Introducing Vaughn Bacon

For the past few years, we've had this saying in our family:

The Bacons can do hard things.

Brooke and I started saying it in response to our kids when they struggled and whined about doing something hard. Like learning to ride a two wheel bike. Pulling a tooth. Reading a new book with "big kid" words. Swimming by themselves from one end of the pool to the other. 

"We're the Bacons. We can do hard things." It's a reminder and an encouragement to our kids that each day they'll face challenges that seem hard, but can certainly be done through persistence and hard work.

Over time, Brooke and I started saying it to each other, jokingly at first and then more seriously.

Me: Putting together this IKEA furniture sucks!
Her: The Bacons can do hard things.

Her: This is going to be a really stressful week for me.
Me: The Bacons can do hard things.

Me: Should we have a fourth kid?
Her: The Bacons can do hard things.

I even said it to myself right before deadlifting 345 lbs (!) at the gym last week. The Bacons can do hard things.

You see? It works pretty good as a mantra.

It also came in handy this week as we delivered that fourth child mentioned above under some pretty tenuous circumstances. For those of you who missed the announcement, Vaughn Calvin Bacon was born at 2:08pm on Monday, June 27th weighing 4lbs, 1oz. 

He is adorable. He's also a tiny little nugget. 

Lots of babies are born premature at the 30-34 week range that are 3, 4, or 5lbs. But the crazy thing about Vaughn was that he wasn't premature, he was born at 37 weeks.

So, according to the growth charts, to only weigh 4 lbs at 37 weeks put him at less than the 1st percentile (22/100ths of the 1st percentile to be more precise) for all other babies born at that time.

I always like to do the math on stats like this, so what that means is:

Out of 1,000 babies born at 37 weeks...998 are bigger than Vaughn.

All indications are that he's fine, just small right now. (His/Brooke's placenta wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders as we found after birth). And nothing that a steady diet of breast milk can't fix over time as he marches towards being a six foot human like me and his brother Owen. But as anyone who's had a baby this small knows, it won't be easy.

Babies this small have a much harder time eating, staying awake, and keeping their temperature and weight up.

And the mamas of those babies carry the 24/7 burden of caring for and feeding those little ones where every ml of milk counts.

Vaughn and Brooke have a challenging few months ahead of them to say the least.

But we're the Bacons. We can do hard things :)

Mama and baby are off to an incredible start and we're all thankfully back home as of yesterday afternoon. I've posted some fun pics below of our first few days as a family of six. Thanks to all of you who have prayed for us over the past several months and we ask that you keep it up. We can feel 'em!

 

We had to be at the hospital at 5am for the induction. Brooke insisted on driving just to say she "drove herself" to the hospital when she had Vaughn.

We had to be at the hospital at 5am for the induction. Brooke insisted on driving just to say she "drove herself" to the hospital when she had Vaughn.

Gorgeous view from the room where we delivered. Also, fun fact, when Brooke was pregnant with Wynnie she got a Ride For Life helicopter ride from that helipad :)

Gorgeous view from the room where we delivered. Also, fun fact, when Brooke was pregnant with Wynnie she got a Ride For Life helicopter ride from that helipad :)

Brooke swears that these bouncy balls will help break your water. She also did a bunch of walking lunges in the hallways. I was exhausted just watching her.

Brooke swears that these bouncy balls will help break your water. She also did a bunch of walking lunges in the hallways. I was exhausted just watching her.

I ran over to the hospital gift shop to get Brooke something to read, but according to Brooke these are all "old lady magazines". 

I ran over to the hospital gift shop to get Brooke something to read, but according to Brooke these are all "old lady magazines". 

He's here! All babies look supremely ticked to be pulled out of the womb.

He's here! All babies look supremely ticked to be pulled out of the womb.

The kids came by and said hi that night. Lots of poking!

The kids came by and said hi that night. Lots of poking!

Day 2: Much happier!

Day 2: Much happier!

Day 3: Vaughn's first photo shoot.

Day 3: Vaughn's first photo shoot.

Day 4: We got to bring Vaughn home who was immediately greeted by this guy. 

Day 4: We got to bring Vaughn home who was immediately greeted by this guy. 

Resting comfortably at home. And the now the fun begins :)

Resting comfortably at home. And the now the fun begins :)