Letter to Baby: Week 15

Hello little one. I hope you’re comfy and warm tonight as you begin another week. It’ll probably be a big week for you, because all the websites tell me you’re likely to have a growth spurt. But sometimes I think these websites are crazy, because some of them also tell me I should start “thinking about maternity clothes” now because my regular clothes are “probably getting a little tight.” Don’t they know I’ve already packed away most of my regular clothes in a box and put them in the attic? But that’s okay – I’m ready to show you off, so you just keep on growing.
Your daddy and I were shopping tonight and lingered for a while in the nursery section of HomeGoods. We used to not let ourselves do that, but we head straight there now. We can’t wait to start decorating your room, but you still have a lot of growing to do before we start buying stuff. Your Nana and my dad (we still have to come up with a name for him, but we’re hoping you’ll help with that later on) sent you a book last week that we’re supposed to read to you in utero. We took turns reading the pages aloud, even though your little ears can’t hear us yet. Speaking of senses, I was telling your daddy about another thing I read today that said, even though your eyes are shut, you react to light and will move away if I shine a light at my belly. Instead of thinking that was cool – he thought it was kind of mean. “Of course it would move away! You’d be freaking it out with the bright light!” Don’t worry, I won’t put you in the spotlight yet. There will be time for bright lights later, like when we take 4 million pictures of you per day once you’re born. Poor Millie, we take so many pictures of her right now, but I have a feeling you’ll be even cuter.
I hope you don’t mind that I’ve been poking at you lately. Those same websites say I might start feeling you move next week. I’ve wondered a couple of times if I’ve felt you already. Whenever I think I might have, I’ll poke at you to see if you poke back. I’m looking forward to the day when you will, and the day when you kick hard enough your daddy can feel you too.
I still worry about you a lot, but I guess that’s part of being a mom. I just wish I had a little window into your world so I could watch you grow. We did get to hear your heart beating again last week. It beats so fast – about 160 beats per minute – and it’s such a wonderful sound. Lee said it sounded like Pac Man. You’re going to have so much fun with your daddy.
You may only be four inches long, but we love you so much already.