The morning of my C-section, my husband John wrote this. I thought I'd share it given that I am in no place to write this week and because I love it.
October, 22 - 2015 - 8:45am
My dearest baby girl, Gypsy…
"Please be careful - the plates are REALLY hot."
This was the profound advice offered to me when I first ate at a Mexican restaurant and it has stuck with me all of this time. I now pass this sage bit of wisdom on to you.
Okay, obviously that was a joke… but then many-a-truth is said in jest… so it's not entirely without merit.
The point I'm really trying to make here is that if I can attest to any one slice of advice to you, it is that laughter can get you through practically anything.
Make no mistake, the world is a glorious, profound, exciting place to be… but it can also be terrifying, heartbreaking and soul-crushing. But there is one thing that can slay all of life's dragons, and that is laughter.
Your mother and I laugh together a lot, and I would attest that is why people fall in love.
Speaking of your mother: consider yourself extraordinarily lucky that she is yours.
Mom is wise, strong, feisty, intelligent, learned, and - yes - funny. One of the things she used to tell me when we were first dating was that nobody ever considered her 'funny' whereas she cracked me up all the time.
You mom and I weren't high-school sweethearts and we didn't meet at a college mixer. Nor did we work at the same office or catch each others' eyes at a concert. We both dated lots of other people before we met.
But we both knew we were WAITING… we were waiting for the 'right' time and we both had the awareness to understand that we'd know it when it came along. We WAITED for one another, and it paid off immeasurably.
Similarly, we did not follow the standard operating procedure of having a baby right away. We WAITED. And when the time was right, we both knew it.
My point is, you were INTENTIONAL.
We waited to have you because we wanted to bring you into this world when we knew that we could give you the kind of love and attention you deserve.
As I write this, you are approximately 6 hours away from being born. Your mom and I are a whirlwind of emotions - including nervous, anxious, scared, excited, delighted, rapturous and happy beyond measure.
We can't wait to see you face-to-face.
We have so much love for you we can barely contain it and you're not even out in the light of day yet.
Your mom has devoted an entire blog to you, so I'm trying to be brief, but I wanted to put down in writing what I was thinking about on the day of your birth.
I can't possibly predict what the future has in store for our humble little family, but I can tell you this with absolute certainty: There will be puppies, there will be laughter, and there will be love.
We love you.
And, yes, if you go to a Mexican restaurant… PLEASE be careful… the plates are REALLY hot.