Dear Baby Girl (aka, the Alien),
I’ve been lovingly calling you “the alien” ever since we saw your 3D mug shot on the ultrasound. That, or Oompa Loompa, due to that fabulous orange tint you have. If you take after me, it’s the darkest your skin will ever be, so enjoy the tan while you can. You are gorgeous just the way you are and I cannot get enough of you.
I can feel you kicking all the time these days. Every kick feels like the first, and it surprises me and fills me with joy. I never knew I’d be so proud of your kicks. If your dad is around when you kick, I instantly grab his hand and put it on my belly – hoping he can feel you. Right now it feels like you’re practicing a tap dance routine, or perhaps you’re running through some karate drills or Morse code? Whatever it is, keep it up. Kick high and hard, little mama!
This weekend I became officially pregnant (translation = I popped). Out of the blue, my belly got noticeably bigger in one day! It was remarkable!
We are nearly 23 weeks along with you which means we’ll get to meet you in about 17 weeks! I know your birthday is still so far away, but I can’t help but wonder when the big day will come. Will you make it to your due date, or be stubborn and hang on until June? Wouldn’t it be cool if you were born on our wedding anniversary – June 12? I suspect the doctor won’t let you cook that long, but we’ll see. I think it would be lovely. Your grandpa Millsap was born on his parents’ first anniversary and I always loved that. Your dad will be thrilled that it’s one less important date to remember! A win win for all.
We’re planning your nursery now and it’s so much fun! I went shopping for your nursery with your grandma Millsap last weekend. I look forward to shopping with you when you’re older. That is, if you’re into shopping. Something tells me you will be – you’re half a Millsap after all! We bought your crib the other night – which was an impressive feat after hours and hours of looking online for the perfect bed for you. Everything is starting to feel very real. You’ll be ours in a matter of months! I cannot wait to hold you in my arms for the very first time. I’ve been singing (sorry about that) and talking to you so you’ll recognize the sound of my voice when you arrive.
Your dad and I love you so much, our beautiful baby girl…even if you look like an alien right now.
Mom and Dad