BabyMax1.1 Little Miss Max

It is late Sunday evening, roughly 24 hours after our little girl was born. We haven’t had much sleep, but we’ve had quite the day! First things first, Baby is doing great. I’ll keep referring to her as Baby as we haven’t settled on a name. I’m frequently impressed in Scripture with the significance God puts on names. I haven’t sensed his definitive leading on this child’s name so it’s still a matter of prayer.

Baby arrived at 34 and half weeks – shocking us by showing up as a girl (and weighing 6 pounds 4 ounces). We had wanted to be surprised but felt it was a little boy; we were very wrong. While not our desire, she was delivered by a semi-urgent c/section. Both Melanie and Baby came through it great. Due to her gestational age when she arrived, she will be in care of the NICU for a little while longer. We don’t know whether that means one week, two, or maybe more. However, even though she’s in the NICU, she’s strong, healthy, and alert! She has no IV’s connected, just a small feeding tube to help her with some nutrients while she’s learning to nurse.

I’ll try and post a more lengthy update in a day or two – Lord willing with a name!

Thank you for your prayer support. There were some challenging times during her birth, but God carried us through. We had desired God’s clear leading, and it was clear. Why He chose this route I don’t know, but there was no mistaking it!

Nathan

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Little Miss Maxwell soon after birth with her daddy.

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Sweet Miss Maxwell

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Mommy and baby.

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118 thoughts on “BabyMax1.1 Little Miss Max”

  1. Nathan and Melanie, she is just beautiful. What a blessing! Congratulations to you all. Warmly, Sally

  2. Congratulations!! She’s beautiful! We are thankful God answered so many specific prayers and are confident He will continue to do so….including impressing upon you Baby Max’s name. May Melanie be blessed with an uncomplicated recovery, and may you both enjoy this new road on the journey of life this side of heaven.

  3. Well, she’s beautiful. She has her own distinct look, and I’m sure you are remembering Susannah on this day- her little sis still has lots of hair but is fairer? I sense such blessing and I praise God with you! I wish I could be there to hug you all. God bless this special time with your new family member!
    ~C

  4. Blessings!!! May you all be home soon… all three of you!!!!! Congratulations on your daughter!!!

  5. What a beautiful baby!! Congratulations to both of you and your whole family. May the Lord richly bless you as you begin this new journey in your lives.

  6. Praise God!!! We rejoice with you!!!! I am so very thankful to hear all is well now!!! Thank you Lord!!!!! Congratulations and blessings from Jesus on you all!!! Pray all will be together at HOME soon.

  7. She is just beautiful! What precious photos! Thank you for sharing.

    Annamarie D.

  8. Awwwww…Praise the Lord…okay…I can’t type while I’m crying πŸ™‚ We love you all so much and are so very happy for you.
    love and prayers,
    Jaynee

  9. Praise God from whom all Blessings Flow!! We are so happy for answered prayers! Congratulations!!!

  10. Oh…one more thing…I think her lips look just like her sister’s…she is so beautiful.
    love,
    Jaynee

  11. She’s big and beautiful – we’re SO thankful she’s here. Praying she’ll be home with you soon!

  12. She is absoluetly beautiful! God is so good! I can tell your wife is overjoyed with her. Praise the Lord!

  13. Congratulations! She is precious. What a blessing! She looks fairer than her sister did and precious.

  14. Praise God! What a beautiful little girl. Mom is glowing! Praying for continued health and clear direction on her name. God has His hand on this little lady!

  15. We have had some suprises ourselves.
    Out of our 5 children we never found out the gender and we guessed correctly twice and incorrectly three times.

    #1 was a girl – we were correct!
    #2 was a boy – we were correct!
    #3 was a boy – we were incorrect!
    #4 was a girl – I was incorrect, everyone else was correct!
    #5 was a girl – we were incorrect, my mom was the only one correct!

    We love not knowing the gender and throughly ENJOY the surprise God has given us each time.

    With Much Love,
    The M Family

  16. Nathan, and Melanie, She is BEAUTIFUL. Congratulations. This news of her health is such sweet news. I am so happy for you both. I will keep praying.

  17. Congratulations!!!!!!!! she is beautiful. God is awsome. Cannot wait to hear what you named her

  18. What a precious gift she is! Hope you all can go home soon.
    Blessings,
    Sara S. and family

  19. We rejoice, and bless the Lord for the blessing He has given the Maxwells and the Mahers. GLORY TO HIS NAME!

  20. Dear Maxwell Family,
    Thank you for sharing pictures of your precious Miss Maxwell. She is so beautiful! Happy tears of joy are falling as I marvel in the wondrous creation the Lord has made. What blessed parents you are!

  21. I’ve been praying for you and the safe delivery of your little one. Praise God that she is here and doing well! Congratulations, Mommy and Daddy!!! Little Miss Maxwell is absolutely beautiful! I’ll be praying that all of you get to come home very very soon!

  22. Seeing yall hold her brings me such joy! He will turn your sorrow into Joy and your mourning into dancing!! You know…..Audrey is a great name πŸ˜‰ LOL

    Congratulations!!!
    Love
    The S. Family

  23. Congratulations Nathan & Melanie!
    I am so excited about your new little girl! (I had a feeling she was a girl). She is very beautiful! I can’t wait to meet her, but I am leaving for the Philippines tomorrow, so I will have to see you all when I return. Hope you are all doing well and enjoying little Miss Maxwell.

