So David is one of our surprise babies, meaning we were not trying to get pregnant, but we were not being very diligent in preventing a pregnancy either. After celebrating Harris’ first Christmas and his first birthday, I remember thinking I was more exhausted than I could imagine. I knew I had been busy, but it still didn’t explain this kind of exhaustion! It took a few days before it even occurred to me that I might be pregnant. This time I took a home pregnancy test, and that pink line popped up immediately. I was delighted, but in shock at the same time. After all, this meant I was going to have 2 children less than 2 years apart and at the time that sounded a little overwhelming. But among the lessons I learned trying to get pregnant the first time was that God’s timing was perfect, especially when it comes to babies.
Unlike with Harris, I had no clear “feeling” about whether this one would be a boy or a girl. I was hoping for a girl since I already had a boy, and I have to confess that I was a tad disappointed when we found out he was a boy. We knew that if we did have another boy, his first name would be David, but we had the hardest time trying to decide on a middle name. Finally, I prayed and said, “God, Your Word says that our names are written in Your book before the foundation of the world, so You know what David’s name is supposed to be. Would You please let me know what to name him?” A few nights after praying that, I had a dream where everyone kept coming up to me and telling me to name my baby Matthew. I would tell them, “that’s a good name, but we’ve already decided to name him David.” Finally someone came up and suggested that we use Matthew for the middle name. I thought, “David Matthew”…I like it, even though it might make some people think of the Dave Matthews Band.” Then 2 thoughts immediately came to me in the dream, “This is the answer to your prayer” and “Look up the meaning of the name Matthew”. The next day I hit the ground running and didn’t think about that dream again until my eyes fell on the Baby Name book on the end table. I thought, “It seems like there was a name I was going to look up the meaning of.” Immediately, the whole dream came flooding back. I looked up the name and found out that Matthew meant “a gift from God” and I already knew that David meant “beloved”. It fit this baby to a T, he was already beloved, and he was definitely a surprise gift – he was even given to us around Christmas time! So David Matthew it was.
The first 3 months of his life were very difficult. He had really bad acid reflux so that he was always spitting up, always fussing, and never slept for more than 2 hours at a time – EVER! We tried everything the pediatrician suggested, to no avail. He was just miserable. Yet during that time, he and I bonded so strongly. Probably because the only way he would sleep most of the time was lying on my chest, while I was propped up in a recliner. My mom finally convinced me to take him to our chiropractor and see if an adjustment would help him. The idea of taking my 3 mo. old to get an adjustment seemed ludicrous, but I was desperate enough at that point to try anything. The chiropractor, Dr. Chris Harrison, said David had a sudal (sp?) hernia, meaning his stomach was pressed against his diaphragm, which kept the stomach from being able to empty properly. He gently pushed and massaged the area. That night, David slept for 6 straight hours!! I took him back for a second adjustment a week or so later, and after that David was a different baby. He went from being a very fussy baby who never slept to being the happiest baby I ever saw and sleeping like a log. Hallelujah!!
David is now 3 years old. He asked Jesus into his life this past Easter. He is a happy, funny boy who loves to laugh and to make other people laugh. Where Harris is our cautious, studious, make-sure-I-can-do-it-right-before-I’m-willing-to-try child, David is our adventurous, learn by doing, jump-in-with-both-feet child. He is a natural problem solver. If he can’t reach something, he will figure out a way to get to it. He is also amazing with puzzles. He was doing small jigsaw puzzles by the time he was 2, and he can now do 100-piece puzzles all by himself. David loves to play with his big brother or friends, but he also knows how to entertain himself when necessary. David loves Lightning McQueen from the movie “Cars” and Thomas the Tank Engine. He is also amazing at imitating sounds – from animal noises, to machines, to sirens, to voices. (Yes, that particular talent can be somewhat unnerving at times.)
David is a blanky baby. He loves his blanky!
David is extremely generous to his friends and loved ones. He is always insisting on you trying a bite of whatever he’s eating and gets very excited when he has 2 of something so that he can give one to somebody else. I don’t know that I have ever heard him tell someone no when they have asked to play with something of his, but I could be forgetting something. However, he does have a temper (I wonder where he gets that from…) and has been known to hit or bite. Praise the Lord, he seems to be outgrowing that stage, though.
Overall, David is a delightful little boy who brings a lot of love and laughter into our world. He is proof that our Heavenly Father delights in giving good gifts to His chidren.
1. David crashed while enjoying 2 of his favorite things: Thomas the Train and “Cars”
2. I call this his “Calvin and Hobbes” impersonation because it reminds of one of their strips that says, “Don’t you just hate it when your boogers freeze?”