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The past two weeks have been absolute heaven on earth! There's something wonderful and amazing about bringing a new baby into the world. What a fantastic blessing it has been to finally welcome Monroe into our family! 

When I look back, Justin and I have been waiting quite some time for this little girl to arrive. Technically we had been "trying" since August of 2009 and from one reason to the next it just didn't work out. With my dad passing away in July of 2009 that put stress on my body, a miscarriage last summer, then finally it all worked out and she's here!

I went into labor on the 13th at 8:30pm, Justin decided to do a "live twitter" feel of the event of the labor. We had expected this to go quick since my last labor was only 7 hours long. Little did we know that it would be 17 hours for Monroe to make her debut!
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monroebirth_002.jpgThe labor pains started to get stronger so I happily accepted the epidural, thus started the waiting game....
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I wanted to sleep, but was too excited so I let Justin rest.
monroebirth_005.jpgAt 12pm the Dr. arrived and broke my water, finally I was progressing!
monroebirth_006.jpgFINALLY at 1:19pm our little Monroe Nicole Lyon was here!!! We didn't know that her cord was wrapped around her neck and she actually tied a true knot in her own umbilical cord (something that the Dr. says he only sees once every 5 years, he says that she is a lucky girl!). We were SO thankful for the nurses and our Dr. that got Monroe here safely!
monroebirth_007.jpgJustin and I were ECSTATIC, to say the least, to see her! Honestly, what a WONDERFUL thing it is to be parents to this little angel! Thank you to Angie for coming to take some photos for us, we love you!
monroebirth_008.jpg6 pounds, 12 ounces! 
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monroebirth_010.jpgmonroebirth_011.jpgYes, I grabbed a few shots myself of our new small bundle of joy!
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monroebirth_015.jpgMy favorite part about the newborn age is the sleeping-on-the-chest stage! I soak in every minute I get to do this with Monroe! Monroe already loves her daddy!
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monroebirth_025.jpgmonroebirth_026.jpgMy boys wanted a sister so bad! I know they're going to be such great big brothers to her!
monroebirth_027.jpgmonroebirth_028.jpgmonroebirth_029.jpgRemember this stuffed animal and how we told the boys they were getting a baby sister?! Sloan keeps bringing "hippie" to Monroe saying that "she needs it! it's her's mom!"
monroebirth_030.jpgLOVE this shot of my Monroe! I did a little photo shoot of her when she was three days old, that shoot turned into a few more...sooooo, I'll be doing another post next with more pics of Monroe and the boys.:)
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Justin, Hudson, Sloan, and I are so thankful to have this little girl to be part of our family! We love you Monroe!!! 
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weddingchicks said:
congratulations, she is beautiful.
(09.29.11 08:04 PM)
rog said:
darling, darling, darling. You and your family seriously warm my heart. Love you to pieces.
(09.29.11 08:06 PM)
Natalie Norton said:
OH! OH! OH! Congratulations times a zillion. She is PERFECT!!! I'd die for some sleeping-on-the-chest time with Monroe!
(09.29.11 08:12 PM)
Sara Bliss said:
Love the photos, the story, and the sweet little one! Thanks for sharing. Newborns are SO amazing! Congratulations!
(09.29.11 08:17 PM)
Ashley Perez said:
I was totally tearing up when I saw those pictures of you holding her for the first time. She is beautiful! Congrats! I'm so glad you have your girl now (:
(09.29.11 08:24 PM)
Molly Mare said:
You dont know me but I follow your blog and I just wanted to say congratulations! I'm always so impressed with the genuine love I can see in your family. You have such beautiful children. God had blessed you abundantly. And on a sillier note I absolutely loved your hair during labor. What a great idea to keep it out of your face. You looked amazing. :)
(09.29.11 08:28 PM)
nikki said:
stunning, precious, beautiful, intense, emotional...all the best things that must come with the arrival of a new life. the photos are amazing, she is beautiful (& already looks like her brothers!). Is that a co-sleeper bed I see in your room? (sorry to be all snoopy!) your work is so inspiring and I love to see the love in your family!
(09.29.11 08:40 PM)
Jessica said:
literally the prettiest newborn i've ever seen. congrats!
(09.29.11 08:49 PM)
Angeliz Guevara said:
She is just precious!.... :) God bless her and your entire family!
(09.29.11 08:53 PM)
Paige Evans said:
Congratulations! She's beautiful! And you've totally inspired me to have my hair all done up and makeup on next time I have a baby :)
(09.29.11 08:55 PM)
ellen patton said:
Amazing photos. I love all of them. And I love your baby's name.
