New baby…

October 14, 2009 at 6:08 pm (Family, spiritual growth)

Whoohoo! New baby has arrived! My wife delivered our first child on Monday at 11:42am. Coming in at a whopping 8 lbs. 11 ozs., Ivy-Jane Sommer Southworth is healthy and happy (usually:-)

I’m not usually a really emotional guy, but I just have to express my overwhelming thankfulness for God’s mercy and provision. Neither Kyna nor I deserve the grace He has shown us in the whole pregnancy, labor, and delivery process; I am truly awed by His sovereign, free love towards us. We are also blown away by the friends and family who have stood faithfully by us: their love is also overwhelming and their help indispensable.

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The waiting game

October 7, 2009 at 9:58 am (Family, time)

I think I’ve mentioned before that my wife and I are expecting our first child. Well, we’re still “expecting.” The baby was due last Thursday and, as of today, still seems to prefer the warm confines of her mother’s belly.

It’s a weird feeling, this waiting. We obviously know that we’ll never be returning to “normal,” but we’re still caught in a kind of holding pattern. We’ve done all the reading and preparation we can do for the delivery; the nursery is all ready; family has come and will be coming to help out; my wife’s all ready for her maternity leave. And yet…we can’t move on to this next exciting life stage just yet.

So I make plans in case I have to miss a day of class for Grad School (depending on when the baby comes). My wife tries to continue working (some days) so as not to use up all her sick days. Her sister patiently waits as her week of vacation wiles away here at our home.

“Come on, kiddo! Let’s get this party started!”

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Naming children is hard…

July 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm (characters, Family, Writing)

Naming children is way harder than naming characters in my writing. I know that’s probably not a shock to anyone, but now that I’m actually in the process of naming a – first! – child, the difficulties are highlighted. Does the name flow easily with ‘Southworth?’ Does it have a good meaning (no one wants to discover at the age of twenty that their name really meant “despicable one” or “tall stalk of wheat”)? Is it easily twisted to an embarrassing nickname (because if it is, junior high classmates will certainly discover it)? So many pitfalls!

If my child was a character in one of my stories, I could just make up a name (Ulion or Salisia or Ogabobabo) and move on. But a bad name can really scar a kid! So we have to be careful. What do you think about Olga?

Just kidding:-)

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