Archive for the ‘Bringing up Girls’ Category

Christmas Surprise

December 29, 2011

Well, Jennifer was due for baby #4 on January 13th. This baby had other plans. Making a long story short (because who really enjoys the details of another persons’ labor?), we had our baby girl on Christmas Eve at 1:35AM. For those of you who were unaware of the pregnancy: sorry, we’ve been busy. Loaded below is a slide show of photos from her first 6 days ex utero (that’s a weird phrase). I guess I should also add baby data:

Emma Lenoir Mixon

12/23/11 01:35

6# 10oz

Additionally, Today is Jennifer’s Birthday!! Call her with stories of how awesome she is!

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recent photos for your enjoyment

May 17, 2011

The boys are just so different. They dress up like cowboys for a morning outside, and one BECOMES the cowboy, and the other looks like a character from the ‘Apple Dumplin’ Gang’ – I’ll let you guess who’s who! Either that, or it’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Man, I love my boys! And the pic of Maryellen may already have been posted here, but it’s just too fun to pass up! Enjoy.
Kid updates:
Avery is enjoying correcting his brother at every chance he gets, and is now reading “the Tale of Despereaux”
Parker still eats PB&J ‘sandliches’, becomes a different animal every day (today he was a turtle..yesterday a horse), and says constantly, “Hey – watch me do this…watch me do this…are you watching me mommy?!”
Maryellen is now on a ‘ma-ma’ kick. She can say da-da, too, but everytime I ask her to say da-da, she smiles, shakes her head and says ‘ma-ma!…it’s endearing. She now has two small eruptions of teeth between her upper ‘fangs’…we’re glad!

New Photos

April 22, 2011

We went to a wedding in Tampa a couple of weeks ago and it was FANTASTIC to see a lot of old friends. Below are some recent pictures of Maryellen who is now 8 months old!!! She is a precious little girl and I hope you enjoy!

Welcome Home, Maryellen!

August 13, 2010

Well, today is the day! Jen and I went up to hang out with Maryellen this morning to find her under the Bililights. As mentioned yesterday (in the update), she is a mite jaundiced, but this didn’t hold up her progress.

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This morning, Avery and mommy were talking about bringing Maryellen home and Avery asked “Mommy, do we get to keep her for forever?” You bet, big brother! Thanks again to all who have shown support, we felt surrounded in love.

There are no words… (updated with photos)

August 12, 2010

We could not have asked for a better day! This morning on rounds, the Neonatologists and Cardiologists agreed that Maryellen was doing so well that she could be allowed to eat. They wanted to start slow, but they forgot to tell her. She took the bottle like a fish to water. The echocardiogram tech who came by this morning looked a whole lot like Jen’s cousin Carolyn Hull and was very nice. The waiting was pleasantly interrupted by a lunch with Jay Hollis. His daughter has recently recovered from surgical repair of a coarctation of the aorta, so he uniquely could empathize.

The call finally came at about 3pm. There is NO COARCTATION!!!! We couldn’t believe the news and there are no words for how overjoyed we were. Practically, this meant that Maryellen could have most of her IV lines removed and could eat as much as her hungry little tummy desires. After a few hurried calls to our immediate family, Jen was able to feed Maryellen for the first time since the delivery. To make a long story short, she fed very well and seemed to be more awake than ever!

I think that our instinct tells us to find an explanation for what has happened since the first questionable ultrasound during pregnancy. It must have been the difficulties of ultrasound, it must have been something that would have healed anyway, etc… To me, this view completely negates the possiblilty that this is all in God’s hands and completely in His hands. This all happens for a reason and God’s ways are insearchable. May this serve to increase our faith! We are very hopeful that we can bring Maryellen home tomorrow and will definitely upload any new photos tomorrow.

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

***Update*** Found the camera. Included are pics from today including visits from Aunt Amanda, Pop, and Aunt Sissy. Yes, Maryellen is jaundiced.

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A Watched Pot

August 11, 2010

Big news for today was Jen is home! She is doing wonderfully well, the very model of how to deliver a baby. It will be nice for her to sleep in her bed and eat non-cafeteria food, but the homecoming is bittersweet: Maryellen remains in the NICU.

The title of today’s post is where we feel like we’ve been today. There was nothing planned for today other than watching and waiting (or to use the medical term, monitoring). She continues to look great and has not had any signs that her circulatory system is disturbed in the least. The plan is to repeat the echocardiogram tomorrow. This will hopefully give us some useful information. As it stands, best case scenario is that Maryellen goes home over the weekend; worst case is that she’ll need surgery and discharge could be delayed a bit. We’ll continue to update as available.

We went to Shipley’s Do-nuts this morning and I picked up 5 dozen pink glazed donuts for the nurses and physicians taking care of our little girl. Sometimes it’s the little things…

No News is Good News???

August 10, 2010

Hello all and thank you for your notes of support. Today was a medically uneventful day for the Mixons. Jen continues to recover quickly and really just yearns for some good, uninterrupted sleep. I hate to tell her, but that ain’t happening for a long time.

I want to recap a discussion we had with her pediatrician this morning. We informed the same pediatrician that the boys see that Maryellen was born. He came in to see her within an hour of birth (just happened to be in the area). His initial impression was that she looked perfect. He was aware of the prenatal ultrasound findings, but had a hard time believing them just by examining her. This morning, he had read all the same updates as all of you have and he commented on how humbling of an experience this is for him. For a child to possibly have several malformations to be acting and looking so normal was a testament to how resilient we are. To me, it just reaffirms the words of Psalm 139:13-16

   13 For you created my inmost being;
       you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

  14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
       your works are wonderful,
       I know that full well.

  15 My frame was not hidden from you
       when I was made in the secret place.
       When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

  16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
       All the days ordained for me
       were written in your book
       before one of them came to be.

Knowing that God has knit this child together, we acknowledge that He is in control and that he has a plan for her! What a relief.

We were able to make it to rounds in the NICU this morning where the plan remains watch and wait. Maryellen continues to look absolutely adorable (not a medical term). The NICU nurses also thought that she looked a little generic and changed her “linens” and hat to obtain a more girly feel. We were thankful. We really wanted to be able to hold her and the doctors and nurses readily agreed! She had a repeat Echocardiogram this afternoon. There were 2 small pieces of news. The PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus) is closer to closing. This means that the challenge of more mature circulation is approaching (her first real test). In addition, her heart function was below-normal at birth and this has improved without intervention! Baby steps…

Many have asked if there is anything they can do and other than pray (and send food!), we appreciate the continued support. More photos from today!

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It’s a Girl!!!

August 9, 2010

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.