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Little Ellerie Brynn // Redondo Beach newborn photographer

Redondo Beach newborn photographer // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Redondo beach family photographer

The decision to have a baby comes in many shapes and forms for each couple. My husband, Adrian, and I had talked about having children throughout our relationship and once we were married, the talk became reality. We felt we had accomplished our goals; our careers were established and thriving, we had traveled solo & together, settled into being married. Now we were ready for our life adventure of starting a family, we just didn’t think we would be blessed so quickly! We found out we were pregnant and our due date would be our 1st wedding anniversary but unfortunately we experienced the loss of that angel. Although devastated and fearful of many “what ifs” and “what next”, our relationship grew stronger as we pushed through one of the hardest moments we experienced together. Our positive outlook of “what is meant to be is meant to be” & “we are lucky to have what we had” allowed us to bounce back to our normal silly, loving, traveling selfs. We had a busy month between work, family & friend events, we weren’t worrying about “trying” to get pregnant…and thats when beautiful things happen. All worries aside and loving life, we were blessed with another pregnancy; our rainbow baby! Needless to say, both of us worried as we passed each week until the first, second, and let’s be honest, third doctor appointments. That tiny little heartbeat was stronger than ever & all the worries morphed into “we are going to be parents” worry! Being a pediatric nurse and being around babies/children can not prep you for your own little bundle of joy! Everyone would comment “you got this, you handle babies everyday, you are great with kids, this will be so easy for you”…but honestly, now I was on the opposite side; the days of cuddling and pacifying then handing them over to their mom/dad were over….I was mom and Adrain was dad! As the months went on, our family & friends celebrated our gender reveal and multiple baby showers.  We were settling in and the nursery was slowing but surely coming together. Adrian was actually nesting more than I was; he deep cleaned our carpets, painted the nursery, put furniture together and read baby blogs….he was determined to be ready!

As the big day approached, we brainstormed over 20 names and finally narrowed it down to two; which we kept a secret till we met her. I had a relatively “easy” pregnancy, so naturally I was expecting the craziest labor. We had joked about how the day would go once I went into labor; we kept quoting the movie Juno when her water breaks “thundercats a go!”. It became our code phrase to signify our go time. As the due date May 10th passed, we were scheduled to be induced on May 15th but our little one decided against that…my water broke at home midday Saturday, May 13th at home while Adrian was out running errands. I called him with our epic phrase “thundercats a go!” and I’m positive thats the fastest he has ever gotten home! We checked into Torrance Memorial Hospital that evening and had a relatively smooth labor. On Sunday, May 14th we welcomed baby girl Ellerie on the most appropriate day…Mother’s Day 2017. Weighing in at 8lbs 14oz and 19 1/2 inches, she was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen! The moment she was placed on my chest, my heart melted and we were consumed with a different overwhelming love. You think you know love for someone until your child is laying in your arms. Taking her home was both exciting and nerve wrecking…this beautiful little girl was all ours! Settling into our home with our new addition is still a process but the rollercoaster is full of laughs, tears, smiles, worry, distraught, reassurance….the greatest adventure we’ve been blessed to experience together as a family. Each day brings more joy in raising a child…its the hardest thing you will ever do but the most humbling and gratifying thing you will ever do.

We have invited Tiffani into each one of our special life experiences and could not imagine anyone else capturing our new adventures as first time parents. She has been telling our story from our engagement & wedding, our maternity journey and now capturing Ellerie’s first weeks in this world. As a family, we are beyond excited to continue sharing these moments with Tiffani at Sun and Sparrow.
 
xoxo Shanna, Adrian & Ellerie 

Kyle & Lauren // A Los Angeles Love Story lifestyle session

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // A Los Angeles Love Story lifestyle session

love-storyFROM THE WIFEY // Kyle and I met in January 2013.  After a few months of “vacationing in relationship land,” we got married in July, exactly six months after our first date.  We eloped at the county recorder’s office and went out for sushi after.  We kept our marriage a secret for the next few months, partly because we didn’t want anyone to worry about our decision and partly to have a secret we could keep just for us.  By the end of the year, we were ready to tell people we were married, and our holidays were filled with lots of funny and awkward “surprise we’re married” conversations.

