a beautiful beginning: Isa Lucille’s Angel Birth story

Finding the words to the stories I have to share is never something I want to do. No words can give justice to the story, the fight, the anguish. My heart hurts so deeply that the knots haven’t left my stomach in the 24+ hrs I’ve known that sweet Isa gained her wings too early and is soaring high in paradise, along side Katie’s dad.

Katie and Ryan’s journey has been long and full of way to much heart ache for one couple. They finally received their rainbow after so much loss, in Edie Grace a couple years ago. When Katie shared early on she was pregnant again, I was THRILLED to be there to document for them again. Anxiously she made it safely into her second trimester which brought great relief! She had waited to announce her pregnancy after her anatomy scan, however cloud nine was ripped from beneath them as they learned baby girl had a number of issues, most importantly in heart failure. From then it was a waiting game and a promise to carry her till God’s will be done. Isa, meaning, “strong willed and devoted to God”, and my word was she ever, made it to 33wks. Katie knew in her heart and with the pains, that her baby girl had completed her journey and her tiny soul no longer needed her body. Once confirmed, the doctors admitted and started the induction process. Within a handful of hours, Isa presented her teeny foot first. Thankful for the epidural cranked up, Katie’s body did the work without her effort as she could focus on breathing and getting through those awful moments of delivering her angel baby.

Isa’s sweet little scrunched up “angry” face and her perfect little button nose were all tucked nicely into a warm sleeper and blanket for her to rest comfortably in her loved ones arms. The weight of her newborn on her chest will never be forgotten. Our friend, Aleisa (no stranger to here) ministered over Katie, Ryan and their baby as she received her baptismal blessings. Tears flowed as grandparents met and kissed their sweet angel for the first and last time. Precious “I’ll love you and remember you forever” messages whispered into her tiny ears. Her middle name, Lucille means “light” and that she was and will continue to be. Only here for a moment but remembered for a lifetime. She’s so lucky to be free and spared from the suffering on Earth. Fly high little one.

Thanks to all of my friends, welcoming me into such horrific times and trusting me to capture the tender moments in both sadness and joy. I wish you didn’t have these experiences to share with me. 🙁 I’m humbled and bow down in knowing life is so fragile. I know this entire pregnancy and diagnosis may come to a shock to many but it was the Blevins’ wish to share this story so that future couples walking in their shoes can find hope it. Most importantly that she doesn’t have to tell this story of heartbreak over and over and ooooover again and this post will not only allow them empathy towards them and their families but also to step back and count your blessings. <3

“An angel wrote in the book of life my baby’s date of birth, then whispered as she closed the book, ‘too beautiful for Earth’.”

Isa Lucille | 3lbs 13oz | 14 inches long | 10.10.17| 12:18am

Love you guys. You’re always. Always. On my mind and close to my heart. XO, Melanie

Graham "Spanky" Broadhurst - October 19, 2017 - 2:37 am

R’Bee and Katie. Thoughts and prayers for you all at this time.
Love, Spanky.

JTBlevins - October 12, 2017 - 3:25 am

Katie Ryan family
I’m praying for our Angel

A. Holloway - October 12, 2017 - 12:30 am

I have no words. I am so sorry. Every drop of love and every prayer in my heart is sent to all of you. I pray for peace and healing and for Isa’s beautiful soul.

B. Schwallie - October 11, 2017 - 1:13 am

Words cannot express on how beautiful and respectful you captured Isa’s Angel birth story. Thank you so much from our family, much love always ❤️

JennyBZ - October 10, 2017 - 10:51 pm

I don’t have any words. Just sending so much love and so many prayers.

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.