Monday, April 4, 2011

Welcome Home Baby B

Dear Gabriel,

I don't call you Gabriel very often. You're my little Gabe. You're mommy is amazed and caught off guard at how fast time ticks by. One year ago today, we brought you home from the hospital. You had been making new friends there for about 3 months. Plenty of nurses loved taking care of you. You had a knack for getting caregivers wrapped around your tiny finger. Of course your parents were hooked from day one.

We had complex emotions as we packed you and your things. We had gratitude for everyone who helped take care of your brother at home while mom went back and forth to the hospital for you and your sister. We had blissful charm in our hearts for one more healthy baby able to leave the tangle of wires and monitors. Soon you would be in the secure arms of mommy and daddy. We had one-third of our hearts broken. Your sister, still not ready, would be left behind again as she had to say good-bye to another brother. Taking another angel home while still leaving one behind wasn't any easier the second time.

All ready to go join brother.

Safely tucked in your seat and buckled in the car, your dad drove us home with careful happiness. Once home, we snuggled you by your brother. We took lots of pictures. Your mom attempted to breast feed you both. (TRICKY!!) Family popped in and out over the next few days welcoming you home, snuggling you close and happy to change diapers and clothes without the mess of wires and tubes.
All my boys.

What surprises me the most is the person you are today. When we brought you home, you were so sensitive to...well, everything! Your little nervous system was still catching up from being born 12 weeks early. It was a little heart-breaking to see your scared face when my arm would pass over your head while changing you. You liked to be swaddled tighter than a cocoon. We really needed to protect you from the outside stimulus that just happens in normal life.

But now! A year later, you love to roughhouse with your dad. You love to be held down and tickled. You love when someone chases you. Your loud laughter echoes through our home. You were the last one to crawl and a little behind your sister and brother when it came time to roll and move. Now you are upright, bi-pedal and I can't close doors fast enough to keep your curious legs out. You are a magician in finding out every place you're not supposed to go and in finding everything you shouldn't have. Your day is full tilt from the minute you wake up to the moment your little blond head hits your favorite red blanket.

You have taught your mommy so much. I've learned that even though you might share a mom, a womb, a room, a birthday, the same breakfast, every child is unique and extraordinary with their own style, quirks and independent spirit. I've learned to never underestimate one's ability to learn and change. I've learned that prayer is powerful, grounding and completely crucial to raising children. I've learned a mother's heart is indeed capable of loving more than one tiny baby, more than one homecoming miracle, more than one busy, buzzing toddler.

Happy Homecoming Day Gabe. We love you so much.


michael. mindy. dane. said...

gabers! welcome home 1 year ago! love this post. no way was he ever that tiny! i can't believe how much they grow in such a short amount of time! sheesh! love you, gabers :)

Jimi said...

Such a big boy!! It is great to look back over the past year and be amazed how everyone has grown!!

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