Yesterday afternoon, Tori gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Finn. Welcoming a new life into this world is a big deal and so the night before our baby came, I decided to write a letter welcoming him to our family and expressing how much I love, and will love, him for life.
An Open Letter To My New Baby,
Well it’s the night before your entrance into this crazy, whacky, amazing world full of joy, good times, bad times, love, loss, friends and foes – and that’s just your brothers and sisters! They’re always full of love, laughter and energy. Quite frankly they’re absolutely bonkers too, but you’re going to love them. Mom and Dad are a bit kooky too – that’s just how we roll. Not to worry though, we’ll grow on you after a while. So strap on your onesie, because it’s going to be a wild ride.
I’ve watched you grow in your mom’s belly for the last 37 weeks. You started off as just a little tiny bump, and now you’re this incredible little being that I see move and kick and literally sit up in mama’s belly. I wonder what you’re going to look like, what your little voice is going to sound like, what kind of personality are you going to have. Will you be the sensitive one? The rocket scientist? The athlete? The president? Most of all, I’m wondering what flavor you are – if you’re a boy or a girl? Like your sister Hattie we decided we wanted to be surprised (again) as to what sex you’re going to be. It was the most amazing surprise, when Dr. Jason held up your sister and declared, “It’s a girl!” I mean, when will you ever experience a surprise of that magnitude ever again? Well . . . tomorrow to be exact, and I can’t wait to see you, and hold you, and tell you I love you. I can’t wait to snuggle and take naps with you. I can’t wait to tell you that I will protect you and care for you every minute of every day. For the rest of your life.
I can’t wait to encourage you, and tell you that you’re the most amazing person in the world, and that you can do anything or be anything you want to be. I’ll be there for your first tears, your first bump and bruise. I’ll be there for your first steps, your first words, and your first day at school. I’ll be there for your first broken heart, your first award, your first car, I’ll be there for your wedding day, and I’ll be there for your firstborn.
I’ll be there first. For you. With all my love and devotion, I will fight tooth and nail to give you the wonderful life you deserve. Because you have made my life wonderful beyond my dreams by being my child, a little angel that has found your mother and I and blessed our lives with beauty and grace. I will give you my last breath, as you have given me my first.
I love you. See you soon.