(09.29.11 09:10 PM)
Anjali said:
Congratulations!! She's beautiful! axx
(09.29.11 09:14 PM)
Mandi said:
Congratulations!! Beautiful pictures! Beautiful baby!
(09.29.11 09:32 PM)
becky k said:
oh amelia! i couldn't be more thrilled for your family. she is absolutely darling. congrats, congrats, congrats!!
(09.29.11 09:36 PM)
Meg said:
Congrats to all of you guys on your new little girl! She is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
(09.29.11 11:00 PM)
angel swanson said:
positively smitten with your beautiful baby girl! xoxo
(09.29.11 11:11 PM)
Amber said:
She is perfect, what a beautiful treasure... it's so wonderful to see all the love in your sweet family! Congratulations!! xxoo!
(09.30.11 01:22 AM)
Amanda said:
oh so is perfect guys!! Just beautiful. A huge congrations to you all xxx
(09.30.11 02:58 AM)
Lotje said:
Congratulations! She's so pretty :)
(09.30.11 03:04 AM)
Candice & Daniel & Stevie said:
Congrats! She is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! What a lovely name too!
(09.30.11 04:31 AM)
Kati said:
Congratulations to all! Little girls rock! Savory every moment...as we both know, it goes by too quickly!
(09.30.11 04:38 AM)
Nic said:
Simply beautiful....
(09.30.11 04:49 AM)
corissa said:
congratulations!! she is beautiful! we are so happy for you guys!
(09.30.11 06:34 AM)
Douglas Pettway said:
I love love love x1,000,000 these photos. So touching and endearing. Congratulations on such a wonderful baby girl! :)
(09.30.11 07:01 AM)
whitneyingram said:
Once again, another baby Lyon that looks like all the others. You make an attractive brand of baby! Happiest congrats! I know you love this early baby phase so much- enjoy it while it lasts!
(09.30.11 07:37 AM)
kelli Taylor said:
Congratulations! And how did you look so good right after birth! Not fair!
(09.30.11 07:40 AM)
Lindsey Joy said:
So unbelievably happy for you and Justin! It's so beautiful to see how over-the-moon you are with her! Your happiness and excitement are infectious. She is gorgeous! xoxo :)
(09.30.11 07:42 AM)
Kate Whitmore said:
Sloan is cracking me up. He is precious! Love the pictures with her brothers!
(09.30.11 08:27 AM)
Emilie said:
She is so precious!! Congrats!!!
(09.30.11 08:29 AM)
Travis Shumate said:
Such a beautiful girl. So glad she arrived healthy and well! Can't wait for her to be friends with baby girl Shumate.
(09.30.11 08:38 AM)
Jackie Wonders said:
you guys make cute little humans...welcome to the crazy beautiful world Monroe! way to rock the headbands :)
(09.30.11 08:41 AM)
Melissa said:
OHHH she is just so adorable and she a beauty. I got all teary eyed looking at all the photos. We are having our 1st in the end of March. Super excited for you guys!!
(09.30.11 08:50 AM)
Jenny said:
She. Is. Stunning. A million congratulations and blessings. What a wonderful addition to your already wonderful family!
(09.30.11 12:00 PM)
jenn king said:
amelia i am so in love with her! these photos make me even more excited for my baby girl coming soon!!!
(09.30.11 01:17 PM)
Katie Metka said:
oh my goodness! She is so precious! Congratulations to you all, what a wonderful gift from God.
(09.30.11 01:18 PM)
SR said:
What a little beauty! Many congrats to all of you!
(09.30.11 02:34 PM)
EpicDanger said:
BAhhh my ovaries hurt! I want a 3rd and 4th baby so bad! Monroe is not helping! She is so beautiful!
(10.01.11 07:49 AM)
drae said:
congratulations! so happy for all of you and what a lucky girl, she has two big brothers that will always have her back and to watch over her. she is beautiful...
(10.01.11 08:43 AM)
kankan iskandar said:
speechless...totally awesome..congratz....
(10.01.11 04:32 PM)
melissa said:
She looks so aware! I also think she is smirking a bit in the photo with Justin. I am so happy for you and your family. Such an awe inspiring thing. Oh, and you did look great.
(10.01.11 10:42 PM)
Sofia said:
What beautiful pictures of your precious baby girl. Your pictures moved me and congratulations!
(10.02.11 08:45 AM)
Jani Breedt said:
Amelia, I don't want children of my own and I've never been broody - but these set of images brought a lump to my throat and I've started to wonder if I'm not missing out!
