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Baby Jackson is born on NBC’s Today Show

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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.

Woman's Hospital of Texas had a professional photographer take this pic.

The Hospital had a professional photographer take this pic. Also seen at Woman’s Hosptial Facebook page.

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.”

– Philippians 1:27

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:

Emily and Jackson as taken by Janet for Today Show web page

Emily and Jackson as taken by Janet for Today Show web page

Baby Jackson featured on Today Show web page

Baby Jackson featured on Today Show web page


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9 Responses to “Baby Jackson is born on NBC’s Today Show”

  1. Kym Duckworth September 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    So thrilled & proud God used you!! He knew what He was doing! Y’all are true examples of a godly family!! So excited for you all!! Blessings on your sweet family!! Excited that I’ve known the leader of this celebrity family for over 30 years, and have had the joy of watching you, Joel, grow in to such an inspirational & godly man!!

    • Joel September 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      Thanks you for the kind words. Praise God for His grace. Nothing good comes from me outside of His working through me.

  2. Amy Reed September 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Wow, thank you so much for sharing that. I absolutely loved watching it. Em, you look great and that is one handsome baby boy! Sure love you guys and we can’t wait to meet that new little addition to the family. Congratulations!

    • Joel September 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

      We look forward to reconnecting with y’all. We’ve been praying for your family.

  3. Terri Lawrence September 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Congratulations Emily and Joel. Tracy forwarded the link to the TODAY Show video. Emily, you are very brave and you couldn’t have looked more picture perfect. I was a mess. Very happy for you and your family. Terri

    • Joel September 25, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Thanks Terri. Emily was amazing as usual.

  4. Amanda Kaufmann September 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    That was just so, so amazing! Praise God for baby Jackson! Congratulations to you all! That was so exciting to watch!!!!

  5. Janet Shamlian September 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    Joel & Emily: We loved being a part of your special day. You couldn’t have been kinder to our NBC team. Wwe are all parents ourselves (except for one mommy-soon-to-be), so we knew this was an important moment in your lives. We were ALL moved by Jackson’s birth! -Janet

    • Joel September 27, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      Janet. Thanks for the note. We appreciated the professionalism and decency that everyone had. It made what can be an overwhelming experience an enjoyable one.

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