Baby Jack

I just had to share little Jack’s story here as he is a picture of strength and hope. As some of you may already know, I volunteer for an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (nilmdts.org) which primarily provides photography services for parents experiencing an infant loss. I have had the honor of working with 10 different families this year to help them create lasting memories. I don’t plan on sharing details of those stories here as it is so personal, plus I don’t want to depress everyone reading this!

Anyway, I’m happy to report that Jack’s family ended up not needing me! I’ve never been so glad to be unneeded! Okay, I did take photos for them, but not for the reason we initially thought. This story is a happy one, so I’d love to share a little about Jack and show some photos.

Vicki first got in touch with me about a month before Jack was scheduled to be born. She and her husband, James, were told that Jack’s chances of survival were low due to his missing a large part of his diaphragm (medical diagnosis: CDH).  I suggested doing maternity portraits as Vicki’s pregnancy is part of Jack’s story too.  He was put on a heart and lung machine immediately after birth and went in for surgery soon after that. Despite the odds against him, he fought through everything and was able to go home a few weeks ago at three months old. Vicki and James invited me to come take photos of Jack last week at their home and I was thrilled. He did have to go back in for another surgery this week, but is recovering well and I think he is determined to be back home before Santa comes. Vicki and James maintain a blog, so I get to stay in the loop and be a blog-stalker. Anyway, onto the images….prepare for some cuteness!

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by Jill

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Renee Just popping in to view your blog, love all your images and your work. I remember reading this story awhile back…Jack is a beatuiful baby. What a blessing!

wendy g Jill, this baby is so cute! He looks like he’s very happy and probably doesn’t fuss a lot. It’s great that you had a chance to do these as a series–it really shows how quickly babies grow.
wendy g
PS: and congratulations on starting your Blog!

landrymajor Jill, Beautiful photos of this little guy, and kudos to you for having an open heart and doing this!

Amy Thanks for getting me all teary eyed at work, hope no one walks by and sees me :)

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