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Little Jenna // Los Angeles newborn photography

Los Angeles newborn photography // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles newborn and family photographers

Throughout the pregnancy, we kept asking ourselves “Will the delivery go safely?  Will our child be healthy?  Are we doing everything right for our child?”  Pam was formerly a nurse in the NICU at UCLA, so she knew all of the scary stories that could possibly exist, hoping that our child wouldn’t fall victim to one.  During every prenatal doctor visit, we would hear news that everything looks fine and our response was always “are you sure?”  Looking back, we definitely might have been more paranoid than we needed to be, but it’s because we wanted so badly for God to grant us a child this time.  As we approached the 36 week mark, our doctor informed us that the baby’s growth had slowed down.  She was in the 19th percentile based on her size.  We were told that if the labor doesn’t happen by Thanksgiving, we would have to seriously consider inducing.  This certainly wasn’t something that we had planned, and caused us a bit of worry.  Our target due date was on Saturday after Thanksgiving and we though taking the baby out early might introduce risks of complications, but since all we wanted was a healthy baby by any means necessary, we opted to trust our doctors.
Thanksgiving came, and still no contractions, so we were quite certain we would check into the hospital later that night.  We spent most of the holiday with Pam’s family then checked into UCLA around 9pm, spending the rest of our Thanksgiving in the hospital.  The labor lasted 36 slow, tortuous hours.  Then, to our surprise, on Saturday morning, our target due date, the doctor told us that it was finally time.  At 10:05am, our little Jenna Audrey Baldivia was born.
We can’t thank the medical staff at UCLA enough for all of their hard work and support during our stay.  Because we were down the hall from Pam’s former unit, we had several of our friends come to visit while we were there.  We even had some familiar faces in the delivery room, which was a bit awkward at first but didn’t matter in the end.  We finally had our baby in our arms, ready to face the world as a family! Thank you Sun & Sparrow for sharing this blessed moment with us, as you did on our wedding day.  We’re so happy to have befriended you through this process and can’t wait to share many more milestones with you down the road.


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    Little Kaden // Los Angeles newborn photography

    Los Angeles newborn photography  // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow family and newborn photographer

    Our precious Kaden surprised us by coming into the world a week early from his due date.  He was literally a surprise as I was having minimal signs of impending labor; in fact, I had a routine doctor’s appointment the day before I  went into labor and was not even checked for dilation as I was feeling good and not in any pain.  That night, I started having some mild contractions and went to the hospital the next morning to see if this was the real deal.  I was checked for dilation and was already at 4 cm – the nurses were amazed I was still walking around and talking normally!  However, after failing to progress, I was sent to labor at home.  Later that evening, I finally started experiencing strong contractions that were 5-6 minutes apart.  We returned to the hospital and when I was re-checked for dilation, I was at 8 cm. That immediately sent all the nurses into a panic as they rushed to set up the delivery room – it was like a scene right out of the movies!  From there, I received an epidural, which slowed everything down as I then labored for another 12 hours. Finally, on March 17th at 12:03 PM, Kaden was born after an hour of pushing – he was our lucky St. Patrick’s Day baby!
    I will never forget birthing my baby and having him placed on my chest right after he was born – it is such a surreal experience. From that moment on, life completely shifted in an instant and this little guy became our entire world.  Taking him home was exciting as it was like experiencing the same world but through a different lens; I remember him scrunching his face in the sun as we left the hospital and got into our car, and realized that something like the sun that we are so used to was completely new to him.  Kaden is settling in at home nicely; he’s such a good baby, only really crying when he’s hungry (although that is quite often!).  I love watching him as he holds my hand as he nurses and Daddy enjoys rocking him to sleep by simulating a car ride.  His furry big brother, Nico, is still getting used to his cries, but enjoys sunbathing with him by the window and looking at him over the couch.  Nothing really prepares you for parenthood but in the few short weeks Kaden has been with us, it has been an amazing experience.  We can’t wait to watch our son grow and embark on this new adventure in our lives with him!

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      Mai & Andy // Palos Verdes family maternity photographers

      ©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Sun & Sparrow Redondo Beach maternity photographer

      FROM THE MOMMA // Pregnancy with Aria has not been like anything I ever imagined. My knowledge of pregnancy was fairly limited, but I always imagined that I would at least be aware of when it happened because of all the common symptoms in the beginning.  I was completely unaware for a month and a half that our little one had quietly placed herself and taken up residence; waiting to surprise us with her presence. If I hadn’t mentioned my missed cycle to Andy, we may have gone on for another couple months without even suspecting her there.  It even took me a couple of weeks before the news really started to sink in and I began believing that there was in fact, a little, precious miracle growing in my womb.
      I have to admit, after hearing numerous stories from others, my pregnancy has been a breeze, and I feel incredibly blessed.  No morning sickness, no heartburn, no weird cravings – just a huge, itchy belly and the occasional swollen ankles and feet if I was sitting at the office all day. I sometimes think that this is all a trick to get me to agree to another baby and I’ll have morning sickness and all the awful symptoms doubled in the next round.
      I’m looking forward to meeting this little girl and learning about who God created her to be.  I definitely don’t feel like I’m totally ready for parenthood, but I’m trusting in the Lord that he chose Andy and I to be parents to this little one
      and to raise her well in his Love and that He will help us along the way.  Andy is just bursting at the seems to hold Aria in his arms and I think he hasn’t totally processed the hard reality of the sleepless nights and new changes and challenges of our new life with Aria that’s in store for us.  Then again, he may very well have, and is all the more excited and ready for it all; in which I am so grateful to call him my husband and the father of our child.  Aria is a very lucky and blessed little girl and I am so grateful to know that she is incredibly loved by so many.

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        Maribel & Rodrigo // Maternity Lifestyle photographers

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        ©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // This session was filmed by Claudia Hurtarte, Sun & Sparrow’s associate photographer // 

        Maternity Lifestyle photographers

        ©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // This session was filmed by Claudia Hurtarte, Sun & Sparrow’s associate photographer // Maternity Lifestyle photographers

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        • Maribel AlejandreJuly 2, 2014 - 9:54 pm

          I am in love. Thank you so much, it will defiantly be an experience that I will never forget!ReplyCancel

        • Maribel AlejandreJuly 2, 2014 - 9:54 pm

          I am in love. Thank you so much, it will defiantly be an experience that I will never forget!ReplyCancel

        PASADENA FAIRYTALE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY // LITTLE MAIZIE

        PASADENA FAIRYTALE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY // LITTLE MAIZIE @ 2019 Sun & Sparrow // Dreamy Newborn Photographer

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