A Letter to my Second Baby

Dear Baby C (Squared),

A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to your big brother. I relived sweet memories of late night cuddle sessions, and expressed my gratitude for the wonderful boy that he is. You will have a beautiful example to look up to in your older brother, but there is not a single doubt in my mind that you will be able to carry the torch of amazing Stuckert babies all on your own.

Yesterday morning, I went in for my 37-week prenatal appointment. It was pretty uneventful- you are healthy as can be and have started nestling down into my pelvis, awaiting the perfect time to begin making your entrance into the world. As my doctor brought the Doppler to my belly to listen to your heartbeat, you took one giant swing, and pushed the Doppler away. Dr. N was both startled and amused, and I just laid back and giggled. You sure did make your presence known! It made me smile to think that maybe you were looking out for your Mama in your own little way. Admittedly, I may be reading more into your involuntary punch, but just that tiny little thrust set my mind whirling into thinking about who you are going to be.

I'm really excited to be your Mommy and can't wait to see who you look like. While Charlie has your Daddy's eyes, and my mouth, I wonder if you'll get my eyes, or maybe you'll get Daddy's ears. While Charlie is independent, curious, and adventurous, I wonder if you'll be more introverted and calm.

I hope that whoever you are and whatever you look like, you know how loved you are and how perfectly you fit into the puzzle of our family. Without you, we're just...incomplete.

It's scary, exciting and nerve-wracking to think that I could be meeting you in a matter of weeks, or even days. I'm praying for your safe journey and can't wait for the moment I get to hold you in my arms, stare into your puffy, newborn eyes, and fall head over heels in love. I'll see you soon, Baby C.


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