Meet Kamryn and Abraham Burns. Words cannot describe how awesome and BRAVE these two are. After years of struggling with infertility, they were able to conceive using IVF treatments. I want to tell you a little bit of their wonderful story!
When I spoke with Kamryn about scheduling her maternity session, we decided to go a little earlier than I prefer, at 31 weeks. They chose a sunrise session- a time which is secretly my FAVORITE!!! The sun is just spectacular first thing int he morning! Being a photographer in the Boise, Idaho area is not without it's challenges, trees and scenery here in the high desert are hard to come by. But our skies are hard to beat! Lake Lowell in Nampa is one of my favorite places to photograph, because we get the reflection of beautiful light coming off the lake!
They had previously tried IVF, but it had failed. This time, they went with an egg donor, and after a long 10 days of waiting post-procedure to see if the eggs were staying put, they found out the transfer had been successful and they were expecting twins! Though 10 days goes by fast most of the time, I cannot imagine how hard it was to wait for them.
Kamryn shared this... "It was one of the best moments of my life. We wanted to wait to tell our parents and siblings until we had gotten the results of the second blood test just to be sure. It wasn’t long until Linda called and we found out my HCG levels were 599, which was just insanely high! It was so exciting! We then called our parents and our families and shared our good news."
I'm going to let Kamryn tell a lot of their birth story- because she knows it best!
"Greyson and Charlotte’s birth story starts several days before they were actually born. It was early Tuesday morning, March 7th, 2016 around 5 a.m. when I suddenly woke up to a big gush! I immediately sat up and said “Abe I’m bleeding!!’ that reaction came from many, many bleeds in my first trimester. I flew out of bed as fast as my 7 month pregnant body would let me and ran into the bathroom, only to find no blood. As you can guess I was super confused… I wasn’t expecting my water to break so that was literally the last thing I thought was happening. What I really thought was happening was that I had wet my pants. Abe was out of bed at this point and as I explained that I wet my pants he kept looking at me like “Seriously?! This is what pregnancy has come too?” It was kind of comical. Until we both realized that the fluid wasn’t stopping. “Abe I think my water broke!” I finally exclaimed and then I called my mom (because Mom’s always know what’s going on)."
"Upon arriving at the hospital we checked into triage and found out that my water had in fact ruptured and that I was having contractions every 1.5-2 minutes. Except guess what? I couldn’t feel them. In fact, I didn’t feel a single contraction my entire labor and delivery experience! Dr. Lowder came in and asked me what I was doing going around breaking my water and stuff. Dr. Lowder is a pretty chill guy, my whole pregnancy, despite some complications he was always super calm and reassuring. But this time, he looked really worried. He explained that they were going to give me a steroid shot for the babies lungs and that it took 24 hours to fully work and so they were going to stop labor using magnesium sulfate and if I made it through the first 24 hours they would then give me another steroid shot and continue to stop labor for another 24 hours. That was the plan, but he also explained that he may not be able to stop labor and if that were the case we would deliver the babies. They then did an ultra sound and found that Baby A (Greyson) was breech and Baby B (Charlotte) was transverse, so when it was go time we would be having a c-section."
"Friday morning , March 11, 2016 my body started to show signs of being a bit in distress. My arms were going completely numb and my heart was starting to have irregular rhythms and I had to get an EKG which showed some abnormalities. Basically being pregnant was starting to take a toll on my body. Dr. Lowder came in and said “Kamryn, I think your babies are coming today” and I said “yeah I think they are”. Dr. Lowder left and said he’d be back in a few hours to check on me and see what my body was doing and decide when we were going to perform the c-section. He also told me I couldn’t eat and that it was time to call Abe in. Abe had been working the last few days, because we figured he should save his time off for when the babies were actually here."
"The doctors brought both my babies over to me and laid them on my chest. It was the sweetest moment of my life and I couldn’t help the tears that leaked from my eyes. Abe and I had waited so long for this moment and it was finally happening. Before I knew it though the babies were being taken back to the NICU and Abe went with them while I got stitched up and put back together."
Charlotte was born only 4 lbs 4 ounces, and 16 inches long!
Greyson was quite a bit bigger than his sister, at 5 lbs 4 ounces and 18 inches long.
"Seeing the babies in the NICU was so overwhelming, the amount of love you can instantly feel for your children is amazing, yet it was also scary and overwhelming to see them hooked up to so many cords and wires and there is something a little heartbreaking about not being able to scoop your babies up and hold them immediately. Luckily later that evening once I had gotten feeling back in my legs, Abe was able to take me back down to the NICU and I was able to hold them. I was able to do skin to skin with Charlotte right away and there was a moment where she looked up at me and I knew right away that she knew I was her mom. I will never forget that."
Just a couple months after their newborn photos, Kamryn's mom hired me to do their extended family pictures. I was SO excited to take their photos again!
These two are the picture of patience, and perseverance...
These two are growing every day, and I'm lucky enough to get to watch them grow at church each week! So happy for this beautiful family!