(10.02.11 09:57 AM)
Anissa said:
A bit late : congrats :) She's beautiful ! And these photos are juste "wow" ! :)
(10.02.11 01:44 PM)
Daniel Davis said:
Powerful Story. Beautiful Monroe.
(10.02.11 03:03 PM)
Jalyn and Matt Barnard said:
Congrats!! You have the most beautiful family and Monroe looks like the perfect addition! Yay for love and family!
(10.02.11 03:26 PM)
ash said:
She is absolutely perfect, you guys!! We are so happy for your lovely family! Welcome to the world of having a family of 5, it's one crazy ride!! :)
(10.02.11 11:53 PM)
Kelli Nicole said:
How wonderful! She is a gorgeous baby. She looks so beautiful in images 21 and 31. What a blessing. Congratulations!!
(10.03.11 08:01 AM)
Jenelle Sewell said:
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
(10.03.11 01:37 PM)
Paco and Betty said:
WOW! So beautiful. Congratulations guys!
(10.03.11 08:45 PM)
sandie said:
Justin & Amelia ....Your family is so beautiful! I love your little girl. What a blessing. Hudson and Sloan look so proud! (and so big) I love you all and miss you very much. Congrats on a happy and safe delivery. :)
(10.04.11 09:18 AM)
angie said:
She is such a little sweet heart!!!! So happy for you guys and sooooo happy I got to witness such a wonderful miracle!!!! Love you guys!!!!
(10.04.11 01:32 PM)
Amanda Hagood said:
I LOVE all of the photos of this precious baby girl, but I must say that the one of her sleeping with her head facing towards Justin. OMG. My heart strings were tugged so hard that I started having baby fever again! ADORABLE father-daughter moment. Congratulations!!!
(10.04.11 08:59 PM)
tate said:
what a sweet blog. congrats to you and your family.
(10.05.11 06:34 PM)
sarah tullier said:
she is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! congratulations. its a crime you looked that good before and after labor :) congrats again!
(10.05.11 06:38 PM)
jsa said:
congrats, she's beautiful. :)
(10.05.11 11:32 PM)
Sundee said:
She is so beautiful! Cant wait to see more pictures. :)
(10.06.11 10:22 AM)
Blair Van Bussel said:
Congratulations to the 4 of you, she is perfection! :)
(10.06.11 04:12 PM)
Nicole Easton said:
She is Beautiful, You are beautiful. Your love is Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this beauty.
(10.06.11 04:19 PM)
Jennifer Buehrer said:
squeeeeeeeeal! Congrats on your new baby! I also had my baby boy on the 18th of Sept! What a blessing! Thank you for sharing your story!
(10.07.11 12:40 AM)
Grandma & Grandpa Lyon said:
Oh My, we just enjoyed these photos so much, better late than never! Ghana internet is quite slow. She is so beautiful and all of you look so full of joy, pure joy!! We love you all and look forward to the day we see you all again!!
(10.07.11 05:50 AM)
Monique said:
oh, such a wonderful & unique moment!!!!
(10.08.11 02:29 AM)
angie monson said:
these are the sweetest photos I have ever seen... thanks so much for sharing:)
(10.12.11 09:49 PM)
Amy Jensen said:
Your work is stunning! And, I simply can't get over how much I am in love with the photos of your daughter's birth - all these images are just breathtaking! Thanks for sharing!!!
(10.14.11 04:44 PM)
Tonya Peterson said:
Amelia she is precious. I had tears in m eyes. What wonderful images. xoxo
(10.27.11 07:47 AM)
caoyi said:
I thank the all the photos are wonderful. it will be an unforgetable memory
(11.07.11 12:19 AM)
Karen Buckle said:
Omgoodness she is devine. Congratulations!
(11.17.11 12:13 PM)
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Just four more weeks and I get to meet my little girl! I am BEYOND excited to be able to bring another child into our family and I can't wait to hold my little Monroe in my arms, kiss her, & tell her how much I already love her!

A HUGE thank you to Angie Sloan for taking these amazing maternity pics of me and thank you even more for letting me do a preview post of my favorite images. Keep a look out on the Sloan's blog for the rest of my maternity pics in the very near future!
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angel swanson said:
in love and obsessed with these!!! i need to know where you got your coral maxi skirt from; i am living in them these days! xox
(08.23.11 03:36 PM)
Colibriphoto said:
Absolutely beautiful!
(08.23.11 03:58 PM)
Kate Whitmore said:
Angie Sloan is amazeballs, and you are the most precious mom ever.
(08.23.11 04:15 PM)
stacey kinkaid said:
awesome. you look beautiful.
