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Zachary Nicholas McGarity

As most of you probably know by now Matt and I welcomed our first child into the world January 10, 2009 at 1:19 p.m. He was 4 lb. 12.6 oz.

It was a total surprise to us (and that’s an understatement). I was literally sitting at home getting ready to paint some birds on the nursery walls with my Mother-in-Law, Mikie. Then, less than 4 hours later, I was staring into the eyes of our son. Never in a million years did we suspect he would arrive as early as he did – 6 1/2 weeks early to be exact. He was breech and was delivered by C section, and after a very brief meeting was whisked away to the NICU. I had a rough time with it initially, but after a few days settled into the schedule of visiting Zach 2 times a day. He stayed in the NICU for 3 weeks. Everyone at the hospital was wonderful, and Zach was well taken care of.

We brought Zach home Saturday, Jan. 31. Since then Matt and I have been buried in diapers, bottles and functioning on very little sleep. All of that is normal of course – but all new to us. Despite all the fatigue we are more happy than we could have ever imagined, and Zach is amazing. Here are a few pictures taken over the past week and a half since he’s been home.

Tuesday Zach went for his 1 month checkup. He’s now 6.4 lbs., 18.3 inches high, and doing great. His “report card” from the doctor was an A+!

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