By summer the next year, we started looking for an apartment in downtown Los Angeles.  Kyle had always wanted to live in a loft, and I was missing the city life I fell in love with while living in NYC.  After an exhaustive search, we found the perfect place — a bright one bedroom with exposed brick, high ceilings, and a great view of the street.  We’ve been living there for almost a year now and absolutely love it.  It has speakers through all the rooms and plenty of space for our foosball table.  It also didn’t hurt that it was (RIP The Gorbals) across the street from one of our favorite restaurants and site of our third date.
As we settled in to our new place, we discussed getting a puppy.  We had been watching my parents’ puppy, but he was going to live with my brother.  One day in late March while I was stuck on a business trip, I came across a petfinder.com post for a very loving, sweet, cuddly pitbull boxer mix that had been abandoned on a ranch.  Kyle drove down to go see him and within a week, we brought home a 60-pound monster.  We knew right away that our new puppy, who we named Buddy, was the perfect addition to our family.  He likes watching us play video games and jumping on the bed to wake Kyle up.  He loves being lazy and sleeping under the pillows of the couch but also can’t resist chasing his favorite orange ball.
After realizing how quickly Buddy was losing his puppy face, we started discussing the idea of taking photographs to capture this moment in our lives.  We knew we wanted Buddy involved.  We thought about various places to take photos, but ultimately decided that the place that best captured us was our apartment.  I had known about Sun and Sparrow for a while and been following their work on their blog.  We contacted them and could not have been happier!  Tiffani was amazing to work with and all of us, including Buddy, had a wonderful time!

Baby Marigold // Los Angeles newborn photographer

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Los Angeles newborn photographer

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FROM MARIGOLD’S MOMMY // Pregnancy was not an enjoyable experience for me. I didn’t have any significant health problems, just many of the common symptoms and ailments that come with being pregnant: nausea, vomiting, heartburn, trouble sleeping, sweating, and a few others that are not polite to mention. I was hoping to try for an unmedicated, natural birth (with full awareness that I would likely end up with an epidural since I’m really bad with pain), but things did not turn out as planned. Our little girl decided to camp out in a breech position for the entire 3rd trimester. My doctor informed me that I would be scheduled for a c-section if she didn’t flip head-down, so I went to work trying out every possible option for flipping breech babies. I tried standing on my head, hip raises, prenatal yoga, prenatal chiropractor, peppermint oil, hypnosis, and finally an external cephalic version that left me with bruises. Eventually I had to accept that I would be getting a c-section. There were tears and mourning as I grieved the birth I had planned, but eventually I started to see the positives of the procedure, the most important one being that my baby would be born healthy.  We got to pick the day (sort of, the 12th was our first choice since both my husband and I were born on the 12th of our birth months, but that was a Sunday and they don’t schedule c-sections on Sundays) so we chose the 14th since we were married on October 14th.  We did get family waiting in anticipation in the waiting room since the procedure got pushed back 2 hours. I took a nice nap while waiting for the lab to process my blood work, and I was so happy to have that little break to just relax and feel comfortable before starting surgery. They had me walk to the OR to get the spinal while my husband waited outside for what he says felt like an hour (it was 10-15 minutes).  They put up a sheet and the kind anesthesiologist let me know, in brief, what to expect as the doctors went to work. My husband came in and kept telling me how everything was going to to be ok. A few minutes later they said “she’s out!” and lifted a messy purple baby over the sheet for just a second. Then she cried. Then I cried. Then my husband didn’t know what to do as they cleaned her up on the warmer and he was at my side. “Go get her!” I said to him, so he went and the nurses said he could take pictures, and then they put her in his arms. He beamed. Then the nurses brought her to me and put her on my chest so I could hold her. It’s hard to describe all the feelings and thoughts that were going through my mind at that moment. We were moved to the recovery room and went to work on nursing and naming. Marigold won out, mostly because staring at those tiny chubby cheeks the phrase “Goldie Lott, she’s just right!” seemed to fit.  I wouldn’t have her any other way.