Seven years ago today Gabe was born. But not until 11:55PM. And after a three day induction. I remember that it took a very long time for them to check him over after he finally emerged and a very long time for them to stitch me back together (and I did not have a c-section). When they finally placed him wrapped in a blanket near my head I had two thoughts “Aw, I’m not pregnant anymore.” (no, really, I honestly thought that) and “Can I go to sleep now.”
With the exclusion of a daily afternoon screaming jag that lasted any where from 20 minutes to 3 hours he was what most people consider a “good baby”. He ate well, he slept well and after he recovered from jaundice he was healthy. He was also so very serious. It was pretty hard to get much more than a grin out of him. We knew from the start he was going to be a smarty. He studied everything. Everything. So very closely. There was never a single thing he put eyes on that he wasn’t immediately trying to figure out.
We were right in that regard. He is super smart. And sweet. And artistic and creative and it is much easier to make him laugh.
Yesterday we celebrated his birth with friends and family. Rob and I already gave him his present from us but I managed to knit up a hat for him anyway. I was so excited to give it to him I almost couldn’t sleep the night I finished. I reminded myself of those Disney Land commercials. “I’m too excited to sleep!”
I made cupcakes instead of a cake this year. Peanut butter cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. We also had a “peanut butter sandwich bar” for the kids. They got to choose from marshmallow fluff, Nutella, jam, honey and bananas – or a combo of those, to go on their peanut butter sandwich. It was a big hit!
Jamie, Jamae and Jessa came and naturally the kids had to climb all over them for a time. Zion and Gideon were laughing hysterically at the app on Jamae’s phone.
Time for presents. I’ve seen the uBuild Mousetrap game at two birthday parties in a row now. Gabe and Zion played it after church today, looked like fun.
He got a paper airplane kit. (I’m super excited about that one. Perhaps I should take up origami.)
From my sister and family he got a flying saucer and Mario Kart swim trunks.
Now we just have to remember to get them signed back up for swim classes.
Finally he got to the hat. He thought it was a penguin. Drat! To my, and his, credit he didn’t immediately see the chain. Rob sent him to the bathroom to look in the mirror. Then he got excited and almost hasn’t taken it off since. Score one for mama! (That is a Chain Chomp, not a penguin. A Chain Chomp is a character from the Mario games.)
Then the boys got to settle down and play Wii some.
Elias got dressed up by little Sarah.
And the kids got to fly the flying saucer. Look at those faces! They could be a magazine ad.
Happy Birthday, Gabe!