Your due date — Monday, May 16, 2011 — is something your daddy and I have looked forward to for many, many months. And it's only days away.
It feels like just yesterday we were crying and hugging as we read "pregnant" on that test. Well actually, it was on several tests since I didn't quite believe it.
Now that you're almost here, I want to make sure you know a few things about the life you are about to enter.
First, your daddy and I love you more than words can say. We have wanted you in our lives for a long time, and we cannot wait to have our little family all together. We met when I was just 16 years old, and our love has grown and grown since then. I never thought I could love someone as much as I love him.
You are the result of that love, and I know you will make that love expand even more.
Second, our family is made of some of the most loving, caring, admiring and fun people I know. You are blessed to have one great-great grandmother, three great-grandfathers, two great-grandmothers, two grandmas (or maw maws), two grandpas (or pa pas), five aunties, two uncles and three cousins. Plus, there is an incredible amount of extended family beyond that (including some who aren't blood related but who love you just the same) who will be involved in your life just like they were in ours. And certainly, there are several angels in heaven who will be watching over you every day.
If you only learn one lesson from me baby girl, let it be this: Your family will always be there for you, and you can always count on them to see you through.
Third, between me and you, pregnancy is not so fun. BUT, I would deal with the nausea, swelling, exhaustion, weight gain, stress and all the other pains every day for the rest of my life if it meant I would get to have you.
You were worth it, a million times over.
Fourth, I know things won't always be easy. You and I will have some fights, especially since you have a 50 percent chance of inheriting my fiery attitude over your daddy's laid-back one. And I'm sure there will be days you don't like me. But I hope you'll always remember how much I love you and how I wanted you from the very beginning.
I hope we can enjoy days together playing, shopping, dressing up, getting ready for your prom, picking out your wedding dress, and then someday, hopefully, getting ready to meet your own little girl.
I can't wait.
So you see Kenlee, your life is a pretty good one, filled with love and hope for a wonderful future. It's all ready and waiting. We just need you to come and join us.