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Monday, February 11, 2008

My ABC's

I found this ABC List on a few blogs . . . and I thought it would be fun to do ABC's for Gavin! I feel like I am very lucky to have been blessed with Gavin for three months, and I just want to share a little about his personality. So, here we go!

Oh - and sorry about the spacing on this entry . . . I don't know what I did to mess it up so badly!



A is for AFFECTIONATE
One day Gavin was holding onto my finger (like he ALWAYS did) he then reached up with his other hand and placed it ontop of mine. He knew how to show love.
B is for BUG
We always call Gavin "Our Little Bug." Before his trach he would lay on his tummy with a diaper that was too big for him and he just looked like a little bug in his bed - and the name stuck.
C is for CROSSED EYES
My cute Gavin couldn't keep both eyes in one place at the same time. Nothin' like two big, beautiful blue crossed eyes staring at you!
D is for DADDY
Gavin had a perfect daddy who loves him more than anything.

E is for EASY TO LOVE
So many people became attached to Gavin very quickly. He was so sweet and easy to love.
F is for FUNNY
We still laugh at some of the silly pictures we have of Gavin. Whether it was a gross diaper change, wandering eyes or the hiccups, Gavin made us laugh!
G is for G-TUBE
Gavin's method of eating was through a tube stitched into his tummy. Not ideal, but not as messy!

H is for HUMILITY ( AND HAIRCUT)

He taught us that we have to be humble so we can be prepared to accept the Lord's will. And Gavin was the only kid I know who was born NEEDING a haircut!

I is for INNOCENCE

Gavin's sweet, short little life showed the innocence and vulnerability of human life. In way way, the situation somewhat stole innocence from Jason and myself - life will just never have the same "carefree-ness" like it used to.

J is for JOY

Having Gavin taught our families what real joy is. Big homes, cars, hobbies and work is not what brings us real joy - our families and the gospel are what brings us true joy.

K is for KISSES

You couldn't help but cover Gavin's cute forehead with kisses! It was the perfect place to plant a big fat kiss!

L is for LOVES & LAUGHS

Without a doubt Gavin taught me true, unconditional love and he taught me to laugh. I never wanted to cry around him. I wanted him to know he made me happy - so we laughed when we were with him and loved him more than anything.

M is for MESSY

I knew a baby would be messy . . . but cleaning an oozing surgical wound wasn't my idea of cleaning up my messy son! And yes, Gavin could fill a diaper with the best of 'em too.

N is for NAUGHTY

Yes, Gavin could be naughty. Our cute nurses would tell us if Gavin had "misbehaved" that day aka if he had a breathing spell.

O is for OPERATIONS
Gavin had about eight surgeries/procedures and was such a trooper through it all!

P is for PEACEFUL & PATIENT

Even with all of the physical discomfort Gavin had to endure, he was so peaceful. I know I have said this before, but standing next to his bed I KNEW it would be okay, somehow. And patience . . . well, that is a virtue our families never seem to learn well. And we are STILL learning patience.

Q is for QUIET

With Gavin being on a ventilator and then a trach, we only heard a few sounds from him. The silence used to haunt me - then I learned how to embraced it. It was calm, peaceful and quiet when we were with Gavin. (I guess if you don't count the beeps and alarms from the machines in the NICU.)

R is for REVERENCE & RESPECT

The day Gavin was blessed and passed away there was a feeling of great reverence and respect for our little boy. All of the nurses and doctors spoke to us with hushed voices and I knew that Gavin's sweet spirit brought reverence into the room.

S is for STRONG
Gavin was a fighter. He fought as long as his sweet little body could hold out. He taught me how to be strong and how to endure.

T is for TRUSTING

I like to think the Lord trusted me and Jason to be parents of Gavin. I am still to this day, grateful that I am Gavin's mom. I knew that if he had to be sent to this earth with so many complications, I was glad he was sent to our family.

U is for UNDERSTANDING
Gavin understood my selfishness and desire to be a mom. He stayed with us until we understood his plan. He knew that I needed to have him for a little bit.


V is for VALIANT
Gavin is a valiant son - one who will always be the light of my life.

W is for WILD AND CRAZY HAIR

From the day Gavin was born he had an outrageous amount of blonde hair that never seemed to be tamed. Jason loved to mess it up and give him crazy hairstyles. Even doctors and nurses couldn't help but touch his beautiful head of hair.

X is for XRAY
I know this is kinda a lame word for X - but I just got the insurance statement for the Radiology Lab yesterday in the mail. Gavin had over 100 xrays. So, that speaks for itself . . .

Y is for YELLOW

Yeah, this is a silly word but did you see the color of his skin the last month? Gavin's jaundice was caused by the medications he had to take - but he was as yellow/orange as a pumpkin! (I say that with all the love in the world!)

Z is for ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
With a virtually absent thyroid gland, Gavin slept A LOT! But he was beautiful when he slet - just like a little angel.
So, maybe this is a little cheesy, but I thought it would be a good way to share some of Gavin's personality quirks.

5 comments:

Malia said...

I think this was a fabulous idea! I loved learning more about sweet Gavin! He's quite the little guy!!

Chattertons said...

That is so beautiful, thank you for sharing that. I also love all the pictures on your page.

Kate Rosenvall said...

What a sweet and creative thing to do. I hope you and Jason have a Happy Valentine's Day!

T-Ray said...

Oh Linz! I miss him!

alli may said...

we love Gavin so much. this really made me miss him. thank you for sharing him with us. my kids pray for you everytime they pray, and they will forever be changed by this experience too. we love you so much.