(08.23.11 04:22 PM)
Paige Evans said:
You look sooo beautiful and I love your outfit! Can't wait to see pics of your little girl!
(08.23.11 04:38 PM)
Candace Jeffery said:
Beautiful!!!
(08.23.11 05:17 PM)
heather saunders said:
you look BEAUTIFUL!!! Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy and THE DELIVERY!!! xoxoxooxxo
(08.23.11 05:40 PM)
Kayleen T. said:
You look great! I love your hair that color and your skirt! Can't wait to see pix of Monroe!
(08.23.11 05:42 PM)
aly s. said:
Monroe?! I LOVE that!
(08.23.11 06:45 PM)
angie said:
awwww your so beautiful! You made my job easy peasy!
(08.23.11 06:46 PM)
corissa said:
you look amazing. ah-maz-ing! i can't wait to see the little one!
(08.23.11 07:25 PM)
Daise Schlemper said:
Beautiful pregnant. My dream is to have a Workshop with you, but do not speak English yet:) God bless that baby to come. Kisses!!!
(08.23.11 07:31 PM)
Jaimie Dee - Atlanta Wedding Photographers said:
Gorgeous pictures! Love all the negative space! :)
(08.23.11 08:11 PM)
Cindi Jocson said:
I'm a new reader and can't wait to see your future baby's pictures. I think it's so great that you're documenting your pregnancy with pictures because we all know as photographers, we are hardly infront of the camera. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more!
(08.23.11 10:59 PM)
SR said:
Beautiful!!! Wishing you all the best for the next 4 weeks and beyond!
(08.24.11 12:29 AM)
Lotje said:
You look so pretty Amelia! Congratulations already and enjoy your last month of pregnancy! Beautiful pictures!
(08.24.11 12:37 AM)
katie said:
blissin-out there mumma bear. congrats! :)
(08.24.11 06:22 AM)
Emilia Jane said:
So cute! My absolute favorite is the second from the bottom. You are gorgeous!
(08.24.11 07:35 AM)
Kelsey Murphy said:
What a peach! You are so gorgeous!! Wishing you well as you and your family anxiously await the arrival of your little girl. :)
(08.24.11 08:25 AM)
Rachel Tatem said:
She is simply lovely
(08.24.11 10:35 AM)
Janea Greene said:
I LOVE all of these!! I so wish I would have looked like that when I was preggers! Congrats girl!
(08.24.11 02:32 PM)
Emily Faulknor said:
Oh man, Amelia, you do pregnant SO well. You are gorgeous and these photos are fabulous. Angie did such an amazing job. I can't wait to see more! Yay for new babies!!!
(08.24.11 05:10 PM)
Michele B said:
Love love love!!! And Monroe??!?! So beautiful :):)
(08.24.11 06:54 PM)
Kacie Strong said:
Ahhhhh Amelia I cant wait to see what the new baby looks like. Im so happy for you. I miss working with you :( Im not havn much luck finding work.
(08.24.11 11:04 PM)
Abra Michelle said:
You look GORGEOUS!!
(08.25.11 12:22 AM)
Becky McArthur said:
GORGEOUS!!!
(08.25.11 05:04 AM)
joy marie said:
so beautiful Amelia!! LOVE that name:)
(08.27.11 07:44 AM)
Korie Herold said:
omg, you're just so cute!! I love these photos!!
(08.27.11 09:35 AM)
anna said:
i am obsesses with these photos! you are absolutely stunning in all of these pictures!!! cannot wait to meet monroe!
(08.27.11 12:52 PM)
Lily Wilson said:
Beautiful Amelia! Congratulations!
(08.27.11 01:07 PM)
Jenelle Sewell said:
You're glowing!
(08.29.11 12:51 PM)
Rings Dublin said:
Love these images, capture the moment of pregnance so well and elequantly.
(08.29.11 03:57 PM)
ADAM Coberly said:
So excited for you guys!
(08.30.11 07:21 AM)
rog said:
oh you fancy huh, oh you fancy huh!?
(08.30.11 01:01 PM)
Tiff said:
you are a gorgeous mom :) so excited for you!
(08.31.11 12:42 AM)
the joielala girls said:
these are adorable!! You are glowing! Love love these! :)
(09.01.11 08:56 PM)
Gretta said:
You're so beautiful, it's almost gross.
(09.07.11 04:21 PM)
Nancy said:
You look beautiful, best of luck for your delivery. ;)
(09.08.11 07:36 AM)
Sara Robert said:
Really its an awesome feelings.
(11.26.12 02:39 AM)
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