Newborn Neri Adel Els
All the darkness in the world, can not extinguish the light from a single candle” – Francis of Assis
I have never heard the name Neri before, but instantly liked it and when I did some “googling” found that “The name Neri is a girl’s name of Hebrew, Greek origin meaning “burning light”. How gorgeous is that?
Meet the “burning light” in the Els household. She was calm and content throughout our whole session, whatching me intently with those big blue eyes. She was a little older when we did her newborn session therefore wide awake and this is one of the many reasons I prefer and love a newborn “lifestyle” sessions so much more than a posed session. I don’t think I need to ask, but did you see that hair? I instantly fell in love!
Oh, and looking at these gorgeous colour schemes, could you guess her mom has an eye for interior decorating?
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Why was I so desperate to have a natural birth?
Yes, it would have been a most empowering experience for me and yes my next one will be a VBAC, but was it really that important in the bigger scheme of things? At the end of it all we got what we set out to achieve – a human being that we could guide and mould and set free into the world for her to make her own impact. Maybe that trauma she and I both endured in getting her Earthside happened exactly how it was supposed to. That’s birth and even more so parenting – you set off on a course with big plans and that’s great, but there has to be flexibility and acceptance in changing course depending on whatever life (or your kid) throws at you.
After a minute or so we heard your first loud cry. It was glorious and we could finally breathe. Sr Lotter brought you to us and our hearts melted, my boy. You were beautiful. We checked for 10 fingers and 10 toes and we couldn’t stop looking at you. The happiest moment of our lives. You were born at 11:33 weighing 3.49kg and measuring 53cm.