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.
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!”
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.
They have an unbreakable bond. It is special, unique, and magical.
When Summer was born, Gabriel wore a t-shirt that said, “I Am The Biggest Brother”.
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.
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.
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.
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.