Abigail Hope 1.11 Update

I think I need to begin this with an apology for my lack of communication. Days have slipped into weeks and weeks into months.

Abigail is three and a half months old!

Melanie and Abigail
Melanie and Abigail

Short story is that Melanie and I love being parents. We thought this was something that God was giving us with Susannah, but that wasn’t the case. Then, as Abigail struggled so much with reflux and colic for the first few months, we felt challenged, stretched, and discouraged. Recently, I heard a phrase in Pilgrim’s Progress (audio book), something like, “Before the sweet, the bitter, For to make the sweet, sweeter.” (Not a perfect quote. I’m going from memory.)  This is what we are now experiencing, the sweet joys of parenthood.


Abigail has become quite vocal. She’s also more alert and frequently smiles easily. She’s just beginning to be able to tell the difference between her mom/dad and others. So far, she’s frequently content with either Mom or Dad, but I know that might change. Her reflux is much better, she’s not colicky anymore, and she sleeps through the night! Wow, what changes!

Melanie and I are enjoying this new phase in life and see it as a gift from God. I’m sitting downstairs typing this as I hear Melanie visiting with a friend upstairs, recounting our hospital story. It almost seems like two different lives, and yet God so faithfully led through the previous eighteen months. We rejoice in His goodness, a goodness that is just as true now as it was a year ago.


Uncle Joseph and Abigail
Uncle Joseph and Abigail
Uncle Christopher and Abigail
Uncle Christopher and Abigail
Uncle John and Abigail
Uncle John and Abigail

17 thoughts on “Abigail Hope 1.11 Update”

  1. An instant smile came across my face as the picture of Melanie holding Abigail came up on my screen. What a joy to see your beautiful daughter!

  2. I was hoping pics of Miss Abigail would be forthcoming. She is lovely and looks just like a Maxwell! Sleeping through the night at 3 1/2 months is wonderful! You are right – God is good, all of the time.

  3. How adorable!!!! You’ve been on my mind these last few weeks and I’ve been hoping for an update (with pictures! :-) We are so, so delighted to see you experiencing the sheer joy of being the parents of precious, little baby!

  4. Thanks for sharing this update and photos! What a sweet little bunny Miss Abigail is! Wow, sleeping through the night at 3.5 months — what a miracle! We have direct experience with colic (until 5.5 months at our house!) so we can empathize. Glad things are going smoother for you!

  5. I have been waiting for an update on Abigail! She is just beautiful, and I can see she is not lacking for love and attention. :) I am glad to hear that she is doing better and sleeping through the night. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the update on your family. When my daughter was growing through those first few (difficult!) months, my refrain was “This, too,
    shall pass.”
    Enjoy your beautiful daughter, you are doing a great job!

  7. I was just thinking of your family and hoping that the little lady was doing well.

    God bless you!

    The W. family

  8. Thank you for the update! She is beautiful. What a blessing she is. We struggled with colic with our first born. It was exhausting and so frustrating, but once we hit that 3 1/2 month mark things were so much better.

  9. Yeah! The photos are so great. The kids have been faithfully checking the blog hoping to see something about Abigail! She is so beautiful! We are so thankful things are getting easier. Our youngest is 5 months old, and even though he has been the happiest baby ever, there was still an adjustment time. We pray for you all often!

  10. Thanks for the update and pictures — she is beautiful! Glad to hear she’s sleeping through the night too. That is such a wonderful milestone, isn’t it?

    I love your comment about the bitter and the sweet. :-)

    How wonderful that she has Grandma, Grandpa, and aunties and uncles so close by – what a blessing. God bless your family!

  11. miss abigail is so beautiful, and the picture of melainie holding brightening my screen as i opened your site is priceless. blessings.

  12. What a beautiful little girl!! I can tell she is well loved by ALL her family. What a wonderful blessing from God!!!

  13. So sweet…I am so thankful to know little Abigail is doing well. I especially love the picture of her sleeping on Melanie’s shoulder. She looks beautiful, healthy and content.

  14. This is my first time visiting your blog. Your daughter Abigail is beautiful and looks very much like the rest of the Maxwell family! I also read the story of your little Susannah Joy. I’m so sorry for your pain, and I’m glad to see that the Lord has filled your empty arms with such a sweet blessing. We lost our little Abigail Noel on Dec. 20, 2003, when she was eight days old. She was our fourth out of six. There is nothing that compares to the sweetness of being held by our Father during such times, is there?

  15. What joy to see an Abigail update! I was hoping you would post one soon! Glad to hear she is doing well now. She is such a beautiful baby too. Keep enjoying your precious gift. God is good.

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