Friday, November 8, 2013

Fourteen Years Ago Today: Liam!

Friday, November 8, 2013
Fourteen years ago this morning, my son and namesake came into this world at 7:24 AM. He is William Henry Thompson IV, but we decided to call him Liam to avoid confusion. He is now and forever attached to the name Liam, and it to him. We'd never call him Bill or Billy or Henry or Hank. But we have about a billion nicknames for him: Shoom, Broski, Hotdog Brother, Li'l Buddy, Albino Spider Monkey...

In what has become a family birthday tradition, the following images and content are dedicated to Liam on his birthday. They will also embarrass him a bit I'm sure, which is just part of the reason why we do it. Julie's wonderful Liam Birthday Post is already up and working its magic.

Like his parents and sister, Liam bonds with all kinds of animals...
Soon after he was born, Liam donned his superhero cape and battled a rampaging dinosaur.
Every time we go to see the Pirates at PNC Park, the Pirate Parrot seems to seek out Liam for a photo.

Monkey see, monkey do.

A real silverback gorilla at the Columbus Zoo was completely fascinated by Liam. Likes attract.

At The Wilds, the baby rhino always walks right up to our sweet, gentle son.
But Liam's favorite animal pal is Chet Baker. They are playmates.

 Of all the people and things in the world, Liam loves his big sister Phoebe most of all. He is completely devoted to her and, to Phoebe's credit, she does not abuse this exalted status—at least not as much as she could.

It's hard for all of us to comprehend what life will be like when Phoebe goes off to college next fall—and it's going to be toughest on Liam. But he will make it, because he has sunshine inside of him.

A wonderful side-benefit of having a big sis is all the older chicks Liam gets to hang with. They all adore him.

 We're not sure what Liam will be when he grows up, but early predictions include artist, comedian, and rubber-faced man in a carnival sideshow. We're not sure where he gets his love of face making.

Escargot, anyone?

It's not all about the Benjamins with Liam.

Will he be a birder? Probably, but we're not forcing it.

Liam knows how to relax.
He is a deep thinker, a ponderer...
And given the chance, he is a wanderer.

We're so lucky to have you here with us, sweet boy. We can't wait to see where you'll go once you spread your wings and fly. Happy birthday, my son.


On November 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM Anonymous said...

I really loved reading your Birthday tributes to Liam today. I hope today is everything he could ask for.

Kathy in Delray Beach, FL

On November 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Liam!!!

On November 8, 2013 at 1:32 PM NatureMama said...

Yee haw, I recognize that cowboy shirt. This year it is Max's favorite. Happy Birthday, Liam. Hope you have a wonderful day.

On November 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM Anonymous said...

Beautiful birthday post to your very wonderful Liam. Happy birthday!

On November 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM cyberthrush said...

Happy Birthday to Liam... and I think it's clear from those rubber faces that somewhere in the past the Thompson family lineage and the Jim Carrey family lineage crossed paths!

On November 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM Amy G. said...

Sweet tribute to a sweet boy. I love the pic with the cowboy hat and one foot up on the fence rail. Hope Liam had a great birthday!