IMG_7501Our family has officially expanded by one with the arrival of our darling baby girl. We are ecstatic!

When my son learned that he’d be getting a sibling he specifically requested an orange pirate. He has clearly forgiven her for not fulfilling that wish.

I clearly recall the day the ultrasound technician first told us we’d be having a girl. I was stunned. Giddy. I couldn’t believe it.

A girl. Tiny pink clothes.  Hairbows. There will be baby dolls. Pigtails. I can coach her in softball as my mom and dad did for me. I’ll tell her about boys. I’ll teach her to respect herself and not rush into relationships. When she’s in her thirties I hope she’ll call me several times a week like I do my mom. Just to talk. I want that. I’m so very excited for that.

I am in no hurry though. I will focus on the now. I will focus on this precious face with the perfect little kissable mouth. I’ll hold her. I’ll whisper to her. I’ll watch for the look in her eyes that tells me she recognizes me.

I am thankful beyond words. I am thankful for our family who traveled so far to be at the hospital even though it meant putting everything else on hold and finding last minute flights.

I am thankful for a sister in-law who surprised me by traveling to Arkansas from North Carolina while she’s in her second trimester herself. I started blubbering like a fool the second she walked in my delivery room. It was such a thoughtful thing to do.

I am thankful for my sister who couldn’t come because her son is due any minute. Sharing our pregnancies with each other was such a sweet experience. I know she’s very ready for my nephew to join our family. I have no doubt he’ll be a perfect addition and I can’t wait to meet him.

More than anything I am thankful for my own little community of people at home. I am thankful for the husband who works hard with me to make our marriage meaningful and lasting. He encourages me, he lifts me up when I am weak and so tired, and he loves me when I don’t deserve it.

I am thankful for our little boy who makes me want to be a better person and the best mother I can be. He has filled my world with bugs, superheroes, and toilet humor. I love every minute of it. He’s going to be an amazing big brother. He has the kindest heart and gentlest spirit.

I am thankful that our family and our hearts have expanded to include this baby God has blessed us with.

I am thankful.

IMG_7545 m with paci april 2014 david & m april 2014

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