I’ve been so blessed to capture so many newborn photos the last couple of weeks in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus. Two of them being rainbow babies and this sweet little darling who is just a pure miracle.
Almost 6 years ago, I was honored to join Corey + Jodi for their wedding in Delaware at ..GlenRoss Golf Club.. Just six weeks after having my first babe, Elijah. They were amazing and even asked my husband to attend the wedding so that my little man could be near by. I remember taking him out to the dance floor after all of their events and Jodi took him for a little whirl. It made my new Momma heart skip a beat or two!
After about two years of marriage, Corey + Jodi decided they were ready to start their family. Months went by, and they still hadn’t gotten the positive sign on a home test. Heartbreak after heartbreak with each negative test. Months turned into years, and still nothing.
Jodi explained, “Trying to have a baby has been a very difficult and long road. It took us four years, 2 fertility specialists, 4 failed IUI’s, and two surgeries for severe endometriosis to become pregnant.”
But it was not four years wasted. I say that because it was four years of honesty in their struggle. “Infertility is this taboo subject that affects so many women yet no one wants to talk about it. It can be a lonely and isolating process,” said Jodi. She was one who spoke out and made it known that their pregnancy journey was taking longer than expected, and she consistently encouraged others in theirs.
So after four years of trying, of course I wanted to know what that moment was like when the positive result finally came. Jodi replied, “There wasn’t a big exciting story to finding out we were pregnant. Having infertility issues, we track and monitor everything so closely. I was three days late which is very unusual so I took a test. I stood there for a moment not believing it could be true. Corey yelled out from our bedroom and asked what it said. I showed him the test and we both cried together! We couldn’t believe we were finally going to have our miracle baby.”
Cue all the tears.
It was only a few weeks later when I received a text from Jodi that said she needed to talk. In the middle of making dinner, I made sure she was okay and asked if I could call her later. She agreed.
After my kiddos were down, I gave Jodi a call, where we proceeded to chit chat for a few minutes. I then asked her what she wanted to talk about, and she unleashed the good news. I teared up and screamed all in the same moment, startling my husband upstairs. I had been following their journey and I knew and felt just how bittersweet this news was for them. She couldn’t wait to talk pictures, and I knew I couldn’t wait to take them.
The months passed, and Jodi grew a beautiful little bump on her body. One that she welcomed. “I feel like I couldn’t complain about aches and pains because I wanted this so bad.” She was gorgeous and glowing, but couldn’t wait to meet the little girl she carried.
But Jodi’s birthing experience was far from how she pictured it would be. “I was induced starting on a Monday and labored until she was born on Wednesday. I had been given multiple interventions to try to move things along without much success. I spiked a fever through labor which concerned my doctor and we almost ended up needing a c section. But after 4.5 hours of pushing, Delaney was born.”
They named her Delaney because in Irish it means “Angel from heaven.” “Her middle name Jordan is after her uncle (Corey’s brother) who passed away as an infant.” As a Mom, I just got so giddy hearing this. I love when names mean something, and tell such a beautiful story. Even speak life into your child.
Seeing Corey + Jodi with their little angel was everything. Can you imagine waiting and wishing for something for so long, and then you finally have your wish in your arms. Jodi shared, “I cry just looking at her.” She went on, “I love the little sounds she makes, her smile. Really, I could just stare at her all day, I love everything about her!” Corey’s favorite is watching her smile.
“Corey is an excellent father and Laney and I couldn’t be luckier. He helps with everything and I love watching him love on her! We are totally exhausted and making things up as we go but we have never been happier.”
Corey + Jodi, I wish words could express just how happy I am for the both of you. How overdue and bittersweet this time is. How blessed you are that you can call precious little Laney yours. I pray as you journey into parenthood, that you take it one step at a time. Do each step well and to the best of your ability. And don’t blink. Because that darling little boy you held in your arms 6 years ago…starts Kindergarten next week. Congratulations again and I can’t wait to capture you all soon!!
..ANGEL FROM HEAVEN..