At nine o’ one a.m. this past Tuesday, August Warren Quinley was brought into the world. The little prizefighter weighed in at 8.6 lbs, with his mother’s nose, his father’s eyes, and red-tinted hair.
We opted for a c-section, because August still hadn’t descended and he was almost a week late. Our doctor told us that she was concerned his head was too big to make it through. She said that if Jacki went into labor and he still didn’t descend, she would have to do a c-section anyway and things might be a little more complicated. We had been hoping for a natural delivery, but felt that going with the c-section was the wise decision. We were right. When his head appeared, the entire delivery room let out a sigh of amazement at how big his head was compared to Jacki’s little body. I was blown away by the process and still marvel at how brave and tough and sacrificial my wife is. We have a video of August’s first few moments in the world right here if you’d like to watch it.
A few people have asked us about the name. “Why August Warren?” The short answer is that we liked the sound of it. August literally means “Majestic”, and while we have no doubt he’ll live up to that humble claim, the real meaning we found in the name is because August is a season of change. It is the time of year when summer comes to an end and the season begins to turn. Old things end. New things begin. Transition happens in people’s lives. We believe that our son will handle those moments of change very well and that he’ll lead people through those times, as difficult as they may be. He will be resilient and wise, prudent to know that “there is a time for everything under the sun”, and courageous to make those decisions when they are his to make. The reason we chose the name “Warren” is because it is the first name of both my great grandfather and my grandfather and it is the middle name of my dad. I wanted to honor the men who have taught me to live as a man and follower of Christ. I also wanted August to know the connection that he has to his history and his family’s heritage.
After August was born we received an enormous outpouring of love and support from people all over the world. We want to thank you all so much for taking this big step with us in our lives and for cheering us into parenthood. We will keep you updated on August’s little adventures as well as our lives and continued work in Thailand.