To you…at 25 weeks.

The close of this week marks the 100 day countdown meaning you’ll be here before we know it! Babycenter is comparing your weight to that of an average rutabaga (1.5 pounds) which is really an ugly vegetable if you ask me. You’re starting to grow quickly now and it startles me each time I get an update and see how much larger you are. I don’t know why I’m so surprised because I’m also growing quickly at this point and your little jabs and kicks are getting stronger each day.

There’s been a lot of discussion around the baby shower honoring lil’ ole’ you this week. You are so lucky to be as loved as you are and I have no doubt it’s going to be an incredible celebration. It’s funny, I’ve been to and co-hosted so many of these over the years but never really given much thought to what my own would be like. I’m not worried though, all of the planning is in good hands and I’m excited to just show up and soak in all of the baby love!

Something interesting I’ve been noticing lately is that I spill a lot. I mean like, daily. I never noticed this before because I guess the spills just landed on the floor but now, between my larger bosom and my expanding waistline, I definitely have places for all sorts of leftovers to get lodged. I’m constantly walking around with a water spot in the middle of my belly – I mean really…is it that hard to take a drink of water without half of the glass falling out of your mouth? And, at the end of the day, an assortment of crumbs down my shirt. Hello, cleavage!

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this detail here but figured, there are so many more explicit and humiliating details that I leave out, I might as well indulge myself a bit. Besides, I’m praying someone else can relate and I’m not the only pregnant woman with this problem.

Christmas at our house is in full swing. The tree is up, most of the presents are wrapped, cards are in the mail, and there are decorations galore lining our mantle and shelves. This has given your dad and I a great opportunity to discuss all of the wonderful holiday traditions we have planned for the years to come. We can’t wait to celebrate with you and incorporate some of our favorite childhood memories into your holiday experience.

Mainly, I hope to instill a sense of wonder and gratitude in you – all year long but especially at the holidays. The presents are great, especially as a kid, but I hope you agree that the anticipation of Santa, the quality family time, and the opportunity to give back to those less fortunate are what make Christmas so special. I hope you find the story of Jesus’ birth as enchanting as I did – and still do – and that the very first thing you say when you wake up on Christmas morning is “Happy birthday, Jesus!” even before you hop out of bed to go see if Santa came bearing gifts.

Your cousin Mikela is so excited to teach you how to leave cookies for Santa and snacks for his reindeer just like I taught her when she was young. And it goes without saying that we’ll read Twas the Night Before Christmas aloud on Christmas Eve and watch A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, and Home Alone in the weeks leading up to the big day. Our Christmas celebrations may look different from year to year but one thing I can guarantee is that you will always feel loved. Every minute of your life and especially as you close your little eyes on Christmas Eve.

You will know that you are loved beyond belief. Every single day.

Love you, little girl!

P.S. There’s a very special present under the tree addressed “To: my little girl Love: your Poozle” (that’s your dad!). What a lucky baby…you’re not even born yet and already you have presies!

Love,

Your mama

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