Eden Rayne | Newborn | Lansing, Michigan

A few months ago we ran a contest for a Newborn Session. We were looking for a special story that would touch our hearts. As soon as I read Shandis' story, I just knew her sweet little baby girl was exactly who I wanted to photograph. Their session went beautifully. Emerson (their 4 year old daughter) was great at posing with her little sister. Even when it was just Eden, Emerson came over to check her baby sister and see how she was doing.

I asked Shandis if we could share her story and she said yes. So here it is:

When I was 20 years old I met the love of my life. A year later I married him in the most beautiful wedding I could ever imagine. A month after we were married he was deployed to Iraq to help support Operation Iraqi Freedom and was set to be gone for a year. I couldn’t imagine having to spend a whole year away from my brand new husband. To our surprise, a few weeks after he left we found out we were blessed with a beautiful pregnancy. Brandon was so excited I swear the whole base knew within a few minutes. I was scared, shocked and extremely happy. I knew it would be a challenge to go through a pregnancy and birth alone but I was ready for the challenge. My pregnancy was going wonderful and we were happy to find out we were going to have a little girl! A little princess would be joining our family in February 2010. Towards the ending of the pregnancy things turned slightly for the worst. I began having complications and the doctors all thought pre-eclampsia. After not feeling any movement during the day I got concerned and called the doctor whom told me to come into the hospital right away. My blood pressure had sky rocketed and I was to have an emergency induction 2 weeks before my due date. I was unprepared and scared for myself and for my little princess. I finally delivered a healthy little girl whom we named Emerson. Fast forward 4 months and the day had finally come to bring my husband home! We were finally going to be a family. I can still see the look on his face when he saw her beautiful face. His eyes glistened as he looked at his beautiful daughter. Looking back on the 4 wonderful years we have had with her I am saddened by the fact I have no maternity pictures and no newborn pictures. I didn’t want my husband to feel left out seeing me doing those things so I just didn’t get them done. After he got back from Iraq he was diagnosed with PTSD. Our perfect marriage was falling apart. There were times I didn’t think we would make it another day. Fast forward another 3 years and we are in a happy place and we decided now was the time to try for another baby. We were so ecstatic to find out we were pregnant on the first try! Finally my husband would be home to experience all the cravings, mood swings, growing baby bump and everything wonderful that comes from pregnancy. Our excitement was shattered when we went to our 10 week check up. I was so excited my husband was finally going to be able to see our beautiful baby bouncing around in my tummy. The look on our doctors face went from happiness to sadness as she informed us there was no baby. The sac was empty. A D&C was scheduled for a week later when after only a few days I started bleeding on my own. It was the most painful thing I have ever gone through both emotionally and physically. It took us about 7 months to decide we were ready to try again. It took us months this time and when I finally got the little pink line I wasn’t happy, I was scared. I was scared to tell anyone because of what happened last time. At our first doctor appointment I cried when I saw the little heart beating away. We found out a few weeks ago we are expecting a little girl. Our rainbow baby. We plan to name her Eden because when I think of a rainbow I think of it spreading across the most beautiful garden on earth, the garden of Eden. Eden Rayne is scheduled to arrive November 26 2014. A rainbow baby is the baby after a miscarriage or loss, or in other words a rainbow after the storm. Our storm wasn’t just loosing our second baby, the storm for us was overcoming a deployment resulting in PTSD, trying to get our family through the changes that were going on with my husband as well as overcoming the stress of trying to find jobs after as well. It also signifies the re-birth and strengthening of our marriage and my husband reestablishing his faith. This rainbow baby is making our family whole. We would love the opportunity to win this newborn photo shoot to forever have the memories of this experience and this journey.
— Shandis Button

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