Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Instructions not included!

Becoming a parent comes with risks. Unfortunately, our children do not come with instructions! They are handed over to us in the hospital and the rest is left up to us.

And, some children come with a whole lot more to figure out, such as Gavin!

When I was pregnant with him I wasn't worried, in the least, about having another child. I figured that after having 3 children I had it all figured out, so what's to adding another one?! My biggest concern was actually whether or not this child would be a girl or a boy. I REALLY wanted Gavin to be a girl! I was feeling very outnumbered by all the testosterone in our house and I wanted a girl so badly!

Obviously, God had other plans for me! When I went in for the ultrasound to find out if the baby was healthy and we found out that I was carrying another boy.....I must admit, I was slightly devastated!

My mom's response to this news was that "this little boy will be something very special!" This didn't really help me to feel better about the situation, but guess what?.....She was right!

Gavin came into the world surprising us all! Not only was he a boy, he also came with an extra chromosome and lots of medical issues! I was really wishing that children came with instructions after he came along!!! In fact, he couldn't even be figured out by lots of doctors, let alone his parents!

The funny thing is, when I think about this today, I can honestly say that my mom was right. Gavin may not have been born a girl, but he sure is special! He is lots of work and not what I expected, but I actually would take a couple of Gavins over a couple of the other stressors in my life! He is so special to me and I'd sign up for a few more of him if I could!

Yesterday my sister e-mailed me this picture that she took of Gavin this weekend.

I would seriously love to have 4 Gavins in my life! He is truly special!!! Thank You God for Gavin! God knew what He was doing when He gave me Gavin! I am thankful that Gavin came out the way that he did!

*Of course, I'm still aching for my girl though!* :)

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you." Jeremiah 1:5a


Lacey said...

Go get that girl, expecially if your mom will help you. I know I was meant to have Jax, because no way was I getting pregnant again after 3 boys, I wanted a gaurantee that it was a girl. For some reason I got pregnant again and had Jax. I know I was sent him for a special reason.

Tamara said...

Hey I agree with Lacey! Go ahead.. try for another, like you said what's one more?! :O)
I too felt that way of our 2nd son, was so bummed when I found out he was a boy! but then I got my girl super special x 100!

Hope all else is going well! Love the 4 color photo so sweet!

Alicia said...

Sister, I have been turning this house upside down and backwards looking for Marissa's instruction manual with no luck!! I am sure I had it around here somewhere... ; )

I love the Andy Warhol version of Gavin! I think it is way more of a masterpiece than Marilynn Monroe for sure!

Becky said...

He's a special boy indeed. I'm so grateful that you were blessed with such an amazing child.

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Annette Gysen said...
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Annette Gysen said...

I love your sister's picture. Gavin is such a cutie! God knew that you would know how to take care of Gavin--even without a manual. What a trust He has placed with you.

Cindy said...

"Instructions not included". Yes, I felt that way with my first child. And she was born healthy. That is such a funny feeling to remember. And funny to hear someone else say that!

I love Gavin's smile. I wish I could give him a big squeeze! Maybe one day I will.

I believe we are blessed with the children that we receive. And Gavin couldn't have a better mommy!