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At 38 weeks this past Friday, we had a scare that had us believing we may be meeting our baby that day.

At my weekly appointment at my maternity group, the doctor listened to the baby’s heart rate, as usual. A few extra moments passed and then he said, “I don’t want to scare you, but…” Baby’s heart rate was low. Out came the ultrasound machine, and then back to listening to the heart. Now he was concerned about low amniotic fluid as well. His next words were calm but stern, telling me to go directly to the hospital…don’t speed, but go straight there, he was worried. Have my husband meet me there. And he mentioned a possible induction or c-section.

After a shaky phone call to Shane, I drove to the hospital all the while praying out loud that God would sustain this little life inside of me.

Once hooked up and monitored in the maternity ward triage, it was a beautiful relief to hear baby’s heart beat loud and clear and healthy. For a good hour or so it was monitored. Shane and I sat there, attended to by one of my doctors and a nurse who both put us at ease, and went from being fearful to joyful. Baby was healthy. Things moved to a new level of reality, knowing that baby’s arrival was imminent – whether by induction that day, we still didn’t know, or by natural birth in the coming weeks. We were excited and so grateful. I learned how easily everything else falls away – the unfinished to do list, the need for everything to be in order, even the need for a packed hospital bag – when your baby is on its way or (especially when) its health is called into question.

An ultrasound revealed that the fluid level was good and so we were sent home, told to be extra aware of baby’s movements. Baby possibly had rolled onto its cord, which would have dropped the heart rate.

We went out for dinner that night, one more (last?) date night before baby’s arrival and enjoyed the relief, heightened anticipation and gratitude for answered prayers. And over the weekend, our condo filled up with the stroller, bassinet, car seat and packed hospital bags.


  • donya - July 21, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Wow, glad everything is well after a short fright. Even with strangers, it’s so exciting to watch the preparation of a baby. Good luck Mikaela! Can’t wait to “meet” the little one!ReplyCancel

  • A. Carol - July 21, 2014 - 11:12 am

    Glad to hear baby is well. Looking forward to meeting baby soon.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Sehn - July 21, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    So glad all is ok! I had to go in to triage at one point as well; it’s so scary to not know if everything is alright. :( I didn’t pack my hospital bag until the night before she was born… I just had a feeling. :)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Visual Meringue - July 22, 2014 - 9:16 am

    So glad to hear all is okay! Such an exciting time for you and Shane – not long now. Good luck! :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela Hubbard - July 28, 2014 - 9:14 am

    scary. so happy everything is ok!ReplyCancel

I love getting to visit Little White House in Fort Langley for high tea, so I was all too happy to photograph a bridal shower here last Sunday! One of my lovely brides, Paula, was celebrated and treated to a most beautiful afternoon surrounded by friends and family. And savoury pastries, macarons, lavender lemonade and the like, as well as gorgeous florals by Alice at Floralista.

Enjoy this little bit of eye candy and then go treat yourself to a visit ;)


Trent and Jade may have been married on the hottest day of the year (so far) and yet photographing these two made me forget about the heat, forget that I was carrying around a near full-term baby. Photographing these two and their love and their union of marriage was more than a treat.

The day began at Cultus Lake where Trent popped the question to Jade on a dock at Christmas. It was on that same dock that they shared their first look, a sweet moment that was witnessed by perhaps a few more people than their proposal, as the lake was brimming with boats and sun bathers. For that reason we didn’t stay too long, but headed towards the venue in Abbotsford. With the forecast in mind I had scouted out a couple shaded locations for photos to ensure a happy wedding party ;) Speaking of which, many thanks to Trent and Jade’s wedding party for being so fun and so wonderful to work with!

The ceremony and reception were held at the lovely Triple Swaan Nursery, a beautiful spot tucked away in the country between the mountains and the river. Under a weeping willow tree Trent and Jade said their I do’s, and the tears couldn’t be stopped from falling down Jade’s cheeks…and it made the ceremony, officiated by Trent’s uncle, all the sweeter.

To the newly married Mr & Mrs Harms, thank you. I loved getting to share in your joy and your family’s joy as you two became husband and wife. Thank you so much for having me as your wedding photographer and I wish you two nothing but the best!


“Love conquers all”


Venue: Triple Swaan Nursery
Dress: White by Vera Wang
Shoes: Aldo
Flowers: Triple Swaan Nursery
Hair: Tanya Martelli
Invitations: Kelsey Breanne Creative
Caterer: Simply Savory

  • jamie - July 15, 2014 - 9:24 am

    mikaela, these are lovely! i love them!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - July 15, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    Mikaela, these are beautiful as always! Wish we could have been there!ReplyCancel

  • Meg - July 23, 2014 - 5:11 am

    Oh my goodness that tree is so amazing!! Was it a challenge to shoot under that canopy with the sun filtering through and creating strange shadows? Your photos turned out beautifully!ReplyCancel