Welcoming Remy - Christy & Natana's journey to parenthood

Natana and I found out we were expecting our pēpi on Matariki weekend, which quickly became a beautiful new beginning to celebrate for us and our whānau. Our baby was the first grandchild for both families so the excitement and love surrounding us and our impending arrival was very special. My pregnancy was relatively easy, aside from very normal first trimester nausea and fatigue. As my body grew so did the love we shared for each other and the baby we were so excited to meet.

I went into early labour on the morning of Friday the 24th of February and began the very long and complex journey to meeting our pēpi. I laboured with family by my side at home, then moved to the birth centre once my midwife had visited to check how I was going. She broke my waters not long after, things intensified, and we soon realised that baby was sitting posterior. The pain was excruciating so we made the decision to move to the hospital to get more support with pain relief and progressing the labour. With an epidural to subside the pain and then ventouse to help with delivery we got to meet our beautiful baby shortly after. My sister got the job of telling us on the morning of Saturday 25th of February that we had a beautiful healthy baby girl to join our whānau. We were so happy and absolutely exhausted all in one!

Natana and I named our gorgeous little pēpi Remy Leigh Atarangi, and have been completely besotted with her since.

All of these were captured in my natural light studio located in the heart of Hamilton.