Being a parent is always rewarding, but sometimes it can be a real challenge. Especially if your other half is serving or working in some other part of the world. In many cases like this, the other parent is a member of the military.
Mother Nicole Bedwell knows exactly what wives of military servants are going through, as her husband Wesley is a soldier, serving some 7000 miles away.
When Nicole found out that she was pregnant, she didn’t let the distance of her husband affect the relationship or pregnancy.
Sure enough, the time for a pregnancy photo shoot came around, and Nicole knew exactly what to do.
She turned to photographer Traci Lynn to share photos of Nicole and her husband Wesley on the Facebook page Love What Matters.
Within a few days, the photo blew up, amassing over 28k likes and almost 1.4k shares.
When Traci Lynn shared the photos on her own Facebook page, she wrote:
“Every now and then, life introduces me to extraordinary people. Nicole + Wesley are two of those people.”
“I haven’t officially met Wesley, but the stories, the updates, and spending time with Nicole has really been wonderful.”
Traci told LittleThings:
“Nicole hired me for the maternity, birth, and newborn “belly to baby” package.”
“The maternity session would happen without Wesley home, [as he was] deployed at the time.”
“We wanted to incorporate him, so we planned to bring props to give a nod to him being away.”
“Nicole expressed how upsetting it was that he was deployed, so we decided he needed to be in them somehow.”
“Nicole got him to pose like he did and send me the images to Photoshop together. I put them side by side to show the difference between the locations.”
“[Though] 7,000 miles away, they waited together for [baby] Pyper. (He’s stationed in Japan.)”
Sure enough, baby Pyper was born April 12, 2017. And even though Nicole was diagnosed with hypertension during the pregnancy, Pyper was born healthy and alive.
There have been incredible reactions from people everywhere of the photo of Nicole and Wesley made by Traci.
“When people see the picture, I hope they thank a soldier for their service and feel the love radiating from it.”
“Even 7,000 miles away, Wesley’s love for his wife and newborn daughter is amazing.”
Some truly amazing work here.