Last month, just before Christmas, a dear friend of mine got promoted to Nana. I’ve watched for more than 20 years as her daughters have grown into beautiful young women with lives of their own. The birth of their first grand girl was cause for celebration and, since the family is so dear to me, I simply couldn’t help myself.
The words just sort of tumbled out of my mouth when I offered to take newborn photos. I quickly cautioned her I was not one of those awesome, professional newborn photographers, but I’d do my best to try and capture her new baby daughter’s first days of life. I later found out she was deeply touched by my offer since the hospital photographer didn’t do a very good job. This was my gift to the family and it warms my heart to be able to give them these moments. Moments that are gone in, seemingly, a split second.
I’m sharing them with you for Thankful Thursday to highlight how awesome and precious life is when we stop and think about what it took for each of us to get here. I swoon every time I see newborn photos and bow in awe to those who do this for a living.
I know just enough to be dangerous. It’s a goal of mine this year to become better at reading light, selecting poses and paying attention to small details in my photography. It’s more trial and error at this point. Will it grow into anything other than a hobby and a favor to those closest to me? Who knows.
For now, hope you enjoy pics of a precious baby girl, born a bit before schedule, but a miracle none-the-less.
The heartbeat of a human fetus begins around three weeks after fertilization. Doctors are able to detect it around 6 weeks.
At 9-10 weeks, the baby sucks his thumb and unique fingerprints form.
At 12 weeks, the end of the first trimester, a baby is completely formed and many body functions are already developed and working.
A baby can hear her mother’s voice while in the womb around 24 weeks.
Around 24 weeks, the lungs are forming substances that will allow him to breathe outside of the womb.
Eyes open and close, and produce tears around 27 weeks.
At eight months, taste preferences develop and she will physically react to loud noises from the “outside.”
In the last nine weeks of pregnancy, a baby’s brain doubles in weight.
A firm hand grasp is seen around 8-9 months.
Women are amazing. When a female fetus is born, she has all the eggs in her ovaries that she’ll have in her lifetime. That means, if you are a woman, when your grandmother carried your mother, you were a tiny egg inside both of them!
The development of a human baby, from embryo to fetus to birth is an amazing process. And, the ability for a baby to successfully live outside the womb as early as 25-30 weeks is changing perceptions on viable fetal development and survival.
There is a reason why the birth of a child is called a “blessed event.” The journey this child took to get here is as fascinating as it is complex.
Sweet dreams baby girl. When you wake up, you’ll move mountains.
For You formed my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. ~Psalm 139:13-14
Linking up with Brian’s Home and Thankful Thursday.