It’s a Girl!!!

Hooray!! Maryellen Anne Mixon was born today August 9, 2010 (8-9-10!) at 5:40 AM. She is 6 pounds 1 ounce and 19 inches long (petite). Surprisingly (to us) she has a full head of dark hair and looks a lot like our boys did in the newborn period. Jen did a fantastic job of laboring and delivering au naturale. Wait 6 months and then ask her about it.

There was one aspect of this pregnancy that we kept somewhat close to the vest. Throughout the pregnancy, Jen had several ultrasounds that revealed a potential congenital heart defect. To that end, we were asked to deliver the baby at Vanderbilt where we would have ready access to Neonatology and Cardiology. Maryellen was very vigorous and gave a hearty (no pun intended) cry. I hope you can imagine our surprise at finding out that she indeed was a girl. As an aside, waiting until the delivery to find out the gender of your child is unbelievable, you should try it.

Back to the cardiology narrative, she was evaluated in the delivery room and looked fantastic. The Cardiologist performed an echocardiogram shortly after birth and there was ample suspicion that there could be a coarctation of the aorta. Accordingly, she was transferred to the Neonatal ICU where she will undergo monitoring for the next few days. The normal newborn transition will be Maryellen’s first real test and will play out over the next few days. We appreciate the outpouring of prayer and support that we have received in the weeks and months leading up to today and covet those same prayers going forward.

I’m including a gallery of photos from today. Jennifer’s mother Carolyn is here watching the boys and brought them up to see their mommy and new sister. Parker is too young to go into the NICU, so that’s why there are only photos of Avery with his sister.

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In addition, I wanted to include a song that has taken on a bit more meaning for me as of today. The song is Wires by the band Athlete. It was written by a father whose newborn girl is in the NICU, I can relate.


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6 Responses to “It’s a Girl!!!”

  1. Natalie Shivers Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I know you are so thrilled. You have such a beautiful family, and now your baby girl (as my husband said about ours) ‘completes the set’. 🙂
    We will definitely keep you and Maryellen in our thoughts and prayers. Keep us posted.
    Love, Natalie

  2. Jen Says:

    Everyone looks great! We love you guys. I think Maryellen looks a little like Daddy Av.

  3. Melissa W Says:

    I love Big Avery’s pink shirt!!! What a beautiful baby, we’ll keep her sweet heart and you all in our prayers. Jen looks fantastic, what fun to have some pink around the house. Have spent some time in the NICU ourselves, please keep us all posted on her progress!! xo

  4. Koikes Says:

    Woo hoo from the koikes! So excited for you all. Cannot wait to meet her one day. Prayers are with you. (ps…we didn’t even know you were pregos). 🙂

  5. Joy Says:

    Congratulations!!!! She is beautiful!!! We are excited for you all!

  6. Marg Says:

    Congratulations!!! You have such a beautiful family!!! Please give my love to Jennifer. :>

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