I could have titled this post “no news is good news” but I’m kinda attached to the “BabyMax dot” format.  🙂  I guess my IT background sneaks in.

Melanie is still in the hospital but no baby has arrived. We are so grateful for God’s working. Back at week 26 it didn’t seem possible that we’d ever make it to 28 weeks, let alone part way through 29.

Melanie’s care has changed to more of long term ob. We’re praying that she will be released and not have to stay here till Baby comes. But, we also want what is best for this child and are seeking Gods direction.

There are a lot of inconveniences associated with this hospital stay. But they pale in comparison with the benefit we believe this child is getting from these added weeks in the womb.


  • That Baby seems to be doing well. Monitors show a great heart rate and lots of movement.
  • That Melanie continues to have a positive outlook and be accepting of her bedrest.
  • That Melanie’s family continues to be available to help with keeping her company during the day.
  • That baby’s position has changed to one that is much more conducive to birth! This is a direct answer to prayer!


  • For Baby’s health, strength, and sustaining.
  • That the contractions she has off and on will be more of the off than the on, and that they won’t progress labor.

In closing, thank you for your comments of encouragement and prayer support. We love this child and greatly desire the chance to raise and nurture him/her. We are working to give our fears to Jesus and trust Him. These days are not dark and scary, we’re content where He has us and looking to Him for daily direction.

Nathan, Melanie, and BabyMax

23 thoughts on “BabyMax.07”

  1. Praying for you still! I stop throughout the day to do this. May the Lord keep that baby in the oven as long as possible!

  2. We continue to cry to the Lord on your behalf…
    With love, from Alaska

  3. I check your blog first thing every morning and am so pleased to hear that things appear to be settling down. Unless you have been in this situation it is hard to realise how stressful it is. My prayers are always with you – you seem an amazing young couple and I know you will be wonderful parents. Good luck with the bedrest, Melanie – I had to do it for 5 months! Everyone was so envious of my ‘relaxation’ but all I wanted to do was get up and about! God Bless.

  4. Oh what great news. We are continuing to pray for you all in earnest. What a difference a 26 weeker is from a 28 weeker, so that is truly a blessing! We have a little one we adopted that was born at 26 weeks, so we know about these wee ones and praying for BabyMax to be held in the womb by God’s grace for several more weeks. With my first pregnancy, I was on my left side for the last 4 months with the doctors hoping to get us to 32 weeks. At 37 weeks, I took up vigorous walking ready to have baby but he just didn’t want to come and we never thought we would still be pregnant. He finally came at week 40!! So we pray for God’s perfect will and we pray that this little one will be staying in the womb for many many more weeks to come! May God continue to wrap His gracious arms upon you all and keep you three in perfect peace!

  5. I was thinking of the 3 of you this morning and said a prayer in church today. Thanks for the update — such good news, especially about Baby’s position! Definitely the added time in the womb is very, very beneficial.

    God bless you.

  6. Praise God for the good news and still praying. I’m so thankful for each day and updates that comes and baby is still safe in the womb. Praying that the Lord will continue to strengthen Melanie and bring peace to the both of you. God is faithful and many are praying for this little one and the both of you.

  7. Good to hear the news that BabyMax is staying put! We will keeping praying for him or her (!) and that the Lord’s Will is done in His perfect time. Glad to hear that Melanie’s outlook is remaining positive. I know this is so very difficult for her. She is blessed to have a loving husband and lots of extended family. God bless you all!

  8. We are are praying for you. As Mom to 4 premies I understand the
    concerns. So very thankful for the Father of all, loving all His children and looking out even for the littlest. So thankful also ya’ll are doin so well.

  9. I continue to come here and get the updates on the baby! I am so glad the baby seems to be doing okay and that him/her is still inside mommy. GOd is good! God bless you and your family and continued prayers are being said for you.

  10. We are also still praying for you. Our little girl prayed tonight, “Please let Baby Maxwell stay in his mommy’s tummy for a long time.”

    I am so thankful for the peace Jesus is giving you. I will continue to pray for peace and wisdom for you both.

  11. I read your family blog alot, I do not respond very often though. I just wanted to let you know that you are being prayed or in Nova Scotia. I am so thankful for this time that God has allowed for the babys continued growth and development. Love and prayers.

  12. Thank you for the updates. I check back every day to see if there is some kind of update. I do not write to let you know that I do. But it is a great time to pray for you. With each update, it is always a reminder to keep on praying.


  13. Thanks for the updates! I am checking back often to see if there is any new news — sooooooooooo thankful to hear baby is staying put and Melanie is doing well! 🙂 I have a dear friend who was just on bedrest for 3 weeks w/twins, so I know a bit of what you’re going through and how to pray. 🙂 Yesterday, during my quiet time, I came across this passage and thought of you and began to pray it over you:

    Psalm 13
    “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?

    Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death; My enemy will say, I have overcome him and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

    But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.”

    I love reading what David writes, especially in the Psalms because he’s so gut-wrenchingly honest and vulnerable with the thoughts of his heart, and yet then he always comes around with…..”BUT YOU OH GOD” and he speaks the truth, regardless of his emotions. He doesn’t deny his emotions, but he declares the truth in the midst of the craziness of his humanness.

    This has reminded me of you guys — I appreciate and respect your vulnerability with the difficulty of this journey and yet I appreciate and respect your longing and desire to stay focused on the Lord amidst many ‘unknowns’.

    I am praying that His UNFAILING LOVE will continue to be your strength and song!

    With love in Christ,

  14. I check your blog frequently for updates on baby Max, and am so glad he/she is staying put! You guys are still all in my prayers. God bless and keep us posted.

  15. This is such fantastic news! Hang in there, BabyMax — your mama is helping you to grow strong! We’ve been praying for you all here and we, too, check in daily with your blog! Hopefully Melanie will be released from hospital soon — there’s nothing fun about being there. It sounds like you are in the best hands both medically and spiritually, but it must be very hard to be patient and immobile.

    Praying for continued local support for you and that BabyMax hangs in there a few more weeks!

  16. So glad to read your update! Our 14 month old son, Noah, was born at 31 weeks after bedrest, a hospital stay and trying to halt labor with two different meds. So glad that your little one is staying put this long! Each day is such a gain and such a blessing for preemies!! I’m very thankful that Melanie’s family can keep her company. The days are long and lonely in that hosptial bed, and company can do wonders to lift the spirit. Lots of hugs from Indiana!

  17. I was in the middle of cooking dinner and all of a sudden it dawned on me that I hadn’t checked in on Baby Max this week! I began to pray as I scrolled down the blog hoping to see good news! Praise the Lord I did! 🙂

    You are in our thoughts and prayers
    …from one mommy who spent four months on bed rest…I know and understand!


  18. continuing to keep you all in our prayers. thank you for taking the time to update us all with news on baby max, it is much appreciated.

  19. I am so happy to hear such good news. Your faith has blessed me. The Lord gives and takes away, and your faith has not been shaken. Thanks for being such a light!

    Prayers and Blessings:)

    Jennifer H

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