a beautiful beginning: eliza nicole’s birth story.

I am so honored and excited to once again be a part of and share pictures of my good friend’s birth of their 4th child. A little over 2 years ago, I shared a brief summary of Josh & Brooke’s fertility battle and the miracle of their son Dominic’s birth after the tragic loss of their twins during the middle of her second trimester. This birth was nothing short of a second miracle, and was made a just little sweeter by the surprise of baby GIRL this time 🙂

Thankfully, Brooke got pregnant quicker & easier this time around, and had a fairly good pregnancy despite all of the normal pregnancy sickness and annoyances. They went for their 20 week ultrasound intending to find out the gender, but the baby would not cooperate, so they decided to just leave the gender a surprise. The baby was perfectly healthy and that was all that really all that mattered. Plus, they are in between houses right now and do not have a nursery to decorate anyway.

As the end drew closer, Brooke got increasingly more uncomfortable as the doctors were guessing this baby could be up to 11 lbs – which would have been a whole bigger than Dominic! They went ahead and scheduled her c-section at 39 weeks, and on July 8th at 7:32am Josh & Brooke welcomed their sweet baby girl – Eliza Nicole – and although she was still a chunker at 9.10lbs, 21″, she was nowhere near as big as the doctors were expecting. She actually ended up being a few ounces smaller than her big brother.

Eliza was greeted right away by both sides of the family just like Dom was, and everyone was so excited for a little girl this time. Brooke and her sisters immediately got out the baby name books and everyone started throwing out name suggestions. Later that day, Brooke decided on the name she had picked out for Dom if he was a girl because it has deep family roots all the way back to her great grandmother. I think it fits her perfectly 🙂 Congratulations to Josh, Brooke, big Brother Dom and their families!!

Love, Kelly

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