Wow, life has been a little bit crazy lately and it’s taken me a few months to post these images of our sweet new girl, Sylvie Violet. She was born on April 22nd, 2016 weighing in at 5 pounds, 11.6 ounces and 17 inches long – a little peanut, but full of personality! You will see that in these photos of her. She is not lacking for character, personality, and spunk. As a Las Vegas Newborn Photographer, I was determined to shoot Sylvie’s newborn pictures myself. I managed this by spreading them out over several weeks, and doing several mini shoots for variety.
Sweet little Sylvie, unbeknownst to us during my pregnancy, was born with a congenital heart defect. Did you know that roughly 1/110 babies is born with a congenital heart defect? I had no idea how common it was. We found out about Sylvie’s condition when she failed the pulse ox test as part of her newborn discharge screening. This test is a very simple test that measures the oxygen saturation in your body – in a healthy person it should be above 97%. Sylvie’s sats were in the 80’s. It’s amazing to me that is little as 2 years ago, this test was not part of the routine newborn screening, and in some hospitals, it is STILL not offered. That is so scary to me! Had Sylvie not had this test, she would have been discharged as a healthy newborn.
Sylvie was taken from us and flown via helicopter 3 hours away to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she was immediately swarmed by doctors and nurses. She was hooked up to everything, and tests were ran. This was an extremely scary time for us. She spent 12 days in the NICU. Sylvie has something called a ‘mixed total anomalous pulmonary venous return’, or TAPVR. She will be okay, but she will need open heart surgery when she’s 4-6 months old to repair this so she can lead a full and active life.
To add to this story, our 15 year old son Damien’s dream for the past 4 years is to be a pediatric heart surgeon when he grows up. Life comes full circle.
Sylvie is the sweetest little soul – she seems wise beyond her days and is so full of personality. You can see it in her eyes. We are so blessed to have her join our family, and she has no idea just how loved she is. One of my goals with her newborn photos was to take a special picture of her with each of her 10 older siblings. I have tried this with previous children and always seem to fall short, but I accomplished this with Sylvie. This will be a long post, and each of these images is so treasured and special to me. I will come back and edit it to add one of Sylvie with her Daddy and myself as soon as I take them. :)
In no particular order…please welcome Sylvie Violet Holloway to this lovely place called Earth. :) Each of these images was created with so much love. And now for the sibling shots – in order from oldest to youngest, this is Clint with Sylvie. <3 And Calista… Damien, our future pediatric heart surgeon, who has already forged a special bond with his new sister… <3 Theron and Sylvie… Adrian and Sylvie… Quentin (aka Dewey) and Sylvie… Camille & Sylvie… Octavia & Sylvie; I got a little carried away with these! There were too many cute ones to just edit one… Elliott & Sylvie… Gabriel (aka Tiny) and Sylvie… And one of Tiny by himself because, well, he’s adorable and I can’t help it! haha And finally, Sylvie with ALL 10 of her older siblings together! I adore this and already have it hanging on my wall. <3 Next up – I need a new family photo. Any volunteers? ;) I’m also including a few photos of Sylvie taken outdoors while we were in Montana a few weeks ago. I love outdoor newborn photos so much! She was a little beyond the newborn phase here, but I just love how these came out. Look how red her hair looks in these! I do see a lot of red in her hair in person, but I think a lot of this was the lighting in this particular location. Either way, she’s such a sweet girl! Sylvie & Daddy <3 Mommy & Sylvie… <3
I swore I’d never jump on the rainbow baby bandwagon, but alas….I had to for Sylvie. She came to us after 2 back to back miscarriages – thus, the rainbow after the storm. The heart symbolizes the fact that she is a strong, brave heart baby, as well as the immense love we have for her, and how deeply we wanted her and waited for her. She is surrounded by so much love, she has no idea yet. I tried to put my own spin on this type of shot and this is what I came up with. <3
My sweet friend Becca of Zoe and Oliver made this beautiful pink knit ensemble for Sylvie – I think this just might be her color, look how it brings out her eyes! Becca is a fellow heart mom and has been such a kind friend and wonderful support for Sylvie and I. Her pout is just TOO CUTE!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read Sylvie’s story and look at her newborn photos. :)
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