So here is the extended version of Georgia’s big debut! You’ll find the slideshow below but first, a little narrative…

Sharon and I had been going back and forth on the phone for the past couple of days – to go to the hospital or not to go to the hospital? To stay at the hospital or to go back home? To wait it out until after the Vanderbilt game is over or just get on over there? Getting to the hospital at just the right time to have a baby is tricky business! I got the last call from Brian at 10am on Sunday to say that we were officially ready for Georgia and headed straight down to Middle Tennessee Medical Center.

When I arrived, Sharon was a happy camper because as she put it, she couldn’t feel her legs or her butt. I’m actually really surprised that Sharon didn’t consider natural childbirth given her extreme fear of needles! Now some of you may be thinking to yourself “oh yeah I understand – I’m scared to death of needles too” but no really, Sharon has an EXTREME fear of needles! No one can match her. She is the champion of needle fearers! This one time when we were in high school she actually passed out on me because she saw a close up of a needle going into an arm on a projection screen – just stood up in the middle of the presentation and said “I have to go” and then went swaying down the aisle until she fell flat in between two rows of chairs in the back of a dark auditorium. That was my introduction to the needle fear. Did I mention that we were 17, all alone, and in the middle of what I suspect was actually a cult meeting that we had been tricked into entering? Well, that’s a story for a different time… Anyway, it was truly amazing that she let a man with a big needle anywhere near her! :o)

After saying hello, I hung out in the waiting room with the fam until Georgia came. We all then went down and oooed and aaaahed at her through the window. Birth really is incredible! To think that this tiny little person has been living and growing inside my friend for 9 months and that she is a little bit of Brian and a little bit of Sharon and a little bit of everyone who has come before them – wow! And can you even imagine what this is like from Georgia’s perspective? All you’ve ever known is cozy, dark, and warm and then suddenly you’re being carried around, the voices are louder, and there are all of these HUGE creatures looming in your face! Honestly, I don’t know how babies sleep through that! Innocence is remarkable!

Brian and Sharon, we love you both so much! To be a part of Georgia’s birth was amazing and and honor! You are going to be such wonderful parents and it’s so obvious how much Georgia is loved! We’re so excited to pass the years with you guys and watch your family grow!

Enjoy the slideshow! :o)


  1. adrian hitt on February 18, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    so sweet! i must hear more about this cult meeting :)

  2. mel on February 18, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    hahaha – yeah that was one of the more interesting experiences of my young life. :o) It’s a pretty funny story actually – we will have storytime sometime soon!

  3. Great-Aunt Debbie on February 19, 2008 at 6:22 am

    This is the good stuff! It don’t get any better than this. Enjoy! Welcome to the family Georgia !

  4. Auntie April on February 19, 2008 at 9:10 am

    That is so perfect!!! Great job Mel!!! She is so wonderful! Can’t tell which one she looks like more; I see both. She’s perfect!

  5. Jill D. on February 19, 2008 at 9:16 am

    You should put a warning that women 8 months pregnant should not watch! It was so sweet – I cried through the entire thing. How wonderful to capture this in photos.

  6. Mitzi Beebe on February 19, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Oh my goodness! It was all I could do to contain myself with a room full of third graders. I am so excited for you. She is absolutely beautiful!

  7. Claire C on February 19, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Mel & Sean, these are breathtaking! What a precious, precious gift to this new family.

  8. Elizabeth on February 19, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    That is awesome!!! Great Job, it made me cry!!! I am so excited for Brian and Sharon,and I know they will be awesome parents!!!

  9. GREAT GRAND MA-FRAZIER on February 19, 2008 at 2:35 pm


  10. delynn shiarla on February 19, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    she is a beautiful precious gift and you are so blessed to have her!!!! Welcome to eh neighborhood!!! :)

  11. mary crow on February 19, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Georgia has the BEST birth day ever!!

  12. mary crow on February 19, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Sweet baby and such a sweet song…. awwwww!!!

