How’s about THAT for timing?!

A couple of hours after I posted this, this happened. So to spell it out for you. A year to the day Scout exited Johns Hopkins Hospital, Scout’s brother exited my womb. How’s about that for God’s timing?

The details- He’s a fella, 7’7lbs, 20inches, his name is Ash. And I know you are wondering, No, he does not have Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. Scout’s mutation was spontaneous, meaning that she did not receive LDS from her parents. It just happened. That was never really a concern with this pregnancy, although the midwives that I used made sure I had a very thorough 20 week ultrasound. I declined the genetic screenings because my philosophy is that I don’t want to have 9 months to worry about something that is indication of something that may or may not be true. We are given blessings way beyond what we can comprehend in ways we never expect, which I think most parents of children with special needs will attest to. And yes, I did use midwives, but I delivered in a hospital just in case. But everything went great, Gabe got to ‘deliver’ Ash, and I actually got to hold my baby for the first minutes of his life as opposed to Scout’s experience where she was whisked away in a medical frenzy.

Anyway, we’ve got a little guy here at our house that his big sister adores. Now we just need to get a grip on handling a newborn’s schedule along with Scout’s busy schedule. Things are good. Thank you for all of your support and prayers.




Father’s Day


just a little a pic from this morning

18 Comment

  1. Peyton-Leigh says:

    Congrats on another beautiful child! I love all the photos with the sweet new big sis!! :)

  2. Trasha says:

    I super love the Father’s day picture! So excited to see your precious baby! :)

  3. Shannon and Rachael says:

    SO thankful and happy for you all. We were saying what a blessing it is that you get to experience a healthy birth this time. So happy for Scout, and Ash is darling. Julianna LOVES being a big sister, and she said to tell Scout, “Dear Scout, I love you Scout and I will see you soon and your dear baby brother. Being a big sister is fun. Love, Julianna.”
    God bless you all.

  4. Helen says:

    melt my heart……

  5. Brittany says:

    I have been waiting for the new addition update! Love the pics of them together. So glad everyone is doing well and happy. Hope everyone is getting some sleep!

  6. CeeCee says:

    As a witness to Ash’s fineness, I would like to report that I think he will be sporting cute little dimples and that Scout for sure loves him.

  7. CathyParks says:

    What a great big sister she will be….Congrats!

  8. Olee says:

    AWWWWWWW…HOW SWEET!!! Many congrats & blessings!!!

  9. Hannah Schug says:

    Congratulations!!! Beautiful pictures! Beautiful big sister and little brother!

  10. Brenda Kirk says:


  11. Stephanie says:

    YES, God’s timing is amazing! We are so happy Ash is in your lives. God bless you all!

  12. Cathi says:

    So thankful for your family and His blessings…

  13. AWWWWW!!!! Still need to meet Ash- precious precious with big sis Scout :)

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  15. neely says:

    He is adorable and I know scout is so excited!
    Congrats u two!

  16. Amy Harrington says:

    Congratulations, wonderful news! Is there anything sweeter than a young child with their new sibling! Just precious photos. Would love to see you all.

  17. Rose says:

    <3 <3 <3

  18. Nanci Wilson Andrus says:

    Mandy & Gabe,

    I am SOOO happy for all of you!! The pictures are precious. I wish you years and years and years of beautiful moments and memories.

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