Melanie has been a friend of mine since as long as I can remember. We grew up in the same neighborhood and I fondly remember afternoons riding bikes, dance lessons, and summers at the pool with her and her older sister. She had a rabbit growing up and I always thought it was so cool! As do many childhood friendships, we lost contact while we both were away at college and after. We were both doing our best at “adulting”. It wasn’t until 2009 that we reconnected on Facebook with a few other friends who were in town for the holidays. We had all met up for Chinese and caught up. Melanie had just moved back to our hometown and it was amazing how after so many years, we were able to seemingly pick right back up where we left off. I’m sure she would have never guessed, that day, around Chinese food, Jasmine tea, and old friends, how happy I was to have her back in my life.
In 2010 Melanie met and married this really awesome man Keith. From the very beginning, you could just see how happy he made her, and the fact that he was always willing to share her with her friends, made it even better. They had a sweet little church wedding with a brunch reception, and then just like that, life got back to normal. I always knew Melanie would be a fantastic mom, she has a soft voice, that is almost like a song, and she is one of those people that is kind to everyone. In the 20+ years I’ve known her, I have never seen her upset. It was no surprise to me to learn that her and Keith were trying for a baby. But it didn’t happen the way it does on TV. When they didn’t get pregnant after the first year, full of optimism, Melanie and Keith began working with Carolina Conceptions. It was after two rounds of IUI, two rounds of IVF (one of which ended in miscarriage), and a rejected application with an adoption agency, that Melanie, hoping to conceive with adopted frozen embryos, quit her successful career as a speech therapist. They had just been approved when they found out Melanie was already pregnant, with no medical intervention at all.
Along their journey, Melanie was given a ring, stamped HOPE by her close friend. On New Year’s Day, Melanie and Keith met their son Henry Allen. He is their daily reminder that for so many problems, the answer is simply HOPE.
It is always a pleasure for me to come into a family’s home and help tell their story. I absolutely love a happy ending and having the privilege to work in a profession where that’s actually my job, is an amazing story. The fact that I get to cuddle sweet babies: a total cherry on the cake! I can’t wait to document all of Baby Henry’s milestones, for now, grab a tissue, and enjoy these images from Baby Henry’s first days on Earth.