Sunday, August 19, 2012

Halfway Here (20 Weeks And Counting...)

Dear Baby Hill,
You're halfway here! In just 20 weeks -- maybe more, maybe less -- you will arrive, and we'll finally get to see your face. And the rest of you. Apparently, you're shy right now, because the other week when we tried to see whether you are a boy or a girl, you were covered just enough to remain ambiguous. You probably don't know what that word "ambiguous" means, and you probably won't for some time. But don't worry, your dad will teach you that word and many, many others. You see, your dad is a "word nerd." He loves words of all shapes, sizes, and origins. In fact, he uses his love of words to help provide for you and your mom. Your mom is a teacher. She teaches little rugrats about science. Sometimes they listen, sometimes they don't, and a lot of times they talk too much. Your dad doesn't know a whole lot about science, but your mom can teach you plenty, once you're ready to hear about it. Don't worry, that won't be for awhile yet, and neither will the vocabulary lessons. First, we've got to get you here, and then figure out what to do with you. We've been waiting a long time for you to arrive, much longer than just 20 weeks. In fact, your mom and dad have been waiting and praying for you to come for more than 6 years now. I know you don't know your numbers yet, either, but that's a long, long time. There were many times when we didn't know if you would ever come. We hoped that wouldn't be the case, but we didn't know for sure. We went to see the doctors to ask them why you weren't on the way just yet. They did some tests, and tried to figure it out. Finally, they told us they couldn't figure out any reason why you shouldn't be able to show up on their little picture screens at any time. We guess God figured that we weren't ready just yet. To tell you the truth, we don't feel like we're ready now. But you're on the way, you'll be here sooner than we can imagine, and we'll just have to get ready. We were very glad to see you on the picture screens the other week at the doctor's office. Your mom can't feel you moving around in there just yet, but we could see you doing so on the screen. We heard your heartbeat again -- you sound healthy. The lady who was administering (that's a fancy word that just means "running") the test said that, as far as she could tell, everything about you looks healthy, too. We were very happy to hear that. Your mom is doing pretty good, but she doesn't sleep too well these days. It's not your fault, you're just doing what you're supposed to do, growing a little more each day and preparing to make your debut. But the many changes that are going on in your mom's body now can cause her to be uncomfortable sometimes, and that makes sleeping through the night difficult. But she knows -- even if she has to remind herself of it every now and then -- that it will be worth it when you get here. The sleepless nights, the pain, and all of that may not go away completely right after you arrive, but at least you'll be here with your mom and dad, and that will automatically make it better. Today's your mom's birthday. Don't worry that you didn't get her a gift. You are your gift to her. Your very existence and imminent arrival are absolutely enough for now. That, and maybe a good night's sleep. We are so incredibly excited to meet you in just four-and-a-half months or so. Until then, you keep growing, and we'll keep waiting.
We love you!
Your Mom and Dad

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