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pictures, pictures, pictures of baby Liam

October 14, 2010 9 comments

Here are some pictures for our friends and family.

William David Wilson, “Liam,” came late night at 11:21pm.

Yesterday I told Lee, maybe we will be in the hospital by Thursday night, little did I know we would have our son to hold before midnight Wednesday. In fact I told Lee to go and grab a sandwich downstairs at Subway. Before he returned, the doctor came in and asked if I had a way I could reach Lee because this baby was ready to come.

Through all of the ultrasounds and news of him measuring small, we are amazed at the Lord’s graciousness and kindness toward us. He weighs a little over 7 and 1/2 pounds and is healthy . God is good and does good.

I am feeling really well for just delivering a baby. Recovery, without disclosing too much information, will be just about as easy as it gets. With two children under two, this is another one of God’s kindnesses.

Thank you for all of your prayers over this pregnancy. We have found great comfort in our good and gracious God, knowing that Jesus is for us, in all circumstances.

Lee, explaining to Liam that he too will one day have a beard.

Jonathan Skagfield and Jordan Howerton both seeing Liam for the first time. They had planned to camp out in the waiting room all night, but Liam was ready to come quicker than we all expected.

This was Jordan’s face the entire night – amazed.

Jonathan, who made the three hour drive just to be here for Liam’s birth. He also made the 10 hr drive from Florida for Abbey’s birth.

I am feeling no pain at this point. I am also stunned he is already here. Lee told me to look excited, which was not hard.

Early this morning

Liam’s first time to see the sun.


Baby Liam: Real Time Live Updates

October 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Don’t panic, as of the posting time of this note, Liam is still happily kicking and throwing his elbows around in Beth’s belly – he seems content there even though today is his due date.

I just wanted to pass the word along to our faithful blog checking friends that I will be live updating about Liam’s birth via Twitter.

Last time around, there was an outcry of opposition due to the delays in posting photos of Abbey after she was born. This time around, the ease of updating Twitter with short bits of information and photos using my iPhone makes staying informed much easier … and gives all of us fewer headaches when it comes time to post the all-important first baby pics.

Lest you be tempted to stress out because you are not familiar with Twitter – don’t fret, it’s easy.

You don’t have to sign up for anything. You can just open on your web browser, refresh every now and again, and voilà instant updates. (you can also track Beth at but don’t hold your breathe for many updates from her, she’ll be otherwise engaged)

If you are a Facebook aficionado, you can also just keep an eye on my status updates (which Twitter automatically posts for me) and you will be hip to the details of Liam’s arrival.

I hope this is a help to you, friends and family. Know that you are loved.

(and, know that both Beth and I update our Twitter accounts much more frequently than the blog … it’s just so quick and easy for everybody involved … but we will continue to keep posting to the blog as life continues to unfold for us in West Tennessee)

Categories: parenting, Pregnancy

things in toilets too: or, lesson not learned

August 20, 2010 2 comments

Several weeks ago we posted about a mishap involving a t-shirt in a toilet and a baby confusing a washing machine and a toilet bowl.

Evidently, we didn’t learn our lesson.

Yesterday was laundry day for our bed linens. Beth washed our sheets, comforter, and pillowcases to a whiter than bleach white – and Abbey helped.

Today Abbey decided to do laundry again.

She managed to first steal a pillow off our bed and then cram it halfway into the toilet before Beth and I discovered the transgression.

While I pray several times a week that Abbey would love being a helper to her mommy, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

Here’s Abbey only minutes after we busted her for misguided helpfulness:

requesting prayer for tomorrow’s (Monday’s) ultrasound

August 15, 2010 4 comments

Tomorrow morning (Monday, August 16th) is the follow up ultrasound with our perinatologist.

Originally we were on the books for 8am, but they backed us up to 9:30am, so if you think to pray, that’s when we will be figuring out what is going on with baby boy.

