Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gavin has been a happy, busy and naughty boy!

Gavin has been quite happy lately! He gives us so many smiles each day, that it is getting easier to actually get a picture with him smiling! We are thoroughly enjoying this, since not so many months ago, Gavin wasn't even smiling at all! We feel very blessed that this is one of the areas that Gavin has had some significant development. He will even giggle a little when we tickle him! You have no idea how satisfying this is to hear and see!

Another recent development is that Gavin is now rolling over from his back to his stomach! He did this for the first time a couple of weeks ago, but just today he did it 3 times in a row! It amazes me to watch him do these little things! And, it makes me VERY happy!


As for being naughty, Gavin has somehow been able to find his present under the tree and has been grabbing at it and playing with it! You really can't realize how HUGE this is, unless you were around Gavin a lot. Gavin does not crawl or scoot, but he does lay on his back and somehow scoot himself around by pushing his heels into the floor. He does not appear to have the intention of scooting anywhere or have the ability to tell himself, "I'm going to scoot over to the tree and grab that present." In fact, he rarely even tries to grab for anything that is held in front of him. Like I've said before, Gavin is legally blind and won't keep his glasses on for anything, plus he just does not have the mental capabilities to even play with his toys, unless they are put in his hands or he happens to feel them out. Despite all of this, he has somehow gotten over to the tree the last 2 days and has been able to find HIS present and play with it! I'm in awe about this and feel SO happy!

I just thought that I would share some more great news with all of you! It really amazes me that he is doing all of this. Some days I look at our other children and wonder how they were able to get this far, because it takes so much effort for Gavin to do even the littlest things! I guess it goes to show how much we all take for granted in life and how awesome our bodies are, that God created! May all of you remember to thank God for your abilities and use those abilities to their fullest! I know that I have been, a whole lot more, since Gavin came into our lives!

"O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!" Psalm 68:35


Cammie Heflin said...

Good job Gavin!!! Isn't wonderful how excited we get when our kids do something like this!?! I remember when my other kids did things but it is much more special for Addysen since I know how hard she has to work!

Cindy said...

Alicia, that is so exciting. I have an understanding of what your blog said and I am cheering for Gavin here in Minnesota! Go Gavin- you break thru every bearier, I know you will.

God bless you all and Merry Christmas!!

CK said...

How awesome!! Congratulations!! This is huge for Gavin and for you. I suspect one day he will be very mobile and it will be hard to remember the times he wasn't into everything. He's moving forward - at his own little pace - but he is moving forward. What a glorious Christmas gift..... I think he's trying to position himself under the tree as the gift that you all know he is. God bless! catherine krause

The Zondervan Family said...

Go, Gavin, go!!!! I absolutely love the pictures of Gavin you posted! I've got a huge grin on my face now because of him. So glad to hear about his progress. Christmas presents can be quite the motivator :) Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

- Robin

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. We love our sweeties no matter what they do, but oh how our hearts jump when they roll, laugh, scoot, and do naughty things!!! My heart rejoices with you.. GO GAVIN!!!!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

What an amazing smile!!! I am thrilled to hear of Gavin's new mobility. These are HUGE things!!! Way to go Gavin!

TCM said...

WOOOHOOO Gavin!!!! Little Man this is such a huge Christmas present for your mommy!!!! Keep it up little warrior!

Alicia I just love this and can so identify with this HUGE milestones our little ones make! What a blessing! Miss you, I have not been around lately, but will try better to be in touch!

Thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

That is wonderful news!!!!! God is truly an AWESOME GOD!!! I hope you and your family has a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!!

Love ya lots, Aunt Marilyn

My name is Sarah said...

What a big boy Gavin rolling over all by yourself.

hennhouse said...

Look at him go! Yeah!!

Merry Christmas!

Cathy said...

Absolutely NO WAY this precious one could be naughty! Wishing your family a very blessed Christmas Day!

Tiffany said...

What a wonderful Christmas gift Gavin has given your family! We celebrate with you as we know just what a huge blessing each tiny step can be. Keep up the good work Gavin!

Anonymous said...

I bet us readers DO have an idea of how happy Gavin's new movements make you - but go ahead and imagine we don't. tehe.

This is really wonderful. PTL.


Annette Gysen said...

Pictures of Gavin make me feel so happy! Gavin--I want to see even naughtier stuff (but this is good)!

Princess Abigail said...

Gavin looks so smiley and chipper in those photos! And good for you Gavin for trying to open those gifts ahead of time! My Mama and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, and your lovely family, A VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009. May our health be at its very best, and may we all continue to be happy and to feel blessed. We love you little boy! Happy new year!
and Abigail

Inspired said...

Way to go Gavin...who knew your mom would be so proud of you when you are naughty : ) Even in the pictures I can tell how amazing this is. I can imagine your joy when you get to see him do this. Gavin has been given a great gift by having incredibly loving and nurturing home that enables him to not see his limitations, but his possibilities!
Woo hoo Buddy!! Keep up being naughty!