  24. Yea!! Yahoo!! Yippee!! PRAISE GOD!!

    I am just about wanting to screech over here! I only just today saw that your precious baby girl has been born!! Oh, I am so thankful that all is well!!

    May God continue to shower His blessings on all 3 of you! Congratulations Nathan, Melanie, and all the Maxwells! I’ll be praying for Melanie’s recovery, “enough sleep” :-), baby girl’s strength/health, and to be led of God for her perfect meaningful name.

    God bless,
    Jill J

  25. How absolutely gorgeous she is- and such a great size for 34 weeks! I am amazed- but why should I be, the Lord’s Hand is obviously so evident!!! You are such a beautiful family. I will be praying for the Lord’s will for her name- yes, names are so very important!

    Rejoicing with you all!

    Sarah, for the family

  26. Oh she is so cute! What a beauty! She actually weighs quite a lot for being only at 34 1/2 weeks! Praise the Lord. He is so good. What a blessing babies are!

  27. Trying to type here with tears in my eyes, so overwhelmed with joy for you…. she is so beautiful, Melanie looks radiant and so very happy, and you look like quite the smitten father. :):)

    Rejoicing with you at the birth of your beautiful baby girl!!! Praise God!!

  28. Praise the Lord!! Thanks for sharing your experience and photos! In the midst of your circumstance you continued to let your light shine! Your testimony of trusting has been a blessing.

  29. Our little girl Brontë was born at 34 1/2 weeks, and spent right at 2 weeks in the NICU while she gained a little weight and regulated her own body temperature. They had her on feeding tubes most of that time, and an IV for the first several days. We’re very glad to hear that you and yours are doing well, and pray that the Lord sees fit to send her home very soon.

  30. Congratulations!!! She is so beautiful!!!! Wow — it’s so amazing that she’s really, truly HERE! πŸ™‚ We are rejoicing with you and can’t wait to hear her name! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing so many details with us thus far — it’s been such a blessing to be on this journey with you and to help encourage your hearts and uphold your arms when weak –God is so faithful and I love how He joins the body of Christ together, and how all our hearts can be strengthened in His love and faithfulness! We will now be praying for much rest and recovery for Melanie and for your precious little Miss Max to continue to be strong and healthy and learn how to nurse well, so she can come home! What an exciting day that will be, huh?! πŸ™‚

  31. Wow, what an answer to prayer a healthy mom and a healthy baby girl!! Praise be to God. I am so happy I checked your blog today…….Janet

  32. She’s absolutely gorgeous!Congratulations! I am thrilled for you. What an emotional roller coaster you’ve been on. I remember wondering all during my pregnancy after our son died if I hoped the new baby was a boy or girl. We’ve had 2 little girls since then and I know God knows exactly what He’s doing when He chooses the gender of our children. I was surprised at how emotional it was to hold my new baby. It brought back A LOT of grief and emotions from our son’s birth. Same hospital, same nurse, same midwife, etc. Much like what you guys have probably gone through. What a wonderful blessing your daughter is to you! You have a unique perspective and know who precious and valuable each moment is. God will use that. We are continuing to pray for all of you.
    Blessings in Jesus!

  33. Oh, Lord, our Lord- how majestic is your name in all the earth! Praise you for the birth of this beautiful baby girl!

    Congratulations, Nathan and Melanie! We’ll be praying for recovery for all three of you. πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to hear the name- we know it will be gorgeous…just like her!

    Angel

  34. What a precious gift from God!!!! I am so happy for you!!! She is beautiful!!!! Beth B. from Indiana

  35. Such a joy to hear and see the news! Welcome Baby Max! She’s just beautiful! I’m so happy for all of you — parents (especially), and grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends — EVERYONE! Praying for a speedy recovery for Melanie, for a name that’s just right, and for all three of you be at home together soon. God bless your family.

  36. Congratulations on your beautiful little blessing! I have been following your story on this blog for over a year now..and I was so happy to come in this morning to see baby Max was born this weekend and is healthy! Thank you for sharing photos of your precious little girl.

  37. Congratulations!!! Maybe you should name her Ruth… after a time of loss and sadness Ruth new great joy when she trusted the Lord and became the wife of Boaz. She was in the line of Christ. Well, whatever you all name her, may God richly bless you all!!! You all are in our prayers… The D. Family

    PS — Our children are 15 and almost 19 now… you will sleep again… I promise… God bless…

  38. Congratulations on the birth of a beautiful daugther! We are praising the Lord right along with you!!

  39. Congratulations to you all – I have been thinking of you all often over the past few weeks, and I’m so thrilled to hear that she is here, safe and sound. The photograph of Melanie and Nathan each holding their beautiful little new daughter literally has brought tears to my eyes. Prayers, blessings, and good wishes that she comes home soon, and welcome to the world, little girl πŸ™‚

  40. Praise God! She is beautiful! We are praying for a quick recovery
    for Melanie. Thank-you for sharing the photos. We are very
    excited for you.

    Keri

  41. PTL!!! She is a cutie.
    Name suggestion: use Melanie’s middle name, whatever that is. She has been a wonderful example to all of us who check this blog.
    Looking forward to more photos.

  42. Praise the Lord for His goodness and mercy! Rejoicing with you all, Maxwell family!

    “4Truth”

  43. How adorable! She has Suzanna Joy’s mouth and nose, how sweet! I bet the next 6 months will be fun trying to figure out if visitor’s to the MOTH booth at conventions are there for the great materials or to see if the baby is there (or both!) – tee hee πŸ˜‰

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