If you have no clue what I am talking about, jump over to our blog from three weeks ago and you can get up to speed with the complications with our pregnancy: “Pregnancy Update: Five Long Days”

This seems like the appropriate point at which to update you on how Beth and I are doing, but to be honest I don’t really know if I can. We know that tomorrow could be good news, tough news, scary news, bad news, or a combination of any of the above. So I think we are having a tough time really knowing what to feel, and the feelings shift so fast.

Please just pray that all is well with the little guy and that the Lord would give us the grace we need for tomorrow and the faith to face whatever come our way.

Thank you for praying, we will keep you posted.

Categories: parenting, Pregnancy

pregnancy update: five long days

July 26, 2010 8 comments

I will explain more for those of you who are not yet in the loop, but first let’s all enjoy our baby boy’s first portrait:

(That’s his face, in case you can’t make it out, with his fist touching his forehead)

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For those of you who have no clue what the dramatic title is all about, let me get you updated. (If you are in the know, you can skip down to the section below):

On Thursday, Beth had a regular checkup at her midwife clinic.  She called me at work to let me know there was concerning news.

Beth informed me that she is “measuring small” – that her tummy is not as large as it should be.  In fact, her tummy should measure close to 29 centimeters, but she is closer to 24.

Problem #1: as far as we know, Wilsons don’t do small babies.

Problem #2: the discrepancy in Beth’s size could indicate a failure to thrive – that the baby is not getting the nutrients he needs to grow properly.

Problem #3: measuring small could also indicate that there is insufficient amniotic fluid around the baby, which can signal major problems at this point in the pregnancy.

For all of these reasons, the midwife was concerned and decided to send us to the perinatologist (an expert in high-risk pregnancies and ultrasounds) to take a look our son via the miracle of hi-definition ultrasound technology.

So she scheduled an appointment …

Fast forward through a weekend of anxiety, tears, sleeplessness, nervous silence, prayer, internet research, Bible studying, trouble focusing, and assorted other feelings … and you get to this morning’s appointment:

Long(ish) story short: Beth and I walked out of the perinatologist’s office relieved, but not necessarily out of the woods.

The details: What we discovered is that our son is, at this point, a bit on the small side – 2 pounds, 10 ounces (that’s the 32nd percentile, if you know what “percentile” mean).  This is not necessarily concerning, except for the fact that Abbey was a hefty infant.

It also seems that he has been thriving in the womb.

I say “has been” because his belly was a bit smaller than the doctor would have liked, which could indicate that he is not getting all the nutrients he needs and the development of his head is taking precedence over a “less vital” body part.  It is possible that he is just thin around the middle – but it’s also possible that something is not quite right.

As for the amniotic fluid, Beth’s levels were right where they should be, which was incredibly reassuring to us.

So, now what?

In three weeks we will be back to visit the perinatologist and have another ultrasound.  The doctor will compare results and see if our son is continuing to grow at a steady rate and with steady proportions (that’s good) or if his head is growing at a faster rate than his tummy (that’s not good).

Though we still don’t know exactly what is going on inside of Beth’s belly, we know that our son kicks a lot and has a steady heart-rate, so we know that, right now, he seems to be healthy.

As for now, nothing changes – no bed-rest for Beth and no diet or exercise restrictions.

As for later, we will wait and see what the next ultrasound says, hoping that all is well and he is developing at a steady rate of growth.

We are relieved and we are thankful for friends and family who love, serve, and pray for us so well – we are deeply appreciative and love you all very much.

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Final note:  Beth and I are about 95% decided on our son’s name.  We’ll let you know when we hurdle that last 5%.

Categories: Baby, parenting, Pregnancy

i married a genius

June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

My wife is brilliant.

We were talking tonight about parenting, disciplining children, and sharing the gospel with children and she basically said the following:

Parents have children.  Parents pass their own sin down to their children.  Children sin in the same way their parents sin.  Parents must figure out how to correct their children and speak the gospel to their sin.  In doing so, parents must learn how to speak the gospel to their own sin.  In this way (among others) parents learn to preach the gospel to themselves and are sanctified through their children.

Like I said, Beth is brilliant and it never ceases to encourage me to see Beth mother Abbey.

I am a fortunate man.

Categories: parenting

newsflash: a wilson family update

March 3, 2010 14 comments