It's about time I officially introduced this scrumptious little boy to the blog. He'll be 8 months in a few days (ahhg!) and I can't believe he was this teeny-tiny, gangly thing not too long ago. (I took these pictures when he was just 5 days old!!!) Since then, he has grown 7 inches and gained 11 pounds. And my love for him has multiplied more times than I knew possible.
David picked out the name Gideon - I wasn't on board in the beginning, but I didn't have any other names I liked more, so I didn't fight too hard against it. I've had an ongoing list of names since high school (I know, typical girl) but, strangely, none of them seemed right for my first little one. When we found out we were having a boy, I was really ready to give him a name so I could start to "get to know him" in a sense – I needed a name for that to be possible.
Shortly after we found out his gender, I found an adorable cream-colored fleecy jacket while at a thrift store in Colorado and it got me so excited to meet the little boy who'd be wrapped up in it so soon. Now I REALLY wanted to pick a name, as I was starting to imagine what he would look like and what he would be like and I just couldn't wait any longer. A couple days later David and I were sitting in a coffee shop, playing cards when I decided it was time to settle the matter. I still had nothing better, so right then and there, we shook hands on it – he would be Gideon. Our first baby. Our first son. Gideon!
Ever since that moment, I have fallen in love with the name. It is so perfect for him. It is so right. The story of Gideon in the Bible is special and unique, and I firmly believe that it will have significance for him as a man of God in the future.
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said,
"The Lord is with you, mighty warrior."
We had always planned on giving our first son the middle name Geoffrey, after David and his dad who both share that middle name. I was really excited about this, as I have always found it so special to carry a family name!
And that's his sloth that I picked out for him when I was pregnant – in hopes that one day it would turn out to be his most favorite, snuggly little pal. I didn't have a favorite stuffed animal when I was little (that I can recall) but I've always loved the idea of my kids having a special friend to hold onto while they're in their peaks of imaginary play. I was thinking he could call him Murphy. :)
That's all for now.
Welcome to the blog Gideon Rans!