Thanks to an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, we were treated to a family portrait session with Miss Toot! NILMDTS is an all volunteer group of professional photographers who take pictures for families and their babies when they are predicted to have a poor outcome at birth … It breaks my heart that this organization has to exist, because it means there are far too many people who lose their children, but at the same time, I am so thankful it does … without them, we wouldn’t have some amazing pictures to remember this pregnancy by.
A new friend who also lost her baby to Trisomy 18 first told me about NILMDTS and after browsing their website and list of photographers, I came across Sharon. I think I broke all the rules and contacted her directly, but after seeing her website, I knew she was the right person for us. Sharon suddenly lost her son Owen two weeks before he was due to be born … she’s since joined NILMDTS and keeps Owen’s legacy alive by helping people like us.
Sharon very graciously came to our house over a month ago to take some maternity pictures for us and was perfect. She just got it, which made it so much easier for Pat and I … she took some amazing photos and somehow captured all of our emotions perfectly. I was stunned when I saw the pictures … She also happens to be an animal lover, and snapped a few pictures of our “fur baby” which made us smile!
We’ll be calling Sharon when Toot arrives, and hope and pray she’s able to make it to the hospital! She has her hands full with her daughter, but is going to do everything she can to be there for us. It’s kindnesses like hers that make us realize how lucky we really are … I wish with all our hearts that we didn’t need NILMDTS, but because of them, we’ll always have these family pictures. Thank you Sharon!
Now that Brienna has joined our family, we thought it appropriate to post some of the maternity photos that Sharon took for us: