*Written in the 34th week*
There is so much that I want to teach you; to share with you like the day we found out we were going to have a baby. I will always remember that day as it permanently changed my life for the better. When I found out, I hid my head under the blankets because I was completely lost on how to express my excitement.
Your mom and I made a decision not to know if you are a little boy or little girl until that moment when we meet you. This has introduced us to some interesting perspectives from acquaintances and those closest to us. Rest assured, boy or girl, you will be loved and cared for unconditionally.
I often wonder if you are as nervous and excited about making your debut into this (sometimes crazy) world as we are. I can’t wait to meet you, bring you home and start our life together. To be completely honest, I am not 100% sure what to expect. Sure, we’ve heard stories from others, read articles and books, and follow the doctor’s instructions but as new as the world is too you, it will be just as new of a journey for me.
As you began to grow inside your mom, the pregnancy books often related your size to pieces of fruit. Well instead of a blueberry or plum, I’ve nicknamed you _____ (note for blog only: I’ve contemplated filling in the blank but have decided that even though those closest to us know what it is, the nickname is special and deserves its place just with Emiley and I.).
We’re both bound to make mistakes…that’s okay. My best advice is for us to be honest about them; we’ll survive and learn from them.
Besides the ABC’s, 123’s and how to tie a shoe I hope that I can pass along a few things that can be used forever. The biggest thing is respect…to respect your surroundings and those around you. A great virtue is to respect others. To me this means so many things and those that immediately come to mind are: thinking before speaking, only using the term colored when referring to those things ‘filled in with crayons’, knowing it’s okay to be different. You will develop your own beliefs and values. Others may not believe or think the same as you. This is not a bad thing but rather a way to grow; a way to learn. Something my grandfather taught me was to show respect during a national anthem; whether it’s your own or that of another nation. This means removing your cap and standing silently until its completion. Most importantly I hope that you respect yourself and be your own person.
I hope your legs are ready because you will be riding a bicycle (eventually) for recreation and to school. It’s something that I not only enjoy but believe it provides a sense of responsibility and independence. If your mom lets me, I’ll also teach you how to throw a slider without damaging your elbow 😉
The coming weeks are going to quickly pass by. Before you know it, we’ll all be together as a family. I’m ecstatic to experience the whirlwind of emotions that are in front of us. More than anything, I look forward to holding you and introducing you to the world.
PS. No matter how old you are, it is likely you will always be my _____.