Monday, September 26, 2011

Welcome Margaret Alice!

We're so excited to share the wonderful news of Meredith and Stephen's new baby girl's arrival. Margaret Alice arrived on September 13, 2011 at 4:01am. She was a whopping 9 pounds 8 ounces! She is healthy in every way. What a wonderful gift from God.
We assumed Margaret would arrive before her due date of September 10th since Meredith's midwife appointments in the final three weeks revealed she was 4 - 5cm dilated.

Wanting to be available to help with the birth, should Stephen be in the field training, I (Joy), along with Sullivan, Harrison, and Sheridan all arrived in Georgia in late August.

While we waited for Maggie's arrival, we spent our days swimming, shopping, reading, and even canning. (I brought ingredients from the garden so we could make salsa for both families.)

I was enjoying the unexpected treat of visiting with a long-time, dear friend in nearby Alabama on Monday evening, September 12th, when I received a phone call from Meredith. She told me her water had broken. It was a bit after 11pm. I quickly hurried to meet Meredith and Stephen at the hospital. We all arrived around midnight.

After an initial assessment, the nurses sent Meredith to walk the halls. At first her contractions were quite manageable. But by 1:15am they were getting much more difficult. What an incredible job Meredith did as she managed each contraction. She had been so well prepared prior to the birth by making a real effort to be well educated on natural childbirth. She handled herself like a mom who had been through natural childbirth a dozen times.

Amazingly, she had dilated to 8 cm in that short time and by 2:30am she was ready to begin pushing. In what seemed like a short time to me, (I'm sure Meredith wouldn't agree) little Margaret Alice was born.

All three of the midwives had told Meredith the baby would be in the 7 pound range so we were so surprised when the delivery nurse reported Margaret's weight at 9 pounds, 8 ounces. "Where did you hide all that baby?!" they kept saying.

We were so very thankful that the Lord worked out all the details so Stephen could be there for everything. He didn't have to miss one single part of this most memorable event of their new lives together.
What fun for the new aunt and uncles to get to be among the first to hold this precious treasure.
Harrison says he'll be Maggie's "Uncle Harry" though none of us ever refers to him as "Harry" except when he needs a haircut badly.

Margaret is blessed to have many grandparents, great grandparents, and even 3 great, great grandparents. With so many grandparent names still in circulation, I thought I'd be "Nana Joy."

Meredith brought Maggie home in the dress I made for Meredith's homecoming almost 24 years earlier.

I remember, like it was yesterday, arriving at the hospital for a scheduled induction for Meredith's birth all those years ago and carrying that long, white dress into the hospital. At the time, I didn't even know if she was a girl or boy. I remember the staff commenting on the dress, assuming it meant we were having a girl. But I told them, "I don't know if it's a girl or boy but whoever it is, they're wearing this dress home!" Timmy was thankful it turned out to be a girl!
Little Margaret Alice already adores her daddy!

Tim was able to come to Georgia after Margaret arrived. He loved holding that new, sweet granddaughter. He's going to be "Farmerdaddy."

Since Meredith returned from the hospital, she's been flooded with an outpouring of kindness from their new church family, ladies Bible study friends, and military wives. Meals have been coming in along with much encouragement from new and veteran mothers.

We are so filled with joy to observe God's extraordinary goodness to Meredith, Stephen, and Maggie. What an absolute blessing to watch God's wonderful plan for this new family unfold.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you all! Maggie is just gorgeous, and Meredith looks lovely. Best wishes to Meredith & Stephen.


Joshua and Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing all the pictures. She is quite precious...can't wait to meet her! I love the names you guys picked out to be called.

Abigail said...

Aww! I loved reading this post- what happy times! :) :)

Sarah Logan said...

Oh my Meredith!!! (and Stephen!)
What a WONDERFUL job!!!!!
She is beautiful - like her mama!!
I am SO happy for you.

Many Congratulations!!!!

Tammy C said...

Congratulations to all! I used to read Meredith's blog.

Lena said...

Congratulations to all of Margaret Alice's family members. She is a lucky girl to have so many loving relatives.
Thanks for posting the pictures. I enjoyed seeing them and reading the narrative.
Aunt Lena

Crista Moriah said...

Oh, what precious pictures!
Little Margaret is so sweet-- I'm so happy for Meredith and Stephen!

I know this must be an exciting time for all of you. :)


Michelle said...

Congratulations! She is a beautiful baby, it's so nice that you were able to be there and spend time with Meredith before she arrived as well.
Enjoy every moment!

Anonymous said...

Joy, I couldn't keep the smile off my face reading this whole post! So precious...I love "Nana Joy" and "Farmerdaddy"! What fun times for all of you...Meredith and Stephen are simply glowing.


Anonymous said...

I just want to squeeze those cheeks! She is so sweet!


Clara said...

What a beautiful blessing! And how happy you must be to have Meredith and your new little granddaughter relatively close by (rather than overseas!).

Where the Green Grass Grows said...

I keep up with Meredith when she had her blog. Thank you so much for posting and showing us pictures of her new blessing!! She is a beautiful baby. god bless!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous baby and such a wonderful blessing for Meredith, Steven and the whole family.

Maddie said...

What a sweet little Angel!!
congratulations to you both!!!!!
Love you Meredith!=)

Hippy Goodwife said...

Congratulations! She is lovely.

Mia said...

I'm so excited about the newest arrival--and Merideth looks absolutely radiant ;)

I can't believe so much has come to pass in the past year--Seems like it was only yesterday when her and Stephan began their they have a daughter! What a blessing!!!