One week ago, on the evening of Wednesday, April 13th, our third baby was placed on my chest — A GIRL! Our family is beyond blessed to be a family of five!
Zack and I left for the hospital early Wednesday morning…
…and Marigold “Goldie” Tanzania Whitley was born at 6:53 pm, weighing 7 lbs 9 oz and measuring 20.5″ long. Her birth was such a gift to me, just like Natalie’s and Maxwell’s.
Although all three of my babies have given me very different birth experiences, there is one thing that’s been the same throughout: there’s nothing quite like the exhale of holding our baby for the first time outside of my womb.
For months I’ve been thinking about Goldie, with great anticipation of who she’ll look like, what color hair she’ll have, how her two older siblings will respond to her, how I’ll adjust to becoming a mama of three. And while there’s not a dull moment at our house (ha!), Zack and I are beyond blessed to have Goldie in our arms. Around 20 weeks of my pregnancy we learned her kidneys looked a little different. We’ve had many (many!) weekly appointments, and so last week was a big day for our family.
Goldie’s kidneys don’t look quite like they should. We have a few doctor appointments ahead of us, and we would covet any prayers you could blanket our family with. Now that we’re home from the hospital, we’re fully embracing the sleepless nights and increase in dirty laundry ;) these are happy, tired days!
Maxwell and Natalie have totally taken Goldie under their wings, kissing her and asking to hold her constantly. And the questions Max has for us (where did she come from? did you pop her out? was she in your tummy? can she eat a cracker? can I give her a bath? and so on…) are hilarious. His curiosity and caring gestures are another bright light in my life. Natalie, on the other hand, can’t stop saying “baby”. She’s our 17 -month-old parrot ;)
PS. Goldie’s middle name, Tanzania, is from our 2012 trip to Tanzania, Africa with Compassion. Soon after we returned home to Minneapolis we found out we were pregnant with Maxwell. Not too much later, we announced Natalie’s pregnancy…
There’s absolutely nothing like the gift of life. We are beyond blessed to have you, sweet Goldie.