Nathan and Melanie Maxwell’s Baby News

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We are excited to announce that we are expecting again. The due date is March 6th. We are all happy and working to wait patiently.

There’s an element of realism with every new baby. We don’t have life figured out now, adding another one to the mix will further confirm that. Things that always work for others don’t for us. For example, the fancy “help-your-child-quit-thumb-sucking-leather-glove” that is virtually guaranteed to work – didn’t for Andrew. The “Earn a Build-A-Bear Trip” reward for the certain child that went consecutively 14 days without wetting his/her bed overnight – once earned, proved that we were not past the challenge (but they did enjoy the BaB trip and 5 Guys afterwards). Silly examples of how “real” raising four kids is. And yet, no matter how challenging, it’s a privilege.

There are many encouragements. One of our kids that did everything possible last year to delay completing a workbook page, this school year she jumped right in and is diligent and focused. She did some school in my office this morning and some how left her school pages down here (along with her pencil box and all its contents spread out). She had worked on them without my assistance and completed four pages perfectly. She was watching the clock the entire time so she didn’t miss the start of the next subject. Quality work, time awareness, excitement for school = pretty great.

Abigail MaxwellAbby is highly capable; she loves structure and serving. She decided we needed something fun to go with dinner last night and pulled out her kids’ Nourishing Traditions cookbook and made parfaits, complete with home-made whipped cream–“Sweetened with maple syrup”, she said, “better for us than sugar.” (The link is a Titus2 Amazon affiliate link; you can read Titus2’s Privacy Policy here.)

Bethany MaxwellBethany has a quick smile and can cram a 10-minute dish drying project into 45. But, she’s happy the entire time and does a super job. She recently decided she was lead on apple washing for our first round of apple-sauce making. She washed the vast majority of 3 bushels of apples and still wanted to help in other areas. She is the exact opposite of Abby when it comes to structure – she likes freedom and flexibility.

Christina has a vocabulary that, at times, I think is more extensive Christina Maxwellthan mine. She and I are heart buddies. There’s times she and I can connect when no one else can with her. Melanie thinks it’s because of the special time she and I had right after her birth while Melanie was waking up from anesthesia. I think it’s because she’s a carbon copy of Melanie. Since I happen to like the Melanie personality pretty well (enough to marry it!), Christina and I getting along well is a natural. Maybe we’re both right.

Andrew Maxwell with Aunt Anna MaxwellAndrew is a little boy. He is pretty much always a bit sweaty, and if outside – a bit wet (he finds water to play in everywhere, or is having a diaper issue – or both). He loves putting rocks in the outside air-conditioner (and is currently grounded to the deck), is a mosquito magnet, never stands still, and is thrilled to now know what a penguin says. He picked this up after our recent trip to the St. Louis zoo. In case you are wondering, it’s Meee-au, emphasis on the first syllable. Some of his extended family have mistakenly thought it was a cat sound, but he’s assured them it’s quite different.

Melanie is pretty tired this pregnancy. Being a homeschool mom is not a cake-walk (as so many of you know). She’s a trooper and thrilled to be carrying this little one.

Life is challenging, but we are grateful for it. As a couple that didn’t know whether we could have children – raising four and expecting a fifth is a tremendous blessing. We are exceedingly blessed by our kiddos and love our life with them – pouring ours into theirs.

A happy dad,
Nathan

“Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine
by the sides of thine house:
thy children like olive plants
round about thy table.”
Psalm 128:3

43 thoughts on “Nathan and Melanie Maxwell’s Baby News”

  1. How exciting!! I saw a few pictures and ‘wondered’. What an absolute blessing!
    Congratulations!!!

    You must have a really good eye. I (Sarah) had been super careful what pictures I used before the announcement :).

  2. How your post resonates with my husband and me! We have 4 girls, ages 12, 13, 14 and 16. Three of the four were thumb suckers and the glove didn’t work for any of them. We finally resorted to an appliance the dentist recommended. A strange design but painless and successful!

    I understand Melanie’s exhaustion. Having little ones close in age is a blessing but exhausting. We so thoroughly enjoy our girls. They are best friends and love being together. Most of their homeschooling is done independently now also. All of the training and consistency is worth every ounce of energy required to have children who are responsive to the Lord and such a delight to Mom and Dad!

  3. Congratulations! Are you going to find out what gender this precious one is? May the Lord bless and keep you all.

    Hmmm. Good question, but I am not thinking they will.

  4. CONGRATULATIONS!! That is so exciting! Praise the Lord for His goodness and abundant blessings. Your story has truly touched us and given us hope. We will be praying for Melanie and for the new baby coming! So sweet to get an update on how life is going and about each child’s personality as well. This post made my day! 🙂
    —-
    Awww. Know we pray for you! (–Sarah)

  5. Congratulations.What a blessing.
    I could sense your joy through this post.
    Blessings,
    Susi

    Yes. Melanie positively glows :).

  6. Congratulations!!! That is very exciting. Thank you also for the family update; it was very fun to read about the different personalities. We also did not know if we’d ever be able to have kids and now we’re expecting our first one!!! Exciting times 🙂

    Congratulations! That’s awesome!

  7. Thanks for the exciting family updates. We’ll be praying for Melanie and baby. I didn’t know there was a kid’s version of our beloved Nourishing Traditions. We’ll definitely check out your link!
    Blessings,
    Kim C

  8. Wonderful news! Congratulations! He is so Good. I fully understand being exhausted, pregnant and doing the HS thing. Hang in there-ALL of you and take a nap! 🙂

  9. Congratulations! So happy for you!!!

    Loved the post….very encouraging to me, a homeschool mama of children ages 12, 4, 2, and 4 months. 🙂
    Alicia

  10. Congratulations! The very first post I ever read on your blog was when Melanie was pregnant with Susannah, so it’s exciting to watch your family grow over the years. Your family and your story is a blessing!

