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Dear Archer

Dear Archer,

It's almost time to meet you, so I thought I'd let you know a bit about the world you're about to enter. It might be warm in cozy in my belly right now, but trust me, you're going to want to come join us on the outside.

First of all, I think your daddy and I are pretty decent parents. You have your sister to thank for that ... we spent that last five and a half years with her as our crash-test dummy, trying to figure out what the heck we were supposed to be doing. We technically still have no idea if we're doing this parenting thing right, but since she turned out pretty awesome (and with just one broken bone so far), we're confident we haven't screwed it up too badly.

To be honest, your daddy and I weren't sure if Kenlee was going to be an only child ... But that's not to say you weren't wanted! Every time the subject would come up, we always knew we just weren't "done" yet. We always felt like someone was missing from our family. We knew that adding another child to our family wouldn't be easy, but we also knew that it felt right.

Speaking of Kenlee, she is soooooo excited to meet you. Before she found out you were growing in my belly, she asked us at least once a week if she would ever have a baby brother or sister. Now, she kisses my belly every day before I leave for work, and she likes to tickle my belly and tease you. Your kicks kind of freak her out sometimes, but overall, she's pretty psyched to play the big sister role. I think you'll love her ... at least until you're old enough to pick fights with her.

Your daddy is pretty much the best daddy ever. (And I'm not just saying that because he did the dishes for me yesterday.) He likes to laugh, play and go out on little adventures. But, he also likes to make sure everyone is well taken care of, which means he's never too busy or too tired when you need him. He sure has loved raising a little girl, but I know he's also excited to have a boy and share in those things only boys can understand.

As for me? Well, I'm not the most motherly mom out there. I don't do craft projects. I don't sew. I don't cook a lot (or very well), and I sure as heck don't keep up with housecleaning like I should. But, I do love our family (including you) more than anything in the world. (Also, I can be a pushover if you offer hugs and kisses - use that to your advantage.) I can't promise I won't ever get upset with you, but I can promise I will always be there for you. I can't wait to meet you and teach you about so many wonderful things in life.

Let me tell you, there are plenty of other people who can't wait to meet you. Our friends and family members are a pretty crazy bunch, but we like it that way - they keep life interesting.

So now, it's all up to you. Whenever you're ready, we're ready. See you soon, baby boy.


P.S. We're Cubs fans, and they actually made it to the World Series. You might wanna come out to watch this ... because it may never happen in your lifetime again.


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