Thursday, October 1, 2009

Better Late Than Never - Letter to Haley: Month One

I decided to write a letter to Haley each month of her life. I want to document the minutiae of her life, to savor each moment. I hesitated to post my letters, but decided to share them with whomever may read this site. I wrote this letter several weeks ago...


September 10, 2009

Dear Haley,

You have already been in our lives for one whole month. To me, you have been in my life for more than 10 months, but I am getting to know you in a whole new fashion. You are the sweetest girl one could ever imagine. Your dad and I anticipated sleepless nights spent rocking a fussy baby, and yet you have been an easy going baby from the start. We were concerned about how the dogs would react to having a new (noisy) person in the house and they couldn't have surprised us more. Barley and Chloe love you! Chloe has taken the role of protector, while Barley has taken the role of babysitter (he wants to be near you and/or sniffing you).

We've learned that you love to be held - it almost instantaneously calms you down. We've learned that you are a noisy girl - you love to 'talk' to us in your sweet voice. We've learned that you like to be cozy and snuggled - you curl yourself into a ball when you sleep. We've learned that you don't mind loud noises - especially ones coming from your puppy dogs. We've learned that our hearts grew 10,000 fold with your arrival into the world.

I was so nervous to meet you once the big day finally arrived. Once we arrived at the hospital time couldn't move fast enough. I wanted to know what (who) you looked like. I had spent 39 long weeks getting to know you - you liked to kick and move and often had the hiccups - I simply couldn't wait any longer to meet you. I heard one of the doctors exclaim "she's perfect!" and the tears started rolling down my cheeks. They held you up so I could see you and couldn't agree more - you were (are) indeed perfect. Then I heard you cry and knew that you were healthy, that my prayers had been answered. (Actually, my prayers had been answered the day I found out I was pregnant.)

I have so enjoyed being at home with you these last few weeks and wish we could be together like this forever. I feel as though I've gotten to know not only you, but myself too. Thank you for opening my heart up - I love you and your dad more than I thought possible. You are the sun and moon and stars in my sky.


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