Our beautiful lockdown baby arrived safe and well into this crazy world.
The final farewell...
Our beautiful Florence Rose arrived bang on her due date (takes after her mumma, who is never late!).
It's been a bit odd, giving birth in a lockdown and the lack of physical support that comes with that.
I mainly laboured at home in my birth pool but after 2 hours of pushing I asked to be transferred to hospital.
Florence has changed my world and I can't wait to continue to watch her develop and grow. She is now a cheeky nearly 10 week old with a super funny personality.
This is an official bye from us as my website will close entirely later this year. It has truly been a wonderful journey but, for now, my focus is solely on being a mumma to Florence.
You can follow us on Instagram @mumma_c_rainbow - I have been blown away by all of the support offered by the lovely mummas out there that I have connected with throughout my pregnancy, birth and beyond. I developed a bladder and uterine prolapse caused by my birth and my Instagram will serve as a place to document the recovery journey that is postpartum and I hope that it offers some positivity to other mummas out there who may be going through the same (or any other challenges as a new parent!). If anyone is reading this and is currently in the first few brutal weeks (I mean, it is brutal!), then, just as I was told, trust me, it DOES get easier. Each 2 weeks gets easier and you will find a new rhythm to life.
Charli & Florence xXx
It has certainly been an interesting 2020...
Little baby is cooking nicely although I never thought for a second that I would be giving birth in the middle of a pandemic. I know a few of my prior clients and followers are also pregnant and we have been connecting via my Instagram during this very uncertain time (as if pregnancy was not anxiety-inducing enough on its own!).
I started to develop a dry, tickly cough last week and am now in self-isolation (although, I was pretty much doing that anyway!). No idea where I picked it up from but 111 suggests it is possibly COVID-19 even though I have, so far, not developed a fever.
Stay positive mummas - our little beans have no idea of the crazy world they will be born into and my plan is to remain calm and bring her into a beautiful, if slightly altered, world.
The end of an era...
Charli Photography has been a part of my life for over 10 years. I shot my first wedding not really with any appreciation of the journey that I was about to go on. I have been blessed to have travelled throughout the UK and Europe capturing weddings. But, really, it's more than that. I have been truly blessed to witness one of the greatest shows of love, from the couples and their family and friends, time and time again. I've shed a few tears during ceremonies and laughed, true belly laughs, at some of the speeches I have heard over the years! My passion for photography led me to being featured in the top wedding blogs, winning awards and of course I will never forget my snapshot appearance in British Vogue (still pinching myself).
It is bittersweet then that, after a lot of thought, I have decided it is time to put down my cameras and to focus instead on my own family. After experiencing a miscarriage in June 2019, an experience I will never forget, I realised that things have changed for me since I started my quest as a 20 something year old to capture weddings. The grief, sadness and hopelessness of suffering a pregnancy loss has a way of changing your view of the world. My gut feeling was that the time had come to close the door and to open a new door, the next chapter of my life.
I am so excited to be expecting again, with a little baby girl due in 2020. Life seems even more precious after June and I want to now turn my focus onto my, hopefully, growing family.
It goes without saying that I am so grateful to all of the lovely people I have met along the Charli Photography journey. I left every wedding always with a feeling of true happiness, smiling from ear to ear. It's not often that we are able to do something we love in life and I am thankful that I experienced that for over 10 years. My dreams and goals have shifted but my memories of the fun and the special moments will always remain.
If any of my lovely clients or followers want to keep in touch then do come and say hi on Instagram @mumma_c_rainbow
Love, Charli xXx