Thursday, August 21, 2008


It is amazing how quickly your priorities can change. Some things that took up your thoughts during the day can suddenly become completely nonexistent. Like a tv show or how dirty the basement may be. Other things intensify in importance, like how much income we have or what time we get home at night. Then there are things that were never important before, but become the most important goal of your whole day. This is what getting a burp out of my son has become. More accurately two burps after each 1 1/2 to 2 oz of formula. Why two burps you ask. I'm not really sure why, but Gabriel seems to be a two burp kind of baby. One just doesn't get the job done.

But, I digress. Mark made the comment the other day that Gabriel should enjoy being encouraged to burp while he still could. I started to think about how I might look back some day and think how silly or trivial it is that I am concerned so much about whether or not Gabriel burps. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that right now it's not trivial; it's me being a mom. I'm sure there are bigger worries ahead, and I may even look back at these days as easy, but I am so grateful that I am able to start worrying about him at this stage. I feel like I'm lucky that I get to worry about whether or not he burps, eats enough, poops enough, or has animal hair on his face. I can already see him changing every single day, and I just want to enjoy every part of his life with us as much as I can.

He's already started to smile at us. I know that they say it's not voluntary at this point, but who cares? When he looks up at me when I talk to him and he gets this wonderful grin on his face, it makes me get so excited. I feel a little bad for Mark that he has to work, when I get so much time during the day with Gabe. I can see the excitement on Mark's face when he comes home and sees the two of us. I know how important his family is to him.

Another little triumph was giving Gabriel his first bath two days ago. He doesn't really like to be naked, so I wasn't sure how he would react, but it went well. By the end he was definitely ready to be done, but he didn't pee in the water, we didn't drop him, and he smelled great, so I felt like it was a success. Here are a few pics from bath time. Mark did a great job of capturing the moment, without capturing the privates :).

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

We'll never be the same

Our lives changed forever on Friday August 8th, 2008. A beautiful baby boy was born at 8:44am. An hour later he was in our arms and we knew we would love him forever. Gabriel Conner Lucas weighed 7 lb 12 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. He has wonderful black hair and baby gray/blue eyes. We brought him home on Monday August 11th, and have loved having him with us every moment. Yes, even in the middle of the night. We are so grateful to his birth family for their generosity and support that they showed us while he was still in the hospital. We are especially grateful to his birth mother, Andrea, who made the sacrifice of allowing us to bond with him in the hospital and giving us this amazing blessing. She will always have a special place in our hearts for the gift she has given us.

We have had so much love and support from our family and friends throughout this process. On Monday, when we brought him home, our parents came over to our house and met Gabe for the first time. It was so wonderful to see the people who taught us and love us most get to know our son. We love them so much for everything they have done to help bring us to this point in our lives. Thanks to everyone who has prayed for us, fed us, and loved us. We are all so touched by your generosity and caring. Okay, enough mushy stuff. Enjoy the cute pictures.