Dear Sweet Baby Girl,
It is mid- December, 2015. It is only a couple of weeks until your scheduled arrival. Your dad and I have been working really hard to get things ready for you! I think we have the important stuff ready now – your bed, car seat, diapers and bottles and some clean clothes. So feel free to drop in early if you wish. 😉
I wish the house was cleaner and more organized, but don’t I always?
We did manage to get up our Christmas tree, and your brother was very excited about that! He also loved that we hung up your stocking with your name on it to match the rest of ours. And he was so excited to hang your first ornament on the tree.
I am not sure if your brother fully understands what is about to happen. He is only three after all. But he has been telling everybody about getting a new baby sister!
He tells about how he’s going to take you to the zoo and the beach and how your car seat is already next to his in the car. He talks to you in my belly, and he gives you hugs and kisses already. He loves to feel you kick. And he already thanks God for you in his prayers.
Yesterday I had a doctor’s appointment, and they did an ultrasound. I got to see you moving inside of me. You were measuring a little bit ahead, just like your brother did. It seems that you are already tall like the rest of us. I saw you sucking your thumb, and my heart melted.
In just a few days I will be holding you in my arms. I will get to see your face for the very first time. We all wonder what you will look like and if you’ll have your daddy’s eyes or my smile. Once you are here, I know it will be hard to imagine not knowing you.
I worry about the kind of world you will grow up in. I want to keep you safe from all of the evil and chaos in this world. And it seems like there is more evil and chaos than ever these days.
Your daddy and I will always be so proud of you, and we will do everything in our power to give you a good life. Not through material things. We want your needs to be met, but we also want to teach you about things that matter most – God, family, learning and life. We want to teach you about love, loyalty and friendship. And to treat others with kindness and respect, no matter what they can do for you.
We will do our best to guide and protect you. You may not always like it. But know that every single decision we make, every piece of discipline that we enforce…will come from a place of deep love and care for you and the life that we are responsible for shaping.
Your mom and dad are not perfect, but we will pray to God to help us raise you in a way that is pleasing to Him. And just know that nobody else on earth has a deeper love and concern for your life and well-being. We want the best for you always, even if it is tough.
I hope that I can teach you to not worry too much about what other people think or what society expects of women. People-pleasing is a soul-crushing disease that I hope to help you avoid.
Being female is not always the easiest thing either. I am not perfect at it, but I hope to set a healthy example for you. I want you to forge your own path in life, find what you are passionate about and go after it.
I sit here typing with my swollen feet propped up on a pillow, my giant bottle of Tums sitting right next to me (<- thank you 3rd trimester indigestion!). And I know life is about to change for all of us in just a few days. I see my belly roll around with you moving inside, and I just can’t wait to hold you and kiss you!
You have so many people that already love you so much! And we are eagerly awaiting your arrival. So until then, just know that Mommy loves you already! And I can’t wait to meet you in a few days.