We are ready for you! Yesterday was November 12th. Your due date is now less than one month away. I’ll just be honest, your daddy and I both think you are going to arrive before December 12th. Maybe this is just wishful thinking? Or maybe you agree and want to make this happen as well? As we have prayed for you, talked about you, and prepared for you, we both totally agree…we are ready for you! Here are the top 5 ways I know it is time for you to get here:
1. We have accepted the fact that our lives have changed. For the past several months I have said…”Oh boy, things are going to change when baby arrives…it will be so different…I don’t know about all this…” Last Sunday I began to enter into this stream of thought again and your daddy was quick to put a stop to my rabbit trail of emotions. He said, “What are you talking about? Things have ALREADY changed, we are ALREADY living differently, now we just need to get Colby here so we can truly enjoy all of the change together!”
I tell you what boy, you’ve got one smart daddy. Although I think you will enjoy all of my crazy thoughts and desire to talk about everything, I think we are both better off with the level head your father provides in the little moments each and every day.
2. I’m just about finished having people stare at my ever increasing belly. I am convinced if I placed a hidden camera on my stomach, everyone would see, people have stopped looking into my eyes, and instead stare at my stomach! Now don’t get me wrong, I love carrying you and having you with me all the time. But, I am ready for others to see YOU and not just be amazed at how large a white woman’s stomach can become.
When I pass people on the street they say “Gwo van” which literally translates into Big Belly. But, I have been told by friends here in Haiti, that is a compliment and a way for others to share in my pregnancy excitement. I believe this to be true, but something about my U.S. routes makes it very difficult for me to feel complimented when someone calls me Big Belly.
3. Our list of “to do’s” before your arrival has but a few items left to check. It’s almost like in college when I would study for finals and a point would always be reached where I would realize I have studied all I can, it’s time for the test. In a strange way, that’s how I feel with you right now. I don’t plan on excelling with straight A’s in the world of motherhood, but all the “prep” I can do has happened, now it’s go time!
4. My heart longs to sit on the couch with your daddy, one of his arms around me, and the other holding you. I’m ready to share your kicks with him. I’m ready for the 3 of us to be completely together. I feel selfish sometimes getting to feel all your movements all the time. I think this may be the first step in me being willing to let you go one day. I want you and your daddy to get time together. Now, not all the time, but I think I’m ready to share…just a little bit.
5. Lastly, I’m ready to be finished with the “hippy hippy shakes.” Some people would describe the way I walk today as a waddle. I do not think the term waddle sounds attractive in the least. But, as I walk up and down the hills here on the mission property, I have one little tune that plays over and over in my head…
You my dear boy give me the “hippy hippy shakes.” Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of time for dance parties when you arrive, but today, I’m ready for my public hip shaking to come to a close.
Enjoy your last few weeks before coming into the world. Let’s work together to try to make your entry into the world as quick and pain free as possible. Rest up little man, I hear there is nothing quite like the marathon of child birth! We love you Colby, and just remember we are ready for you!