Monday, February 23, 2015

On 'Only-Child' Life.

Dear Carter,

Very soon, your life will change.  Soon, you will become a Big Brother.

You have been an only child for three and a half years.  Those years have been so special to us, pal.

We have absolutely loved every second of being parents to only you.

You are our first - you'll always be our first.

Being your parents happened over night, literally - and it was sort of like being thrown into the deepest part of the ocean without ever having seen the water.  But you have been patient with us.  We are slow to learn, and you are quick to forgive.

In a few short months, we'll look back and try so hard to remember what it was like to have only one little treasure in our life.

Changes are coming, but change is good.  We know you will be the best Big Brother, because you are so full of sweetness and kindness and gentleness and sassiness (which, in this family, is the best trait to have).  

Your little sister is bound to adore you.  Her life will be like a canvas painted with every color of the rainbow - because of you.  She doesn't know it yet, but having you for her brother will be the most perfect gift.

Life has been so good, Carter B.  And it's only going to get better.  We promise.

At first, she might be really annoying.  Like, completely obnoxious.  We might all wonder what happened to our quiet, simple life.

And that's okay.  It's only going to get better.  We promise.

Lately, our little family of three has enjoyed long, quiet cuddles in our bed before putting you to bed in your own room.  You quietly make eyes with us, as we talk about the day that you just had, and look ahead to what awaits you tomorrow.  You laugh, and say hilarious things...and we swoon over your cuteness.

And these last moments of our family of three are so sweet.

We are just going to rock this thing, together.  As a family.

A family of four.

And maybe sometimes, on hard days, we will tuck you into your bed at night and snuggle in close, and we'll remember how sweet it was to be parents to only you.

Life is going to be different, but oh-so-good.

And it's only going to get better.  We promise.

One Thing I Know For Sure: The best is yet to come, we promise.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Showered, Again :)

Shower Number Two is in the books.  I just took down the cute banner and ate the last adorable mitten cookie - so I suppose a blog post is in order.

All of my family came to my house for this 'Baby It's Cold Outside' themed morning.

No surprise that everything was perfect and sweet and precious...

...right down to a new 'Baby It's Cold Outside' mug for my pre-shower coffee fix!

We had a delicious brunch (my favorite meal of the day!) with lots of sweet treats :)

We all guessed Baby M's arrival date....

....see my guess?  Her due date is March 9.  We shall see!

Everyone decorated a block with scrapbook paper, stickers, and mod podge!  Such a fun, meaningful keepsake for Baby M!

This picture.  Cracks me right up.

I don't know what I'm saying, but I know what I'm feeling.

Love.  Lots and lots and lots of love.

Some ladies traveled quite a distance to get here.  How did we get so lucky?

After opening all these sweet gifts, I can say that we are SET.  There is nothing else we need.  There isn't even anything else we WANT.  We have more, more, more than we could have ever expected.

I even got a gift from Carter and Jake :)

After flipping through all these photos, I notice lots of things.
My round belly, full with a little lady who will soon enter this great big world.
Thoughtful, sweet, meaningful gifts - given with such love.
Weird, weird facial expressions from the mommy opening the gifts.

You guys.  I make the weirdest faces.

Do I make these faces all the time, or just when opening gifts?  What the what?


M's clothes are washed and ready for her.  And they're, of course, organized by size and type :)

Blankets, bibs, burp cloths - all washed and ready.
Hospital bags are mostly packed.
Prenatal classes are finished.
Swing is set up, sleeper and carseats will be prepped this week.

What's left?

Waiting.  Lots of waiting.  About four weeks of waiting, actually.

As we get closer, it's fun to think about when it will happen.  Will I feel those first contractions in the middle of the night, or some morning as I'm making Carter's breakfast?  What will the weather be like that day?  Will it be a school day, or a weekend?

I bought shampoo and conditioner the other day, and I thought "This is probably the last time I will buy shampoo and conditioner before the baby comes!".  Silly, I know - but it made me realize that she's coming.


One Thing I Know For Sure: Eeeek!
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