To you…at 24 weeks.

Hi there, Sugar. You’re currently the length of an ear of corn. Fortunately for all of us, you’re also thicker around the middle although not by much. You’re over a pound and working your way to a full pound and a half. I can hardly believe it.

So, I’ve been thinking. The whole purpose of this blog was to create a time capsule so you and your future sibling(s) would know what your mom and dad’s lives were like before you were born. Lately though, all I’ve been posting are these letters to you each week. That’s primarily because you are the center of our universe right now but still…I should probably fill you in on some of the other things that take up our time.

Work is a big one. Both your dad and I are pretty focused on our careers. We have both pursued industries that stimulate us and get us excited. He works in finance which oddly enough, he knew he wanted to do when he declared his major in economics in college. I, on the other hand, work in development or fundraising. So, to be clear, he helps people make a whole lot of money and then I come around and help them decide how to give it away. It’s really pretty symbiotic and we’re convinced that one of these days we’ll actually stumble upon someone who can be both a client to him and a donor to me. That would be great.

I work a lot of nights and weekends and I know I’m going to have to figure out how to cut back on that when you arrive but I’ve yet to cross that bridge. In his spare time, your dad goes to school. He’s five months away from getting his MBA from USC and I’m beyond proud of him. Seriously, the guy has been studying for something since the day we met. First it was the GMAT to get into business school, then it was the annual CFA exams, and for the past 2.5 years, it’s been the MBA. Throw in a Series 7 and a couple of other licensing exams here and there and you’ve got your father’s life in a nutshell.

He’s a total rock star and I’ve never seen anyone juggle work, school, and family with such grace. He’s made the Dean’s list every quarter of his academic career and never missed a single class – until recently because some good friends were in town from NYC and we had dinner plans with them. He organizes his time so that he studies during the week, part of Saturday, and all day on Sundays and still finds time to hang with your little ole’ mama every Saturday night. He’s never had to pull an all-nighter and he never complains about his workload. He just gets it done.

We also put a huge focus on family. Our parents – your grandparents – are also our really good friends and we love every opportunity we get to spend time with them. Your Auntie Mikee and cousins, Steven and Mikela, are also huge priorities for us – we just love them too too much – and I have no doubt you’re going to grow up seeing them as much as possible.

And then there are our friends. Your mama has a lot of girlfriends, little one, which means you’re going to be blessed with all sorts of incredibly strong women to call your aunts. Some of them I met in high school, others in college, and then there’s a few that I’ve picked up along the way. I see them as often as possible although not as much as I’d like because we all have crazy schedules nowadays. And unfortunately, most of your dad’s closest friends live out of state but we try to stay in touch and see them whenever we can.

Traveling was our most loved pastime although that’s slowed down some since you came into the picture. I’m not worried though. We squeezed in some pretty incredible international trips over the years and we are prepared for a little hiatus. I know it’s only a matter of time before we get to show you the world and seeing it through your little eyes will be even more exciting!

Finally, there’s the orphanage. You’ll grow up hearing and visiting the orphanage regularly so I don’t need to explain the significance of that in my life. But, I will say that I’ve been very negligent this past year and haven’t visited nearly as much as I would’ve liked. I’m hoping to get down there at least once before you’re born because I know the ninos would get a huge kick out of seeing me pregnant!

So, there’s a glimpse at what goes on with us on a daily basis. It’s not terribly exciting but we love our lives. A lot. I have to admit, our days of partying until the wee hours of morning seem like a distant memory but I will say, we had our share of good times way back when. Maybe one of these days, I’ll let you in on a glimpse of that side of our lives. Or maybe not. We’ll have to see.

Here’s this week’s belly shot. Can you tell there’s a 1 pound baby floating around in side of me because I sure can? You’ve been moving a lot and I read somewhere that between now and 28 weeks or so you’ll be your most active. Apparently, you have just enough room to wiggle around and you’ve grown strong enough for me to feel all your movements. Your dad still grows impatient because you don’t seem to kick on demand but one of these days I know he’s going to feel one of the extra strong ones I always brag about!

I love you, kiddo! Keep on keepin’ on and we’ll see you in just 15 short weeks!

Love,

Your mama

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