her sweet family.

Sweet sleepy Raelynn slept through most of her session…

Her tiny fingers and toes will never look the same! Isn’t it incredible how fast these little ones change?

Raelynn’s first photos with her daddy and big sister.

Mommy and me… just a few hours earlier, mom was eagerly waiting to meet her newest little one. It’s always so wonderful to have these first cuddles with your little one and have the moment documented to cherish for years to come.

The beauty of documentary photography is that anyone in the room can be a part of your session. These grandmothers took turns loving on the newest member of the family. What a beautiful moment.

Hello little one. Mommy and Daddy have been waiting for so long to finally see your beautiful little face.

Big sister meets her little sister… I can see all the anticipation in her face. I bet these girls are going to be best friends. #ohmyheart.

Thank you for checking out the blog today! Leave some love for the L family in the comments.

I hope you are inspired to document your our parenthood moments. If so, let’s chat. Each season of life is special and I would be happy to work with you and your family soon!

Love and Light to you and yours…

~Norma Hess

Happy Birthday Baby Louie!

Beautiful natural birth at Edinburg Women's Corner

Each and every birth story is so special to me. I'm humbled each and every time a mama invites me to capture this moment for them. Getting to witness baby's first breath is amazing to me and it's even more wonderful when I can share this moment with a close friend.  Amy is a dear friend of mine and I was beyond thrilled to be able to capture her birth story. I can hardly believe it's been a year!!! Where does the time go? As we celebrate Louie's 1st birthday, I bring you his birth story in Amy's words. 

"Louie’s Birth Story

It’s funny how perspective truly affects how we perceive events. As I look back on the days surrounding L3’s birth, there is a significant difference in how I felt in those moments and how I feel about that week now.  Last August, I was so ready to no longer be pregnant! But I wasn’t even due until August 21st so I wasn’t holding my breath that Baby L3 would do me any favors and arrive early. 

The week L3 was born was pretty busy; a lovely shower thrown by my in-laws and a visit from my sister and niece. We spent a lot of time spoiling our Madelin in preparation for her transition to Big Sister. On Tuesday the 16th we had a Surprise Baby Sprinkle for my “Pregnancy Buddy,” Jessica. I went to bed that night thinking, “I’m 39w2d, with Madie I was already having contractions for a day by this point, and still nothing.” I had to keep reminding myself that every baby is different and that we were on God and L3’s time, not mine. 

    I was awakened at 4 a.m. the next morning with early labor contractions, nothing very serious, but WE WERE FINALLY IN BUSINESS! I got out of bed, put my TENS unit on, and got back into bed to rest up for what I thought would be a long labor like his sister’s. We started our day at about 8 a.m., so far my contractions had been consistent, but still nothing serious. I told my husband, Louie, called into work, and then called my midwife, Anna, to let her know. We met with Anna later that morning and it seemed like my contractions had died down a bit, so we went about our day. 

Louie and I enjoyed a quiet lunch and then went home to relax and prep Madie for what was to come. We made a quick trip to HEB to stock the fridge; at this point it was about 6 p.m. and I felt like my contractions were picking up. Walking began to get difficult, but having had a long first labor I still wasn’t convinced. We made it home by 7 p.m. and my contractions were lasting close to a minute, but still 8+ minutes apart, so we tried to eat and called my in laws to let them know they’d need to come pick up Madie soon. I sat in the living room on my yoga ball, breathing through contractions and told my Mom and Louie that I’d like to make it to at least 10 p.m. before we head to the hospital. Come 9 p.m. things are really progressing, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle the car ride if we waited any longer, so I told Louie it was time to leave! He called his parents to change plans for Madie’s pick up and Norma, our birth photographer to meet us at the hospital.

The whole hospital thing was new to us, since Madelin was born at home, and we probably took way too much stuff, but I was determined to make the best of it. Checking in was a frustrating process, but also a nice distraction from my contractions. Louie had gone to get things from the car and was not allowed to come back into the room until it was done. Thank God my mom was there to help me changed and settled in. Seeing my contractions on the monitor was a strange experience, I could see that things were picking up quickly and I was so ready to meet our son. Finally at 11 p.m. Louie returned with Norma just as Anna came in to check on me. Anna had to run into an emergency C- Section, but assured me she’d be right back and that L3 would be here very soon. I really didn’t believe her. I was convinced that my labor would last much longer. My contractions felt pretty intense, I was having to pause and was unable to talk during. There were even pretty close together, at this point, but I still didn’t think things were truly happening, because in between I felt fine. I was walking around and joking, until I wasn’t, ask Louie and my Mom. One second I was happy, and then a contraction would come and don’t you dare joke! 

Around midnight, I remember Anna telling the staff to get everything ready and in my head I was thinking, “Yea right, we are going to be here forever.” Shortly after that, Anna told me that if it felt right to go ahead and start pushing during my contractions. I guess I was just in denial, but my memories from Madie’s delivery really had me thinking that I wasn’t there yet. I know, I know, “Every baby is different,” I say it all the time, but in the back of my mind I expected to be in significant pain for a long time before my baby arrived.

While my contractions did hurt, I wasn’t hurting in the normal sense. After trying several positions, Anna suggested I get on the bed on my hands and knees, I hesitated, but I trusted her completely, so why not. Immediately things felt easier.

After a few contractions my water broke and I got this crazy, intense urge to push. From there everything moved so quickly. I remember feeling like I had to get this baby out and then Anna told me to stop pushing, I pretty much yelled at her, “NOW? I can’t,” but I was able to and then she told me to push again and his head was out!  Then one more push and HE WAS HERE! 

I couldn’t believe it! He was so perfect with his huge pink cheeks and the same little nose as Madie. Instantly, we were enamored with this amazing little creature we had created and everything else disappeared. L3’s umbilical cord was short so I couldn’t quite hold him right away, as soon as it stopped pulsating Louie cut it and I finally got to hold him. I could have stared at him forever.

Then I handed him to Louie and my mom. Of course I was ogling him this whole time, dying to hold him again. Although, I wasn’t at home, my birthing experience was much better than I had expected. Between my mom, hubby, Anna, and the supportive hospital staff, I was in great hands. I felt empowered and was treated with respect. They helped me to trust my body and bring my son earthside in a peaceful and loving environment. My Birth Photographer was also amazing! Thank you so much, Norma, for being there for us!"

Thank you for sharing your story with us Amy! Your words took me back to that beautiful August day. I am truly humbled to have been present on such a special day for your beautiful family.

Happy 1st birthday Louie! 

If you are interested in having your birth story captured, reach out! I'd love to chat. 

~Norma Hess