a beautiful beginning: Olivia Elise’s birth story.

Finding out your baby is breech makes all the moms feel stressed and worried for the next couple months ahead. This isn’t life threatening by any means, but when you have in mind how you want to deliver your baby, most people don’t exactly hope for a major surgery! In fact, most try to avoid it if they can, especially when there’s other children at home they’ll have to attend to postpartum. Liz hadn’t given up hope of flipping her, even when she walked in for her scheduled cSection. She agreed to be prepped for surgery in the OR with her epidural in place so long as they could try one last thing before the knife. ECVs don’t always work, especially at 39wks, especially with a frank breech baby (pike position). With lots of lube, lots and lots of pressure and manipulation, the resident and Dr were thrilled to get Livy to spin! As Liz wiped the tears of joy away, poor Jason went white after watching the pain inflicted on his girl and then got sick. Even having been through a Version myself with my oldest, it still wasn’t easy to watch. But it was quite humorous/ironic capturing them wheeling out a happy mama with daddy left behind in the OR with his head in the trash. HA! It’s all part of the story, Jason! :0

Since the plans completely changed we didn’t know what to expect next. The Dr broke her water and sent us to a L&D room greeting us with new nurses during shift change. Olivia’s head was down, but no where near engaged as it would have been over the last couple weeks. Hours passed and Liz’s pain was in and out of control as it was a strange concept starting with an epidural before any contractions had begun! From sunrise to sunset we chilled in the room, then finally she was complete…during the second shift change! Gah! With an epi hot spot, she was feeling the baby ready to come out and not so happy her Dr was delivering next door! A resident suited up and assisted as the Dr ran in just in time to welcome 7.1lb 19″ sweet little Livy. Liam and Mila arrived not long after to meet little seester and just couldn’t get enough of her! What an exciting time in the Goldschmidt house! Also, congrats on being part of the three-peat BB mama’s club! 😉 Enjoy that chaooooos!

Love you guys, Melanie.

Ps. Thanks to my (brand new that day!)  babysitter unexpectedly working 8 extra hrs so I could hang with my friends/clients!

Jacquelyn - September 29, 2017 - 9:11 pm

Beautifully captured.


Happy Birthday, baby girl! more coming soon! 🙂


Love, Melanie

JennyBZ - September 28, 2017 - 12:47 am

Oh. Em. Gee. This looks insane. That first black and white after baby was born-so incredible. These are gorgeous!! Oh how am I ever gonna choose between those beautiful birth photos and sibling shots?! Gah! Stop being so amazing! xx

a beautiful beginning: Lucas Paul’s birth story.

Alisha let me know Wednesday evening her water had broken a couple weeks early, which she wasn’t surprised as she’s never reached 40 weeks in pregnancy. They were heading into the hospital after dinner and would keep me updated. Slow to no progression all night long leading to what happens a lot with those 3rd babies….out of nowhere, COMPLETE! With a strong epidural, Alisha felt a whole lot of nothing as her baby labored alllll the way down. With a “practice push” delivering Luke’s head, and the first real push delivered all 7.4lbs of him fully! All the family in the room got to witness a double cord wrap with the Dr moving so smooth and efficiently, it was no concern at all! Big brothers Hayden and Grant were so sweet with their new little handsome buddy. Congrats and have fun with all those boys!!

Love, Melanie.

A Beautiful Beginning: Elijah Paul’s Birth Story.

Elijah spent the last couple weeks in his womb driving mama nuts. Hours of prodromal labor, even having her rush to the hospital a couple weeks ago for an overnight stay only to be sent home. On his birthday he almost did it to her again after she swore this time had to be legit because she’d had other labor signs happening too. She went in to get checked and STILL only 2.5cm! How incredibly frustrating for mama! After she was sent home again, she text me some expletives after having two really hard contractions followed by a water break! Hooray, they had to admit her now!! After her epidural, she was finally comfortable and happy while getting anxious to meet her baby. I arrived when she was 7-8cm to a room full of laughter and jokes! During our small talk the pressure was rising and not leaving. Soon enough she was complete and like the snap of a finger and some power pushing, Eli was placed on her chest! 8lbs and 20 1/4″ with a head of lacking hair matching daddy. Big brothers couldn’t come up as it was way too late, but they got to FaceTime! I’m happy this birth was much more routine for you than the last and all is well! Great work Liesl and PJ! You make cute boys!

Love, Melanie

Elijah Paul. » LOFT 3 PHOTOGRAPHY - August 30, 2017 - 5:58 pm

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