Bethany Faith Update (With Pictures)

–Another shorter update…. Bethany is now home and doing great. Our original goal had been to be at the hospital a minimal amount of time after delivery. Long enough to ensure mom and baby were stable, and then home.

Ironically, that’s exactly how it worked out. There were a number of changes/adaptions in how this baby was born (I’ll write more about that later… short story is no c-section!). And yet, by the time Bethany was 24 hours old, she was resting comfortably in her bassinet in our room.

Thank you for your prayers. I don’t know that I can communicate the challenges of the delivery in a blog post, but I will try at a later date. We were so in need of prayer support. My sister Sarah told me she was heavily impressed to pray at 11:06 pm (cst) last night. I can’t say exactly to the second, but I know confidently that was within minutes of when we were coming up against a wall and needing God’s direction. He proved faithful to carry all of us through.

There was a NICU crash cart (supplies for trauma) sitting in the hallway. We passed it doznes of times as we walked laps. I remember often praying as we passed it, “God, can we please not need anything in that cart for this baby.” It never entered our room (or least I didn’t see it), and I don’t think it ever even left it’s parking spot. Praise the Lord!

He was gracious to us these past few days. All challenges aside, we have a Bethany Faith to hold and to love and are rejoicing in God’s goodness.



Bethany Faith
A head full of dark hair!
Precious Gift

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Psalms 91:4).

58 thoughts on “Bethany Faith Update (With Pictures)”

  1. Congratulations on little Bethany and Congratulation to big sister Abigail as well!

    So glad you have a healthy, not needing NICU baby!

    It’s been a while since my littles fit in the crook of my arm like that!

  2. Congratulations, what wonderful news and what wonderful pictures. A beautiful baby, praying that mum is making a good recovery.

    Blessings to you all
    shelley p
    from over the pond

  3. OH, she is sooooooo beautiful!!!! SO, SO happy for you!! And I have a Bethany Hope, who is 23 months old today! She was also born with a head full of dark hair. (like all my babies. 🙂 I am just smiling from ear to ear and my heart is full of thankfulness and praise to God for this new precious life. God bless your sweet family!!!

  4. Congratulations!!!

    Out of curiousity, why were you so anxious to leave the hospital and get home? I’m currently expecting our first and looking for delivery advice and thought this point was interesting. Was it due to bad hospital memories or something else?

    Again, many blessings!
    With infections from hospitals being so common and dangerous, the fewer days there the better.

  5. Melanie and Nathan, I am so happy to see your pictures of your little girl! She is just beautiful! Hope Abigail is doing well as a big sister! Lots of love to you all. Mikey

  6. Hi Melanie and Nathan! I am so happy that Bethany Faith is here! She is so cute and precious! I just wanted to say, I prayed for Melanie to get to 38 weeks (close to 40!) and thankful that God got you there! I am grateful to God that the baby is healthy. So happy for you! God Bless you!

    -Hannah K.

  7. Congratulations on Bethany. She is absolutely beautiful. My oldest daughters name is Faith Nicole.
    I’m so glad Melanie made it to 38 or 39 weeks w/o a whole lot of problems. God is so good.

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