Meet AlmaLeigh: Mankato Newborn Session

A few months ago, a high school friend contacted me about donating something for a silent auction at a Walk for Life hosted by the Options Pregnancy Center. She had her first born while still in high school and couldn’t imagine her life without her oldest son. So, she naturally advocates for young parents to have options. I remember watching that journey into young motherhood and remember being impressed. At that time, I had no idea how much being a mother took out of you. I’m even more impressed with the grace and courage that she showed at that time of her life. Without hesitation, I donated a session for the silent auction. This is where sweet AlmaLeigh enters the story. I met her family last week and was immediately impressed by her parents. They were only 14 days into the journey of parenting at the time and everything seemed so natural for them. From the moment they entered the door, they worked together to gather the special props they brought, and make sure that their precious baby girl was comfortable and cared for. I have to touch a moment on their props. Once in a blue moon, a family will bring something along to a session that just floors you. AlmaLeigh has a special blankie that was first started by her Great Great Grandma. She had quilted the center square and from there her Grandma fashioned a lovie from ribbon and fabric scraps that had been used by Great Great Grandma. It’s beautiful and it’s an heirloom. It doesn’t get much more special than that. Her parents can’t get enough of her. Dad even had a hard time looking at her images at the reveal because he wanted to soak up the real thing after being away from her after his first day back to work. She’s a special little lady! Meet AlmaLeigh!


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