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August 18, 2011

Belly + baby

A few photos Melanie and I took before and after little Luciana arrived, inspired by this photo we found on Pinterest.

And because I know there are plenty of pregnant ladies and mamas out there, might I recommend reading Melanie’s beautiful birth story too? Yes it’s marvelous when birth goes as planned, but it can be just as powerfully transformative and truly magnificent when it doesn’t.

And Melanie has taken to motherhood like no one I’ve ever met. The way her child did or didn’t enter this world can’t change that. Welcome to the littlest one, and to the newest member of the mama tribe!

I love this phase of life.


  1. jamie said on August 18, 2011

    aw i love her name. congratulations!



  2. jamie said on August 18, 2011

    ps YES we went camping! check ADF (hello!) and i’ll prolly expand the baby bits on H&L.

  3. nicole b. said on August 18, 2011

    What a powerful birth story! I forwarded it to my friend whose many, many hours of labor resulted in a C-section, which was obviously NOT the birth plan. Thanks for sharing! Lovely photos, too! xo.

  4. Emily said on August 18, 2011

    So sweet! What an amazing and inspiring story. Congrats to the new family!!

  5. blake said on August 18, 2011

    wow, thanks for sharing. wiping away the tears.

  6. Kim Grey said on August 18, 2011

    What a great photo! And what a beautiful birth story. So inspiring!

  7. mrs. may said on August 18, 2011

    Gorgeous photos of the gorgeous mama and babe!

  8. redfrizzz said on August 18, 2011

    love this story. Thank you so much for sharing. Powerful, thoughtful, and true.

  9. katie said on August 18, 2011

    What an amazing story! I’m in the process of writing mine (which didn’t go as I had perfectly planned either), so this was very moving for me. The magic in it all is that it doesn’t matter at the end of the day. How lucky we are to have our beautiful healthy babies no matter which way they came to us :-) Thanks for sharing!!

  10. alyson said on August 19, 2011

    ah! I totally planned on doing that but well, I forgot. so fun!

  11. Kim said on August 22, 2011

    what a precious little baby.

  12. elizabeth antonia said on August 23, 2011

    what an inspiring birth story. her acceptance and understanding of what her labor required is beautiful and brave. the biggest lesson labor taught me was that resistance causes nothing but discomfort and pain. sometimes our plans are disrupted and there is a reason. the more we resist, the scarier things seem. i carry that lesson with me every single day! thank you for sharing!!

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