This little warrior made a surprise entrance on March 13th at 24 weeks gestation.
The even bigger surprise to her parents, Angelina and Lenny, was that they were pregnant at all. Angelina went to the emergency room in Fort MacMurray with abdominal cramping where staff told her she was having a miscarriage. After an ultrasound where the doctor found a heartbeat, they learned that Christianna would be joining their family, effective immediately!
We started out our session just shooting Angelina, Lenny, and Christian outside the Royal Alex NICU. Christianna had a number of tests over the course of the day and we weren’t sure how she was going to handle all the extra attention.
Kane was in a different pod at the Royal Alex NICU, but because I was shooting in the afternoon I ran into quite a few staff who were there when we were. Christianna’s nurse of the day was one of our regular nurses two years ago. It was wonderful to see Nilufa and fill her in on where we are at.
As always, it was a pleasure to photograph a Ronald McDonald House family who is “stuck” in hospital. When I first spoke with Angelina, we were going to just shoot her, Lenny, and Christian near Ronald McDonald House. I think we were all quite happy that we were able to get Christianna in the shoot as well!