As many of you have noticed I have been a tad absent from blogging and posting on facebook.  Reason for that is that our little boy, Liam, was diagnosed with Spina Bifida recently. There is an opening in his spine which causes extra fluid to build up in his brain. This causes paralysis in certain parts of the legs, bowel and bladder issues, and a few other things.  He will require surgery right after he is born. There are so many unknowns when it comes to spina bifida, our child will most likely need braces to help him walk, a wheelchair down the road, or there have been some miracle cases where they can walk independently. When it comes to his little brain they won’t really know the damage the extra fluid has caused until he is born.  Due to the wide range of possibilities of spina bifida, we are left with a lot of “maybes,” “probably,” and “ifs.”

Through prayer Troy and I have been comforted. We know that the Lord is watching over us. After all, he only gives us what we can handle. No matter if Liam has the “best” or “worst” case scenario of spina bifida I know that Troy and I were meant to be his parents and I am counting down the days until I get to hold him in my arms. I’ve been told by doctors and mothers of kids with spina bifida that the journey in front of us will not be an easy one. There will be a lot of doctors appointments, physical therapy, and other possible surgeries throughout his life.  Even though it isn’t the journey we had originally planned for, I know it will be a journey worth taking.

This past week has been unexpected to say the least. After meeting with different doctors, reaching out to mothers with children who have spina bifida, and doing ALOT of internet research we started looking into fetal surgery. I was originally against it. The thought of my unborn child having surgery scared me to death, especially when I heard all the risks involved. But we decided to pray about it and have the Lord guide us.  We both felt prompted to see if we would even be eligible for the fetal surgery.  So this past Monday we had some tests done at my high risk ob’s office and later that afternoon his office had put me into contact with Gina, from the Colorado Fetal Care Center (CFCC) inside the Children’s Hospital Colorado (one of 4 hospitals in the US that does this surgery).  Gina had us fly out the next day to Denver, Colorado. The next few days we took a lot of tests to see if me and Liam would be good candidates for the fetal surgery. We gathered a lot of information from the doctors and asked a lot of questions. We weighed the possible risks against the benefits and felt it would be good to do. After a really long week of tests and appointments we got the OK and are scheduled for fetal surgery tomorrow morning.  If all goes well after the surgery we will be able to fly home to Las Vegas in 3 weeks, and I will be on bedrest with weekly monitoring until Liam arrives. There is no “cure” for spina bifida, this surgery will not fix it, however, doing the surgery now instead of post birth has some great benefits and can give him a better quality of life.

I will probably be on maternity leave until May. I will keep everyone posted via facebook. If you have an order pending or session booked with me I will be in contact with you via email. As you can see, we’ve had a lot going on with our little family. Thank you for your patience, kindness, and understanding…

 

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I had a wonderful time getting to know this gorgeous mama! This was one of the last outdoor sessions before the weather got cold. Oh how I will miss the warm weather…

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Can’t believe how quickly these twins grew up! Seems like they were newborns just yesterday…

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What a beautiful family! They have been blessed with a second baby on the way. Can’t wait to meet her at our newborn session…

 

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…turned 6 months! What a handsome pair these two brothers are. It seems like yesterday that I was photographing big brother’s 6 month session. Time flies…

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I love these adorable, squishy newborns. Look at how beautiful she is! I can’t wait for my little one to arrive…

 

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I can’t believe I’ve been photographing this family since before they were born. Makes me so happy to see their personalities flourish…

 

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…this little one is to her family. She definitely put up a fight when it came to her newborn photos, but thankfully Grandma and I worked together to get this little one to cooperate. Just precious!

 

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These boys keep me on my toes year after year! I’ve watched them grow from itty bitty little babies to little men. I just can’t get enough of these two! They are so blessed to have each other…

 

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How can anyone not fall in love with those adorable lips?! It was a pleasure to photograph this little wee one…

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