My due date has come and gone and our Rainbow Baby has yet to make his entrance into the world. His brothers and sister all arrived at 37 weeks, so I was sure the same pattern would repeat itself again with this little guy. Yet nothing about this pregnancy has been predictable at all. From the moment we found out we were expecting again, until now, this little baby has taken us on a roller coaster of emotions, and now we are ready to meet him! This is actually our second Rainbow Baby. Little E is also a rainbow, born several years after an incredibly difficult loss and struggle with secondary infertility, that is why the big gap between Miss S and him.
For those who aren't familiar with the term, a “rainbow baby” is one that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. Babies who come after loss are referred to as rainbows because they bring brightness, color, and beauty back into the family who has experienced grief; just like a real rainbow follows a storm and gives hope and makes things new. You can read more about my loss and see my maternity portraits HERE.
Our rainbow baby brought so much comfort, light, and hope to my heart and I wanted to make sure his sleep area invites those same positive feelings. I decided on a neutral color scheme with accents of natural elements to create a serene and peaceful environment where each of our family members can bond and connect with our new addition. This is all actually in our master bedroom. When we looked at this house in Cypress (a suburb of Houston, Texas) the amount of space in the master was what had me convinced. It's so open and allows for so much natural light to enter. There was definitely plenty of room to share with baby! The little Moses bassinet is one of my favorite features. It was so important to us to keep baby close by in those first few weeks and this rocking bassinet was the perfect solution. I can't wait to have my very own newborn to cuddle, love, and photograph of course. He will be the last baby I birth. The last one I'll nurse. The last one I'll get to bring home from the hospital. And I plan on enjoying every second of it. I will continue on maternity leave through July in order to enjoy this special time with my baby boy, but I am still responding to messages and emails and currently booking from August until the end of the year.
Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, capturing motherhood, and living a slow simple life. I also blog over at Tender Nest Blog