Back in June I received a phone call, the kind that I guess that you never want to receive but also the kind that I felt blessed to have received.. and soon you will understand why..
Courtney, the sister of a dear friend and past client of mine rang me and mentioned that what she was going to ask me was 'quite a sensitive matter' both time sensitive and emotionally.
She then went on to say that her sister Rachel was pregnant with her third baby and Courtney was wondering if I would be available to capture a maternity session for her sister and if possible bubs birth as well.
Without a second thought my heart said yes... but before I could answer Courtney went on to say Rachel's little bub has Trisomy 18.. and after having many scans and tests done they had been told that that this tiny little bubba wouldn't make it.
My throat instantly swelled, tears fell and my heart seriously broke for Rachel and Jake...
I couldn't get my head around it, I mean this gorgeous couple already have two perfectly healthy, gorgeous kids.. so why and how... could this happen to them!!
I told Courtney instantly that I was in, that I would be honoured to capture their memories and document this little bubbas life!
I say it all the time but to me photography is so much more then 'images', its creating lasting memories of moments we may never get back.. and these moments for Rachel and Jake, well they were exactly that!
Although baby Luca passed before his arrival, his little life, his story and the immense love of his family has touched my heart and changed me forever. It was such an honor to be present during this incredibly emotional time.
Little Luca has taught me is to never take life for granted.. love those you have, with all that you have and live a life full of gratitude!
To help give you a little information about Trisomy 18, here is an excerpt from chromosome18.org:
“Babies with Trisomy 18 typically have complex medical problems. Birth defects are very common in these babies. They may have defects of the heart, brain, spinal cord, and other internal organs. Cleft lips and palates are also more common in babies with Trisomy 18. They may have hand and foot anomalies. Babies with Trisomy 18 may have difficulty regulating their breathing and temperature. They may also be unable to feed properly. Because of the large number of potential medical problems, babies with Trisomy 18 are usually considered “medically fragile”. Most children with Trisomy 18 die before or shortly after birth.”
In loving memory of Little Luca..
God gives his greatest battles to his strongest soldiers...
Sunshine Coast Maternity, Newborn and Family Photographer.