It was a calm and stress-free snowy morning. Instead of going to the hospital for my last nursing shift, I went to the labour&delivery floor, alongside my husband to birth our beautiful baby girl. Met my midwife at the hospital at 8am where she told me I was a whopping 2cm dilated, she broke my water which helped move things along. I actively pushed for 40 mins at which point 220pm our beautiful Laila was born (au naturale I might add). I felt like a powerhouse. My mind on the prize. My husband holding my hand as a means of releasing tension. It was the best day of my life. I never thought I could love my husband more than I already did until I was able to see how much more amazing and supportive he could be as we gave birth to our first child.
What was the first thing you thought when you held your new baby?
Is it cliche to say “love at first sight”? But I also couldn’t believe that my body could be capable of creating this beautiful being. I felt extremely proud.
What was the first day home with baby like?
Very relaxed filled with as many cat naps as we possibly could get in as postpartum complications led us to be hospitalized and awake from 11pm to 5am. When we weren’t resting, we were in complete admiration of our beautiful little girl and in disbelief that Laila was finally here, all the while being so thankful that she arrived safe and sound.
What are your newborn must have purchase items?
Swaddle sac and sleep sheep. The swaddle sac was seriously a lifesaver!!
What postpartum advice for women getting ready to have their own newborn?
Remember to take care of yourself too. This includes keeping hydrated and well nourished. It impacts your ability to care for your newborn affecting your energy level and more seriously your milk supply.
Something you wish you’d known before having a new baby?
Babies will sleep on your chest for the first few weeks and that doesn’t mean you are a failure as a mom or to sleep training. Seriously. No one tells you that. Again swaddle sacs are the best. So are those first week momma snuggles.
One thing that you believe is beautiful about being a mother?
One thing? I love everything. Especially especially (yes I meant to put that twice) when your baby looks at you as their mommy; eyes filled with total trust and unconditional love with complete security knowing they are protected in your arms. Seriously, love. Also, it’s pretty rad to watch them grow into these unique little beings.
Words about your photographer
She’s my photographer for life. She’s been there to capture all my precious moments dear to my heart; through my engagement, to my wedding, to the birth of our Laila. On top of that, she captured them beautifully. By far my favourite was these raw images that I can look back on from years to come because after all, it was my favourite day in the world.
Rebecca’s passion for photography began in 1995 at her Southern Ontario High School, where she learnt how to develop film and make prints in the dark room. This also taught her the importance of proper exposure and composition to make meaningful prints.
An important moment for Rebecca was when her parents bought home a box of glass-negatives they’d found at an estate sale; they were family portraits from the 1800’s. These images were important moments for these families, dressed in their Sunday-best, to put themselves in the best possible light for history to remember. These ideas stuck with Rebecca and she brings these to her wedding and family assignments, as well as her professional portrait work.
Rebecca continued to develop at Sheridan College, in the Commercial Photography program, and then under the wing of a number of established Commercial photographers. She assisted on projects from product shoots, ribbon-cuttings, industrial shoots and weddings.
Following college Rebecca launched her wedding and family portrait business while working as a printer for a number of professional photo-labs. It was during this time that the digital revolution began and with many other photographers Rebecca’s methods and practices evolved to get the best from the new technology. Today she combines the skills from the new and old technologies to make the best images for her clients. Her goal is to capture cherished images for her clients today as those made for those Victorian families in the glass-negatives.
Rebecca is married and is mother to a lively five-year old boy, her family continues to inspire and challenge her photography work.