We are mighty pleased to introduce y’all to our firstborn, Margaret Rose, who arrived at 12:06 a.m. on May 21.  Margaret weighed in at 8 lbs 5 oz and was 21″ long.

Margaret means “child of light.”

Our Margaret is named in honor of Courtney’s maternal aunt Sissynee Margaret Rose Black, who was named in part for Courtney’s grandmother, Betty Rose, who in turn was named for her mother’s sister, Rose.  Sissy has always treated Courtney like a daughter, and has treated Greg like a son since they were first introduced.  May our Margaret Rose be as kind and filled with joie de vivre as Sissy is.

Oh, and this guy? In a nutshell, is a Daddy Rock Star.  Wednesday, he survived a phone call from me telling him I would be induced that afternoon, make tracks!  Then he spent all day Wednesday and all day Thursday helping me deal with pitocin contractions that weren’t going anywhere.  Friday, he dealt with two more failed induction attempts before I finally went into Hard Core Labor.  Then he hung in there with me until it was time to push, and into hours of pushing that eventually led to a C-section.  All of this, with a calm demeanor and wicked sense of humor.  I could not have done it without him.  Maggie is mighty lucky to have him as her dad.

Thanks to all of y’all for your positive vibes, powerful prayers, and unending support.  Bringing a baby into this crazy world is much less scary with friends this good.

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