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Little Lulu // Redondo Beach dreamy newborn photographer


Redondo Beach dreamy newborn photographer // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow South Bay maternity and in home newborn session photographer 

From Alexis, our new mommy : Luciana “Lulu” was born on August 14, 2018 at 10:33 a.m. weighing 9 pounds and eleven ounces, and measuring 20 3/4 inches long.  I was in labor for just over 24 hours before she was born. I went into labor on a Monday morning when I was 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant. My husband had just left for work when I realized the cramps I was feeling were actually coming in waves and getting stronger and stronger. I called him and told him it was time to go around 11:00 am. I still felt ok so I showered and labored at home for a little while, and we decided to head to the hospital when my contractions were about 3 minutes apart, around 4:00 pm. Once we got to the hospital I was 3 centimeters dilated and the contractions were getting stronger. I walked the labor and delivery floor halls with my husband and two aunts who were cheering me on.  The contractions kind of stalled a bit and I hadn’t dilated any more after a couple hours so around 1:00 am the doctor suggested pitocin and I asked for an epidural.  After that we all got some rest. The doctor came in to check me at 8:00 am and I was fully dilated and almost ready to push. She broke my water and at around 9:30 a.m. I started pushing. Pushing was the best part! I loved seeing the progress I was making and being able to feel the baby’s head was so encouraging! I will never forget the moment she came out and I got to hold her for the first time. I wish I could relive that moment over and over again. The first few weeks of being a mom have been so incredibly wonderful. I love everything about being a mom and I am so thankful to Tiffani for capturing the most special time in mine and my husband’s lives.


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 

Aryl’s baby belly // Oak Glen maternity and newborn photographer

Oak Glen maternity and newborn photographer // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Oak Glen and Redlands photographer

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