What a special thing it is to be able to enter such a personal space and photograph these incredibly meaningful moments. I’m so blessed to be able to be apart of such special times in people’s lives. Doing this Madigan Hospital Fresh 48 Session for Goldie and her family was a wonderful experience. The story of how she got her name is just one of the sweetest. Her mom shared this with me so I just wanted to share it with you in her own words.
“About 3 years ago, Lance and I had another conversation about adding to our family. It seemed like we had the conversation every year on the boys birthday if this was something we should consider and every year we both looked at each other with the same outlook, I really don’t know if I have it in me, these two are so much work! (there’s two, they both have special needs and well if you have ever met Ken and Ben you already know) so the time came Ben and Ken were about 4 and I prayed. I said “Heavenly Father if I’m supposed to have another just tell me, cause I need to either move forward and close the door or work towards opening that door. I had so much anxiety and ptsd (yeah for real) from Ken and Ben’s whole birth I just couldn’t think about pregnancy and if I could do that part again either. But then one night I had THE MOST CLEAR DREAM I’ve ever had in my life. Ken and Ben looked to be about 7-8 years old and they came to the hospital to see me, and I said “Ken and Ben meet your sister, this is GOLDIE.” They lit up and for the first time in their life they were calm, gentle and I felt so much peace.
I had NEVER known anyone with that name “Goldie” (besides like Goldie Hawn) I said Oh my gosh yes that fits so perfectly. I woke up with tears all over my face and woke up Lance crying and said “Lance,we need to have another baby” so I made an appt with my ob and we started “trying”. Lance then left on a long long long deployment and I made it my mission: BE BABY READY when he gets home, healthiest phase of your life so you are ready to grow the finale. When I got pregnant super fast people who knew about the dream were worried I would be so mad if it wasn’t a girl but I wasn’t. Because what I really took from the dream I had was “you’re ready, you can do it again, and it will be different than last time” so I was happy with either gender. But, if you know me, a girl baby, this will be where I shine in life. Just like her, my Goldie girl.”
Isn’t that so sweet!? What an amazing answer to a prayer. I can’t wait to get to photograph her family next week for Goldie’s in home lifestyle newborn photoshoot. Stay tuned for that!