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Introducing: Our Hope Baby

Introducing: Our Hope Baby

Introducing: Our Hope Baby

Hope is one of those tricky concepts.  It isn’t something tangible that you can grasp, or learn its texture with your fingertips, or tuck away in your pocket to use on a later date.  And despite its lack of physicality, it requires you to drop a lot of things before you can mentally scoop it up and absorb how necessary it is.  We are so profoundly excited that we get to share this post of introducing our H-G Hope Baby.  This little dude brought us to our knees as we begged for the pregnancy to keep, as we prayed that he be healthy, as I struggled with my body to just hold together as he grew and grew… There is nothing quite like a loss to make you realize how a full-term pregnancy is a miraculous occurence.

 

At the height of labor, I remember staring up at the hospital ceiling wondering if I was ever going to get our little baby out.  The pressure was intense, and my mind was tabulating how far we had come only for that moment to slow down to a stand-still.  I stared hard at those grayish white ceiling tiles and said out loud, “God help me” – not in a flippant way, but in a true, desperate call to God because I wasn’t sure I could finish the task in those final moments.

 

But then he arrived, and he was laid on my chest – crying and goopy and gloriously alive and wonderful.  And I sobbed, holding him while rocking back and forth with Brad’s arms around us and I whispered, “thank God, thank God, thank you God he’s here.”  All of that anticipation, prayer, and growing amount of hope had led to this moment, and it was such a relief.  We could let go of the uncertainties and anxiety, and embrace this tiny being who had finally joined our family.

 

It is with our greatest pleasure that we now introduce our youngest child, who has filled us with hope and joy:

 

Cormac Elijah, born just a few hours past midnight on February 7, 2016

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And now, a ridiculous amount of photos of our first two weeks together:

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Three Hours Before his Arrival

 

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Last Belly Selfie

 

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Hospital Glamour Shot

 

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First Photo

 

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Snuggling with Dad

 

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Selfie with the Parentals

 

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All Five H-G’s Together!

 

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Grandma & Grandpa H.

Grandma & Grandpa H.

 

GiGi & Grandpa G.

GiGi & Grandpa G.

 

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Three Generations!

 

Auntie Megan

Auntie Megan

 

Auntie Jess

Auntie Jess

 

Chatting with Daddy

Chatting with Daddy During his First Red Wings Game (on TV)

 

Heading Out from the Hospital

Heading Out from the Hospital

 

But before we head home... Cormac's First Coffee Date!

But before we head home… Cormac’s First Coffee Date!

 

The Three H-G Munchkins

The Three H-G Munchkins

 

Late Night Snuggle-Reading

Late Night Snuggle-Reading

 

Cormac & his friend Charlie (less than three weeks apart!)

Cormac & his friend Charlie (less than three weeks apart!)

 

Big Sister Eloise

Big Sister Eloise

 

Big Brother Quincy

Big Brother Quincy

 

Snuggles

Snuggles

 

And More Snuggles

And More Snuggles

 

For those who like to pull out familial resemblances, this might help:

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Thank you to so many people who prayed for this child, who supported us through the really really tough stuff, and who celebrated each step that got us closer to meeting Cormac.  We could not have stayed standing without you lifting us up in so many ways.

 

And just to add a smile to your face, here are some smiles from Cormac at one week old:

 

With oodles of love,

~Maggie, Brad, Quincy, Eloise, & Cormac

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