Six Photos from my Boy’s Birth

My son was born today at 6:15 a.m. after 12 hours and 15 minutes of serious labor. The kid is 8lbs. 7 ounces, 20 inches long and is covered with ever-so-light peachy fuzzy hair. And, he only caused his mother a second degree tear. Woo hoo!

Here are a few quick pictures, kind of graphic if you’re not accustomed to childbirth…

Photo of the baby being pulled by the doctor out of his mother.

Photo of the baby less than a second after coming out of his mother.

Photo of the doctor clearing the baby's airway.

That super-blue gloved person is a midwife. There are only 3 or 4 seconds between splash down and suck out, then the baby gets scooped up in a towel and placed on mom’s chest still bloody. One good sneeze and you could be asking, "Hey, where did that baby come from?"

Photo of the baby crying on his mother's chest, still bloody.

Photo of the baby cleaned off resting on his mother's chest.

Photo of the baby sleeping while holding a friend's pinky finger.

All except that last one were obviously taken in the seconds after birth.

The name? Wilson, after his two great grandfathers (Wilbur and Judson). I fought for Flynn to the very end. It was also favored by our first nurse of the evening who drummed up a list of her favorite Gaelic names for us. I did win a concession that my unusued favorite names will be bestowed upon any and all future household pets. Oh well!

Now, back to the hospital…


51 Responses to “Six Photos from my Boy’s Birth”

  1. Paul says:

    Cogratulations to Wilson and family!!!! That’s a lot of hair for a baby. ;-)

    Please let us know how the first meeting goes between him and his new sister.

    March 21st, 2008 at 9:34 am

  2. Erica says:

    Congrats! He’s totally cute. I love the picture of him suckin’ his thumb on momma’s chest. Now I see it wasn’t just creativity that got me two points on the Wilson onesie design idea. :o)

    March 21st, 2008 at 9:49 am

  3. K G S says:

    Congratulations to the whole family!

    Now, let the great sleep deprivation experiment begin!

    March 21st, 2008 at 9:56 am

  4. Patti says:

    Yay, successful birth! Congrats and hugs and all kinds of happy warm fuzzy thoughts….

    March 21st, 2008 at 10:05 am

  5. Christy says:

    Congrats to the whole ThingamaFamily!

    He is one handsome little man with an awesome name. Hope all are doing well!

    March 21st, 2008 at 10:27 am

  6. Mark says:

    Congratulations to all! I’ll play a little Barenaked Ladies (“I’m lying in bed, just like Brian Wilson did”) in your honor. Enjoy your new addition!

    March 21st, 2008 at 10:35 am

  7. Will says:


    March 21st, 2008 at 10:44 am

  8. Katy says:

    Oh my gosh…how incredibly sweet!!! Congratulations!! He is beautiful and i love his name and also how you chose it!! makes me want to cry…I have three children…and I miss those invaluable first moments you get with them….soo sweet!!! Enjoy your new little bundle! :)

    March 21st, 2008 at 11:02 am

  9. kim says:

    Congratulations! I am getting over my aversion to the name (makes me think of Tom Hanks’ ball on that damn island — I was pulling for Cyrus, my husband’s name). Getting over it is easier now that I have a much more adorable association!

    March 21st, 2008 at 11:16 am

  10. Tara says:


    March 21st, 2008 at 11:23 am

  11. Barbara says:


    March 21st, 2008 at 11:30 am

  12. Carrie says:

    Congratulations on your baby boy!

    March 21st, 2008 at 11:36 am

  13. Bev says:

    Congratulations, you two! Tom and Laurel should be right behind you in a few days. Wilson is a beautiful little boy. And congratulations to the grandparents, too!

    March 21st, 2008 at 12:08 pm

  14. Kevin says:


    March 21st, 2008 at 12:12 pm

  15. Beckie says:

    He’s so cute!! CONGRATULATIONS :)

    March 21st, 2008 at 12:30 pm

  16. Chief Family Officer says:

    Congratulations to all of you! And a special well done to your wife!

    Those pictures really bring back some memories (blinking away some tears).

    I’m looking forward to when you start to acquire pets so you can use those names :)

    March 21st, 2008 at 12:48 pm

  17. adrienne says:

    Welcome to the world, dashing young Wilson!

    March 21st, 2008 at 1:11 pm

  18. mrsgryphon says:

    Congratulations! Welcome to the world, little Wilson! So much to explore!

    March 21st, 2008 at 1:45 pm

  19. Allison (CodeCrafter) says:

    Congratulations again and welcome Wilson!

    The pictures are great. The third from the end is definitely the “wahhh where am I?! It’s cold and bright!” cry.

    The last two pictures are so sweet!

    March 21st, 2008 at 1:45 pm

  20. Nicole says:

    Congratulations to your family. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures.

    March 21st, 2008 at 1:59 pm

  21. PsychMamma says:

    Welcome to the world Wilson! What a happy day. Hope that everyone is getting caught up on rest. I have to share with you that my 2 y/o daughter wanted to see the pics of Wilson, and at the one with him sucking his thumb, she pointed and said, “Baby’s mommy.” Since there are not really any definitive features evident, I asked her how she knew it wasn’t the baby’s daddy, and she shook her head forcefully and adamantly stated, “No! Mommy.” I was just amazed/impressed by the innate ability of little ones to identify a mommy when they see one. Or maybe she just got lucky…… :-) Anyway, thanks for sharing the pics. Look forward to hearing all the upcoming baby news.

