noah and lila turn one: family

one year ago, i was holding noah and lila in the nicu. i watched the machines monitor their breathing and saw all the cords and tubes connected to their little bodies. they were so small and fragile, but they were little fighters too.

i think that's why it was so special for me to be able to photograph their first birthday. they are so strong and healthy now and have some of the most expressive little faces you've ever seen. their time in the nicu is only a small part of their story, and we are all so thankful.

we celebrated them on sunday with a safari themed party, burgers on the grill, a quick torrential rain storm, and a pretty epic first cake eating experience {lila wasn't exactly a fan}. sam and becky, their parents, are two of my favorite people, and I'm so glad i could be a part of the celebration.