With grand anticipation and admiration I set off to Louisiana this past week to document the birth of the much longed for Lorelei, Lilly’s pink baby. Just as we had done one time before, we planned that I would arrive just in time to witness the birth without any surprises… and sure enough Lorelei waited right until we were all ready for her. I was at such ease being in that delivery room with Kristin and Ryan (and all of their family as well) because we had already been through this twice before. Their familiar faces, their interactions with one another, the love they share and their consistent way of striving to enjoy and take in the delight of this day to the fullest is what dream births are made of. Or so I told my new friend Lara who happen to come along as well to document her first birth story video of baby Lorelei as well. Kristin and Ryan took me in years ago when I was just starting my birth photography passion and it’s taken me on the sweetest road of celebrating every milestone along with them. This fourth baby’s arrival was no exception. I give you all Lorelei’s birth story… the newest baby of the Kennedy crew.
“There are no words that do justice when it comes to describing the overwhelming feeling that a mother experiences when her daughter is giving birth! I will never forget walking in the room and seeing Kristin for the first time holding her beautiful firstborn son, Sam. Our first grandchild!! It felt like time literally stopped, and I felt that I had never, ever, seen anything as beautiful or more precious in my entire life! My husband and I feel so blessed to have not only experienced this miraculous gift just once, but our Beautiful Lorelei is our eighth grandchild and we are expecting our ninth precious grand baby in May. Each one of our grandchildrens births has been a life changing experience that nothing life has to offer can begin to compare to. No amount of money, no vacation, no material possession or experience can steal your heart and fill your soul like the birth and love of a grandchild!!
We are so proud of the parents that all 3 of our children and their amazing mates have become! As a mother of 3 and grandmother of 9 (so far), I say from the bottom of my heart: “My Cup Runneth Over!!” – Nana
“I was so happy when Ryan married the girl of his dreams. To watch their family grow over the years just warms my heart. In the waiting room watching Sam, Luke and Lilly anxiously await the arrival of their new little sister was priceless. When Lorelei was born we were all waiting to see her and I looked over and saw Sam tucking in his shirt just waiting for the word that he could go in. It made me think of what a wonderful job Ryan and Kristin have both done in raising their children. Their children are so thoughtful and kind. We truly enjoy being around them! The love all around was overflowing. Sam and Luke would have another sister to love and adore. I knew Lilly would have a best friend and someone to share her room with! When my husband and I saw Lorelei we were overwhelmed with joy! She was perfect! A beautiful baby to add on to such a wonderful family! Lorelei, we all loved you even before you were born! Thank you Abby for capturing priceless moments that we can cherish and love as we look back on them!” – Gammy
I put together a video of all the little moments in between the photos of our day together. You’ll even get to see a bit of a preview into Lorelei’s Welcome to the World (day after hospital session) and their newborn at home session as well. As I was editing these images and later on the video I kept finding myself smiling like a fool and shedding a tear or two or three… watching them all and listening to Lilly is the sweetest thing.
If you would like to see more of their sessions check them out below:
… and so many others I have yet to post on this blog. Seriously considering making you all your own #kennedysbyAV category. Thank you – thank you – thank you once again for always trusting me with something that means so much to you. Love you all! More pictures of this trip coming soon. 🙂
Lara Snead is a such a sweetheart and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with as well. You can view her Vimeo channel here. I know we will be seeing great things from her. My best wishes to you Lara as you immerse yourself in this exciting and thrilling journey!