Welcome Hazel June {Just Born}

Amanda graced our blog almost 3 years ago when her first born, Jonah, was born via unplanned c-section. She was really hoping to have a vbac delivery this time around, but little miss Hazel decided to be stubborn and stayed breech despite all of Amanda’s efforts to get the baby to turn. Her delivery date was planned for 2/20/17, but Amanda actually went into labor on her own and Hazel arrived via c-section last night around 11pm. Everyone is doing great and excited to have a GIRL! (Again the gender was a surprise for everyone).

Congrats to Amanda & Dave & big brother Jonah!

Welcome Hazel | Born February 19, 2017 | 11:11pm | 8.9lbs | 20.5 inches

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a beautiful beginning: archer james birth story.

One thing that is certain about this birth is that Sarah is a ROCKSTAR! On top of waiting 11 days AFTER his due date to make his debut, little Archer was not cooperating and put his poor mama through 18 hours of labor and a combination of 5 hours of pushing before he was finally born.

Seeing as how here due date came and went, Sarah & Chas were making an evening ritual of going to Kenwood Mall to walk almost every day. Then it finally happened – her water broke at the mall around 6:30pm on the evening of 2.6.17. They went home and since contractions were 18 minutes apart, they knew they had plenty of time to shower and get everything ready for the hospital. Labor intensified quickly and by 11:40pm, they were headed to the hospital with contractions every 4 minutes.  By the time they arrived at the hospital, contractions were coming even closer than that but she was only 3cm dilated.

That intensity continued ALL NIGHT and since Sarah was planning an unmedicated birth, she labored through it beautifully. Finally a littler before 7am, she felt the urge to push, but after almost 3 hours of pushing with zero progress due to Archer being posterior. By that time, Sarah was obviously more than spent and her doctor advised getting an epidural so she could rest for awhile. Thankfully she took his advice because after another 2 hours of pushing with Dr. Bowen trying to manually turn the baby, he finally had to resort to forceps to get the little chunker out! As soon as he was out, everyone was commenting on how big he was and it was no wonder it took some intervention to get him out.

He weighed in a a whopping 10.4 lbs and was 22.5″ long! Sarah had an awesome birthing team to help her through all of the long hours of natural labor (thanks Jen for taking some of the photos overnight when I couldn’t be there ;)) and everyone was so relieved to meet the sweet, healthy baby boy. Congrats to Sarah & Chas and the excited, adoring grandparents!

Welcome Archer James | Born February 7, 2017 at 1:56pm | 10lbs. 4ozs. | 22 1/2 in.

Welcome Dominic Francis. {Just Born}

Lucia and Old Man Klare Chris did it again for the 6th time! More beautiful cheeks to kiss, chubby thighs to squeeze and of course, as always, the best head of curly dark hair. The last four births, I waited patiently in recovery but this time I thought I’d wait to shoot until Luce was settled in her postpartum room so that I could see the big kids reactions to their new baby brother! They were surely excited with JoJo and Gianna having lots (of funny stuff) to say! So much devastating loss has happened over the last few months for the Klares that we rejoice in the healthy birth of the little Dominator and the breath of fresh air he brings. It’s so good to see you all smile again!. The drive there I was so saddened to know I’ll be missing the warm greeting and tight hug from Chris’ mom (Mimi) that I always looked forward to. But we know she shares the joy as she watched her big grand babies proudly wear the big sibs shirts she bought for them. I can imagine her yelling, “just one more kiss!” as Dominic’s soul came Earthside after she got him all to herself the last few months! I couldn’t be happier for you all and it’s such a pleasure to be adopted into your loving families. He’s so perfect which I expected nothing less!! Also, XOXO to the Zunigas/Grays as you say goodbye to Memaw this week. My prayers are with you as well!

Welcome Dominic Francis | Born Feb 5, 2017 | 8lb 5oz | 21 inches

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Love, Aunt Mel

Nikki - March 1, 2017 - 1:16 am

Beautiful work!! Such amazing moments captured.

Luci - February 7, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Re-reading, weeping and cherishing this post for the 100th time in the last 12 hours😂. Love you Mel

Welcome Jude Nicholas. {Just Born}

Over the last few months, Hilary and I chatted VBACs and birth and her staying hopeful that this second baby would be more cooperative than Luca was for her. She was on the calendar for this week when I got a shocking text over the weekend, “Baby is here! Had a fast Natural VBAC!” I literally said out loud, “Whoa! Whaaaa?! Hells ya!” Normally I’m in the loop when moms go into labor so I was so surprised and excited by this text! A few hours of laboring at home with less than an hour in the hospital and little guy was in her arms! And THAT is how you do it, Mama!! First shot I took of Sweetface, he smiled for me! 🙂 How about that head of dark hair and those dark eyes!! Congrats Rob, Hilary and Luca!

Welcome Jude Nicholas | Born  January  28, 2017 |  6lb 5oz | 19 3/4″

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Jude. » LOFT 3 PHOTOGRAPHY - February 1, 2017 - 4:37 pm

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JennyBZ - January 31, 2017 - 8:31 pm

Oh my heart!! What a perfectly little squish!! Makes me want another teeny babe right now!! lol congrats to this beautiful family! Gorgeous images Mel!! xx