Friday, October 21, 2011

First Adventure with Mckenna

So who knows if this will work or not as I'm trying to post this from my iPad. We are currently at Starbucks, unfortunately not Dunkin Donuts, enjoying our first adventure with Mckenna! No clue if these pictures will show or not :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Mandi & Mckenna

It's thankful Thursday time! We all have so much to be thankful for and we love to take this opportunity just to write down each and everything that comes to mind. Please take this time to share with us what you're thankful for as well. If you have a blog expressing your thankfulness, please share the link! Without further ado, here's what we're thankful for:

Mandi's List:
I'm thankful for our sweet baby Mckenna. God has truly blessed us with the perfect baby girl for our family. I am so in love with her already...I can't wait for the years to come and to watch her grow!

I'm thankful for my fantastic husband. I always knew Ronnie would be a great daddy...but he has far surpassed my expectations. He is truly a natural. What's funny is that I thought I'd be the one leading us into the parenting realm, helping him learn the ropes. But man was I wrong. I look to him, I lean on him. He's the pro and I'm just following his lead. I can tell she's going to be a daddy's girl one can calm her like he can.

Ronnie's List:

I'm thankful for a strong woman for a wife. Mandi was a total champ this weekend and I couldn't be more proud of her. She planned on going unmedicated during labor since finding out we were pregnant, but it's one thing to say you want to do it, and actually do it when the rubber meets the road. She never even questioned it and never doubted for a second that she could go through with it. I can't imagine the pain she must have felt while giving birth early Monday morning, but I do know this, it was beautiful.

I'm so thankful for the new addition to our family. Mckenna Day Sharpe was born Monday morning at 12:44am and weighed in at 6lbs 2 oz. She is a tiny little girl and really took her nickname "peanut" to heart. Mandi and I are really looking forward to traveling this parenting road together, and both agree, that we wouldn't want to travel that road with any other little girl in the world.
I'm thankful for the massive amounts of love and support shown to us throughout this entire process. I'm talking from the IVF process, to getting pregnant, to having our daughter. The emails, comments, notes, etc are so appreciated from you all and truly make us feel loved. The CF community is a very special one and I'm extremely proud and humbled to be a part of it.

So, what are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Common question: Is it possible that Mckenna has CF?

Is it possible? Yes. Is it probable? No. The chances that Mckenna has CF are SLIM TO NONE. The first thing Mandi and I did when we decided we wanted to start a family, was getting Mandi tested for the CF gene. Mandi was screened for all known mutations (over 1600) and they concluded that Mandi was NOT a carrier of any known CF mutation. The chance that Mandi is a carrier of a single copy of any CF mutation is less than 1% (.0004% to be exact). Therefore, the chance that Mckenna would have CF is less than .000001%, or less than 1 out of 1,000,000. So, anything is possible, but it is not very likely. In other words, there's a greater chance that she has a host of other things going on than it would be that she has CF :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mckenna's First Day

Mckenna Day Sharpe was born at 12:44am on the morning of October 17th, just missing her momma's birthday by 45 minutes! She was 6 lbs 2 oz and 17 inches long.