Gabriel Thomas: The Oldest Little

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Gabriel Thomas  was born on March 4, 2003, at 11:16 am.  He weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches long.  He changed my world and played an instrumental role in molding me into the person who I am today.

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Gabriel means “God is my strength”.  He is our oldest, amazingly awesome boy.  He is smart, funny, compassionate, kind, sweet, and a truly remarkable child.  He loves to read, play soccer, do challenging math problems, play games, build Legos, watch movies, and hang out with his family.

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Gabriel is a huge Harry Potter and Star Wars fan, and there are few things that he likes better than staying up late watching movies with us.  When he was really young, as a special treat we would let him stay up after Summer and Ethan went to bed, climb into the middle of the big bed, and watch a movie with us.  I still remember how he would just look back and forth from each of us to the movie and back to us with a huge smile on his face.  He loves being a big brother, but he also cherishes the one-on-one time with us, as well.

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Gabriel is an amazing big brother.  At his first birthday, we announced to everyone that Ethan was in my belly by giving Gabriel a t-shirt that said, “I’m the Big Brother!”

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When Ethan was born, Gabriel was just 18-months old.  He was still my baby.  When people would tell him that he was a big boy now, the momma bear in me would come out because I knew that he was still a baby, too, just a bigger version.  Luckily, Gabriel accepted Ethan with open arms, literally. He has loved on him, kissed him, and simply adored him since the day he walked into the hospital room to meet him.

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They have an unbreakable bond.  It is special, unique, and magical.

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When Summer was born, Gabriel wore a t-shirt that said, “I Am The Biggest Brother”.

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He was four years old, and he had the whole big brother thing down.  He actually named Summer when she was still in my belly.  He said that her name should be Loey.  We did not know what we were having until she arrived, and we knew that if I delivered a girl, her middle name would be Loey.  Gabriel was the first one to meet her.

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He and Sean delivered the news to everyone else. Gabriel and Ethan made a Build-a-Bear puppy for Summer when she was in my belly.  Since we did not know what we were having, we bought two t-shirts – “It’s a Boy” and “It’s a Girl” for the puppy to wear.

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When Summer was born, we put the “It’s a Girl” t-shirt on the puppy.  Gabriel carried the little puppy behind his back and showed it to everyone as he said, “It’s a girl!”  Then, Sean announced the name.  When he said that her name was “Summer Loey”, Gabriel look at Sean in pure, innocent, sweet surprise and grinned from ear to ear.

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He immediately loved Summer, just the same way he has always loved Ethan. They, too, have a special bond, a unique relationship, and a sweet little friendship, as well. He knows that one of his jobs in this world is to protect Ethan and Summer, and he takes that very seriously. Best. Biggest. Brother. Ever.

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While being a big brother is certainly not the only thing that defines Gabriel, it is definitely a huge part of who he is.  He loves Summer and Ethan with all of his sweet, big heart.  As much as I have said that Ethan lights up a room with his smile, Gabriel does the same with his amazing capacity to care about people, to truly see into the depths of their souls.  The best way that I can describe his compassion is this.  Last year his letter to Santa said that he wanted him to take care of all of the homeless people.  This year his letter said that he wanted Ethan to talk.  Amazing.  Simply amazing.

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I know that so much of the focus of this blog is about Ethan, his special needs, and his progress.  But, as I have always maintained, all three of my littles are special.  Gabriel is special because he was my first-born.  He taught me how to be a mom.  He welcomed the additions to our family with open arms.  And, when he sees people, he sees their potential, what makes them unique, what makes them special.  He sees what we all should see.  He is my Gabriel, my angel boy, one of my special, perfect gifts from above.

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16 Responses to Gabriel Thomas: The Oldest Little

  1. Shirlene says:

    Precious! What a wonderful gift to give your children when they are older, their story! So blessed!

  2. Cynthia says:

    What a beautiful story about a remarkable kid! 🙂

  3. sandy says:

    Love the special Gabriel story and seeing the advancing pictures of his little life. I wish I had some of your talent in the writing ability. I would like to put in to words some day what makes each one of my wonderul grandchildren special in my life. That may be one other thing added to my list for my days of retirement. Maybe I can still think and see then. Thank God that I do have so many things that I enjoy and for the blessings he has surrounded me with.

    • I am glad that you enjoyed it. It was one of my favorite ones to write. Of course, I say that about all of the ones that are very specific to my littles.

      And, you do have a writing talent. You just do not give yourself enough credit for it. And, you also have such amazing talents that other people would just love to have – baking, cooking, sewing, crafting. Your talents seriously amaze me every single day.

      I wish that I would have recorded Gabriel reading this story about himself. At times, he was s serious, and then, out of nowhere, these adorable little smiles would appear on his face. By the time he finished, he was grinning from ear to ear. I was so happy. It was very important to me that he read it, to see himself how we see him, to know how incredibly special he is.

  4. Patricia Smith says:

    I so enjoyed reading Gabriel’s story. I know he will have so many amazing chapters to add to his life’s story in the future. He is truly an amazing kid…far older in spirit than his short life to date, which seems to have happened so quickly this past year. He has such a caring heart. You and Sean have done an amazing job in nurturing his natural inclinations to be the best big brother ever!

    • I am so glad that you enjoyed reading it. I definitely enjoyed writing it. And, looking back at the pictures was just an amazing, fun trip down memory lane. I cannot believe he is almost nine years old. Wow. We just always want him to know just how special he truly is. We are so proud of the child that he has become and the person that we can see him being in the future.

  5. Sonakshi says:

    Beautiful.. thats the only word i could say after reading this post. Your kids are so sweet and have wonderful values. I hope I am able to be the type of mom you are!!!

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  8. Margarita says:

    Stumbled upon your blog over and had to visit coz I loved the blog title. Your kids are so cute!
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