Dear Baby #7

40 Weeks

Dear baby,

Well, now we are just waiting!  Your due date was April 2, which was Saturday, today is Monday, and you are still comfortably rolling around inside my belly!  I still feel pretty good, being pregnant has been a great experience and I’m not terribly uncomfortable yet.  It is hard to bend down because my belly is getting so big, and a few times I have asked your dad to tie my shoes for me!  I walk a little slower now, too, because I’m carrying around a watermelon sized baby with me! We have everything ready at home for you, all the laundry is done, you have lots of places to sleep, and we are as prepared as I think we can be.  Now we just need YOU.

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I really have enjoyed being pregnant.  I like feeling you with me as I go about my day, resting my hands on my belly and feeling your little bottom pressing out.  Sometimes it’s a lot of pressure!  You are kicking around right now as I write this, and you seem very happy in your little world in there!

Your dad and I have so many hopes and dreams for you, and now that your birth is right around the corner we’ve been talking even more about how we are going to raise you.  Often the conversation includes expression of self doubt from each of us, we just aren’t sure we know what we’ve gotten ourselves into!  But the bottom line is we are so excited to be clueless together, that being this little team- being a family- will be the most amazing adventure we’ve ever been on. We don’t know what we’re doing, but we will figure it out together.  Soon you will be part of that ‘together’.

I’ve been pretty emotional lately, it seems like I cry at the drop of a hat.  Friday I was in Trader Joe’s and a nice young many gave me flowers and said congratulations, and it was all I could do to hold it together as I finished shopping!  I got in the car and as I drove home a popular song came on the radio, and it sealed the deal, I sobbed all the way home.  It’s called Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw.  It pretty well sums up everything your dad and I hope for you as you grow.  We will have many challenges as we decide how to parent you, but the bottom line is we just want you to grow into a kind, thoughtful, hard-working man.

These are the lyrics.  Someday I bet we will sing Tim McGraw songs together, and who knows, maybe this will be one of them.

We love you so much, and we can’t wait to meet you.

You know there’s a light that glows by the front door
Don’t forget the key’s under the mat
Childhood stars shine, always stay humble and kind
Go to church ’cause your momma says to
Visit grandpa every chance that you can
It won’t be wasted time
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

Don’t expect a free ride from no one
Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why
Bitterness keeps you from flyin’
Always stay humble and kind
Know the difference between sleeping with someone
And sleeping with someone you love
“I love you” ain’t no pick up line so
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

When it’s hot, eat a root beer popsicle
Shut off the AC and roll the windows down
Let that summer sun shine
Always stay humble and kind
Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you’re goin
Don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind

Love,

Your mom

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