  11. Absolutely wonderful news for Melanie, Nathan and their little family. Melanie is in my prayers for a trouble-free pregnancy.

    Catherine

  12. Oh my goodness. I’m always wondering with you guys, but I had no idea this time! Congrats, Nathan and Melanie! I will certainly be praying. Hope Melanie gets plenty of rest. Thankfully, she has lots of helpers.

    Love, Rebecca

  13. Congratulations! I’m wondering which letter the baby’s name will start with? There’s Abby, Bethany, and Christina (the three ABC girls), but then along came Andrew/Drew, the A boy with the D nickname. So will the next one be an E baby? If so, there are many good names to choose from for either gender.

    Wishing you the very best. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.

  14. Congratulations, what a wonderful blessing!

    Praise the Lord for his goodness.

    Sending our love to you all and God bless.
    Claire and Family
    xxx

  15. Congratulations Nathan and Melanie. Praise the Lord. Melanie looks beautiful. Will be praying for her and the baby.

  16. Just FYI, they did find out with Andrew, look at the May 5, 2014 blog. I just knew I remembered this post, I was so thrilled they were having a boy!! I had to do some searching, but I found it!
    I am interested in what Nathan and Melanie did to help with the bed wetting. Did they just offer a reward or were there other “tricks” to help stop it.
    Thanks
    >>>>>>>
    You were right!! Forgot about the post. Good job.

  17. The Lord led me to this post this morning. Parenting isn’t always as easy. I appreciate your honesty; it is a huge encouragement. I am working through cancer (our God is proving Himself faithful over and over) and homeschooling our 11 yr old (the last of my 3). I have wanted to give up home educating a couple of times this year, God keeps encouraging me to keep at it. MOTH was given to me as a gift when my daughter was born 11 yrs ago. We could not do what we are doing now if our kids had not been given the tools it provides. It is a gift from God. On a side note, we have found the app 30/30 (works as a simple timer) to be a great accompaniment to MOTH. It is ad free and safe for the kids and adults to use. Congrats on this new little one a prayers for a healthy pregnancy and birth.

  18. Congratulations!!! You are all such a blessing!

    My Andrew sucked his thumb too. I started telling him around are 3-4ish that he needed to be done with it by the time he was five. He ended up stopping himself by reminding himself that he was almost five and needed to stop. It worked. He stopped before his adult teeth came in.

    In other news…is there a new book coming? I finished reading Harmony the Moody books. Then Harmony asked Daddy to start them over with him reading to her this time. 🙂

  19. Congratulations! We recently welcomed our 5th, a little girl 2 months old today. It has been an amazing blessing since my 4th is 7 1/2 already. We never expected another.

  20. Congratulations Nathan & Melanie!! So happy for you 🙂
    My mom is having her baby in 2 weeks-so excited!!!
    Blessings,
    Emily C.

  21. I really enjoyed reading your family update! Your humor and truthfulness was a delight to read. Thank you for sharing your life! It is very special that you help homeschool. There is something about dad giving directives verses mom. I know that was true when we homeschooled. Even when my husband was at work, he was a phone call away and it was amazing the results his directives made on my kids on days I was frustrated to no end. You all are in my daily prayers!

  22. Congratulations! Rejoicing with you!!!

    I really loved your realness in this post. Your kiddos are so adorable, but honestly it’s encouraging to my heart to know they aren’t perfect. lol I take courage knowing you have children with very different personalities and needs…in knowing things that work for others may not have worked for you… And I must confess, hearing that Andrew put some rocks in the fan made me chuckle! Ahhh…little boys! ?

    Real life. The good. The hard.

    Proud of you guys! I remember hearing of your engagement and watching from afar all these years as you have walked through so much. You keep your eyes on Jesus, trusting that as you surrender every part of your life, He will remain faithful to lead and guide!!

    Cheering you on! ?

  23. Oh my word I’m so excited!!! As a long time reader, I cried with you for Susannah and rejoiced at the birth of Abby. I’m so so overjoyed that yet again Melanie is carrying a new sweet baby to love. Thank you so much for telling us, and please keep us updated so we know your specific needs. Melanie is positively glowing.

  24. Comgratultions! I’m already thinking of “E” names you might choose 🙂 Your sweet family always reminds me of the Ten Kids l, No Pets / Eleven Kids, One Summer books that I enjoyed my I was small (All named in alphabetical order starting with an Abigail too!) Thank you for the updates!

  25. Oh wow, this is a fun post. So happy for news of the coming new baby. I’m going to go ahead and put in my choice of “E” names, Ezra! : ) Really interesting tidbits of info on the children. Just wondering how Bethany’s free spirit works out with a schedule? My girl is that way as well. I just kind of let her be as long as she gets everything done and so far it has worked out.
    Cypress essential oil is the bomb for bedwetting. My grandson 8 years old just started using it and it’s amazing!
    Maybe digging a pond in the backyard would help keep Drew from being grounded to the porch. All little boys like to toss rocks in a pond! Think Opie Taylor! Wondering if Abigail is still a Chickie Mama? We only have one hen but enjoy her and her daily egg!

    Blessings to the Maxwell family on the happy news!!

    Johnna

  26. Oh wow, I am so very happy to read this. May God bless you throughout this pregnancy and give you good success.

  27. Congratulations, Nathan & Melanie! I will be keeping you in my prayers. My husband and I are expecting our third little one March 8th! 🙂
    >>>>>>>>
    Congratulations!!

  28. I’m way late in commenting, but wanted to say I’ve been praying, and will continue. May the Lord bless you all.

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