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The New Year Bundle of Joy – 01/11/17

I’ve been very preoccupied the last several days by my very own little miracle.

On January 5th, 2017, my son, Hudson William Bernard was born!

My wife and I went to the OB/GYN for a routine check-up on Thursday after taking a trip to the Emergency Room that Sunday night(January 1st) through Monday(January 2nd). What a way to celebrate the New Year!

Up until now, Hudson has been very uncooperative when it comes to ultrasounds.

He liked to hide his face from his mommy and daddy. He’s stubborn just like his parents(but more mommy than daddy).


He was adamant on keeping his face a secret, but he liked to show off everything else as you can see below.


Every step of the way, our son has shown us how much a blessing he is. We are grateful every day for the privilege of being his parents.

But as I said, Hudson had always done what he wanted to do, when he wanted to do it. That includes coming into the world six weeks early.

Because of this, our baby boy has been stuck in the NICU since Thursday. He fights every day and goodness is he a fighter! I’ve never been so proud in my life.

They say he might leave as soon as this weekend if his progress continues. I’m hopeful that my wife and I will be welcoming him to his new room on Sunday, January 15th, 2017.

I wanted to show my son’s progression over his six days in the NICU.


I swear he looks like a different baby from the first time he was admitted to the NICU.

It’s difficult to put into words how I’m feeling right now.

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel when he was born, but I can sense a change. I can feel the raw emotional changes within me. Simply looking at him makes me smile, makes me laugh, and even cry.

But the tears are ones of joy.

I don’t know what the future holds for my son, but I’m ecstatic and as ready(as I’ll ever be) to raise him.

But don’t go away just yet…I have another short message. 

I also want to say that the Roanoke Ronald McDonald House has been very good to us. It’s incredible and unexpected to see a foundation who’s as reliable and generous as they are. This organization is strongly committed to helping families in their time of need. My wife and I live an hour or more away from the hospital he’s staying at.

The Ronald McDonald house gave us a room to stay in and meals to eat while Hudson’s developing and getting stronger. The experience has touched us in a way that I’ll never forget. When our time at the House is done, we will do all we can to further their cause.

That’s why I’d like to ask you now…if you’ve been helped by the Ronald McDonald or you know someone who has, consider making a donation to them. The organization runs purely on the generosity of others–they don’t generate any profits.

If you’re going to donate, any amount will help them!

Thanks so much for reading! Now that my son’s quickly improving, I can focus on my writing once more.

So, here’s to a new baby, a new year, and many successful writing endeavors!




Aspiring Writer, Avid Gamer, Green-thumbed gardener.

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