Monday, March 9, 2009

Ethan Kendrick Mullis

Our son is here! Ethan was born on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 6:46 a.m. He weighs 6 pounds 5 ounces and is 19 1/2 inches long. He has lots of dark brown hair and, in my opinion, is too beautiful for words.

However, not long after his birth it was discovered that Ethan was born with a few birth defects, the most serious of those being a life-threatening heart defect. He spent most of the afternoon and evening on Sunday in the Special Care Nursery at Rex before being transported to Duke around 9:00 last night. My OB has agreed to discharge me a day early (today) so that we can go to Duke and be with our son.

We are exhausted, scared, and empty. We miss him more than we can express. We are so thankful for the team of wonderful nurses and doctors who have assembled around our little boy. We are thankful for the support group of friends and family who have been praying around the clock for our family. We could not do this without any of those people, and especially not without a God that we know is bigger than any of this.

Please continue to pray and keep those calls and e-mails coming. We may not respond, but know that hearing from you guys in any way, shape, or form does wonders for our spirits.

I'll post some pictures once we get them onto our computer! He truly is a handsome little boy :)

22 comments:

traci said...

Congratulations on the beautiful baby Boy! Please know that we are praying for you all. You are so right that God is there with you. I am glad that you can sense his presence. Much Love and Hugs are coming from the Rowe's.

Aaron said...

Congratulations guys! Many prayers are being lifted up for you throughout the day. Our hearts and prayers are with you and little Ethan.

Ashley said...

We are rejoicing with you over Ethan's life! We are praying for and with you. --Ashley and the Griffith family

Taylor said...

My dearest Joye, Donnie and I are so happy for you and Jeramie at the birth of your precious baby boy. Our hearts and prayers are with you always and we know that our God is the Jehovah-raffa, He is our healer. All our love and prayers, Taylor & Donnie.

Kim Smith said...

We're praying for you guys! We'll come visit soon. I'm glad that Dr. Milazzo is involved... he's the best of the best, in my opinion! We love you all and can't wait to meet Ethan. Hang in there!

Hugh said...

Praying now...

Janet Fuller said...

Dear Joye, Jeramie, and Ethan. You have all been in our prayers for many months now and continue to be in our prayers. Gregg also asked that I convey that you are in his prayers also. I spoke with him twice yesterday with updates. We love each of you dearly and look forward to precious Ethan. God's peace be with you. Love Auntie Jan, Bart (and Gregg)

Constance said...

Congratulations on the arrival of little Ethan. The Alston's continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in knowing that Ethan is in the hands of the Master Physician, there's not a better one he could have.

Amanda said...
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Amanda said...

Thank you for the updates. We are constantly praying for his little body and for your peace through it all. I am glad God is in control. See you all soon! Love the Baumann's

Scott Hennis said...

Congratulations Joye!!! You will be a wonderful mom. Rebecca and I stand beside you in prayer for the little one, and believe with you for God's will to shine. 1 Thess. 5:16-18; "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." We are with you, in all circumstances in Christ.

Terry said...

Congratulations Mullis Family!! As a first time great Auntie I'm feeling older--but in this case that's a good thing!! I can't wait to meet my nephew Ethan, I have no doubt he's as beautiful as Joye describes. Rich & I as well as our Sunday School class are praying for you. This is a tough one, but God is with you & Ethan and He sees the bigger plan that we cannot. Remember ... "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Prov. 3:5) -- Love, Hugs & Prayers are with you -- Auntie Terry & Uncle Rich

Michael and Tiffany said...

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! We can't wait to see pictures of the little guy. All three of you are in our thoughts and prayers and if there's anything we can do for you - don't hesitate to let us know.

Michael and Tiffany Armstrong

Janet said...

You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Can't wait to meet the wee one!

Christi said...

Joye, Jeramie and Ethan--we are constantly thinking about all of you and praying that you will feel God's peace and comfort through every step of the way. We are anxiously awaiting pictures of the handsome little guy. God is bigger than we can ever imagine, and His hand is in control. With Love and Prayers, Christi and Nathan Standley

Anne said...

Congratulations! Wow... a baby boy! I am so excited for you! You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers all day today. Love Anne

Lisa said...

The Quinn's send you guys a big hug and lots of prayers. We can't wait to see pictures of Ethan, we hear he is pretty darn handsome :-)

Beth said...

Hi Joy, Jeramie, & Ethan, Just want you to know that you ALL are in our thoughts and our prayers!! Keep your chins up for our mighty God is in total control. He knows best in ALL things! Love you,
Larry & Beth White

Nichole said...
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Nichole said...

Congrats again on your little boy. I love the name! We are praying for you guys. If there is anything we can do for you both let me know. I know meals helped me so much so if I can bring over dinner one night I love to cook so let me know when. I know you will not have time as you are traveling back and forth from the hospital as Ethan recovers. Can't wait to see pics of your little man.
Nichole Hackmann

Elizabeth said...

Joye...know that I am lifting up your precious little boy Ethan, you, and your husband in prayer. What a blessing that you feel the presence of the Lord in this tough time. Hang in there, and know that many love you all and are praying for you.

love,
Elizabeth Cherry

Angela said...

I've been following your story for about two weeks...congrats on your new baby boy!

You two are truly an inspiration!!!!!!!!!

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