Friday, November 4, 2011

Flashback Friday - Preemie Baby Anouncement



When I found out I was pregnant, I started researching photographers for a newborn photo shoot. I wanted someone to take pictures right after birth and then in our home a week or so later. You know those amazing newborn photos that you see everywhere these days. The ones where the baby is sleeping on a soft blanket all posed like a little bundle of cuteness. I wanted to use one of those photos for our birth announcement, to send to our friends and family.

When Jack came so early, the idea of a cutesy photo shoot was obviously abandoned. We ended up having a shoot, but under much different circumstances.

We even debated sending out a birth announcement. Should we, when we are feeling so down and depressed about all of this? What if he didn't make it? But in the end, we decided that yes, Jack was worth it, even if the pictures weren't beautiful in the traditional sense. And it pained me to type in his weight and height. It's not something I'd ever imagined would be happening. Regardless, he was our boy and deserved the recognition and welcoming, just like any other baby.


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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those are absolutely beautiful photos and announcement, Jessi!
-Kim

Julie said...

This was one of my favorite baby announcements that I ever received and stayed on my fridge until I got his SuperJack birthday photo! I am glad you chose hope and made them!

Emily Real said...

I agree with Julie completely. Thank you for choosing authenticity and vulnerability in sharing about the making of the beautiful announcement. I would have never known the struggle typing in the weight, for example, and again as Julie said, choosing hope.

Anonymous said...

I like what you did! I debated the same thing, and when her 1st b-day rolled around, I used her 1 yr pic, and the birth weight and height. But that announcement was INCREDIBLE!!!

Shannon said...

I think the announcement and pictures are absolutely beautiful because they portray the true miracle that Jack is!

Alex said...

Beautiful announcement! For our twins I had a photo taken when they got home and put in the title "born tiny .. came home strong" and put their birth stats and then stats on when they got home. A year later I took another photo of them on the same props! It was amazing!

Angie said...

That announcement is amazing! I admire your strength to do it. I was such an emotional mess those first few days, weeks in the NICU that we barely took any pictures. I will always regret it.

marcie said...

I love that you did this. I debated for a while - I just didn't know what to do. We ended up sending an announcement when she was discharged - so it had her birth weight and her discharge weight on it.

But I do recall how difficult it was anytime I had to say her birth weight outloud. When I went for my 6-week post partum check up and the nurse asked her weight, I just burst out crying.

Our Beautiful Family said...

This is just beautiful! I am so happy you sent a birth announcement for him! He is so worth it. I regret it everyday, for not sending one out for Owen. We waited until he was 3months old and sent out christmas cards instead. We got a few rude and hurtful comments from family when showing his pictures the first few weeks so we thought that most people wouldn't want a birth announcement.

Ashley said...

James is almost two months old (Friday). I have debated on announcements his whole time in here. I have some great photos for it. Ultimately, we decided outer money would be better spent on getting daddy here on the weekends. It's really special that you have those as a treasured memory.