{Welcome to the world, Baby Whitley…}


Our precious baby has arrived!

Maxwell Zackary Whitley
Born 3/12 at 11:47pm
9lbs, 7.5oz and 21″ — such a big boy :)

Maxwell is currently in the NICU for a couple of minor complications. I labored for over 30 hours before delivering Maxwell via c-section. Please keep both of us in your prayers.

We are so in love with Maxwell!!!! He’s so precious and we love his blonde wavy hair ;)

I can’t wait to share more updates as our family continues to rest and bond. xo

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    I had 2 emergency C sections with both babies ending up in NICU x 2 wks both births – all is well – God will watch over that sweet baby boy and our NICU staff was AMAZING!!!!!!
    Just enjoy being a mama!!!

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    SO happy to hear your family is doing okay, sending healing thoughts your way. And for Pete’s sake, congratulations you beautiful family, you! A sweet, beautiful baby and beautiful name. I can’t wait to see baby Maxwell in some dashing Gussy Sews clothes! : )

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    Emilee says

    Many congrats Mama! What an amazing gift you’ve been giving in becoming this sweet boy’s Mother! Prayers for healing, bonding, loving and having him home in the beautiful cradle very soon.

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    He is precious indeed, and I’m so glad to hear he has arrived safely! I will confess to stalking your Twitter feed for updates. :)

    Will be praying for you three during this time, for sure. As much as you know he’s in the best hands in the NICU, it’s hard to have your baby going through things like IV pokes and blood draws. I know from experience with my own little one! And you must be exhausted, and ecstatic, and sore… so yes, prayers indeed!

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    Rosi says

    He is adorable!! I woke up last night and was very worried about you all but I left it in the Hands of the Almighty and He is faithful that promises! So glad to hear you are safe and so is little Max!!

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      @Rosi, Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your comment here! Even though our stay in the hospital was very different than I imagined I am so thankful to have been in His hands the entire time :)

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    Maggie! So very excited for you, beautiful momma! He is precious. Praying for ya’ll! When I had Chase (almost 4 years ago) we labored long and it ended with a c-section as well. I know that can sometimes be so difficult for a momma’s heart, and especially when they are in the NICU. Praying for you, for Zach and your new little Maxwell, lovely momma!!

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    bianca roman says

    congratulations momma!! he is absolutely adorable and you three will be such a cute little family!

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    Praying for you both! I’m so glad to hear an update, I’ve been checking FB. He is a big boy, congrats! He’s adorable!!!

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    Congratulations Whitley family! I can’t wait to hear all the little things that he does that will make you stare in awe. I remember the first baby and the number of changes it made in us & our lifestyle. All of which were exciting and fun! Great job Mama! Happy Birth-Day to you all!! :) :)

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    congrats!! So very exciting! What a blessing he is! You poor thing! I labored a long time (not that long though) with my first and they almost took her C section. I hope you and Maxwell recover fast! xo

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    My goodness, he made you work for it didn’t he? Hope you are resting up and you’re family is enjoying this wonderful time bonding.

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    Heather says

    so, so happy to hear the good news and see the little guy!!!!! I was praying for you guys this morning :) I will keep praying for quick healing for you and Maxwell! Hooray!

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    CONGRATS On baby Maxwell!!!! I have to admit I got teary eyed reading this. My youngest shares the same birthday and she just turned 20!!! Yikes! I hope your little man brings you and Zach as many blessings as my sweet lil peanut has over the years! Prayers to you all and for a speedy recovery!!! XO

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    Congratulations to you both and welcome to the world Maxwell! Hope he’s soon out of the NICU and that you both recover well.

    Take your time, we’ll be waiting patiently for updates.

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    Yay, he’s finally here! I will be having my 2nd baby next week so I have been following you closely thru your pregnancy on your blog. three years ago We waited until our son was born to find out what he was and he was 2 weeks overdue, 9 pounds 7 oz and 22″ long, delivered c section-
    sounds like our birth stories were a lot alike. Best of luck to you, make sure you rest and enjoy every minute, they grow so fast!

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    Leah says

    Congratulations to you and your hubby! Your baby is precious! May God bless you and give you wisdom as you seek to parent this adorable blessing in the ways of the Lord!

    I hope you get plenty of rest too!

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    Mindy says

    Congratulations on your baby boy!!!! I was one of the many people checking your twitter or facebook for news. He is so cute and I LOVE his name! :) I hope you are both feeling great soon and get to go home! Take it easy!

