Monday, March 11, 2019

Introducing.... Mackenzie Elizabeth Hope

I can't believe she's already a week old! Sweet Mackenzie decided to show us who was really in charge by coming early. My daughter was scheduled for a C-section on Monday, March 4th, and planned a lovely Sunday at the Zoo with Jackson to celebrate his last day as an only child. Halfway through the morning, Shiloh's water broke. Bill and I had planned to spend Sunday preparing to "move in" to Shiloh's to care for Jax during the hospital stay, so we were completely caught off guard when the call came. Lol. 

Just a few hours later, Jackson was a big brother! Mom and baby girl came through the surgery with flying colors, Dad, too.  Mackenzie was a healthy 6 lbs 13 oz (just 1 oz shy of big brother's birth weight), and 18.5 inches long. A beauty! The whole process was so different from Jax's birth... no preeclampsia (thank God!), very little swelling, easy (haha) surgery, smooth recovery... it's a relief!

Little Jack (who looks HUGE now! lol) met his baby sister that night, and he was wonderful with her! He loves to hold her and snuggle. We're working on making those gentle snuggles, not struggle-snuggles, haha, but it's coming along.

He's such a sweet boy, and he's going to be an amazing big brother (which between him and the rest of the men in the family, probably means she'll never date). 

Jackson and I had an eventful week. Do you know how cranky an almost 2 year old gets when he rejects the concept of naps and full nights of sleep for four days? Lol.  But he gave cuddles galore so all was forgiven.

For myself, it's quite surreal to hold baby girl... she looks exactly like Shiloh when she was born! Right down to that sweet little chin (a legacy from Great-great-great Grandma Turner). I cannot begin to express how very much this sweet baby girl means to all of us. She is an impossibility. And she's perfect. Even her name is perfect... Mackenzie (seriously... we've got the Jack and Mack attack, hahahaha!), Elizabeth (family name - 1st born girls of 1st born girls), and Hope. Because she is the proof of hope.

Welcome to the World, Mackenzie Elizabeth Hope! We're so glad you're here!!


 


 

 
Grandma might have given Jackson a big ol' cupcake with lots of chocolate frosting to celebrate sister's birth. Lol 



 

 





 



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