I won’t spend too much time wasting space with my own commentary about Angela, Baby C and her new parent’s story…
the images truly speak for themselves.
I met Angela back in 2009 when we both were volunteering for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.
I took this beautiful photo of her shortly before I had the honor of capturing her previous labor of her son, Dillon.
But this journey was much different, the baby I was to photograph at birth was not hers. And this is her story to share…
In 2008 we lost our 3rd son Ethan, and from the moment on I decided I was going to do life much differently. I realized I wanted to live life on purpose and not just go through the motions. A year after losing Ethan and my next child was born, I had this overwhelming desire to give back to another couple who couldn’t have a child of their own.
Which is where surrogacy came to mind. In 2009 I applied to several agencies and I was denied. So I gave up, I was overwhelmed by the process. Again in 2011 The desire kept nagging at me so I applied just before the holidays to three different ones. And to my surprise I was accepted by two.
In March of 2012 I was matched with an amazing family internationally and that’s the beginning of my journey.
It started off fast; doctors appointments, medication, self injected shots ( or in my case, I picked on a friend who I knew wouldn’t say no, and would give me the shots). I had to fly to Texas twice, once for a mental health evaluation and physical check. And the second time in June for the embryo transfer of two healthy embryos. Early July I found out the transfer took and I was pregnant.
Throughout my journey the most blessed and touching moments were calling my IP’s (intended parents) and telling them I was pregnant, the ultrasounds where the IP’s were able to listen and watch from the computer. The moment they landed here in Denver for the delivery.
The tears we have shared, the laughter and a common bond of one sweet, adorable little girl. Who though not by blood of mine captured all of our hearts. I may not be her mom, but I love this family and this little girl so much.
People think I am the one who is amazing and blessed this family, beyond any comparison. But really I feel like the one who was blessed. Little C and her family will always hold a spot in my heart, and the images Dee captured are of a rare, magical time in all our lives.
I showed my IM (Intended Mother) these images, and here is what she said
“No words….. . reminds me a lot of emotions, emotional moments …. beautiful work. thank you dear” and she is so right. These images capture the emotion in the room that night, and the love of perfect strangers. The one of her out of focus holding C, brought tears to my eyes, and the one of her holding her really close is what this journey was all about.
And that’s where I came in…
Angela and her wonderful support Nan, shortly before the beginning of labor.
I would say “early stages of labor” however, Angela delivered very rapidly as expected.
She has taught me the art of capturing a fast delivery, twice now 🙂
Little C’s Mama holding her close
I wish I had the adequate words to describe how seeing these photos and being a part of the delivery have impacted me.
Angela has always been a rock to me- a force to be reckoned with.
Her loyalty, heart and strength inspires me constantly.
I can never say enough how honored I am to have been a part of so many of their memories in the past 4 years.
Angela, you are an inspiration to so many people.
Your selfless act is reflected in the beauty of Baby C.