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Mary Grace 
The "Mary" tradition continues into the next generation. My mom's name is "Mary Allan" so its also a special way to honor her. Reid has always loved the name "Grace" and actually named this little girl years ago. This is the only double name we are using.

Madelyn Barrett
I grew up hearing my mom talk about her friend "Madolyn" and have always loved the name. We just changed the spelling a bit for our daughter. Reid's middle name is "Barrett" and we thought it was the perfect name to pass down to a little girl.

Olivia Bain
Reid and I just love the name "Olivia." Her middle name, "Bain," is my maiden name and it means a lot for me to get to pass that on to one of my children.

Catherine Della
"Catherine" is the name of a little girl and family friend that I used to babysit for. I've always loved the classic simplicity of the name. "Della" is a family name from Reid's dad's side of the family. We wanted something unique to go with "Catherine" and this was the perfect fit.

We decided on names while we were in Costa Rica. We had our boy name just in case, but were pretty sure we would be naming four girls. I make these kinds of decisions pretty quickly. Reid tends to take a few more minutes to commit to things. What was really hard was deciding whether to go ahead and assign names to A, B, C & D. We want to wait and meet them instead of just "assigning" a name. Our biggest reason for doing this is that its getting more and more difficult to keep up with who is who during sonograms. I'm pretty certain B and C may have been switched this week because they are positioned so close together.

So, there you have it. Their sweet little names - Mary Grace, Madelyn, Olivia and Catherine. We can't wait to meet them!!!

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  1. I am new to your blog. I am so excited to follow your journey. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE these names! They are just perfect. Congratulations!

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  2. Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE them!!!! Each and every one!! They are so sweet and perfect!!!!! SO excited for you and your 4 GIRLS!!! They are going to have so much fun growing up together and being the best of friends!!

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  3. WONDERFUL names and I love so much that they all have such special meaning behind them. SO happy for you!!!

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  4. Now we can pray for them by name! I love all 4 names so much! Congratulations!

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  5. I adore all of these beautiful, timeless names. I have a Grace of my own! I also love how much meaning each name has. So sweet and special.

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  6. I was so excited to find out the names. I love them. I love that they are family names and that each name has a story. I also like that you are waiting to give ABCD their names. So excited for you.

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Past Posts

Mary Grace

At 2:00 am this morning, our sweet Mary Grace was welcomed to Heaven. We found out this afternoon that she had a large brain hemorrhage. Reid and I spent three precious hours holding our daughter tonight. The nurses wrapped a pink bow around her little head and we swaddled her in a soft pink elephant blanket. During those hours, we told Mary Grace how proud we were of her fight, how she fulfilled our dreams of one day having a daughter to call "Gracie," and we even took a little nap, snuggled together as a family. If we told her we loved her once, we told her a thousand times. We prayed over her and gave her back to the Lord. We miss her more than words can say.

I feel like we were punched in the stomach today and left with the wind knocked out of our lungs. Its so hard to understand "why?" in all of this. Tonight when we left the hospital, Reid turned on this song by David Crowder Band and we listened to it on repeat the whole way home. Its the exact state of our …

Madelyn Barrett

I really don't even know where to begin or how to write this post. I've put it off for several days hoping that maybe if I let things sink in a little more it would be easy. This will never be easy.

As you know, we welcomed three beautiful little girls into the world on Friday afternoon. We had hoped to continue to "buy time" and hold off on delivery for several more weeks. God has always had a plan much bigger than either Reid or I could ever imagine. I have to chose to believe, everyday, that somehow this all fits perfectly into that plan.

We knew from the time of her delivery that Madelyn was struggling the most. The circumstances surrounding her birth caused a lot of trauma to her tiny body. After a day of fighting for a positive outcome, the neonatologist came to visit with us and told us it was time to let her go.

Late Saturday night we went to the NICU to hold our precious baby for the first and last time. She was absolutely perfect and looked just like her da…

The babies are here!

Friends and Family,

Late this afternoon we became the proud parents of three little girls. Madelyn Barrett: 1 pound Olivia Bain: 1 pound, 5 ounces Mary Grace: 1 pound, 10 ounces The babies are stable in the NICU  tonight and we are hopeful that God is going to move mountains as they grow and thrive.

Madelyn's (Baby B) amniotic sac ruptured on Sunday night. We had a sonogram done each day this week to check her heart beat, fluid level, and position. The doctors told us Friday morning that she was not likely to make it and that delivering her was not an option as it put too much risk on Mary Grace and Olivia. Once again, we were told to wait and see. Around 4:30 Friday afternoon I delivered Madelyn. The NICU team was here immediately to begin working on her. When the doctor checked on the status of the other girls, he saw signs of infection and he immediately performed an emergency c-section to deliver Mary Grace and Olivia.

We have seen the Lord's mercy through each tough d…

Family of Four

If all continues to go well we will be headed home from the hospital tomorrow. I got a little stir crazy this afternoon and walking the halls just wasn't going to cut it so I went down to the gift shop to browse a bit. It feels so good to actually feel good after surgery. I also feel pretty rested and I'm very ready to settle into our new normal at home.

My dad and Ann have been taking care of Olivia and have been such a tremendous help to us. Reid's parents were in town until this afternoon and Olivia got to spend some time with them yesterday. She's been very well taken care of by all her grandparents and I'm pretty sure she hasn't thought twice about us. Out of sight, out of mind.

She has had a cough for a few days so Reid took her to the doctor this morning. Sure enough the cough is just allergy related but sweet girl has her first ear infection. The good news is that she hasn't run a fever and was able to get antibiotics to treat it.

For all the change O…

One day at a time

For the first time in my life I feel like I'm truly living one day at a time. Reid and I had a pretty good day yesterday. We were able to sleep in which was wonderful. Reid made us lunch and we sat outside in the backyard. It was a beautiful day and being outside did a lot of good for my mental health. :) There were still a lot of hard moments as memories from the night before would come rushing back to mind. We miss our sweet babies so much.

Olivia had a good day yesterday. It was uneventful (which is a very good thing in the NICU) and they were able to turn down some of her medicine. We call every morning to check on our sweet girl and her nurse was quick to tell us how feisty our daughter is. We picked up on that in her first day of life, but it was funny to hear that someone else had observed the same. We are so in love with our feisty little Olivia.

After we left the hospital, Reid and I went on a dinner date. It was so good for us to get out and feel like we c…