Tuesday, April 6, 2010

4/5/10, 8:11, 11.5, 540 and a bunch of other numbers

gavin james williams was welcomed into the world by a NICU staff of 5, 3 doctors and an anesthesiologist - oh and tracee and i of course. i did my best impression of paparazzi with a flip in one hand and our camera in the other. it was hard to do that and hold tracee's hand at the same time. nevertheless he made his entrance at 8:11pm last night on april 5th. it's an unbelievable experience. to everyone out there that is a parent and has witnessed a c section delivery before you understand. but for us, witnessing it at the minute level that we witnessed it is something else. i remember thinking and probably saying "he's so small." and he is. 1 lb. 3oz. and 11.5 inches long. this kid is awesome. he is doing pretty darn good if i don't say so myself and i was obviously reassured by the doctors and the team of NICU staff that said so themselves. one really cool thing that gavin did was pee all up the respiratory staff member's arm as they laid him on his incubator bed in the OR. this is super special to me because when i was born, just before they weighed me, i peed all over the nurse! like father like son. once they got him all situated in the NICU with making sure his tubes were in the right places, i was able to come out and talk to our families. it was so great having them here as support. i got to ring the baby chime to celebrate gavin's entrance!
after getting everyone updated and showing them some pictures, i went down to visit with tracee. she was at rest and somewhat out of it (understandably) but i was able to show her some pictures and rejoice with her over our new bundle of joy. we prayed and thanked God for him. i said goodbye to our families and sent them in to say goodnight to tracee. we were privaleged to have bill and amy cavness with us. they continue to support and provide counsel to tracee and i and we love them very much.
after they all left i went down to check on gavin one last time and wish him a goodnight too. since they were pretty happy with his vitals and numbers we are pretty happy.
i just want to drive home the continued plea for prayers for gavin. the first week is very critical in terms of potential brain bleeds and other complications that might come up. the doctor came in today (one of the neonatologists) and explained what is going on for gavin. babies can sometimes have a honeymoon stage for the first couple of days where they appear to be doing better than they are. we STAND FIRM in God's provision and TRUST that He will continue to cup gavin in His hands and get him through this most critical time. pray for his health and safety!! pray fervently friends. tracee and i have been brought to tears so many times over posts to the blog that you have left and for messages on fb, via text and emails.
"we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Corinthians 2:8-9.
more to come.



  1. thanks for the update, bro. we're praying!!!!


    Tracee, I am so happy for you! Recovering from pre-e and a c-section is tough, I should know! Give yourself time to heal. Your body has been through alot!

    I know the next few weeks and months are going to completely change your life, it's the next chapter! You are such a good mommy! Gavin knows that you love him and would sacrifice your life for him - enjoy him now that he is here!

    Jeramy - Thanks for updating this blog, it is such a comfort! Congratuations on your newest addition! Post some pictures when you can... :)


  3. Jeramy! Congratulations on the birth of your son! What a blessing! My husband and I are praying for you and I'm going to ask my Bible Study ladies here in TN to pray for you as well. My niece and nephew were both born very premature and I know how stressful it can be, but the Lord is with you wherevery you go!!!! I pray that every morning will bring you word of HIS unfailing love (Psalm 143:8), and that HE will be your source of stability (Is. 33:6)

  4. Congrats Mamma and Dad!
    God has given you such an awesome gift. HE has choosen you two to be the parents to a little miracle and a testimony to his greatness! I am so proud that you two have stood firm on your faith and also to the promises that God has assured to all of us. Continue to praise God during this journey and your sure to be covered by his grace and mercy! Love you guys and thank you so much for keeping us updated! Can't wait to meet little Gavin and Reggie and I will continue to pray for all of you!

  5. Praising God for the gift of Gavin and praying for his continued strength and growth.

    So thankful for the people holding your arms up right now. Praying for them and for your hearts during this time.

    In Christ's love,
    Cate & Sean

  6. I LoVe this sentence... "this kid is awesome." Just love it! And how reassuring that he is peeing!!! Yay Baby G, way to go you little fighter you!

    I just want you both to know that at 9:46am today, 72 women sat encircled... lifting you, your marriage and Baby Gavin up to the Lord for protection, for comfort and for speedy growth on G's little lungs, skin, eyes, brain, etc. He has a battle ahead... but what an amazing little guy he will be! He will definitely know how to fight so be ready for an amazing adventure as you begin your new journey together.

    The three of you will remain in my prayers as Tracee heals and Gavin grows. If you need anything... let me know. (Tracee, I have a very clean/new breast pump if you haven't gotten one yet).

    love, grace & peace to you,

    "He tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; He gently leads those that have young." Isaiah 40:11

  7. Tracee,Jeramy and Gavin: The Lord has BLESSED the three of you and I know he will continue to. Today at 11:30 am all of you were prayed for as we finished up funeral arrangements for my mother. I want you to know we have asked friends and family to pray for all of you.
    Tracee I know what a GREAT mom you are and Gavin is blessed as you are. May God continue to walk with the three of you.
    love, joi

  8. I know we all wanted Gavin to stay in there for at least another week but I'm so happy that he was born on my birthday! :)
    The three of you come to my mind numerous times a day and you are constantly being prayed for. We love you guys.