Tuesday, August 30, 2011

And Second Time to the Rodeo Makes Four

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.


Dawn, said...

He is gorgeous already at hours old... following in his big brothers footsteps! So glad to hear Kelli is doing well. It was hard on me to have such complicated pregnancies and to watch her go through this again brings back hard memories. So worth the HUGE gift that is received in the end, but doesn't take away the fear and pain completely... an act of love in the BIGGEST way. Bravo Kelli. Can't wait to see Mason... and missing Lincoln. Praying you can ALL be home, safe and healthy, SOON!!

MISTY said...

I am so glad everything worked out good. He is such a big boy. He would have been huge. Congrats! and take it easy so you all can be together soon.

Mr and Mrs Smith and Co said...

Such a sweet little thing! And I love that he is still holding his hands in tight. Makes me wanna blubber. I think he already looks a bit like Kelli :) So sad she doesn't get to see him :( But I hope things turn out all right in the end. Good luck!

Ioana said...

Congratulations!!! He looks so handsome! We'll keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!

Leslie@leserleeslovesandhobbies said...

We will send prayers your way. And for him being so early, he has a pretty decent birth weight. I hope Mason and Kelli recover quickly so you can all be home together soon.

Emily said...

Beautiful! Love his name and his cute family. Hope you continue to do well.