Welcome Mary Heath!

I sing for joy at the works of your hands. How great are your works O Lord.
(Psalm 92:4-5)

It’s a GIRL!

We were thrilled to welcome a baby girl into the world on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 11:20pm.  She is healthy, weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce, was 19 inches long, and is an absolute delight.  We are so grateful for her–thank you Lord!

We named her “Mary Heath” and will call her by that double name like the sweet Southern girl she is.

Mary comes from my family–my grandfather tells me she’s the 63rd Mary on my paternal side.  The two most recent Marys in her lineage are my grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mary “Linda”
(my grandmother)
and Mary “Alice”
(my great-grandmother)

Heath comes from Fax’s maternal side.  His grandmother’s maiden name was Heath, his mother’s middle name is Heath, and his sister’s name is Heath.

Elizabeth Stewart Heath Finley
(Fax’s grandmother)

“Ann” Heath
(Fax’s mom)
and Elizabeth “Heath”
(Fax’s sister)

Mary Heath

We are loving every minute with her.  More to come on her (somewhat humorous) birth story and our life with her these first couple weeks…

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Baby Update

Just a quick update on Baby… We’re 5 days from my due date now, and the doctor says things are looking good: Baby seems happy in the womb but is making good progress toward its debut.  I’m showing (and feeling!) some mild signs of labor but nothing that would send me to the hospital immediately.  The doctor wants to induce labor by Monday 11/5 if no baby before then, so we should meet our little one sometime in the next 10-11 days–hooray!  I’m ready to get this show on the road.  Tomorrow is my last day in the office so I hope Baby comes soon.  Otherwise I’m going to be sitting around with nothing to do, and you know a watched pot never boils!  But then again, there’s nothing wrong with a few more days of sleep and independence :).

I’d LOVE for you to help me pass the time by guessing when the big day will be…

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Who Will Baby Look Like?

How cool is it that God’s design includes children resembling their parents?  I am so excited to see our baby and begin guessing who he or she is going to favor.  Boy or girl, I’m thinking this one is going to be a little Fax!

Fax

Jenny

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Baby Showers

Sweet friends in Atlanta and Knoxville hosted beautiful baby showers for me last month.  Both days were such a blessing to me.

Here are a few photos from my Atlanta shower.  It was a drop-in shower so I didn’t get as many photos of the guests:

Hostesses Emily, Melissa and Susanna — I’ve got lots of pregnant friends!

Perfect Scripture

Beautiful decor

Tree of specific prayer requests for labor and mothering–each guest took one home. Such a blessing.

The grandmothers-to-be, my mom and Fax’s mom

I got some great gifts, including my diaper bag from my hostesses…

…and a handmade smocked daygown for a baby girl from my mom! (daygown for baby boy to follow)

And here are a few from my Knoxville shower:

Hostesses Kari, Kyra and Jordan

Beautiful decor

I LOVED this diaper cake, especially the sweet lamb on the top–it’s now in the baby’s crib!

Sister-in-law Sarah, who is due to have my niece Scarlett about a month after we’re due!

Friends from high school–love these girls!

My dear friend Anna who is expecting boy #3 soon!

Sister-in-law Sarah, my grandmother & stepmom Ginger

Generous friends and family

More great baby gifts, including the boy smocked daygown from my mom…

…a handmade quilt from my grandmother (who is also a Georgia fan, which is not common in my family)…

…and our car seat from several guests!

And a very fitting final gift from my friend Jordan.

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Maternity Photos

Our friend Dominique took some great maternity photos of us when I was about 7 months pregnant.  We’re thankful for her friendship and willingness to help us capture this special time.  Here are some of my favorites:

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Only 2 More Weeks!

Today I’m 38 weeks pregnant–only 2 more weeks until our little one is due!  Baby has continued to progress normally and is doing great.  Praise the Lord!

These last two months have been a flurry of activity as I worked down a mile long to-do list to prepare for Baby’s arrival.  I’ve taken a number of classes, all of which were great, including childbirth preparation, nursing, prenatal yoga, infant/child CPR and a hospital tour.  We met with 3 pediatric practices and finally selected Northside Pediatrics just last week.  I’ve had two wonderful baby showers and we turned a guest room into a nursery (posts to follow).  All that while running a small business has been a lot!

Luckily the activity is starting to slow. I’m glad for the opportunity to focus on emotional preparation–to soak in the remaining time with just Fax and me, and to imagine what it’s going to be like to see and hold our sweet baby.  The doctor says I’m showing signs of labor, but she thinks it’ll be at least another week with a “10% chance” of it happening sooner, and of course this babe could still come late!  Right now I’m fine with any of that, but we’ll see how I feel when I’m overdue :).  Prayers for a short, smooth labor and a healthy baby are much appreciated.

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Hello Third Trimester!

I can’t believe I’m a couple weeks into my third trimester now–this baby is due to be born in about 10 weeks!  What a blessing it’s been to carry this baby and await its arrival.  I’m loving feeling it move all day long.  And though I’m starting to “feel” this pregnancy more, all is going well medically which is all I can ask.

The next couple months are going to be busy.  We’ve already got a childbirth class under our belts, I’ve registered at the hospital, and we’ll soon start turning our guest room into a precious nursery.  I’ve been loving picking out baby items and am slightly obsessed with finding good deals.  We want to get everything in place in the next 6 weeks because we have friends who’ve spontaneously given birth up to 4 weeks early!  Hopefully that won’t happen, and we’ll get to spend the final month milking the freedom and spontaneity we know well and will soon miss.

It’s turned out to be really fun to not know the gender.  There’s so much mystery and surprise.  People often ask what we think it is.  It took us both a long time to have any sort of intuition, but we’ve both started thinking it’s a girl.  We don’t feel strongly about it though and would not be surprised at all if it was a boy. I haven’t found it to be too hard to plan for a baby’s arrival without knowing the gender, but what has been hard has been picking out 2 names!  Though we’re keeping them a secret until birth, I’m proud to say we are almost there.  We have the entire girl name picked out and we know what we would call a boy, but we’re still deciding between two second names for a little man.  I can’t wait to see him or her.  For some reason, I’m expecting it to look a lot like Fax but who knows, we’ll soon see!

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