Announcement: We are now a family of four. Mason Bryce Williams was born via c-section on Tuesday August 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children. His due date was October 6, so he is 5 weeks and 2 days early. Nevertheless, he weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz and was 18 inches long. Kelli developed preeclamspia again, so yet another early baby - hence our second time to the rodeo. Lincoln was born at 36 weeks and weighed just five ounces more.
Mason is having a little bit tougher a time breathing than Lincoln did and is in the NICU. We anticipate he will have a several days' stay there, where Lincoln did not. He is making good progress, though. The big downside is that we have to go to him for visits and cannot keep him in our room with us. What is more, Kelli is on magnesium post-delivery for the high blood pressure. This means staying in the bed and only liquids for 24 hours (until tomorrow afternoon). As such, she cannot go see Mason until tomorrow. They did let her stop by on the way back from recovery. We are grateful that both Kelli and Mason are doing well and are excited to start our life as a family of four.
Mason is named for his grandfathers - indirectly. His middle name, "Bryce," is a combination of Brian (Tyler's dad) and Bruce (Kelli's dad). His first name, while continuing the historical theme, was also Papa Williams' nickname in high school. This apparently had something to do with a 70s musician famous for a song called "Classical Gas." Mason and Lincoln have wonderful grandfathers and Kelli and Tyler have amazing fathers. We hope that both follow in the examples of Mason's namesakes.
Thanks to everyone for their prayers and well wishes. We would appreciate your continued prayers for Kelli's speedy recovery and for Mason's quick progress, so he can come home soon.
Now for some pictures. These are all in the NICU. The "bow" on his head is an IV.