Welcome to the world, little Liam

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Last week in this space, I wrote about the impending birth of my first grandchild.

This week, I can proudly report that William Edward "Liam" Loftis came screaming into the world at 4:02 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock.

Liam weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21 inches long. And from a totally objective standpoint, he is just about the most handsome baby in the history of the world.

Both Liam and his mom made it through the birth very smoothly, although it may take my son, Ronnie, a while to recover from the experience. I couldn't help but chuckle a bit as he recounted what he saw, although it's probably not appropriate for this space.

I left Carroll County a little later than I had planned to on Wednesday, but the timing worked out just fine. I was stepping into a hospital elevator to go to the labor and delivery waiting room when Ronnie texted the first photos of little Liam.

It was a couple of hours before I got to meet my grandson. The hospital's policy is that the first hour after birth is a bonding time for baby, parents and siblings. Then the extended family can visit in small groups. Since Liam is blessed with a large family and I had planned to be around for a couple of days, I didn't mind waiting until some of the others had gotten to visit with him.

The first time I actually laid eyes on him was through the nursery window as the nurses gave him his first bath. A little while later, I finally got to hold my grandson.

Those of you who are grandparents know the feeling that came over me; if you aren't a grandparent the feeling is impossible to describe. As he lay sleeping in my arms, I could hear the faintest sound of his snoring.

I can't wait for Liam to get a little bigger, so we can have some fun together. I'm looking forward to cartoons and movies and fishing and baseball, reading books and playing checkers. And of course, spoiling him rotten and sending him home to his parents.

But for now, I'm going to cherish these days with my precious baby grandson.

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Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com.