Archive for the ‘Newborn’ Category

Oceanside [Newborn Session]

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Baby Rowen is a very lucky girl. She has the good fortune to have amazing parents who I am fortunate to call my friends. I’ve looked up to Ayrielle ever since we were in Junior High algebra together. She has always been a constant in my life regardless of distance between us and distance between phone calls. She is a friend I do not have to talk to every day to still feel close to and be able to confide everything in. I’ve been a better person for knowing her and can only imagine the amazing little girl she will raise. It doesn’t hurt that she has found an amazing partner and husband, Demian. Demian is such a warm and open person; the type of guy who will walk into a room of people he doesn’t know, in a language that is not his first, and delve right into a game of serious game of Taboo :)

I was over the moon when Ayrielle told me they were expecting so when the time came, I couldn’t bear the thought of NOT meeting Rowen right away. The first chance I had, I drove down to Oceanside for a few hours to meet her and document her tininess. I adore this family beyond words. Simple. As. That.

Izumi [Newborn Session]

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

I realized I should write this post when I went to see my niece the other day and she was all ready a full blown baby and not an infant anymore! When Izumi was born we did a newborn session. My brother indulged me by allowing me to put her in a peach I made out of felt. If you know my brother this is the type of thing he would roll his eyes at and shake his head, but alas he couldn’t deny me this.

A little background on this. For a while when reading George Suyeoka’s Illustrated version of Momotaro to Aya I was unable to read the first few pages without crying. Momotaro is a Japanese folk tale that describes the yearning a couple has to have a child. While washing clothes in the river, a large peach miraculously floats down the river into the arms of the woman who excitedly takes it home to share with her husband. When her husband comes home from a  hard days work they sit down to enjoy the treat of this amazing peach. When the husband goes to cut into it, the great peach breaks apart and instead of a pit, a perfect baby boy is at the center. After years of waiting, their house is filled with the joy and laughter of a child. Momotaro grows up to be the hero of his village by creating a hodge podge team of animals and defeating the ogres who terrorize the village.

After all my brother and his wife have endured in the past few years, when Izumi came into the world, I was inspired to create a peach. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but after a trip to JoAnns, I came up with peach made out of felt pieces sewn into a pre-formed coco basket liner. After working on it for three days straight, I came up with what you see below. Luckily Izumi still fit in it! I adore this little Momozumi :)

A few photos from her newborn session…

These  were taken on a visit that same week…

Uncle Brent was very excited to have someone to football hold again.

And some recent ones of Izumi and her Obachan…

Izumi: Birth Day!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

I’m not even sure how to write this post. Where to even begin. I’ve been busy (hence the blog hiatus). I recently quit my job the library and four weeks ago my brother and and sister-in-law brought baby Izumi into all of our lives. I am beyond words. This was their 5th pregnancy and the first to result in a live birth. Needless to say it’s been a long few years and the joy and relief of Izumi’s birth brought forth so much emotion. I didn’t realize the amount of anxiety that had built up within me over the past few years.  I suppose that is partially because I know the the grief I’ve felt as an auntie and sibling couldn’t compare with what they had been going through as parents. When Shoji texted us from labor and delivery that “Izumi is here!”, the flood gates opened. The anxiety, happiness, hope, stress, elation, and relief came in the form of uncontrollable tears. I thought I was just excited to see Izumi, but I realized that I was just happy to hear that she was here … safe and sound … with mommy and daddy. It didn’t even matter that we had to wait another hour to actually get to visit. Those three words “Izumi is here” were enough to make the clouds break.

To me, my big brother and his beautiful wife are synonymous with strength. love. support. amazingness (which I don’t think is  real word, but how else do I describe them?!). Even when we were young, my older brother was inspirational to me. He was so nerdy he made it cool. He has always followed his passion and I admire his ability to set goals and work hard to make them happen. Not only did he teach me how to play Nintendo, all the words to Beastie Boy’s “Pass the Mic”,  but he has also taught me a tremendous amount about perseverance and  hope.

I wanted to be sure to catch a few photos of Izumi’s birth-day because my favorite photos of the girls are from the days they were born! It might be weird, but I day dreamed about Izumi finding these photos some 40 years from now and being able to know exactly where she was born and all the joy this day brought us. If my niece likes me even 10% of how much I already love her, then I’m already one lucky Auntie!!