Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Letter to my Daughter

Dear Kendra,

I can't believe how fast the time has passed since we found out you were coming to us and soon you'll be here! You have changed the course of my life and Daddy's and we're so excited to see you and hold you and take you home with us.

So, darling daughter--don't feel like you need to wait. It's been fun watching and experiencing you grow inside me, but you can come just any time you're ready. Besides the anticipation of wanting YOU here, there are a few other things I'd like out of my life just the same. Or back in my life, rather.

I'd like for my feet to not constantly resemble foot-shaped marshmallow puffs at all times of the day and night. Sweetheart, I'm starting to worry they'll be stuck like this... It'd be nice to eat something besides Raisin Bran for breakfast without fear of the consequences that will be reaped if I opt out even ONE time. It's just not that delicious. I'm happy to share my body with you to bring you here...but honey, I'm starting to have to ask for Daddy's help to pull me up to a seated position sometimes. I'm worried that I'll get myself stuck one of these days while he's at work. And sleeping--ooohhhhh. I know that it'll be a long time before I can sleep through the night once you get here, but if I could at least go to sleep and not be achy all over and have throbbing, painful hands when I wake up a few hours later, I'd take that.

But I don't want that to diminish how grateful I am that you're coming. I already feel a huge debt to you and I'll spend the rest of my life trying to repay it. And sweetie, I don't know how we did it--but for some reason you never were too stressful on my bladder. Here I am, 10 days from due to having you and I'm still waiting for the part all the other mommies have told me about when they can barely make it an hour in between needing the bathroom--and I've been drinking at least a gallon of water a day for months now!

I know that all-in-all, you've been very, very nice to me as you've grown. I like to think that was a somewhat cooperative effort on our part with coaching from Daddy always reminding me to do things that make life easier for both of us and further enhanced by a long line of good child-bearing genes. But...whenever you're ready, you just feel free to make your entrance. Mommy and Daddy can't wait for you. And for Mommy to be able bend over without effort. And not for there to be a one inch indention on her leg every time she sits Indian-style. And to sit with Daddy and hold you and gaze at you and wonder in awe how something so special and beautiful and amazing could be ours.

So, just a few thoughts, my sweet baby girl. Come to us soon!



Amanda said...

Awww. . . I bet you two can't wait. :-) I'm so excited for you!

Jacqueline said...

How sweet. I would love to hear what she would say to you now if she could. I bet that would be so tender and grateful too.

Danielle said...

P.S. Just hurry, because your cousin Danielle can't wait to see you and she is getting impatient.

Michelle said...

I'm just remembering what my great-grandma told me when I was pregnant with Nora, "No matter how much you hate being pregnant, babies are much easier to take care of inside than out!" I know it's hard, but enjoy it, in a few weeks you're life will never be this uncomplicated again!

Kristina said...

That was sweet and funny :P I loved it. They are definitely better out than in :P

Laura said...

Have you already tried jumping on a trampoline?? Haha. Just kidding. I can't wait to see her too!! I have this package for her that has been sitting on my floor waiting to be mailed for ... almost a month now. Sheesh. Let's see who comes first: Kendra or our package. Ready. Set. Go!