Tell us a short version of your birth.
My son was born via C-section at 38 weeks. That morning, I woke up with a heart rate in the 230s, and the hospital could not convert it to normal with any of the drugs that they tried that would not harm my baby. The decision was made to deliver him while my heartrate was still over 200, and then put me on a stronger drug that was contraindicated for him. I didn’t really get to be with him for more than just a minute after he was delivered, but my husband stayed with him while the doctors took care of me.
What was the first thing you thought when you held your new baby?
I was eventually transferred to the ICU and still did not have my baby with me. My heart rate had dropped to the 150s-160s, but still was not converting to normal. Finally, one of the nurses was able to get my son out of the nursery (he was on a different floor). Literally the minute they put him on me for skin-to-skin, my heart rate dropped about 60 beats per minute and converted to normal. A nurse came in because they thought it was an error. But apparently skin to skin is just as good for mom as it is for baby. Holding him for the first time was just an overwhelming sense of relief – that he was OK; that everything was going to be OK.
What was the first day home with baby like?
Pretty hectic. You have no idea what you are doing, and are trying to remember what the hospital, the classes, the books tell you. I was still in a lot of pain. My husband had to do a lot because I just physically couldn’t.
What are your newborn must-have purchase items?
An Owlet, a Rock n Play, and a Diaper Genie.
What postpartum advice for women getting ready to have their own newborn?
1. Something isn’t going to go as planned, and that is fine. 2. Take care of yourself. If you don’t, you will not be any good to your baby. 3. Ask for help.
Something you wish you’d known before having a new baby?
I always knew I had an amazing and supportive family and friends, but I really didn’t know just how amazing they were until after we had the baby.
One thing that you believe is beautiful about being a mother?
You have an ability to feel pretty much every feeling for your child on a completely different level that you didn’t even know was possible before having him.
Words about your photographer?
Our photographer was very patient with our son (and with me, as I was still recovering). She was able to capture some great pictures of our son that truly reflect has expressions and personality, even at 11 days old!
I started Melissa T Photography over seven years ago by taking photos of families, especially at some of the beautiful beaches here in central Florida. This was a natural fit for me because my love of photography began with traveling and photographing landscapes. Once I turned my focus to people, I quickly discovered my passion for newborn photography and have specialized my business around newborns through one-year-olds. I also love maternity and senior sessions. I’ve been fortunate to watch many families grow over the years. Photography in Florida is filled with interesting challenges like hot, humid weather and afternoon thunderstorms. I am a natural light photographer. My favorite camera is a Canon 5D Mark III, along with my 50mm 1.2 lens. I am so happy that I took that leap of faith seven years ago by pursuing my dream job.