God Hears

Six days ago our second son was born – and his name is Simeon David Coulter.

We chose the name Simeon because we both thought it sounded really cool, more importantly because of what it means. Literally, it is “he is listening” or “he hears” and we chose it to signify what we learned over the past five months: that God is listening to us and hears our prayers.

After all the turmoil, trouble, stress, and worry, the c-section went unbelievably smooth. Shelly’s blood pressure is back in safe ranges and Simeon is absolutely perfect (and even easier than Eli so far!). No complications at all.

Here’s some pictures to ogle over:



The Final (?) Hint…

With this hint, you should have it narrowed down to 4 names now. This is probably going to be as far as we narrow it down for you, especially since there’s a very real possibility Shelly will have the baby within a week or two now!

For this clue, pull out your Bible concordance, or point your browser to biblegateway.com:

  1. The name can be found in the Bible.
  2. The name does not contain any repeat letters.
  3. The name is not included in the Social Security Administration’s top ten list of the most popular baby names in 2008.
  4. The name does not contain any of the last five letters of the alphabet.
  5. The name does not start with any of the letters in his big brother’s name.
  6. The name has an even number of letters. Bonus Hint: Clues 1, 3, and 5 apply to his middle name. Clues 2, 4, and 6 do not.
  7. The name does not begin with two consecutive consonants.
  8. There are the same number of consonants as vowels in the name.
  9. The first name does not begin with any of the first six letters of the alphabet. The middle name, however, does.
  10. Neither the first nor the middle name ends in a vowel.
  11. The last three letters of the name are a vowel-vowel-consonant.
  12. The name can be found in both the Old and the New Testaments.

The Final (?) Hint…

With this hint, you should have it narrowed down to 4 names now. This is probably going to be as far as we narrow it down for you, especially since there’s a very real possibility Shelly will have the baby within a week or two now!

For this clue, pull out your Bible concordance, or point your browser to biblegateway.com:

  1. The name can be found in the Bible.
  2. The name does not contain any repeat letters.
  3. The name is not included in the Social Security Administration’s top ten list of the most popular baby names in 2008.
  4. The name does not contain any of the last five letters of the alphabet.
  5. The name does not start with any of the letters in his big brother’s name.
  6. The name has an even number of letters. Bonus Hint: Clues 1, 3, and 5 apply to his middle name. Clues 2, 4, and 6 do not.
  7. The name does not begin with two consecutive consonants.
  8. There are the same number of consonants as vowels in the name.
  9. The first name does not begin with any of the first six letters of the alphabet. The middle name, however, does.
  10. Neither the first nor the middle name ends in a vowel.
  11. The last three letters of the name are a vowel-vowel-consonant.
  12. The name can be found in both the Old and the New Testaments.

35 Weeks!

I think there was a part of us that believed we would get this far in the pregnancy, but I don’t know if we actually thought we would. I know the doctors were skeptical and are amazed every time Shelly goes back for another appointment. Praise God! So the clues keep on coming:

  1. The name can be found in the Bible.
  2. The name does not contain any repeat letters.
  3. The name is not included in the Social Security Administration’s top ten list of the most popular baby names in 2008.
  4. The name does not contain any of the last five letters of the alphabet.
  5. The name does not start with any of the letters in his big brother’s name.
  6. The name has an even number of letters. Bonus Hint: Clues 1, 3, and 5 apply to his middle name. Clues 2, 4, and 6 do not.
  7. The name does not begin with two consecutive consonants.
  8. There are the same number of consonants as vowels in the name.
  9. The first name does not begin with any of the first six letters of the alphabet. The middle name, however, does.
  10. Neither the first nor the middle name ends in a vowel.
  11. The last three letters of the name are a vowel-vowel-consonant.

Next week’s clue will narrow it down to the Final Four names!

35 Weeks!

I think there was a part of us that believed we would get this far in the pregnancy, but I don’t know if we actually thought we would. I know the doctors were skeptical and are amazed every time Shelly goes back for another appointment. Praise God! So the clues keep on coming:

  1. The name can be found in the Bible.
  2. The name does not contain any repeat letters.
  3. The name is not included in the Social Security Administration’s top ten list of the most popular baby names in 2008.
  4. The name does not contain any of the last five letters of the alphabet.
  5. The name does not start with any of the letters in his big brother’s name.
  6. The name has an even number of letters. Bonus Hint: Clues 1, 3, and 5 apply to his middle name. Clues 2, 4, and 6 do not.
  7. The name does not begin with two consecutive consonants.
  8. There are the same number of consonants as vowels in the name.
  9. The first name does not begin with any of the first six letters of the alphabet. The middle name, however, does.
  10. Neither the first nor the middle name ends in a vowel.
  11. The last three letters of the name are a vowel-vowel-consonant.

Next week’s clue will narrow it down to the Final Four names!

Hint #9

Shelly hit 33 weeks today. The 22 week mark, when all the health issues started happening, seems like a world away and eons ago now. The doctors tell us that we can “start to breathe a sigh of relief” once she hits 34 weeks, but only truly relax when she’s at 37. So that’s still our goal!

The past two weeks, her blood pressure has been inching its way higher and higher again, so please keep praying that we can hold out these final four weeks!

Here’s your next hint as to the baby’s name.

9. The first name does not begin with any of the first six letters of the alphabet. The middle name, however, does.

P.S. By our count, there are fewer than 45 possible names remaining now. Next week’s clue will knock 17 more out of contention…

Hint #9

Shelly hit 33 weeks today. The 22 week mark, when all the health issues started happening, seems like a world away and eons ago now. The doctors tell us that we can “start to breathe a sigh of relief” once she hits 34 weeks, but only truly relax when she’s at 37. So that’s still our goal!

The past two weeks, her blood pressure has been inching its way higher and higher again, so please keep praying that we can hold out these final four weeks!

Here’s your next hint as to the baby’s name.

9. The first name does not begin with any of the first six letters of the alphabet. The middle name, however, does.

P.S. By our count, there are fewer than 45 possible names remaining now. Next week’s clue will knock 17 more out of contention…