The first thing you’ll see in the photograph is the baby on a fluff of shearling at the end of a rainbow.
Then look closely at the rainbow. It consists of more than 500 medical in vitro fertilization materials such as pill bottles, tubes and patches.
Lennon Cetinguc’s parents, Lesleigh and Tolga Cetinguc of Overland Park, wanted to commemorate Lennon’s birth — and their own anxious experience — in a special way. The result is the photograph that is touching people across the internet.
“I dreamt of creating something for you to see that would encompass everything about your journey in one visually piercing shot,” Lesleigh wrote in a public letter to her son posted on the Love What Matters site. “I needed to turn what most view as harsh, painful, or medical waste into what it was, for us, the beautiful tools necessary to get you in our arms.”
The post has had more than 14,500 Facebook shares from the site and the Cetingucs’ story was featured in People magazine on Valentine’s Day.
The picture was taken by local photographer Kelley Walker Chance.
“That one shot embodies all of the love, hope and pain that comes with IVF,” Cetinguc told People magazine.
She is a 38-year-old special education teacher. The Cetingucs have an older boy, Lochlan, who was also born through in vitro fertilization. Then the couple went through two miscarriages before Lennon was born from Lesleigh’s last frozen embryo. That makes him a double rainbow baby.
“Lennon is a really easy baby who is eating great, gaining weight, sleeping, smiling and snuggly,” Cetinguc told Babble.com
The Cetingucs paid an emotional as well as financial price for their current happiness.
“What we went through to build our family was no small feat but it’s our story,” Cetinguc said on social media. “I saved everything in hopes that one day I’d be able to turn something that on the outside looks very harsh and medical into something beautiful.”