Whenever I had Joy Belle, I was a bit out of it for a few days. Not only did everything happen so fast, but she was early and we weren’t prepared. We met our girl via an emergency c-section and to say I was a bit drugged is an understatement. At the time, I felt all there – but looking back there is so much about those first few hours and days that I don’t remember. My memory could be muddled due to pain medicine or emotions flying high, but I didn’t want this delivery to be the same. I wanted to remember meeting my baby boy, my husband seeing his son, and my sweet girl meeting her baby brother for the first time.
Knowing all of this, I decided to have my dear friend, Jay with Click Photography, capture those first few hours and sister meeting brother for me – just in case my memory became cloudy. I can’t express how glad I am I did this! These photos capture Joy Belle’s fear, happiness, and excitement, while documenting our family of four for the first time. I will cherish them always and forever.
To help ease her into her role as big sister, brother brought a babydoll just for her! She clung to that doll for days.
Joy Belle was a little hesitant to meet Britt Colby, so we played a quick game of hide-and-seek (her favorite these days!) to help warm her up towards him. I was surprised but so grateful at how easily it helped change her mind about meeting him.
And just like that, she became mother hen to baby brother!
(My gown, Britt Colby’s swaddle, his gown, Joy Belle’s dress, I’m a Big Sister book, cake by Sara White, birth announcement by pärdē)
(photos: Click Photography by Jay)