Dear little “E”,
Your dad and I are getting so excited for your arrival. You’ve been moving so much lately that I wonder if you’re getting anxious to meet us as well. These last 9 months have been full of anticipation for us and the many friends and family that have already fallen in love with you. In the beginning, I was so grateful that you didn’t cause any morning sickness. You’ve not caused exhaustion either, which I’ve appreciated during the long work days we’ve spent together. Now I’m grateful that you’re such a mover–you’ve kept your mom from worrying about you since you are always shifting around and sticking your feet out. I know that you’ll know the voices of your dad and I when you arrive, but I also wonder if you’ll recognize the voices of the NPR correspondents from the hours you spent in the car driving with me to work. The doctor says you’ll be a big baby, which makes sense considering how many months you’ve been pushing against my liver making portions of my stomach numb. That’s pretty minimal, though, and I’m happy to oblige so you grow strong and healthy. Your dad was a calm child, and your mom was pretty active–I already think your personality will be more like my own. We are pretty sure that you’ll be a bald little baby like your dad and me, although with all the heartburn you’ve caused, the old wives tales are telling us you’ll have lots of hair. We’re excited to see if you’ll be a blondie like your parents and whether you’ll have big blue eyes like your dad or soft brown eyes like your mom. Did you know your dad used to close his eyes when meeting strangers because he didn’t like all the attention when they saw his bright blue eyes?
Although it’s no matter to you, your dad and I spent lots of time with your Nana and Papa preparing your nursery. I am looking forward to rocking and snuggling with you in our glider and reading all the books you’ve received from friends and family. You’ll soon realize how talented and generous all your grandparents are and how much they’ve anticipated your arrival. They may not live close by, but you can bet they’ve been praying for you for a long time. We will be spending lots of time video-chatting and sending photos of your cute self to them and the rest of your aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents. You have 6 aunts, 5 aunts, and 7 cousins that will be vying for your attention. They know it’s going to be tough competition to be your favorite, and I don’t think you’re going to be able to choose one. I don’t think that’s going to stop them from trying, though!
Know that your dad and I are already madly in love with you and pray for you every day. We are so honored and appreciative that God chose us to be your parents. Take your time and make your entrance when you’re ready–in the meantime, your mom needs to either put her feet up or go for a walk to keep the swelling down!