“Twas four nights before Christmas, when all through the house,
Two kids were a stirring, and rocking about;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were wide eyed and waiting all snug in their beds,
While visions of footballs and cars danced in their heads;
And mamma exhausted, and I in my Cubs cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.”
The countdown has begun for the big man in the red suit’s arrival, with amazing accuracy, thanks to the once a night chocolate from the advent calendar. We’ve been having so many giggles with the change of weather, shoveling (a lot), making snowmen without carrot noses (since Lauren is convinced those are the carrots that taste the best and can’t resist munching them), sledding and doing cannon balls off our porch into the massive piles of snow that cushion the plunge.
Lauren is keeping a close eye on Jay. Santa told us that Jay ate some of his cookies last year… so Lauren has him on a strict one cookie a day diet to ensure that Santa gets his proper due. Poor Jay, lucky me! We thought that Gav wouldn’t fare well on Santa’s lap, however, he ran right up to him and perched himself on his leg like a bird on a wire. It was the post leg removal that was traumatic. Santa gave the kids a small gift to take home with them, and Gavin cried, because all he wanted from Santa was a football and he received a McDonald’s happy meal toy. We assured him, that Santa is just giving a small gift for now and the others come on Christmas…he’s a little skeptical.
Of course he needs a football, since he eats with one, plays hungry hippos, and sleeps with one. He also wants to be a football player when he’s big and has footballs up to the ceiling, but what is one more football? Lauren, also wants a real car. She said Jay could drive it. I am sure that a car with a chauffeur is on every 5 year old’s list this year. We told her there probably would not be enough room to park a car under the tree in the living room, a car would be impossible to fit down a chimney, and so she might want to think of something else…maybe something smaller, like…diamonds or rubies or something equally simple befitting a five year old.
Gav’s numbers are looking good, and for the first time ever, we have one month off before his next set of labs. This is awesome, however somewhat scary since you become so dependent on the numbers to tell you about rejection. It’s like when we first take him home from the hospital, you feel so relieved to get out of there, but then you realize there is nobody else watching him except you. We are dealing with a nutrition watch as he has stopped gaining weight…so we are trying to give him more foods that have higher calories to try to offset nutritional supplement. This is the month for sweets and treats. For the last month, we have been hydrating him at night via the feeding tube, but with water, not with calories. Hopefully we can stay on this path.
Happy Holidays to all, may this coming year be even better than the last!
Here’s to footballs and cars for Christmas!!! Yippee that you have a month between labs. Hope all goes well. We wish you and yours a very Wonderful and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!!
Merry Christmas to one of my favorite families that I hope to meet in person one day! I hope the kids’ day was filled with cars, footballs, diamonds, and best of all happiness. Isn’t it fun to watch the kids on Christmas morning and play all day with the goodies and then clean up for hours after they go to bed? “It is a wonderful life!” Have a great 2009 and I will say an extra big hooray and blow an extra candle out on my birthday for Gavin’s 1 year anniversary on January 3rd.
Love to you all,
Stephanie, KK, Taylor, Sydney and Major
Hi, Gavin and crew!!! I am so SORRY that it took me this long to write a little note to you!!! But, I must say… the reasoning is that I have been concentrating on keeping up with some little kiddos that are in the hospital and very sick. YOU, however, are doing fabulous!!! I know that you are holding your own and that your wonderful Mommy and Daddy are making sure that you have everything you need and that nothing goes unnoticed. Plz know that I think about you and wonder how you are when Mommy doesn’t update. OF COURSE, she is busy, though, and pretty soon, she’ll be even busier!!! I cannot wait to see pictures of the Winslow Family of Five! What a blessing this year will be for you all… And you’re at the top of the list, Gavin… always will be, too.
Love you always!
Jen, Jeremy & Jacob Schultz
Wishing you the very best in 2009!
Hey guys! Congrats on the baby girl coming into your family!! Exciting! Hope you all have a happy and healthy 2009!!! Gav is THE cutest little guy ever!! Can’t wait to see you guys again sometime!! Hugs from the Grahl’s!!!