You should be here in a little over two months now. This seems like the longest pregnancy in history, but there’s still so much to be done to prepare for you. We thought we were all done with babies, after all, and our life is so crazy and chaotic even when there aren’t babies on the way.
I am having such fun feeling you get to know the world inside my belly. I love your hiccups, your knocks, your flips and turns and random jabs.
I wonder sometimes what you must already think of us. We are such a noisy family! Day and night, you must hear the shrieks, shouts, teen and tween music, arguments, laughter, children’s shows, ball games, read-alouds, tears, talks and general mayhem.
One minute it’s Mama reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the next it’s a cackling four year-old, then it’s Taylor Swift or Lady Gaga and then a tear-filled tirade about LEGOs or terrible sisters.
It’s a far cry from the classical music and baby books that your grandmother once told me to play for my belly.
Baby, you are coming into a crazy life.
It will be noisy. It will be messy. It will be chaotic.
And it will be fun.
You will be doted on by two big brothers, two big sisters and two tired parents, not to mention friends and family. You will get messy kisses, silly presents and the world’s most diverse lullabies.
You will be loved.
I can’t promise as much classical music as your grandmother would have liked, but I can promise loads of love and silliness and people who will always fight over who gets to hold you next.
You are thumping around in my belly right now, poking and flipping and doing some sort of general busyness. You seem to be a busy little girl, which will probably suit you well in our family.
I can’t believe my luck in getting to do all of this again. I can’t wait to met you, little one. There are so many kisses waiting for you.
Prepare for a noisy but laughter-filled life.
We love you.