Birth Photography | Adley - Rochester, Minnesota

Motherhood is HARD. From the positive pregnancy test, to the labor + delivery experience, and all the way through the journey of life.

If you’re someone who has through morning sickness, you know that it can make you feel like you’re in the midst of your last moments. You say RIP to a lot of things, like your bladder for instance. Once you carry a child, your relationship with your body (and the toilet) becomes pretty intimate. There are lots of tears, challenges, and lots and lots of coffee, but there’s something important to be said about the struggle, you’re in it, and that in itself is something to be grateful for.

I’ve learned over the past year that when we have things that we complain about, often times someone else would die to experience them. For example, the constant back aches throughout pregnancy? Sister, if you're in the midst of that, I love you and you’re doing a great job, but if you’re a woman who longs to feel that back pain, and who’s so patiently awaiting that one positive pregnancy test, I love you more. I need you to know that I see you and you’re doing a great job.

This particular birth story is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons, but the most important reason of them all is that it brings hope.

Ali + Kristen spent months, even years enduring fertility treatments in hopes of that one positive pregnancy test. Kristen has scars on her body now, not just from baby, but from the needles and the blood tests required to start their journey as parents.

Here is a glimpse into their story with their sweet girl, Adley.

If you’re still waiting for this experience, I hope you find comfort in knowing that the universe works in mysterious ways. I have hope for you no matter where you are in your journey, and I’m sending you so much love and positive energy along the way.