I received an email on October 18th from an organization called "Capturing Hopes Photography" asking if I would be able to help them fulfill a wish. As I continued to read the email from Katie, I learned of a couple who had recently given birth to 2 very beautiful little girls, it broke my heart to ready that they were both on Sept 6th but still in the NICU since their birth. There wish was for a photographer to come into the NICU and take their daughters first professional pictures so that they could finally send out announcements to their family and be able to eternally capture their little girls at this stage of their lives. I knew my answer would be yes, but as I continued to read their story I couldn't hold back my emotions.
These two baby girls were Monochorinoic/Monoamniotic Twins! That's right, I don't know about you but I needed to brush up on my twin knowledge after reading that. Ok, so I read up on MoMo twins and I was even more convinced that God had placed this family in my life for a reason!
I chatted with their mom, Kelli over text messages and we scheduled their photo session right away. I didn't sleep for 2 days! I'm not joking, I couldn't stop reading about MoMo twins, looking at inspirational images and praying for the babies I was about to meet.
As I drove up to Kaiser Hospital, which just so happened to be the same hospital my daughter was born at my heart began to flutter and race! I was beyond excited and was feeling so overwhelmed with my own emotions of being back at my daughters birth place.
Meeting Kelli and her husband Jeremy was awesome! They were both very relaxed, extremely sweet and incredibly friendly. Their baby girls stole my heart for sure. I learned that the girls had recently gained more weight, were eating more and even got to remove the tubes and IV's just days before I arrived.
Sweet Ashlyn "Peanut" was a little ham for me, she loves having her picture taken. She wouldn't go back to sleep for us, she had her eyes on me the entire time. From the moment I peeked over at her while she was in her bassinet, she really is a diva for sure. Then there's her sweet sister Brielle who dearly loved the blankets and girly wraps I brought for her to model. She snuggled up with mommy and went right to sleep for us.
Kelli shared with me that it was her first time, during the photo session, that she was holding the girls freely. Meaning, they had no tubes or IV's on them and she was finally able to snuggle and cuddle them without having to worry about messing up a cord or tube. I almost lost it during that moment, being able to capture images of Kelli holding each of her baby girls was priceless for me. It was such a special moment, I was blessed to be able to capture it for them.
I can't wait to watch these precious bundles of joy grow up! Their mommy and daddy don't know it yet, but I plan to be their photographer as long as they will let me. Miss Ashlyn has a future in modeling, I can tell already! I can't wait to say "I knew her when!".
Such an honor and a blessing to be in this families presence.
If you would like to know more about these beautiful MoMo Twins, check out their blog! That's right ladies and gentleman, these girls have their very own blog.
Baby Gruens ... Our MoMo Journey
Below I have a snip-it from Kelli and Jeremy's blog about their twins:
"It was confirmed two weeks ago that our girls are Monochorinoic/Monoamniotic (Also referred to as “MoMo” twins). The doctors delayed on diagnosing MoMo’s because it is SO rare (1 in 10,000 twin pregnancies) and often it is hard to see the dividing membrane, but at our 16 week appointment we had cord entanglement which can only mean one thing, that our babies were in the same sac (MoMo)"
Here are some interesting facts about MoMo babies:
*Monoamniotic twins are always identical
*Monoamniotic twins are the result of a late splitting egg; one that split around 8-12 days after fertilization
*Monoamniotic twins only occur in 1% of twins
*Monoamniotic twins share a placenta and amniotic sac which means they have skin to skin contact
*Monoamniotic twins are considered extremely high risk because of the risk of cord compression leading to fetal death as a result of umbilical cord entanglement
*Monoamniotic twins are always delivered by C-Section
*Monoamniotic twins are usually delivered between 32-34 weeks gestation because the risks of staying in utero are greater than the risks associated with a premature birth
*75% of monoamniotic twins are girls
*inpatient monitoring at viability yeilds the greatest success rates
**These statistics are those posted at http://www.monoamnioticstories.blogspot.com ~ For additional stories, head there.
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