Arlia's Newborn Session

Arlia's Newborn Session from Chris McQueen Images

By: Chris McQueen Images  19-Dec-2012
Keywords: Event Photographer, Professional Photographer, Portrait Photographer

Was lovely meeting Tegan, Ryan and beautiful girl, Arlia. She was a dream to photograph. Because it is so close to Christmas, we also did Christmas photos. Which could be viewed on her previous blog sneak peak. I always like to hear my mums stories about their baby and pregnancy. Here is little Arlia’s Story as told by her mum, Tegan.. ARLIA’S STORY Our names are Ryan and Tegan, and our daughters name is Arlia Jayde Phillips. Arlia is our first baby, she doesn’t have any brothers or sisters yet. We met two years ago when my brother became friends with Ryan. We started dating a few months later, and after a year of being together I found out I was pregnant. I had horrible morning sickness up until 22 weeks, and had to be prescribed medication to control the vomiting as I was still working. Ryan would get up at 6am every morning to bring me a milo & breakfast so that I wouldn’t be sick when I got out of bed. I would eat to avoid being sick, so by the time I had Arlia I had put on over 30kg! I had bad back pain throughout the pregnancy as Arlia was sitting posterior – Ryan would rub my back each night as I was falling asleep, which helped a lot with the pain. I lived in my stretchy jeans throughout winter and long skirts when it started to warm up - I was lucky that my sister had a lot of maternity clothes from her pregnancies, so I never had to buy any maternity clothes. On my last day of work, the beautiful people I work with threw me a surprise baby shower – they had all put together a big basket full of everything I could ever want for the baby. The next day, my mum and sister threw me a baby shower with my friends and family where we were given a rocker/swing and more clothes, toys, baby bath things, etc. We knew that we were having a girl, so we decorated the nursery in pink. My mum made the curtains, a lamp cover and a leopard print & pink satin blanket for her room. We painted a bookshelf that my parents had had for years, bought a new cot and change table and a rocking chair. My due date of the 7th of October came and went, and we tried everything to start labour. We walked to the top of Lennox Head’s point, I drank castor oil, I ate 2 fresh pineapples in one day – nothing worked. I was induced in the afternoon on Monday the 15th. My water broke at 9.30pm and the contractions began straight after. I had the support of Ryan, my mum and my sister in the birthing suite. Being in the shower with hot water on my back and belly helped and so did the gas, but at 2.30am I couldn’t handle the intense pain any longer and had an epidural. Arlia was born at 6.01am on Tuesday the 16th of October. Seeing our baby girl for the first time was such an incredible feeling, every second of pain was worth that moment. She was 9lb 1oz (4.1kg) and so chubby! Her skin was perfect – there were absolutely no marks on her and her skin hadn’t begun to peel. She had fair skin & hair just like me, toes exactly the same as Ryan’s but it was Ryan’s father John that she looked like the most. Arlia has been such a contented and happy baby from day 1. She settled right in at home, and we spent the first few days of Arlia’s life surrounded by family. She doesn’t cry very often, she’s quite happy unless we’re taking too long getting her bottle! At 8 weeks she is now smiling all the time, sleeping through most nights and is almost in size 00. We are so in love with our baby girl, she’s perfect in every way!” Here are some photos from Arlia’s Newborn Session..

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