Every few months, someone brings up the topic of Gabi’s birth. Nathan and I laugh at the funny memory, and then someone will ask to hear the story again.
Remember in the cartoon movie, Monsters, Inc. when a human child’s sock makes it into the monster world on accident? Everyone runs around in a panic, yelling “2319!!! We have a 2319!” A child (or something belonging to a child) had entered the monster world. Well the moment Gabi was born, my wonderful doctor handed her to me and said, “Time of birth: 2319.” I laughed outloud, in the middle of catching my breath, and several people in the room stopped to look at me. I’m sure they thought I had lost my mind. Just 2 minutes earlier, I had an oxygen mask on my face because I was starting to pass out in the middle of the transition contractions. Maybe they thought I had suffered some kind of oxygen deprivation? Anyway, they stopped and stared. I continued to chuckle as I said “there’s a child in the monster world! Remember? 2319?” Nathan smiled as he realized what I was saying, and the chaos of a hospital birth resumed. Truly, I had no idea what a sweet, gentle, loving, precious light our Gabi would be in this monster world.
Every year on each of the kids’ birthdays, we take them on a birthday date. They get to choose where we go. Gabi chose tacos and ice-cream!
As we ate, I decided to ask Gabi a few questions. Here are her delightfully Gabi-like answers!
Me: What happened on your last birthday?
Gabi: I turned 5. I don’t remember what I had. When I woke up I went out the door and I thought there was aliens! But they were balloons hanging in the door!! It was funny. Oh and then Miss Jessica made me pancakes and sausage cuz you were at the hostabitle having William! And now we’re birthday buddies cuz he was born on my 5th birthday! OH! And then I got to spend the whole weekend at Mimi and Papas house and it was super fun.
Me: What did you learn this year?
Gabi: I learned how to swim and hold my breath under water. I sorta learned to read, too.
Me: What do you want to learn this next year?
Gabi: I want to learn to ride a bike. Oh and skate! And science.
Me: What are you going to be when you grow up?
Gabi: A science girl and a gymnastics girl. Cuz it’s cool to do tricks and stuff. I really enjoyed being 5. It was a great year.
Gabriella Joy, the world was blessed with extra sweetness and beauty the day you were born. I am humbled at the responsibility, and honored by the privilege of being your mom. I can’t wait to see what amazing things God is going to do in and through you this year!