Last week, I mentioned the arrival of my delightful little daughter, Ella. I am sure there is little surprise that her adorable face is this week's picture of the week.
Ella is a fantastic surprise that arrived nearly thirteen years after the arrival of our last precious gift. In my previous post, Miracles Do Happen, I described the moment my wife and I discovered she was pregnant... "Our eyes locked and jaws dropped the moment we read the results of the pregnancy test, and a massive wave of excitement and terror nearly knocked me to the floor." I am hear to tell you those feelings of terror quickly vanished the minute I looked into Ella's eyes for the first time.
The birthing experience has changed a great deal since the birth of our last child. Technology has significantly improved over the past thirteen years — enhancing communication with friends and family. Smartphones, texting, Skype/FaceTime and social media did not exist when my first two children entered this world. This technology allowed me to immediately announce the arrival of Ella to friends and family and to instantly share photos of her using my smartphone.
Dust continues to accumulate on our beloved What to Expect When Expecting books, as they have been replaced with parenting websites and Google searches. The thirteen year gap between Ella and our middle child, created a void in our infant parenting knowledge. This void has generated a vast assortment of Google searches within our home. These searches include: Are frequent hiccups normal? What the heck is bilirubin? How long should babies sleep at night? and What are the serious side effects of sleep deprivation?
I must have locked away all memories of the irregular sleep patterns my wife and I experienced with our first two children. It is safe to say, a good eight hours of sleep no longer applies to the McSwain home. According to the fantastic parenting website, BabyCenter, "...most babies don't stay asleep for more than two to four hours at a time, day or night, during the first few weeks of life." I think four hours is being generous. 🙂 Ella's sleep patterns are getting better, but those first few days were definitely the most challenging — a very small price to pay for such an amazing gift.
A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous...full of beauty and forever beautiful...loving and caring and truly amazing.
~ Deanna Beisser
About the Shot
My wife and I prepared a small studio in our basement to photograph little Ella. Many of the props you see in the photographs were purchased at Hobby Lobby, Etsy and Walmart. We were both inspired by the many amazing infant photos on Pinterest and decided to add our creative touch to Ella's photos.
Camera Settings and Edits
- Photograph name: It's A Girl
- Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel T5i
- Shutter Speed: 1/30
- Aperture: f/7.1
- ISO: 160
- Lens: 28-105mm L
- Focal Length: 28 mm
- Image Quality: RAW
- White Balance: Custom
- External Flash: Canon 430 EXII