You will have to excuse me as I will likely be sobbing through this entire post, but our little baby boy is turning one next week (how did that happen!?)! In honor of his birthday, my Friday Favorites are all about him this week! I’ve said this many times before, but I’ll say it again — Gavyn is such a joy and truly the perfect little man for our family. God had such a grand plan when He brought him into our lives and I will be forever thankful for the blessing he is in our family.
I adore this picture of Gavyn from his newborn shoot — He was so cooperative for his pictures (unlike his sister who screamed through most of hers!), and this picture really captures what Gavyn was like as a newborn! He loved to sleep and he did a lot of it! Gavyn arrived 10 days earlier than anticipated (Madalyn was almost 7 days late, so I was totally anticipating the same for this little guy), and his birth was such a whirlwind compared to my first. I had high hopes that my second birth would go more quickly than the first, and it definitely did! Gavyn was born within a couple of hours of getting to the hospital, and holding him for the first time was just as wonderful as it was to hold Maddy for the first time.
This picture makes me all kinds of weepy, as we get ready to celebrate him turning one.
Speaking of sleep…someone was getting in a solid nap right here! It is rare that Gavyn will fall asleep on me now. He is too busy wanting to explore and move around! I definitely miss those moments of his sweet, sound sleeping on my chest. I realize that we are super blessed to have had a good baby that loved his sleep, and we definitely didn’t take that for granted. As he grew and started the awful journey called “teething”, sleep didn’t always stay great, but we are on track for now. Gavyn still takes between one and two naps a day, and sleeps through the night. Mama and Dada are super happy about that! There is just something undeniably precious about newborns, and while I’m biased, Gavyn was one of the sweetest ones there ever was.
Gavyn is about five months old here, and I can’t help but smile every time I see this picture! Partially because there is no way he would be sitting still in a little basket now, but also because his little grin here is adorable. I have to say, as much as dressing Madalyn up in dresses and bows is definitely where I thrive, dressing Gavyn up in little button-down shirts and jeans is also oh-so-sweet. Even ironing those little shirts seems sweet instead of a chore!
Gavyn was a “monster” for Halloween, and his first birthday party will carry on that theme. (Speaking of, I have tons of blog posts coming your way about his birthday party and planning, but I am not going to post them until his party is done! I can’t wait to show you what we have been up to, though, so just hang tight for a bit.) Gavyn has such a sweet personality, and this picture shows his joy!
I started taking monthly pictures of Madalyn when she was born, until she turned one year old, and carried on the same tradition with Gavyn. We sit them in the same chair, holding the same chalkboard so that we can really see how much they grown and change month-to-month. It really is crazy to watch! These pictures have gotten more difficult as Gavyn has become mobile, but I am so glad we snapped these each month.
I have lots and lots (and lots!) of party prep to get to this weekend! What are you up to? Happy Friday!