Back in the Saddle Again – Exciting News :)

For those who don’t know, Sean and I lost our son last November in a 38 week still birth.  It was completely unexpected and life went reeling.  We’ve been in a holding pattern ever since, waiting for the go ahead to begin again.  Well, I’m happy to report that life is finally moving forward again and I am 12 weeks pregnant!  Of course we’re taking things a day at a time but we’re so excited to just be moving again and we’re hoping for the best for this time around.  Your thoughts and prayers for the safety and health of our baby are so appreciated and we thank you all in advance!

We would love it if you would celebrate new life with us by giving us your best gender guess in the comment section below! =)  For every person who guesses, we’ll be donating $1 to the March of Dimes foundation, whose purpose is to end premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality through research and education. ALSO, we’ll have a drawing from the winning guesses for a $10 iTunes gift card as well, so be sure to leave your name/email address so we can get that to you =)

Last time, we had over 200 guesses–let’s try and beat that this time around!

And because every post is better with a picture, here’s our new little peanut at 7 weeks. =)

mclellan baby 7 weeks

Please choose one here, in addition to commenting, so we can keep track of the overall vote!


165 Responses to Back in the Saddle Again – Exciting News :)

  1. I could not go to bed without trying one last time. So glad it is working again. Thank you for sharing – it is just darn near the cutest baby I have ever seen! Love you both

  2. I teared up reading this – and though I don’t know you all personally, I know how tough it must have been to go through that – what a blessing to have a second chance at meeting your new baby….girl. :-)

  3. Congratulations, guys! We couldn’t be happier for you. Our prayers are with you over the next few exciting months….and always for that matter. I think it’s a boy….and a republican too. Sean needs a boy. I’m going to go vote now.

  4. That is so exciting!!! We are thrilled for you guys and definitely will be praying for a safe pregnancy and delivery.

  5. Oh My gosh! I couldn’t be happier for you two! I have had a terrible day today and I needed some good news and this just made my day:o) My prayers and thoughts are with you both for a healthy and happy pregnancy!

  6. oh my goodness!!!! i just gasped when i saw your tweet and knew it!! hey does that baby have a ring flash in there? sun flare possibly? congrats you two!! we are SO SO SO happy for you! we say girl. xoxo

  7. Andrew and I are beyond thrilled for you two! You deserve so much happiness. And… even though I think it’s a girl, I want it to be a boy. So I voted boy :)

  8. Absolutely thrilled beyond words for the two of you. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Ashlee’s first ultrasound she named her unborn, “PEANUT” as well, so I’m certain you are going to have a beautiful, happy, healthy BABY BOY:) who will bring joy to your life always! Congratulations!

  9. Hooray! I was so sad last year when you told us about losing your boy – that should never happen to anyone. For some reason I think it will be a GIRL this time round!

  10. We are so thrilled for you two! We will keep you three in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if you need anything!
    I am going to say BOY!

  11. I had no idea!sometimes we don’t understand why God allows things like that to happen to us:( but he’s in His arms now:) and what a blessing, another amazing miracle! Congratulations! So happy for you! I will be praying hard for you all! I just want it to be healthy if its a boy or girl, but since I have two girls I’m going to guess you will have a boy:) keep in touch k?

  12. This made a gray day for me totally turn around. I am thrilled for you both. I love seeing your work and am always so impressed with your talent! I’m guessing a girl :)

  13. Hip Hip Hooray!!! Congrats!!!! That is so so SO exciting : ) Just a warning…be prepared for me to rub your tummy in a couple weeks! Yes, I’m *that* person : )

  14. Congrats!!! I’m so excited to hear the news, thank you so much for sharing!! Just know that your family will definately be in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. sean and mel- i am bawling tears of joy for you two. i am beyond excited for you! i think of you often and i will definitely be in prayer for you and little peanut. words cannot express how happy i am. thank you for sharing your lives with your customers. everytime i look at my wedding photos or the photos of my little boy, my heart is warm because i know how much love, care and attention was put into those pictures. congrats!! and i definitely think it’s a boy!

  16. You don’t have to enter me for the itunes but just wanted to post how totally thrilled our family has been for you…such a blessing. You two deserve so much happiness…and I’m guessing girl!

  17. So, I tried to comment but it said I was commenting too quickly, and to slow down. Haha. Okay, so here we try again! Just wanted to say that even though I have known for a few weeks, I am still SO excited for you guys! I voted boy (wink, wink). Praying for all three of you!! xoxo

  18. WOW…I´m beyond thrilled and happy for you guys…what beautiful news :)
    Sending positive vibes your way and keeping you in my thoughts & prayers *hugs*
    Love from Germany,
    Jesse xoxoxo

  19. Fantastic news! I’m thinking girl.

    I love that you are donating! I would have an older sister but she went to be an angel of God at 3 weeks old. My best friend once told me that I’ve been blessed in life because I had her as my guardian angel all this time. I love knowing she’s still here and holding my hand, as your new baby grows and begins life it will too have your son holding his/her hand.

    Blessings to you all!

  20. Hey guys! I don’t normally comment on your blog, but I wanted to say congratulations on your new bundle of love and that I am so very happy for you both. I’ve been following your blog for awhile and you both have been in my prayers. Congratulations again and I wish you so much happiness!

  21. Congrats…. soooooo deserve it! And of course, you, sean, and that beautiful little peanut will be in our prayers!

  22. congratulations!!! we get to meet you guys soon for a session and i’m so incredibly glad to hear the good news. yay! we’ll be praying!