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    heather says

    congratulations!!! welcome to the world baby maxwell! similar story with my daughter, all will be fine! enjoy every moment!

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    Congratulations! Rest up. I’m glad everything is all right. We were all anxiously checking for an update on your site for news. I’m so happy for all 3 of you!

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    Hi, I started following your blog when you went on the Compassion trip. Really pleased for you, and hope Maxwell is soon home from the hospital.

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    Amanda says

    A big congratulations to you all. Prayers from Sydney, Australia for you both for a speedy and full recovery.
    Every birth is a miracle and a blessing, embrace this special time, it will have a special place in your memory forever more.
    xxx Manda

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    shelle says

    Praying for you and your beautiful son. Every good and perfect gift comes from above. God has blessed you abundantly!

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    Holly.R says

    He’s such a cutie and I hope that you and baby Maxwell are doing much better and that hopefully you get to take your precious little one home soon! :)

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    I am so happy for you all. Baby Maxwell is gorgeous. This is a great time in you life and I can tell that you all are just eating it up! You stopped to smell the roses and will soon be sniffing a cuddly baby. Congrats! I am so happy for you! I will keep you all in my prayers.

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    wow, so glad everything went ok. i guess it was an emergency c-section? i had one for my daughter(who will be 5 in a month and a half). i was in labor all day, two days past my due date and i was in extreme pain. i got an epdiural to relax my body and with in ten minutes, i had to get an emergency c-section to get her out because of her heart rate dropping. so without even saying a word, i was wheeled into the OR. i had never had surgery in my life or been to a hospital, so i was terrified. my husband said i looked pale and was convulsing in fear. they prepped me and before i knew it i heard her screams. i cried when they brought her out, it was such a beautiful feeling to hear her for the first time. i was wheeled into the recovery room and my husband was back and forth from the recovery room to the nursery checking on both me and my daughter. he was such a blessing helping me stand up, walking me to the bathroom and bathing me while i was in extreme pain. it took me two months to fully recover. a year and a half ago i found out i was pregnant with our second child. my daughter was so excited, we included her in all the doctor’s visits and she was there when we found out we were having a boy. she was so happy she was getting a brother. my son was born April of last year and it was a month before my daughter’s fourth birthday. she told me all she wanted for her birthday was her baby brother. i had my son via scheduled c-section which was nicer and more relaxing because i knew what to expect. i was fully walking by two weeks. it was a faster healing process. now in two weeks he will be 1. i can’t believe how time flies. i will not have anymore kids because i am happy with two. i tied my tubes while they performed my final c-section. life is such a blessing with children. congrats on your beautiful boy. he is precious!

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    Joni says

    I am so happy for you and your husband, having a baby is the most wonderful thing in the world, Congratulations on your big boy he is adorable

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    Jenny K says

    My first son, Gus, spent 18 days in NICU because he was a preemie. That is the BEST place, other than with you, for him to be. Congratulations. He is beautiful and if he is not home with you at the time of this post, I know he will be soon. Wishing you sleepy nights!

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    My son Sam was 9lbs 12oz and I had the same type of delivery! I labored for 28 hours before I finally begged for a C-section due to no progress. Everyone thought I wasn’t pushing hard enough, but when they yanked out that butterball turkey they knew why! Ha!

    He’s precious- and will be SO much sturdier and healthier being a big boy. Sam never got sick like his smaller baby friends, and hit all milestones quicker too because of his size.
    Congrats girl! You will LOVE having a boy. Sam will be 4 just as I deliver my girl :)

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    Janis says

    God Bless you all Maggie. I had an Emergency C Section with my first child, my daughter. She was also in the NICU. Medicine has come so far, and it’s so wonderful that Maxwell had the comprehensive care needed to insure his total health and bring him home quickly to his new home, and in the arms of his loving parents. He’s beautiful ! So happy for you both AND for grandmom too! I can’t wait for that time some day ! <3

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    I think I agree that the third one, with the orange cover and rgoieilus symbols is the best. It looks like you could make some sales with that one, definitely. If there’s a second choice, go for the pink and orange. But in my opinion it’s more typical of novels today. Maybe that’s a good thing. I wouldn’t blame you for favoring the last one over the third, but they say red covers are best for marketing, so avoid black (although my first book was black and white, and my sales were fairly poor).

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