The lovely Laura Resnik and Margot (2).
Laura and her husband had planned to wait some time to have children but she injured her hip doing yoga and needed to have an MRI to evaluate her injury. Totally unrelated to her hip issue, the MRI showed that she had adenomyosis, a condition in which endometrial tissue exists within and grows into the uterine wall. Her doctors told her that may impact her ability to conceive so they decided to start right away.
Thankfully, Laura was able to conceive Margot rather quickly. She says that when she thinks about pregnancy she remembers it fondly but when she really breaks it down it wasn't as rosy as she remembers. She had considerable morning sickness and a lot of weeks where she struggled. She was diagnosed with gestational diabetes but was able to control it with diet. With the adenomyosis, Laura had an increased risk of miscarriage which caused some concern but she was able to carry to 39 weeks.
Laura had been having contractions off and on and went to the hospital when her water broke. Everything looked good so they told her to go home and come back when things picked up or at the 24 hour mark if they hadn't. At 24 hours she went in for induction and she wasn't progressing as quickly as they'd hoped so they needed to keep upping her medication. After 12-13 hours on Pitocin she asked for an epidural and was able to sleep. Laura was able to relax and fully dilate and woke up ready to give birth to Margot.
Breastfeeding was difficult at first due to Margot's being jaundiced. They saw a lactation consultant who encourage her to nurse, pump, and supplement with her breastmilk. It was very time consuming but began working to help her baby put on weight. After just a month or two they were able to transition to directly breastfeeding and Margot is still happily nursing today.
So much of Laura and Margot's relationship has been based on their bodies, from the time she carried her in her womb, through birth and breastfeeding but as she her daughter grows older and becomes more independent that physical distance expands. Laura wanted to capture this moment in time to celebrate that physical bond while it still remains.