a beautiful beginning: tobias william’s birth story.

When I said yesterday, the birth of this handsome boy was nothing short of a miracle, I truly meant it in every sense of the word. Without going to much into depth, the last decade has been far from easy for melissa and todd. Through various illnesses, TONS AND TONS of surgeries for both of them, and even cancer, the two of them have overcome every obstacle. Most recently, todd’s journey to beat chronic myeloid leukemia, left them questioning whether their dream of a family could ever happen. Through various assisted failed attempts at pregnancies, it led them down the road to start the adoption process. And wouldn’t you know, as it happens often, SURPRISE, they got pregnant all by themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, that statement deserves that many exclamations and if you’re like me, you also got goosebumps. I’ve known todd’s family my whole life and melissa since high school. When she called and asked me to be there for what would inevitably be a very emotional delivery, I was so ecstatic. Heck yes, I would love to!
Fast forward to Monday, just a couple hours after I got home from good sam from my sister’s delivery, melissa called to say they were doing an over night induction THAT night! So all day Tuesday I was eager beaver cranking out as much work as possible assuming I’d be going up to shoot the birth soon. At 615 I left my house, to arrive to the most anticipated on edge room ever. Melissa is the only child so you can imagine the excitement her parents had for their very first grandbaby! Before we knew it, it was 9:30pm and time to push. With most first babies that process takes 45min-3hrs, so often it’s started without the dr present. Because melissa is awesome, with her first push, todd saw hair!! What?! Since the dr had not even left her house yet, for the next 20 min melissa LITERALLY held her legs closed for fear that baby would push itself out. breathing through the pressure of contractions, but to hold the baby in! meanwhile, todd’s sister who wasn’t supposed to see them til the weekend, surprised them! She made it just in time, and they were thrilled to see her! So cool.
Once the dr arrived, melissa made her delivery a breeze with only a few pushes. At 10:15 out came their beautiful baby boy. They had kept the name secret from everyone, so as soon as he was placed on her chest she said, “hello baby! This is tobias william lahey!”:)7.12lbs, 21in long. HEALTHY AS EVER! God is good, my friends. God is good.
Thank you so much for allowing me to witness this beyond blessed moment. From now on, you’re lives are going to be so amazing, I can’t even begin to tell you! CONGRATS!! I’m SO happy for you!

peace, melanie.

[...] is our first repeat BB mama.A quick little recap of Toby’s birth 21mths ago: Todd kicked cancer’s ass years ago and was told fertility treatments would be the [...]

MelissaFoscardo - June 4, 2011 - 12:57 am

I don’t even know these people and I’m crying from their story and these pictures! Something about the one where all the men are looking at the new little man…well, it got me big time! Huge congratulations to all!!!

Trish Payne - June 1, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Toby is TRUELY a sign of God’s LOVE! Hey, I think I see Muff in that precious face!
What a wonderful, joyful time for all of us. Thank you for sharing your joy!

Karen Siemer - June 1, 2011 - 3:34 am

I could watch this over and over. God is great. This baby could not have been born into a family of more love to give.

Alice Hill - May 31, 2011 - 4:55 pm

“Tears stream down” my face as I can feel the joy and emotion in the delivery room!!! God Bless you all!!!!!!

Robyn Guerity Schwarz - May 28, 2011 - 1:39 am

Congrats! Melissa and Todd. You deserve all the happiness that life has to offer!! He is a beautiful miracle.

Angela - May 28, 2011 - 12:12 am

Congratulations Melissa and Todd. Health, happiness, and prayers to all of you. Enjoy your precious little bundle. Tobias, you have amazing parents.

Audra - May 27, 2011 - 11:34 pm

Wow! I am speechless and drowning in tears. This is absolutely beautiful. I am so happy for you Melissa and Todd. Tobias is as lucky as lucky a boy to have you as his parents as you are to have him as your very own son. God bless!

David Iannotti - May 27, 2011 - 11:32 pm

Congratulations Melissa and Todd!

barbrasmussen@insightbb.com - May 27, 2011 - 9:17 pm

What a beautiful way to save memories. Baby Toby is beautiful. We are so happy for you all. Love Ya Bob & Barbara

Melissa - May 27, 2011 - 7:39 pm

Melanie – we can’t thank you enough!! The pictures are amazing, we keep watching the slide show over and over. Thank you for sharing with us and capturing the most special day of our lives as we welcomed Toby. We are so blessed! Love Melissa, Todd and Toby!

Erin - May 27, 2011 - 4:18 pm

How amazing … Brought tears to my eyes! I am so happy for you guys =)

Luci - May 27, 2011 - 12:57 pm

It’s amazing how God blesses us through our children! Thanks for sharing this story! <3 Luci

brenda - May 27, 2011 - 12:15 pm

just sweetness all around.

nonni and poppi - May 27, 2011 - 5:36 am

what a beautiful bundle of miracle God has blessed you with Melissa and Todd. My heart jumps for joy for you and your families. All that you both have been thru in life up until now placed in motion the story of Tobias’ arrival. Who would have ever dreamt going thru such trials. ALWAYS trust in God. Thanks for sharing all of these awesome pictures even tho I cried the whole time..I felt as excited looking at them as Mel did at witnessing and shooting the them. Love and congrats to all.

Cheri - May 27, 2011 - 3:35 am

Beautiful!!!
Congratulations to everyone.
Much love,
Cheri

Robyn Wittich Tierney - May 27, 2011 - 3:26 am

Congratulations Melissa and Todd. I LOVE the name…he is beautiful! Great job, Melanie!

Kelly - May 27, 2011 - 1:43 am

Perfection!! Seriously great shots Melanie! Love happy ending stories like these so much :)

Amanda - May 27, 2011 - 1:01 am

God is good. what an understatement. what a beautiful memory to have forever, brought me to tears…enjoy your little man!

Meghyn - May 26, 2011 - 11:47 pm

Be still my raging baby fever. He is beautiful!

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