Another night has passed. The more time goes by the more we realize we don’t fit the “norm.” Water breaks, we get to the hospital and the hard contractions stop. So, we’re waiting, and waiting. Time is now measured in days as opposed to weeks. We’re grateful the dr’s are willing to monitor and let Melanie’s body, along with BabyMax, signal when its time for real labor.

It’s funny, we had just started to let ourselves make plans for more than a day or two out. We have each of our siblings over for a birthday dinner after their birthdays (sometimes months after due to schedules). My sister Sarah’s dinner was to be last night. That didn’t happen. The funny thing is that Melanie’s sister Anna’s dinner was to be the evening of our first hospitalization. Maybe we should quit planning these birthday dinners…

We read Psalm 27 and 34 last night. We love the word picture of the Angel of God encamping around those who fear Him. This is what we’re praying for BabyMax. Psalm 27 has the challenge to seek the face of our Lord, not on our own initiative but as a directive from Him. It concludes with “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”


22 thoughts on “BabyMax.13”

  1. We are praying for you all in those lengthy hospital hours…and waiting in excited, positive expectation for that wonderful baby to arrive in a healthy and timely fashion. Thank you for sharing this all with us, that God could get greater glory. “When the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.” Ps. 89:9.

    Katie and family

  2. We lost a baby a year ago this month so we are praying extra hard for all of you.

  3. Thank you for posting an update. I am continuing to pray for you and Melanie, as the Lord reveals His Perfect Timing for your sweet baby to enter the world.

  4. Thanks for updating, Nathan. I have been thinking about the 3 of you all morning. Still praying here. You’ve also just inspired me to get my Bible and read those Psalms!

    Maybe you can have a big celebratory birthday dinner when all 3 of you come home!

    God bless all of you — Lisa in North Dakota

  5. Thank you for the update. I keep checking in between each task this morning. Praying for baby and delivery- I am assuming Melanie will be in the hospital until baby is born? Praying, praying, and praying for a safe arrival of BabyMax.

  6. I’m so glad little one has had another day inside of mommy. I went to bed thinking and praying for you and woke up thinking of you and praying for you too. Maybe baby Max thinks that those birthday dinners must be for him/her 🙂
    My baby sister had her first baby last year born at 34 weeks after being in the hospital for a few days. They were able to bring their little girl home 17 days later and at just 10 months old, she’s walking everywhere!
    The Lord is so good to give us His precious Word with so many wonderful promises that we can rest upon during the trails. We know that all 3 of you are in His ever loving hands and we will pray that He will strengthen your hearts as you wait on Him.
    love and prayers,
    Jaynee (for all the family)

  7. Praying! My nephew stayed in almost a week after my sil’s water broke at 33 weeks…. and that was 10 years ago! He is a healthy little boy today! Please keep us posted!

  8. Many from our church are praying for you! We know that God is faithful and is working His wondrous plan out in your lives. Blessings and peace as you wait for baby Max.
    Love the B’s

  9. Thank you for the updates. You 3 are on my prayer list. Look to Jesus through it all.
    Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

  10. Thanks for the update, Nathan! Hang in there! Before you know it, it will be a wondrous birth-day! Like Jaynee, I went to bed praying for you and woke up praying for you (and fully expecting to see baby pictures on your blog!). Baby Max is taking his/her time, and it’s all in God’s perfect timing.

    Melanie, try to get some rest (as much as you can in a hospital setting). We’re praying for your peace!

  11. Every day BabyMax can hang out, waiting is another day he or she has to grow and mature. Our prayers have been with you since the days of Susannah’s pregnancy, and will continue until BabyMax is home, safe and healthy in your arms.

    Our now 8 year old daughter was born at 33 weeks, 5 days. She spent a little over 2 weeks in the NICU, more for jaundice than anything else, and is perfect in every way. We pray that the Lord will bless you and Melanie as you wait to meet your son or daughter. He holds all of you in his hands.

  12. We are all praying here. Trusting baby will come in God’s perfect timing, and the Lord will bless you through this trial!

    Much love in Christ, Dave K. family

  13. Still praying and thanking God for BabyMax’s safety and for your peace and comfort! Blessings to all! I have many friends who have delivered at 33 or 34 weeks and all went well. Praying with great expectation that it will be the same for you.

  14. Praise the LORD for another day in the womb!! We are praying for you all. BabyMax will come in GODS perfect time:) 🙂 Till then enjoy each other. Can’t wait to see if BabyMax is really a boy or not!!! Will be holding you up in prayer.

  15. We are also still praying for you. Praise the Lord for doctors who are watching carefully and are willing to wait. We are praying for wisdom for the doctors in charge of your care and for peace, wisdom, and patience for both of you as well.

    Numbers 6:24-26
    The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

  16. Still praying here in Charleston, SC. Thank you for the updates.
    -Sara and family

  17. Thanks for the update. I continue to pray for your family throughout the day as the Lord brings you to mind.

  18. God bless you all. I am praying and glad this baby has the extra time in the womb.

  19. My water broke at 24 weeks. The drs. said that people almost always deliver within 72 hours after that, but the Lord held it off for 5 weeks! Samuel David was born at 29 weeks weighing 1 lb. 14 oz. He’s almost 8 years old now – time flies! God will bring that baby forth in his time.

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