Letters to the Womb

Since I work 60+ hours a week and am five months pregnant, I haven’t found a lot of time to write down my little idioms of pregnancy for my baby boy to read. I have written a lot of the ups and downs of the actual physical changes during pregnancy. But haven’t taken a minute to address He Who Matters Most. I missed the dates of a lot of firsts so I want to take some time today to write a little letter to my son.

Dear Baby Boy McKinnon,

Now, I call you that only because I don’t want someone else to steal your name. I of course, already have you named. You have been pretty much since you were first imagined, not yet even a little seed growing in my belly. It was the one (and only) name that your daddy immediately said “yes” to. There wasn’t a lot of hemming and hawwing. Which, once you get to know daddy a little bit more, you will realize how crazy that is. Someday I will be able to explain to you just how lucky you are to have that name. I have been calling you that for the past couple of weeks. Sometimes when I’m delivering pizzas, I talk to you. I described all the Christmas lights to you this year. I sing you songs that I hope you will like once you’re born (someone has to like country music besides me). I also rub my hands on my belly almost non-stop all day trying to let you know I’m here, and I love you.

Let me tell you how daddy has been so far…

Well, you weren’t a surprise. We wanted you for months and you didn’t take very long to start growing. I don’t think daddy realized just how quickly you were going to come along. He was so excited to have a little boy that I don’t think he even believes you’re in there yet. He can’t wait to teach you how to play chess and fill your head with sports stats. But first, I know he is counting down the days to hold you in his arms for the first time. He smiles at my belly, you know. I see him do it almost every day. He’s proud of you already.

Enough about us, let’s talk about you. For the first few months, mommy was very, very sick. The only think you liked was Spaghettios and french fries. But now, you are one hungry little boy. Your favorite foods are: donuts, Big Macs, peppers, watermelon, honey crisp apples and Mountain Dew (which mommy can’t really have). You’re probably going to drive mom crazy with your appetite once your born. You will have your own little menu just like daddy. Or maybe you will both be sharing a bag of potatoes each night with cheesecakes for dessert?

Right now, you have been riding around in my belly for five months. But you decided to wait until Christmas time to really make your presence known. Not only did mommy’s belly get much bigger that weekend, I also felt you doing somersaults the entire time. You must have known just how much family and friends were talking about you and buying you presents just waiting for you to be born. You really love to rumble around when mommy’s trying to fall asleep. We can’t wait for the first time we can feel you kick on the outside so you can kick Chuey while he sleeps. 🙂

I will admit, we are already halfway there but we are very excited. We can’t wait to teach you our favorite things. I can’t wait to read your favorite books to you every night. Dad can’t wait to play you in some video games. But we both really can’t wait until that first night you are home. We will both take a look at you snuggled in your crib and know even more than we do now how absolutely perfect you are.

We love you,

Mom and Dad

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