October 22nd

Hi, sweet baby boy.

For the past couple of days, I’ve been in Iowa visiting your Uncle Kent and Aunt Miss. I love Iowa, particularly in the fall, and most particularly when it’s sunny blue skies and in the 60’s. And I’ve been blessed with just such a few days, as well as the company of my brother and sister-in-law. It’s been restful and fun and so good to be here. I even get to see my oldest friend in the world, Anastasia, while I’m here, and she lives in Canada and just happens to be here for the weekend, so it’s an embarrassment of riches.

But I feel like I haven’t been paying all that much attention to you. The thing is, all we do is talk about you. I think that Melissa may be almost more excited about you than your parents-to-be, if her outpouring of love and sweaters is any indicator. Twice now she’s come home from work with bags full of the sweetest baby boy clothes (and blankets and sheets and such) I’ve ever seen. And this on top of a new yoga mat and pre- and post-natal yoga video that was waiting for me on the entry table when I first got here. It’s been so much fun talking baby with her, and going through all of the clothes, but I’ve almost been doing it at a distance from you. Although, clearly, I couldn’t get away from you if I tried. I guess it’s the first time I’ve been focusing on what things are going to be like after you are born, as opposed to what it’s like now when you are still in my belly.

I packed two huge boxes of goodies to ship home, and then came up to my room and rubbed my belly for the first time in days. My belly is ever-tightening, ever-growing, and I guess I’m writing to say that I hope you are doing swell down there, that you are continuing to grow all the beautiful bits you need to grow, and that I hope you enjoyed the double-oreo Blizzard yesterday and Kent’s awesome chickpea curry today and that I just can’t wait to meet you. You are going to turn my life upside down, and, well, I’ll be as ready as I can be for you.

In the meantime, I get one more day with Kent and Melissa before I return to your dad. Maybe if you are good tomorrow, you’ll get a Cherry Dilly Bar before we leave the land of Dairy Queen. I hope it’s as tasty by the time it gets to you, cuz it sure makes your mama happy.