My Darling Baby:

I can’t believe I am sitting here once again. About two years ago, I first sat at the computer to write my first letter to your older sister, Kathryn. It is amazing to believe that we have been blessed with you so soon. It is fair to say that your arrival into our family was most definitely a surprise, but one that we are finding more exciting every day.

About a month ago, I was feeling absolutely awful almost all of the time. I was nauseated and tired most of the day and never felt like I could get going in the morning. I was baffled by what bug I had picked up and kept pushing on. It wasn’t until a week later, when I was complaining about it to your Nana, and she flippantly remarked “Maybe your pregnant,” that I even thought of you being a possibility.

I shared Nana’s comment with your dad and his immediate excitement and eagerness at the possibility was heart warming. We decided to wait a couple more weeks to see how things were before getting too excited. Throughout this whole time, I could feel my body changing and already saw growth. I knew in my heart you were with us and thought it was time to find out for sure.

Last week, when we had Kathryn in for her 18-month checkup, the doctor did a pregnancy test and confirmed that we were now a family of six. Not that there was really any doubt – a mom knows well before the doctor makes it official.

We have slowly been sharing the news with our family and friends and feeling the excitement mount as we tell everyone. It is amazing to me how supportive and welcoming those around us are. Admittedly, there has been some shock over how close in age you and Kathryn will be, since your brothers and sister have all been spaced at least five years apart.

I am still in awe that this is even happening. I am unsure of what it will be like to have children so close in age. I can become overwhelmed imagining how busy this house will be. I can let myself get carried away with all of the buts. However, when all is said and done, I feel joy and excitement. I know you will add a new dimension to our family and that upon your arrival, we will once again have grown into not only a larger, but stronger family.

Welcome, my baby. I am so glad to be on this journey with you.

May you continue to grow in peace: