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Deborah Carol Maxwell

Announcing Deborah Carol Maxwell, born early this morning, May 13th. She weighed exactly 8 pounds.

Deborah Maxwell
Deborah Carol Maxwell

Mommy and Deborah are doing great!

Melanie and Deborah

More to come soon. Thank you for rejoicing with us!

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
Psalm 127:3

The Countdown

Melanie and Baby are in the countdown! There is so much anticipation in their busy household–and really for everyone as we can’t wait to meet Baby! Melanie’s official due date is the 18th, but it’s not thought she’ll make it that far. One never knows, though. We’re grateful she’s past 37 weeks. Before 35 weeks, Baby automatically went to the NICU, and at 36, NICU attends the birth.

For those who are interested, here is Melanie’s track record of when her babies have been born.

Susannah, born at 33 weeks
Abigail, born at 34 1/2 weeks
Bethany, born at 38 weeks
Christina, born on her due date
Andrew, born at 35 weeks
Benjamin, born at 38 weeks

With that in mind, let’s have some guesses on when this baby will be born!

We’d covet your prayers for both Melanie and Baby.

Love,
Sarah

Melanie and I stopped at a cute little coffee shop after an appointment last Thursday.

“For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.”
Psalm 139:13

Lending a Hand and Melanie’s Baby Update!

Benji, Melanie, and Baby

Melanie and Baby are in the home stretch before delivery! We’re so grateful Melanie’s made it to 33 weeks, and Baby is staying put. Sadly, though, a week ago, Melanie developed a severe middle ear infection. It has been very painful and made it hard to function. The doctor said the ear infection was likely pregnancy exacerbated, and that on a scale of 1 to 10, hers rated a 9. Yikes! She’s doing much better but still has lingering discomfort.

Mary helped a lot, and Melanie’s schedule allowed Mary to have a plan and things to run smoothly.

We’re grateful to be close to family! Thank you for your prayers for Melanie and Baby! We’re excited about another blessing.

Love,
Sarah

“For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.”
Psalm 139:13

Axton Maxwell’s Newborn Pictures

Eight days after Axton was born, we decided spur of the moment to do his newborn session. I borrowed some props from Christopher and headed to John’s. Upon arrival, I literally Googled something about newborn baby photos natural light, had about two minutes to try to figure out what I wanted to start with, and set to work.

We started photos about 2:30 and ended two hours later. The day was pretty perfect for light, with a cloud cover quite a bit. Babies are so sweet to work with, and Axton did great. I’ll share through the post what I used for location and background.

I use a Nikon D800 and most of these pictures were with my Tamron f2.8 28-75mm lens. I took some with Nikon f1.4 50mm lens. I did not use a flash.

Oh, and John cranked the heat way up in the house, so it was pretty toasty warm: perfect for Axton and pretty warm for the rest of us.

Not quite a happy face yet, but we were just starting.

I began in the dining room, using pillows and a blanket for my background, and put him in a cute little sack. His bright eyes lent the perfect sparkle to the photos.

Next, we went to the nursery. The gray wall was an ideal backdrop. The south window let just enough light in through the curtains.

So I began experimenting. Doing some pictures with Baby and Mommy.

I used a chair or stool for height and worked to get some family pictures and stay with a clear focus in the tight space. Don’t you love how those teal greens worked together?

What a cute threesome!

Next, we needed some pictures of Daddy and Son.

I love those eyes: so trusting, looking to his daddy.

In the midst of that, I wanted a ring pose, and I tried a little different twist.

I originally wanted to try the black shirt so I could do the strong arm holding-baby-out photo. Although it didn’t turn out the way I had thought, the black shirt brought a dramatic look with the gray background, and I loved the result.

Next, we moved to the living room. As I set up for the basket photo, Dad and Mom went by on a walk, and John flagged them down and invited them in. It was great to have some company for the last part of our photo session.

For the black backdrop, I used two dining room chairs and clipped a black blanket on it. We swaddled Axton in the wrap, and then I put the gray blanket on the ground. We had a perfect amount of light coming in from the windows. For the family picture (see the last one), Dad and Mom held the blanket out because I needed the extra width to keep the background black.

An adorable package
Axton Maxwell
Axton Maxwell
The John Maxwell Family

I hope you enjoyed a peek into the newborn baby session!

Love,
Sarah

“By thee have I been holden up from the womb:
thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels:
my praise shall be continually of thee.”
Psalm 71:6

An Exciting Announcement from Nathan and Melanie Maxwell!

We are pleased to announce that Melanie is expecting, due in May. Specifically, due on Abby’s birthday. Announcements like this are always a mixed blessing as we hope for another child to hold, and concern over the inevitable challenges that pregnancies bring. We are grateful for an OB that handles Melanie’s “high risk” label with appropriate care. We are grateful for progesterone prescriptions. Melanie is extremely grateful when I remember to replace the draw needle with the injection needle (hint, the draw needle is much larger). We are also grateful to have families that value children and support us in these journeys.

Benjamin is not quite sure he wants to give up his family “baby” status, but the rest of the children are extremely excited. We covet your prayers these next five months.

Nathan, Melanie, and Crew

Nathan and Melanie Maxwell
Nathan and Melanie Maxwell

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children
to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”
Luke 18:16

Newborn Maxwell Photos

The two youngest Maxwells each got their own photo session. We often try for the 1-week mark for pictures. For Elizabeth’s photos, Christopher transformed his living room into a mini studio. Christopher and Anna Marie’s family has really grown, so when it came time to pictures with all five children, wow! Trying to arrange all five, get them to look at the camera, and keep the photo framed properly, whew! It’s an exercise.

Elizabeth Grace

Christopher took this one–she was so content.

This is arranging them all.

I loved this picture of Danny.

I guess we told them to look at the baby. The boys got the memo but the girls did not.

 

Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell and family

Now, on to Kyle’s. I did his with natural light. Definitely challenging, as Christopher is a pro with setups and light and poses, but it was great to push myself and work on creative shots.

This was taken with a black blanket as the background and using natural light from the window.

The sweet siblings.

I love this photo. So very sweet. Mommy and Baby.

This was a feat to get! 🙂

Sweet Kyle.

Happy little guy

“We will not hide them from their children,
shewing to the generation to come
the praises of the Lord, and his strength,
and his wonderful works that he hath done.”
Psalm 78:4