~ 2 December 2004 ~

O Happy Day!

Welcome Cooper J. Bridges!

Please welcome to the world Cooper J. Bridges, our firstborn. He burst onto the scene early this morning (12:49 AM) in the way of Ceasar, and he has already conquered our hearts. My wife, Lori, is doing fine after a herculean effort that makes me wonder which really is the weaker sex…

Cooper is a big boy, weighing in at eight pounds, nine ounces, and 20.5 inches long. What a miracle of God! Praise Him. I’m so happy I can think to write but little now, but I’m sure there will be more words (and photos) to come.

I just thought I’d post this while I ran home to shower before returning to the hospital. Needless to say, blogging will be light the next few days—but the comments on this post are open 24 hours!

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  1. matt h. » 2 December 2004:

    Congratulations! Jeannie and I are excited for you guys and so glad to hear that Lori went through it like a champ. Cooper looks great! Now if you can just groom him to be the youngest blogger in the ‘sphere.

  2. Maura H. » 2 December 2004:

    Congrats!!! Cooper looks so handsome already! I am glad that Lori is doing well. Bless all of you.

  3. rebecca » 2 December 2004:

    Ahhhh…..he looks as if he already views the world with amusement.

  4. David/Linda Ott » 2 December 2004:

    Congratulations! He is really cute and is going to be a real charmer. He will have your hearts forever. Glad that Lori is doing well and yes it does make you wonder which is the weaker sex. Can’t wait to see in person. Take care.

  5. Chandler and Kimberly » 2 December 2004:

    We are so happy for you all. Cooper is adorable! We can’t wait to see you very soon.

  6. Larry & Kathy » 2 December 2004:

    See I told you and Larry that Cooper was cute. Now do you believe me. He looks like he has your eyes, but in this picture he looks like Lori, I think.

  7. TulipGirl » 2 December 2004:

    Congratulations from Hubby and I and our boys! Boys are fun. *grin*

    Rejoicing with you!

  8. Will & Sarah Turner » 2 December 2004:

    Jared, Lori – congratulations! Wish we could see Cooper. Now come the cherished times of dirty diapers and sleepless nights. But the hugs, smiles and warm embraces far outweigh… Enjoy this time.

  9. songstress7 » 2 December 2004:

    Ohhh, congratulations! What a handsome little guy! 🙂

  10. The Hares » 3 December 2004:

    Congratulations! You did it Lori! Well and you too Jared…He is absolutely beautiful and I know Sarah, Bekah and probably William can’t wait to get there hands on him. After Dave and I of course. Love you guys, God is good.

  11. Bryan, Jody, Hunter, & Parker » 3 December 2004:

    Congrats!! We are so happy for you! Cooper is adorable and would look fabulous in crimson and white!(Just kidding–he really is beautiful.)Enjoy this sweet time–it is truly an incredible experience. Can you believe you are PARENTS now?!

  12. Tom, Kat and Ben Wilson » 3 December 2004:

    My My!!!!!!!!What a handsome boy! I’m signing up for nursery duty again. Congratulations to both of you. Never a more joyous day than the day your first child is born. (Especially if it’s a boy). God bless,

    Kathy, Tom and Ben

    P. S. We might actually get Ben to hold your little guy. That would be a first.

  13. Sarge » 3 December 2004:

    I was just browsing the internet and came across this blog with the picture of your newborn son. It is intuitively obvious from a impartial, casual observer that this must be finest, smartest, handsomest young man I ever had the pleasure to encounter. I know the family must surely be beaming. I know I would be if this little guy was a new addition in my life. Sarge

  14. Melissa Bozell » 3 December 2004:

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby! Lori – always remember at 3 am when you are up for the third time (or haven’t been to bed yet) that all over the town are other mothers awake as well and say a prayer for them… that always helped me when I was desperately in need of sleep. What a blessing you all have!

  15. Val & Heather & Baby Val » 3 December 2004:

    Jared & Lori! Congratulations. He is precious and sweet!!! I just talked to Rachel and she told me a bit about your awesome birth story! Welcome to the world Cooper.

    We love you guys and will be praying. There is nothing better in the world that getting a huge toothless, gummy grin from your baby and hearing him giggle! He little arms wrapped around your neck is the warmest feeling you will ever know. We are LOVING our experience with baby Val “Boogie man” Morozov and know that you will too. Lori, if you need a friend who understands about no sleep, crying because you are so tired, or whatever, please call! 🙂 We love you guys!

  16. ben cauble » 3 December 2004:

    Congratulations, Brother! Echoing the sentiments of those here… and may he grow up to be a man after God’s own heart.

  17. Charles & Lori » 3 December 2004:

    Congradulations!!!! He is a beautiful baby! Mini cooper is here! We’ll be praying for you!
    Love, the Haltons!

  18. John Divito » 3 December 2004:


    Psalm 127
    A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

    Unless the LORD builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
    Unless the LORD watches over the city,
    the watchman stays awake in vain.

    It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
    eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives to his beloved sleep.

    Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.

    Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the children of one’s youth.

    Blessed is the man
    who fills his quiver with them!
    He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

  19. Russell D. Moore » 3 December 2004:

    Congratulations Jared! You are greatly blessed.

  20. Lee » 4 December 2004:

    Congratulations!!!!! May God’s blessings be with all of you.

  21. Tom and Joy Hicks » 5 December 2004:

    Congratulations!!! Sorry we missed you at the hospital yesterday, but we got to see Cooper and mom. He sure is a cute little guy. 🙂

    God bless you!!!

  22. John R. » 6 December 2004:

    Wow, congratulations!

  23. Jason Doty » 6 December 2004:

    Congratulations! Blessed be the name of our Lord!

  24. Josiah » 7 December 2004:

    Congratulations! Enjoy the new life. What a beautiful baby.

  25. Retta » 9 December 2004:

    He’s adorable! Love those cheeks! Hang in there and call me if you need anything. I can’t wait to meet him!

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