  23. I am sooo incredibly happy for you!
    “…being confident of this, that HE who began a good work in you will carry it on to the completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Phil 1:6!!

  24. wow…i am so thrilled for you guys! When I read the title of the blogpost, my heart jumped hoping this was the news you were about to share. Even though we have never met, I have been praying for you guys. I ran across your blog and website over a year ago, and love your photography and hope to be as good as y’all someday. :) Enjoy this special time and congrats again!!

  25. I am going to say girl..even though it seems like all the photogs lately except us have been having boys..we had a baby girl a little over 5 months ago! Congrats guys and will be praying for you!

  26. Mel and Sean, i am soooooo happy for you guys! Chris and i will definitely be praying for all three of you. I can’t wait to see you in a few weeks and give you a hug of congratulations :) p.s. definitely a girl!

  27. Congrats to you both!!!
    I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. I guessed girl because my mouse just gravitated there (like a ouiji board). So happy for you!

  28. I’ve been following your blog for quite awhile…about the time I started was last fall. I am so happy for you guys!!! I’m a fellow Tennessean (Smyrna) so I’m showing you guys some Tennessee love!

  29. Hey guys! Congrats from another fellow hubby/wifey photog team in Nashville! I just gave birth to our first daughter in march! so… im guessing an girl!!
    congrats again and we’ll keep you guys in our prayers!!

  30. Congrats~~~~~~~~
    Me thinks tis a boy and that’s the wasy I voted.
    These are exciting times for you both.
    Althought we have not met (OFFICIALLY), we feel connected b/c of our friends Jim N Elaine, whom we luv dearly. Best wishes.J ohn & Shirley K.

  31. You don’t know me but i follow your blog and love your work! I also happen to work for the March of Dimes in Lexington, KY, so i couldn’t help but comment! Congratulations and thank you so much for making a donation to the March of Dimes! We appreciate it so much!! Anyone can donate at in honor of your new baby! CONGRATS!!

  32. My dearest ones, we are joyous, beyond words at your public announcement of this incredibly wonderful news and the loving responses. Blessings a thousand fold
    . . . and then some!

    M and D

  33. We are so happy for you guys! You deserve so much happiness. You will be in our thoughts. We must celebrate in the near future! Congratulations!!!

  34. We are praying for you everyday. You are on our church prayer list too. A lady in church went through what you did in the 1950’s and wanted me to tell you that you will do just fine. She had 3 healthy sons after her devastating trauma. She also suggested that you consider inducing a bit early until the doctor’s figure out what happened the first time. Hugs and Blessing to you all. Mac and Linda

  35. Congratulations! We are praying for you everyday. You are even on our church prayer list. A lady in church said to tell you that all will be well. She had 3 healthy boys after her devastating trauma. She suggested you discuss inducing a bit early with your doctor until they have firgured out what happend the first time. That worked for her 3 times. Hugs and Blessings to you all. Mac and Linda

  36. Hooray!!!!!!!!!! You know we are over the moon happy for you guys. My prediction is that your baby girl will be born on February 16th and she will be called Mel Jr. (Don’t question me on this I have an associates degree in divination). ;) Seriously we are so happy for you both and love you guys lots!

  37. The vote is close! 49 to 51% at my vote! I voted girl! :) So happy you are donating to my favorite charity! Preemies are my passion! Especially preemies who become healthy, happy children!
    Congratulations!!!!!! :D

  38. Congratulation. I know that this is a very exciting but scary time. Thanks for sharing this awesome news… sending healthy and happy pregnancy vibes your way!
    I say boy… because it was the first thought I had when I thought about it.

  39. Thank you all so SO much! We so appreciate you! Feel free to keep up the votes and comments! We are more than happy to give to March of Dimes. =)

  40. I am beyond excited about this news. I think about you, Mel, quite often and your kind words in Vegas. You are so strong and so encouraging – it is an inspiration. Congrats to you guys – two incredible people who deserved nothing but the healthiest baby.

    I guessed girl, but what do I know:o)

  41. I’m so excited for you both and am praying that God will hold your little one in His hand and bring HER to you safetly so you can enjoy the joys of parenthood. I think it’s a girl, Alina needs someone to play with. Plus girls are fun to dress up!

  42. what a cute little peanut! i will be praying for a healthy baby and pregnancy for you two. its a mysterious wonder how only 7 weeks can go by and you can make out a head and arms. so amazing. i think its a boy.

  43. I heard about your loss from Brian Frazier, and prayed for you then! I am so excited to hear you are pregnant again! You are definatly in my prayers for your health and the baby’s health! Good Luck!

  44. Congratulations!!! Wonderful, wonderful news!!!! Prayers are going up and the blessings will pour down upon you THREE!!!!

  45. so happy for your sweet little family. I voted girl b/c I have 2 wonderful daughters that are a blessing. Praying for you

  46. Congratulations! I’m thinking girl (because it seems to be cyclical and this was a year of boys), but Marcus says boy. We are so thrilled for you two. You have no idea how many times I have thought about you over the last few months.

  47. Okay, So I know I’m a couple of months late on this one, but for some reason you guys popped in my head today and I was wondering how you two were doing and if you had gotten pregnant again. I am SO GLAD to see that you have another little one on the way, that is so amazing and I admire you both for enduring the trial that was set before you. I know we don’t really know you guys very well (just via twitter and WPPI), but I would love to get to know you two more! Wishing you both the best of luck and sending prayers your way for the health and safety of this little “girl” (that’s my guess).

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