    March 21st, 2008 at 2:21 pm

  22. Melissa says:

    Many congrats! That’s a fine lookin’ boy you got there!

    March 21st, 2008 at 3:19 pm

  23. Asha {Parent Hacks} says:

    Congrats to all of you!

    March 21st, 2008 at 3:19 pm

  24. ericafromamerica says:

    mazol tov! wilson is so big and beautiful. glad the birth went well and mom is doing ok. congratulations. :)

    March 21st, 2008 at 3:49 pm

  25. thordora says:

    Congrats! Very handsome!

    Now I’ll think of Home Improvement when you mention your son though. :)

    Vivian keeps saying “ugh”, but can’t help but smile while looking at him. :)

    Now go get some sleep.

    March 21st, 2008 at 3:55 pm

  26. jason says:


    March 21st, 2008 at 4:50 pm

  27. Priscilla says:

    Congratulations! Glad to hear everyone is doing well. Looking forward to hearing about the new adventures!

    March 21st, 2008 at 4:58 pm

  28. Alisha says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! He’s a cutie. :)

    March 21st, 2008 at 5:23 pm

  29. Nichole says:

    Congratulations! That’s a great name for a fantastic-looking boy.

    March 21st, 2008 at 7:03 pm

  30. kdaily says:

    Wilson is a good name. (A million times better than my suggested name of Milo!) I hope Mom is doing well. Congratulations to your family.

    March 21st, 2008 at 7:04 pm

  31. Kim/hormone-colored days says:

    Congratulations all around!

    March 21st, 2008 at 7:52 pm

  32. The Opinionated Parent says:

    Congratulations from all of us to all of you!!

    March 21st, 2008 at 7:58 pm

  33. Nancy says:

    Congratulations! He’s gorgeous.

    March 21st, 2008 at 8:11 pm

  34. pickel says:

    Wilson is PERFECT. Congrats. You know that was my fav!

    March 21st, 2008 at 10:01 pm

  35. Inki says:

    Congratulations, and well done to your wife! He is a cutie! Good luck with the homecoming!

    March 21st, 2008 at 11:54 pm

  36. Kelly says:

    Happy Happy Birthday Wilson!!!! Congratulations Thingamafamily!

    March 22nd, 2008 at 1:23 am

  37. sunriseiz says:

    Congratulations! He is beautiful! Great choice of name too. ;) Here is a picture our Wilson born March 2006. He is wonderful and his big sister looooves him. I am sure the same will be true for you as well!

    Best wishes to you all!!!

    March 22nd, 2008 at 6:48 am

  38. Jessica G says:

    Welcome to the world Wilson!
    Congratulations to the whole family. I can’t wait to hear how Little Miss takes to being a Big Sis.

    March 22nd, 2008 at 7:11 am

  39. Amber says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy your new little one!

    March 22nd, 2008 at 8:17 am

  40. Darby says:

    Congratulations! Our boys are exactly 3 weeks apart. Mine dear son, Eli, was born on Friday February 29th – Leap Day. I’ll be able to map my son’s growth right along with yours…how fun!

    Enjoy your sweet boy.

    March 22nd, 2008 at 11:29 am

  41. nrbp says:

    Congratulations! Welcome to our corner of the universe Wilson!

    March 22nd, 2008 at 11:34 am

  42. Colette says:

    Congratulations to the whole family – thanks for sharing your journey with your Thinga-readers!

    Wilson is just beautiful! Enjoy this precious time!

    March 22nd, 2008 at 6:39 pm

  43. Karen says:

    Awww…he’s beautiful. I can’t wait to see him (and all of you) in person. Congrats to all of you and way to go Mama!! He looks big!

    March 22nd, 2008 at 8:20 pm

  44. Mama Peach says:

    A HUGE congratulations to you all! What a beautiful addition to the family!!!

    March 22nd, 2008 at 8:32 pm

  45. Jenna says:

    Great News! I have been waiting to read about the expected arrival. I suspected the full moon would do it.

    I love the photos!

    Welcome to this world little Wilson!


    March 22nd, 2008 at 9:24 pm

  46. K says:


    Happy Birthday Wilson. Welcome to the world.

    March 23rd, 2008 at 7:20 am

  47. kristina says:

    Congratulations! I love the name Wilson (my older son’s middle name). I also had another boy 2/28, so keep up the good product reviews (once you get some sleep)!

    March 23rd, 2008 at 9:05 am

  48. Kathleen says:

    Congratulations on your newest bundle of joy!! We wish you all the happiness and love in the world!!

    March 23rd, 2008 at 10:50 am

  49. Jeff in NJ says:

    Congratulations on the new arrival! We have 3 of our own.

    Just found your page for the first time tonight. I’m going to put a link on our family blog. Can’t wait to read more.

    your pictures brought me back to the births of my 3 boys 2, 4, and 5 years ago. Thanks!!


    March 23rd, 2008 at 5:04 pm

  50. SB says:

    A cutie pie…….
    Celebration time….!

    March 23rd, 2008 at 10:06 pm

  51. Aimee says:

    I just wanted to say that my daughter was born on the same day. :) At 2:58pm. :)

    Oh & your son was/is a beautiful baby! <3

    August 4th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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