The Gavin Chronicles, February 11, 2008

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
Hebrews 11:1-3
Hello to all our friends in cyber space-

Wow! Now before you all say something like "it's about time she emailed out an update....." Let me take a moment to explain life to you in the simplest terms.

Gavin was born on August 31, 2007 and he spent 130 days in the hospital enduring 5 surgeries and many trying times. During this period of time it was imperative to maintain good health and well being. That we did very well. During this time there was not a single sniffle or sneeze. Everyone was always free from germs and handwashing was imperative. We rejoiced in Gavin's homecoming on January 8 and then it all happened. In the past month I am pleased to announce that all 4 of us.....yes I say 4 because only one of us has remained healthy. I bet you cannot guess who the healthy one is? Gavin of course!!! I came down with the flu/upper respiratory virus the week after Gavin came home. I was followed closely behind by Brooke who graced us with a 103 fever for 5 long days. She was soon to be followed by Ian who seemed to remain relatively unscathed except for a minor cough. Well, guess what? That cough now amounts to a lovely 102 fever and a beautiful case of strep throat. There have been several times during these past few weeks that Colin has felt ill but he heavily medicates himself and miraculously recovers within one day. So you see, my absence is not for lack of trying.

Now I am sure you are all wondering about Gavin the great......

He is doing wonderful. He is such a good baby. I am truly convinced that the Lord gave him to me last for a reason. The reason you may ask....because if he were first I may have had 10 kids. Gavin is just so mellow and laid back. He really is a blessing to this family.

He weighs in now at 6lbs 5 oz and is growing like a weed. He loves to smile at you and has started cooing as well. Every morning when I take him out of his crib I can be guaranteed a big wide smile. What a great way to start your day. With that as the beginning who can have a bad day? We had a follow up appointment with the surgeon who thought everything with Gavin's stomach looked great. Only concern was that it seems Gavin has an incisional hernia. This will need to be repaired but the doctor wanted to wait til Gavin was a bit bigger but not too long. The tenative plan is to fix it in April sometime. Gavin has another follow up appointment with the eye doctor on Monday. This should be the last appointment for several months if all goes well. Gavin is sleeping well....taking usually an 8 hour snooze at night. He currently eats 3 oz pretty consistently every 3-4 hours.

We have been doing some random pulse ox's on Gavin per the doctors request. This is to find out where he stands with his oxygen needs. Currently, Gavin is on 1/32 of a liter of oxygen and appears to be moving in the direction of only needing oxygen at night. This however may be more of a pain than to leave the oxygen on all day. He sleeps so much that to take it on and off would become time consuming. The doctor suspects that Gavin's need for oxygen at all may be gone in the near future.

As for us, we are doing well......well as good as can be expected when everyone is sick. We have gotten into a fairly good routine and everything seems to be falling into place. The transition home for Gavin was phenomenal for this family and went off without a hitch. We took a family drive to Estes Park yesterday and were able to spend some much needed time outside.....fresh air is wonderful! The kids had a great time and so did Gavin. He had fun looking all around taking in the sights. We stopped at Colorado Mills on the way home and Ian and Brooke had a little shopping spree. Brooke of course went to Claires and Ian was thrilled to get to go to the Lego store.

Colin started his new job 2 weeks ago. This was a long time coming as he was offered the position back in November. They were finally able to get through the security clearance snags and get an interim clearance in place so Colin could start working. He loves it so far although it is quite an adjustment for him. This job is truly stress free. No pager, No Blackberry, No weekends, No evenings. Best part of it is that it is much closer to home for him. He has not worked this close to home since we lived in Parker and that was more than 7 years ago.

God has been good to us. His grace is amazing and we are blessed by it each and every day. We have such a wonderful family and group of friends. We are truly blessed to have each and every one of you in our lives.

Now my prayer requests begin to shift.....but just for a moment. Could you all please just put out a small prayer for sunshine and warmth long enough that we can open this house up and fumigate all the nasty germs that seem to be trapped inside. Pray for health and well being for our family......and most of all pray for Spring to come sooner than later.

Hope this email finds you all well..... We will update again at the end of the week. Until then......Peace and Love...

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