Monday, February 04, 2008

20: i am their giant.

Dear Claire,
The day you turned 20 months was Christmas Eve. It was also the day we found out you are going to be a big sister. I have been saving this letter until now. It seems crazy to think that there’s going to be another baby around. You’re still a baby. Only, you’re not- every day you are changing from baby to girl. Your wee, round belly is rapidly shrinking and I know that it won’t be long until it’s gone.

I think most of the time, you're going to love being a big sister. You have been helping me all along. You are the kind of kid who says thank you when I change your diaper. You love babies and point them out wherever we go. I’m looking forward to seeing you with our baby in the fall (or end of summer if this baby doesn't decide to take up permanent residence in my belly like you did).

Years ago, I went to school in Hawaii and Costa Rica. At the close of our time there, the school director warned us that completing this amazing experience would “spoil us for the ordinary.” At the time, I thought that meant that I’d be having lots of traveling adventures, and life wouldn’t be ordinary. Boy, did I travel. But those things seem ordinary compared to the joy of watching you become you.

Last night, you were sitting in my lap and we were singing songs. You looked up and me with those huge eyes and said, “Pa-dee?” Dada and I looked at each other and tried to figure out what you needed. Then I asked you, “You want to do patty cake?” Your eyes lit up and you started clapping. The Giant understood! It was a great moment. You were thrilled. We all were thrilled.

When I found out I was pregnant with you, I was incredibly nervous. This time, I feel peaceful (tired, but peaceful). The only reason I can feel this way is because of you. You showed me how to be a mama. You showed me that this what I want to do. You have spoiled me for the ordinary.

I love you, big girl.


Ona said...

Holy Moly...How exciting!!! Congrats.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! Claire is going to be an awesome big sister. I can't hardly wait to meet the newest little one.

Oh, hope I didn't freak you out about having a boy from my post today. They are tons of fun, even if there are sharp flying objects at times!

Oh, now I'm giddy!! Because I know Maggie will get to babysit, and that means I'll get to spend time with your new one too.

Call us anytime if you need a nap, okay?

Anonymous said...

WOW - CONGRATULATIONS! You are good at keeping secrets! I could never keep it in that long. What is your due date? How exciting!!!! Keep me posted!


Anonymous said...

Your last paragraph made me all teary...
I'm excited for the new little one to arrive, and to see Claire become a big sister. Congrats to all of you!

Glory Laine said...

Couldn't have happened to better parents. (Or sister). So happy for the giants.

Alida said...

I was so happy to hear this wonderful news this morning and now I too got teary from reading your letter.

Congratulations to a truly wonderful family. What a lucky baby!

Valerie of Momia said...

I only got through the first few words...AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so excited for you guys!!

Okay, now I'm going back and finishing your post!

Valerie of Momia said...

Great post! She's a sweetie! Soon, you'll have two sweeties!

AngieG said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see this new little precious one!

momaof4 said...

What a letter Friend!!
Can't wait to see you through on this new adventure.

Ang said...

That peaceful feeling is nice. I would say it is even closer to peace full if that could be such a thing. Congrats.

Hosmerita said...

Ok Lady!
I told you that you were preggers!
I knew it! I knew it!
Congrats friend.

Valerie of Momia said...

With second babies, women tend to "pop out" earlier. Are you showing yet (underneath that big green coat!)?

Team Johnston said...

Congrats!!!! Claire will make an awesome big sister. Looking forward to meeting the newest addition!
~Danielle :)

Stephanie said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so excited for you!

Anonymous said...

Hey lady,
I am so happy to hear I will be an aunt times 2! I hope thta i willl be able to spend more time with you and your kids! oh and nate of course!haha i hope this baby is born in august! that way we can be birthday month buddies! I dont have one of those yet in our family!...I love you and am so happy for you!! I am also so proud to call you my sis!