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One Month

In Liam on August 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a month since this little guy came into our lives.  Liam is growing and for the first time tonight gave me a brief smile.  We didn’t have a one month check up so I don’t really have accurate stats, but these are what I am guessing they’re pretty close to.  One month olds don’t have many tricks yet, but here is some info about ours:

*Almost 11 pounds (He’s a BIG boy!)*

*HATES his baths!*

*LOVES to eat*

*Loves to be held*

*Doesn’t like to be put down or put in his bouncy seat*

*Almost out of all his newborn clothes*

*Loves being outside*

*Has long eyelashes that slightly curl at the end.  (Oh my heavens!)*

~Thanks to Steph for the super cute month onesies!~


The Anatomy of a Name

In Family, Liam on August 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm

When we chose Liam’s name, I really expected to find that most people had heard it before.  Well, that hasn’t been the case and we’ve had a lot of people ask how we chose it.

First of all, no, we did not name him after actor Liam Neeson, though we do like his work.  And secondly, though it is an Irish name, we weren’t paying homage to my Irish roots.  I’d heard the name several times in the last 1o years and loved the sound of it.  I liked that it sounded masculine and fit a little boy as well as a grown man.

Liam means strong, or strong willed warrior, depending on which source you consult.  Sometime before Liam was born I began to read through the book of Joshua in the Old Testament.  In chapter one, God commissions Joshua to take leadership of the Israelites and lead them into the Promise Land.  And do you know what he tells Joshua to do?  Be strong.  He repeats it three times.  And specifically he tells him to be strong and courageous so that he can follow and do all the things that God tells him to do.

When I read that I was hooked.  What better name to give our son than one that means strength as a prayer that he would be strong in the Lord to do everything that God wants of him.  To be strong in character and that strength would teach him to embody the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Let’s face it, life in Christ isn’t easy, and it takes a lot of strength that can only be found through Jesus to follow the Lord.  And that’s what we want for our son.

Liam’s middle name, Derek, is from Nathan’s dad, Derek, a man we both respect.

So little Liam, that is our prayer for you, that you would be strong in the Lord and that He would use you to be effective for His kingdom throughout your life on earth.  There is nothing more that your dad and I want more for you than that.


Life with Liam

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2011 at 8:34 am

My goodness life has changed within 3 short weeks.  Liam is here and he has turned our world upside down, mostly in good ways!  It’s hard to believe that 3 short weeks ago we were just coming home with our new little bundle from the hospital.  It seems like an eternity ago!  One thing is sure, that little boy has mom and dad smitten with him.  He is such a gift and I am again in awe of God’s creative nature.

Liam snoozing in the Boppy.

We had the immense privilege of having both sets of our parents come stay with us for at least a week since Liam has come.  They loved on Liam, scrubbed my floors, made meals, bought us groceries, let us get out for a “mini-date”, and took Liam so we could get some sleep.  I can’t imagine how different these first three weeks would have gone if they hadn’t given so much of themselves.  Thanks Grandpas and Grandmas for coming to stay!  We really can’t thank you enough!

So other than spending time with family, the three of us are trying to establish our new normal.  Liam and I spend most of our days working on nursing (whoever said this was the most natural skill to pick up never nursed my son!), taking naps, going on walks and getting out in the world.  Nathan and I have taken Liam to the coast twice, Ikea, dinner out, shopping, to visit my work, and for some fro yo!  We really wanted our life to continue as much as possible with the introduction of a child, so we try to take him wherever we can with us.

Milk coma

Though nursing has been quite the learning curve, Liam really is a champion eater and even takes the occasional bottle from Dad, a sure sign that date nights are in our immediate future!  He’s also a pretty decent sleeper, going for 4-5 hour stretches at night.  Right now we’re working on him being able to sleep in his own bed and cry it out a bit.  Liam peeing in our bed this morning gave me a kick in the pants to get him out of our bed sooner!  We tried to let him cry it out for the first time yesterday during nap time and the experience ended with me in tears.  We’ll get there eventually.

Daddy's "mini-me"

Other than that, I spend the rest of my day taking in every noise and face he makes.  Who knew you could love something so little so completely.  Some days I can hardly believe that he’s our’s and we get to keep him.  I melt over every little yawn, sneeze and sigh this boy makes.  In short, I LOVE motherhood and it is equally as satisfying to see Nathan as a dad.  My cup is pretty full these days.

I’m working on Liam’s birth story and will hope to have that posted in the next few days b/c we know women love us a good birth story.  🙂


My Wife

In Family on August 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Can you believe this women gave birth not eight days ago?  My wife is smokin hot.


In Family on August 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm


Liam Derek Eagles

Born July 29th, 2011 – 1:23pm

8 lbs 7 oz & 21 inches