  13. Marlon & Autumn Jones on February 19, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Congrads Brian and Sharon on your lil’ miracle!! cherish that moments and enjoy every minute because they fly by really really fast :) can’t wait to meet her

  14. Mel Watson on February 19, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    what a wonderful slideshow… such a beautiful baby too! :)

  15. cousin Brandy, Wes, and Callie on February 19, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    This photographer is da bomb! You guys are really lucky to have a friend come and take amazing pictures. Friends like that are hard to find. Congrats mommy and daddy!

  16. Grammy (Dawn) on February 19, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you Mel for that beautiful gift. Georgia will be forever grateful as well as her family. Brian and Sharon, you will be wonderful parents and I am very proud you. Thank you for the gift you have given to us. Georgia is beautiful and her birthday was unforgettable.

  17. mel on February 20, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Thanks April and Great-Aunt Debbie! :o) Hey Jill! I can’t believe you’re already at 8 months! Crazy!! I can’t wait to see your sweet little babe! Mitzi, Claire, Elizabeth – thank you! Mary – can I take a gander that Sunday was your birthday too? ;) Thanks Mel and Cousins! :o) Dawn, it was absolutely my pleasure! Great to see you again too! :o)

  18. mary crow on February 20, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Well, actually I was confused….thinking Georgia was born on the 18th(my bday)…all is good though, she is an Aquarian!!!

  19. Court D. on February 20, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    what a very special, special day and what a princess she is, these are wonderful!!!

  20. Paw-Paw Frazier on February 20, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    We are very proud and blessed to have 2 great kids. Now we’re even more blessed with a sweet precious baby Georgia. Thanks Mel,great job!

  21. Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) on February 20, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    A big congrats to Georgia’s family! They are gonna treasure these amazing photos for the rest of their lives.

  22. Sharon on February 21, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Mel I absolutely love it!!! It makes me cry every time…and surprisingly – I haven’t been my normal emotional self. :) Thank you so much for being there for us. You are the best. Oh, Georgia loves the music. Great choice! As you heard the night you called the child can scream, but she stops and listens when we watch the slideshow. :)

  23. Deborah Smith on February 21, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    She’s beautiful! What a fantastic and special way to remember the day!

    The photagraphy is incredible!

  24. david&kimi baxter on February 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    wow you guys, wow. what an incredible documentation of this beautiful time. how lucky to have such awesome photogs to capture this. wow. *clapping hands wildly*

  25. mel on February 21, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Ah I see – well happy birthday Mary! :o) Thanks Court, Mr. Frazier, Eddie, Deborah, and David! Sharon – I cannot believe that child’s scream! She’s moved right on past newborn and straight to full-fledged crying! haha – bless you! :o) She is so special and we’re so glad you enjoyed the photos and Georgia enjoys the music! Looks like we need to buy an Allison Kraus cd??

  26. Sharon on February 22, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Mel – we’ve been lucky to only hear those lungs a couple of times. :) The night we we’re talking was the worst so far. Usually eating helps but not that night. Her Daddy has a couple of Allison Kraus and we will certainly be putting those within arms reach.

  27. mel on February 22, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Aw – poor thing – how would you feel on your second day in the world of cold air, giant people, and a building that smells like latex and hand sanitizer?? ;o)

  28. Don St Clair on February 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Hello there little Georgia!
    What a touching group of pics and a beautiful new addition to the lives of Sharon and Brian.

  29. beth ray on February 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    She is beautiful. The slideshow made me cry tears of happiness.
    It was absolutely precious. What a wonderful keepsake! Love ya, Beth

  30. Missy on March 2, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Congratulations to Sharon and her hubby!!! I am next in line for the needle FEAR! I am impressed she had that big of a needle put in her spine. She is a champion!!! Anyways, just thought I would say Congrats and these pics are beautiful!! Great job, McLellans!

  31. Michelle Franks on March 7, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Wow…what a beautiful baby. I will admit…I teared up a little… I love babies :) Congrats Brian and Sharon… you passed your best genes :)

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