Has it really been a year since he entered our lives?
Since the moment we found out we were pregnant with our little Gibby, he has captivated our hearts.
The day before Gabriel was born I was at work helping to check out a group. I woke up that morning and knew something was off. My feelings were affirmed as I had sporatic contractions while I was at work. I remember telling one of my workers I'd just had a contraction and his reaction was one of immediate panic, "Shouldn't you be at the hospital?"
I left work early that day and went home to take a nap. The contractions stopped for a while and then when I got up to make dinner they started again. They weren't following a schedule at all though, so I just kept going. Finally, after dinner I remember Jeff coming into the kitchen and asking me how I felt. I told him I was pretty sure I was in labor so we downloaded the iPhone app that helps keep track of contractions and started timing them. My parents took Caderyn to the park while Jeff and I went for a walk around 8:00 p.m. that night. We called my doctor and talked to her and then made it home to put Caderyn to bed. Once he was in bed I gathered all of our hospital stuff and put it in a corner and then settled on the couch with Jeff to watch Captain America. Isn't it funny how vividly we can remember those nights before our chidren were born? I can remember what I ate as well as what I was doing and watching on both Caderyn and Gabriel's birth days. Around 10:30 p.m. the contractions were strong and close together so we called my parents to come over and Jeff, my mom and I were in the car by 11:00 p.m. and at the hospital by 11:30 p.m.
After a much faster and more painful labor (only eased by the wonderful epidural) Gabriel arrived on June 16th at 8:08 a.m.
There are not enough words in the entire world to describe the moment I saw him. He was perfect and everything I had hoped for. I remember reaching for him immediately and felt such an overwhelming sense of love the second he was in my arms.
Gabriel has always been meant for our family. He has always been mine.
I look forward to his smile each day and am comforted by the fact that he wants to be close to me.
Despite the bumps we have encountered recently, I know Gabriel will grow up to be an amazing young man who will do great things in his lifetime.
Happy Birthday Gabriel! May you always know the immense amount of love everyone has for you in their hearts.