taragrahamphoto

Tara Graham

Newborn and Family Photographer. Scrunchy-nose smiles are my weakness. Side hustle: @gingerandrye and Young Living Oshawa, ON 🇨🇦

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I posted about this on my personal FB page, but felt like I needed to continue the story here as well. My last post was all about my fertility struggles for #pregnancyandinfantlossawarenessmonth . That very same day I posted it, I had just received confirmation that my hcg levels were rising appropriately in my current pregnancy, at roughly 5.5 weeks. It was encouraging, but I was trying not to get my hopes up, knowing it was still early. Then on Thursday last week, Ryan took me to the hospital, due to some worsening cramps on my left side. A few excruciating hours later, I was in surgery for an ectopic pregnancy that had burst through my left fallopian tube. In an instant, I had to rethink my life for the next few weeks. Not to mention, the nagging thoughts in the back of my head - do I even want to keep trying for another baby? Is all this pain worth it? I don’t think I’m ready to make that decision yet. The worst: I can’t pick up my son and snuggle him. I feel like I’ve gone through another c-section, but there was no snuggly baby reward at the end. 😭 After an already tough year financially, I have to take weeks off in what should be my busiest time of the year. Ryan’s Grandmother passed away. Isaac got sick. Sleepless nights. Heartache. Enough. Please. The silver linings: My life was saved. Wonderful doctors and nurses. Free healthcare. I will heal. Grandma had a long, full life, surrounded by the love of her family. Our families are amazingly and incredibly supportive and selfless. My son will heal. I can still hug him, and kiss him, and I will, every time he gets close enough <3 Better days are ahead, I know this. 📷@melissamaahsphotophy
Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. 1 in 4 will experience this incredible heartbreak. • I lost three early pregnancies, including one through IVF, prior to Isaac being born. I have also lost two since. • We kept the first two a secret for a long time. Things didn't go the way we had planned, wanting to surprise our families with good news after saying for so many years we weren't going to have kids. It was heartbreaking. It was frustrating because the medical system offered us nothing until we were able to get a referral to a specialist after a year. And in some ways, it was embarrassing. What was wrong with us, that we kept losing these pregnancies? • Once I started talking about it, I started hearing other women's stories too. And there are soooo many. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, chances are, one of your friends or relatives has. • Be kind to everyone, you may not even know the struggles they are facing. And if someone confides in you, a good hug goes a long way. • #facesoffertility #1in6 #1in4 #pregnancyloss #infertility #pregnancyandinfantloss #nationalpregnancyandinfantlossday 📷 @melissamaahsphotography
Always make time for family snuggles. Not just when they are being cute. Not just at bedtime. Not just when they are sick. Snuggles, wrestling, and tickle fights help kids release fears and anxiety through giggles, and it helps them reconnect with you. You might find an unexpected tender moment happening in there too. Always make time for family snuggles. . . . . . #durhamfamilyphotography #oshawafamilyphotography #whitbyfamilyphotography #bowmanvillefamilyphotography #ajaxfamilyphotography #pickeringfamilyphotography #oshawaphotographer #boldemotionalcolorful #becoctchallenge #letthembelittle #letthekids #littleandbrave #lightinspired #kidsforreal #thepursuitofjoyproject #dearestviewfinder #candidchildhood #childhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #umh_kids #mytinymoments #dearphotographer #thebloomforum #simplychildren #mom_hub #thesnapsocietydailyfav #ltbd_autumn #mom_hub1121
Hope everyone got to spend some time with loved ones this weekend. •••••• It’s Thanksgiving for us Canadians, and that means we head up the family cottage and we all get nice and cozy (lots of people, tiny cottage!) It’s a long drive, but always one of the traditions I look forward to each year, and Isaac can’t stop talking about “going to the cottage.” 😁 . . . . #durhamfamilyphotography #oshawafamilyphotography #whitbyfamilyphotography #bowmanvillefamilyphotography #ajaxfamilyphotography #pickeringfamilyphotography #oshawaphotographer #taragrahamphoto #letthembelittle #letthekids #littleandbrave #lightinspired #kidsforreal #thepursuitofjoyproject #wildandbravelittles #kidswhoexplore #childhoodwildhood #letthemexplore #dearestviewfinder #momentsinthesun #runwildmychild #childrenseemagic #candidchildhood #childhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #boldemotionalcolorful #becoctchallenge
My beautiful friend Cassie, is awaiting the arrival of her little one next month, and we are all so excited to finally meet him 💙 I love the magic that can be created after the sun has dipped behind the trees, and the blues intensify. . . . . . #oshawamaternityphotography #whitbymaternityphotography #ajaxmaternityphotography #oshawaphotographer #bellytobaby #expecting #motherhood #maternitysilhouette #pregnancyphotos #babybump #taragrahamphoto #thebloomforum #uniteinmotherhood #thesnapsocietydailyfav #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #mom_hub #lightinspired #dearphotographer #prettylittlething #pursuepretty #howyouglow #makeyousmilestyle #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #mom_hub
Many of you will be sending your littles off to school for the first time tomorrow, which means I will spend the whole day crying while looking at your photos, contemplating home schooling in 2 years. 😭 In happier news, how proud is this little guy to be a big brother?! His sweet little sister is one lucky lady ♥️ . . . . . #oshawanewbornphotography #durhamnewbornphotography #whitbynewbornphotography #gtanewbornphotography #oshawaphotographer #newbornphotographydotcom #bestnewbornphotographer #fortheloveofneutrals #newborninspo #newborninspiration #newbornsession #newbornbabygirl #durhamfamilyphotography #oshawafamilyphotography #whitbyfamilyphotography #bowmanvillefamilyphotography #siblings #siblinghoodlove #momentslikethese #umh_kids #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #pixel_kids #dearphotographer #simplychildren #mom_hub #uniteinmotherhood #thesnapsocietydailyfav
Silly and sweet, this little guy seems to feed off the energy around him, going from quiet and calm to wild and adventurous in the blink of an eye. At one point during this session, him and his sister were literally running circles around me 😂 . . . . . #letthembelittle #letthekids #littleandbrave #kidsforreal #bnw_kids_ #umh_kids #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #pixel_kids #simplychildren #childofig #thesnapsocietydailyfav #oshawachildphotographer #oshawaphotographystudio #bowmanvillechildphotographer
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