I really love all the wonderful connections that I make through my art work. It is wonderful to watch women go through the journey of motherhood, and some mamas I get to see pregnant and then again postpartum. I feel really blessed when this happens twice!
I adorned Judy about 2 years ago for her first pregnancy, and requested flowers and mountains. We had a lot of fun. I ended up loving her design SO MUCH that I used it for my business card.
After her first baby was born I came to her home to give her some postpartum henna and then returned a few days later to photograph her with her little one. It was truly magical. I loved celebrating with her whole family.
She contacted me during her 2nd pregnancy and we began making arrangements for her pregnancy henna pampering. However, the doctors noticed something to be concerned about and she was on bed rest for the last few weeks of her pregnancy.
I came to her room at Saint Joe's in Denver to visit and adorn her. I had asked her what colors she was feeling, and she wasn't sure and asked me what I was feeling. "Purple." It was my current favorite.
I brought all kinds of purple combinations with me and she chose some colors that we wraped around her body before I began with the adornment. She held a monitor to her belly during the whole session. A nurse came in and took a photo of the beginning of the design.
I was about half way in when there was a knock at the door and someone said, "Is that SarahKate?" Yes! It was the nurse on duty, a wonderful mama I'd adorned for both her pregnancies and several of her friends pregnancies too. She informed me that the OB on shift right now was also a mama I had adorned! I have adorned over 700 pregnant mamas for my books on pregnancy, but I'm always surprised how they know about each other.
I spent about 2 hours adorning Judy and then stepped back for the photography. This shot is of Judy resting in her bed at the hospital (below). It was OK to get up for a few moments and take a couple more photos without the monitor. Her nurse came in and took photos too, with Judy's phone.
After I finished with Judy, I went to the nurses station to say hello and hug these two wonderful women. I am so blessed!
I kept thinking about Judy and wondering how things were going. Her baby was born 6 weeks early and spent a considerable amount of time in NICU before coming home healthy & on oxygen. We planned a time for me to come by her home to give her postpartum henna when he was abut 6 weeks old - right around his former "due date". I adorned her with designs that held meaning for her and snapped a few photos.
I returned a few days later when the henna was peaking in color and took these sweet postpartum photos! What an incredible mama she is! Throughout our sessions we talked about a lot of things and I was incredibly impressed with her resourcefulness.
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