The whole process started with Emily’s doctor asking her if she would be interested in participating in NBC’s Today Show’s attempt to get as many live births on TV during their program on September 23rd. Emily was due on September 28th but she had delivered two weeks ahead of schedule for each of the births of Ella, Seth, and Kyle. After talking it over, she decided she was game. All of this was contingent on Emily not starting labor before that day on her own. Well, the night before the big day Emily’s water broke at home and she began labor on her own. I got the opportunity to run around the house like a mad man, pack the car, and drive faster than usual from our home to the hospital about 27 miles away. Needless to say, we made pretty good time getting there. However, once we got to the hospital, Emily’s contractions were regular but weren’t getting closer together. She ended up laboring all night on her own, which put her into the group with a high probability of giving birth on the Today Show.
The number of people from NBC in the hospital was staggering. Having cameras all around you along with strangers in the delivery room at such a big moment was awkward, but at the end of the day we had a fun time with it all. Emily did all the work and was amazing once again in delivering our beautiful boy, Jackson at 6:38am. He weighed in at 7 lbs and 11 oz and measured 20 inches long. He is healthy as can be, and we got to spend a lot of alone time with him shortly after his birth. Later in the day, the local NBC affiliate in Houston asked to interview us with the rest of the Fun House. It all made for a memorable day on top of what was already going to be an amazing one with or without a camera crew. We thank Woman’s Hospital of Texas for their exceptional care and NBC’s local correspondent Janet Shamlian for keeping it light and fun. Here’s a compilation of the relevant footage on the big day:
Most of all we thank God for giving us another baby boy, Jackson. We pray God would use Jackson to advance His kingdom here on earth and that Jackson would live a life worthy of the gospel. God has given us another miracle with this sweet baby boy.
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.”
Here’s a link to the local news story that accompanied their TV segment.
Down the hall another mother, Emily Skaggs, of Katy and her proud family were getting to know little Jackson who was born at 6:38 a.m. on Monday.
“I am feeling tired,” said the mother of now four, who didn’t look at all like she just had a baby.
Skaggs said she was well aware the camera crew was in the delivery room during the delivery because the room was quite full but added she would do it again because it was a lot of fun.
“I looked at Joel and I said that was wild, just crazy wild, but it was fun,” said the mom surrounded by her daughter, two sons and holding her new baby boy Jackson already sporting a Texas Aggie hat.
Here was the promotion for the #bornTODAY baby week on NBC.
On this Today Show page, two photos of Jackson were shared as part of the #BornTODAY focus. Here they are: