Joy in the Unexpected | Photography by J Layne

October 27, 2017

Motherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0001

“My husband and I’s first pregnancy was brief, ending in a miscarriage that turned into a devastating surgery that would leave me with infertility. Growing up, I knew I always wanted to be a mother: I wanted to take my kids to soccer practice, stay up late camping in the backyard, teach my children to ride a bike. After my miscarriage, so much of my mind was consumed by the thought of motherhood; I longed for a child to love, to hold. On Valentine’s day in 2013, after many surgeries, medications, injections, and a long cycle of IVF, two little pink lines appeared on our pregnancy test. I was finally pregnant and we were so, so ecstatic. Nine months flew quickly by, I had the perfect pregnancy; no morning sickness, no cravings, I watched as my belly grew and grew and I patted my belly each time I felt my little boy kick. My husband and I would talk about our little guy often. I wonder what he’ll want to be when he grows up, he’s going to be so handsome, so smart. We daydreamed of him taking his first steps, of driving a car, going to college, getting married, having children of his own.
On a chilly October morning, our son, Sawyer James Kennedy was born and our lives were forever changed. Shortly after birth, Sawyer was diagnosed with Trisomy 21, commonly known as Down syndrome. I remember gazing into his almond shaped eyes, wondering what the future held for us. I remember quietly sobbing in the NICU, my hand on top of Sawyer’s bassinet when Sawyer’s pediatrician came in. Will he love us? Will he talk, drive..? My mind was in a dark place and I remember often thinking this isn’t what I signed up for. His pediatrician grabbed my hand, looked into my eyes, and said “Sawyer will be okay. Trust me, he is more alike than different”

Fast forward three years and I find myself barefoot on the beach with my husband, Sawyer, and our beautiful baby girl, pointing out the birds, and shells to my son and daughter. Life hasn’t played out quite how I expected: There is more therapy and doctor’s appointments. There’s speech therapy, sign language, and many adorable attempts at new words. And although Sawyer isn’t yet walking, there is never a shortage of those who love him that will help carry him. Sawyer loves his baby sister, Quinn, and reading her every book in his library. The bond they share already has filled my heart to the brim and I can’t wait to continue watching their relationship grow. Quinn smiles her biggest smile when Sawyer is near her and I know that love will grow stronger and stronger. Having a child with special needs hasn’t been easy, but Sawyer has filled us with so much love and is continuing to teach us about life in a way no one else can. We are taking the road less traveled and enjoying the scenic route along the way. There is much joy in the unexpected and I am so grateful for the honor of being Sawyer and Quinn’s mom. These photographs are a window into our life and they will be cherished forever. Thanks to Justin and Chelsi for capturing our family in such a beautiful and special way.”  Morgan, MotherMotherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0002 Motherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0003

 

 

“Morgan was so sweet and let us know when we booked about her son’s condition- having Trisomy 21. She told us to try and remain calm and not to make any loud noises while shooting. To be honest, I was a little nervous at first because I am not the most mellow (haha). But we approached the family as if we had known them for years and we gave little direction while photographing them allowing the little boy to easily and comfortably interact with his parents. These photographs will forever be some of our favorites. Being a mother myself, just knowing we are capturing precious moments for other mothers to cherish that they will never get back. Just like in this session, we love that we were able to capture the natural moments that unfolded of Morgan pointing to the birds with her son, or walking into the ocean with her little girl.” Chelsi and Justin, PhotographersMotherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0004 Motherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0010 Motherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0009 Motherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0008 Motherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0007 Motherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0006 Motherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0005

Motherhood photography by J. Layne and featured on The Fount Collective, a lifestyle publication and community devoted to the art of being a mother._0010J. LAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY

  1. J Layne says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this Mother’s sweet story! We hope your readers will love this feature as much as we do!

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