Katie and Ryan couldn’t be more blessed to have delivered a healthy baby girl on Tuesday! With struggles and heartbreak and hope and more heartbreak, they ended up creating the miracle all on their own and she made it just fine! What a relief for them to hear her soft little cries after such an uneventful textbook birth. Katie kept saying how easy it was and “Can you even believe this? Ryan! Are you freaking out? There is a BABY HERE!” It was adorable and sweet watching the two of them as new and overwhelmed with love, parents. Just perfect. I’m so glad your body slowed down for me to make it and have plenty of time to hang out and chat with you all. It was such a pleasure! Many congrats to you and your families! Edie Grace is so loved. (Grace after the song “Amazing Grace” that her deceased Father used to love.) Can’t wait to watch her grow after seeing her start at just 7.1lbs, 19inches long! You guys will do great. Just “wing it” like Dr. White said! 😉Ps. Great song you all chose!! Love, Melanie.
Happy Birthday baby GIRL! More coming soon!
When Priscilla emailed last minute asking if I could do a just born for her since this was her last baby and she and Eric were getting all sentimental about it, how could I say no? Especially since they are such a sweet family and I miss seeing her on a regular basis. They did not find out the gender this time, but having a second girl to round out the family turned out perfect! Priscilla went 10-12 days late with her other 3 kids, and I was so glad she was only 2 days late this time and that she got the perfect natural birth she desired. Precious little Gwenyth is so loved and was welcomed by older brothers Simon & Walker and older sister Eden. Congratulations to the whole family and have fun with 4 kids 6 and under 😉
Welcome Gwenyth Jean | Born December 5, 2015, 4:43pm | 7.9lbs | 20″
It was such an honor and a privilege to be a part of Bennett’s homecoming. Jenn has been a longtime friend and I am so incredibly happy to see first hand how God answered her prayers and provided in such a huge way. I asked Jenn to share a short summary of their story:
David and I always knew we wanted to adopt. We had talked about it when we were dating and continued to dream of one day adopting as our life together grew. I had always pictured that we would adopt a little boy from Asia. I couldn’t shake that this picture was what God had planned for us and David agreed that he could see us pursuing adoption from Asia as well. As we began to settle into life with three kids, we still talked about adoption, but it seemed like it was too far out of our reach. The cost of international adoption is so high and the amount of work necessary to complete the adoption just seemed like something that could not be done while raising three kids. It just seemed like we could never do it.
I also hope to adopt someday, but until then I praise God for each and every family who gives a child in need a loving home and a new lifeLove you guys!!
Kerren’s first L&D took 6 hrs start to finish. When she texted me that she was really crampy, I knew I was shooting that night. A couple hours later at 1045p, she said she was having real contractions and that she’d let me know when she was heading to the hospital. Not even 30 min passed and I got “contractions are strong and fast. Headed to hosp.” I had literally just laid my head on the pillow after having been up since before 3am the previous night. I thought to myself, “Sleep for a few min and get woken up by a frazzled, ‘she’s complete!!’ text and rush there and likely miss it. OR Get redressed and head out then knowing her last labor was so quick and having any sleep at all would make me way more drowsy.” I listened to my intuition. Thankfully. I ran through the halls after, sure enough, “she’s 9cm. we’re in rm…” rang in. I was greeted with long deep moans and Kerren laboring beautifully. She sounded great and as uncomfortable as she was, she was very calm as she swayed her way through each rush. The nurse was trying to get her registered before she delivered by the sounds of progress! As you’ll see in the slideshow, she couldn’t find any position worth staying in, to push without frustration. Once her bag of water finally busted, she only had a handful more of pushes to get out her baby boy. It was amazing. She was so brave and strong. Evan Thomas was born with all kinds of hair and the most delectable little plump lips. He was born less than 3 hrs after her first contraction at a healthy 7.11lbs and 21″, sweet as can be. Kerren was so glad he was here she didn’t even want to let go of him long enough to weigh him! Glad I she let me steal him for a couple portraits. 😉 I thoroughly enjoyed supporting you through one of the best experiences life has to offer. Good work, Mama. Congrats to all of you!Love, Melanie.