Wow! I am finally in the final stages of pregnancy. Fourteen years after giving birth to my daughter Taylor I am pregnant with my second child. I am scared out of my mind. No, seriously. I am definitely a bit nervous and anxious for the new arrival of my bundle of joy. Already there are distinct differences between the two children. Baby number two moves more, especially in the third trimester. She seems to enjoy classical music, and she loves playing and doing flips at night. I thought about how I will talk to her often, even as an infant, and how I will try not to use my “baby” voice too often. Five things I am teaching my baby:
- You are loved. Mommy and Daddy love you so much, and even more than the love and commitment that we have towards you, God loves you more than you can imagine.
- Mommy isn’t perfect. I am bound to make mistakes. It is sort of like finding out there is no Santa Claus. Sorry to let you down, but we decided to not start that fairytale with you. But don’t tell your friends because they will be disappointed.
- No one promised you anything extra. (Your Grandpa Davis taught me this) Not even extra ketchup. Don’t get upset, or judge them; most people, including you, are doing the best they can with what they have.
- Smile. It really helps you to maintain a loving demeanor. I have a feeling that you will have a beautiful smile. Flashing a smile everyday not only helps you, but often times it will bless others.
- Love. It all goes back to the first piece of advice. Love others as much as possible, especially in your heart because God first loved you. You were conceived in love, Mommy and Daddy love you, and sharing that love is what would make us very proud. It doesn’t mean that you display it outwardly in ways that are unsafe. But try very hard not to water seeds of resentment and anger towards others; forgive quickly, and allow your experiences to teach you a lesson.
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