We have been a family of 3 for a little over three years, and in a few short days, we will become a family of 4. It feels strange to think of another little person joining us.. permanently.. forever. I am beyond thrilled and excited to welcome little baby Henry into our lives, but also nervous about how Ryan will adjust to no longer being the "only child" who receives all of our undivided attention. Lately, he has been acting different towards me, giving me extra hugs and kisses and cuddles. I never want to forget exactly how he is now. As much as he tries to be a big boy, he is still a baby inside and he will always be MY baby. I never want him to feel like he isn't as important or loved as much because of the new baby. He is absolutely perfect in my eyes, and he will never ever understand how deeply I love him. I love him so much that it scares me, and it honestly makes me cry when I really think about it. I can not imagine what life will be like with two. I do know that Ryan will always hold a very special place in my heart, and that while I will love them both equally, I will also love them in completely different ways. I absolutely can't wait to get to know Henry, his personality, and who he is as a person. I am overwhelmed with how blessed I am to be the mommy of these two little guys and I am very grateful for this life. This is what dreams are made of.
Big Brother Gift
I put together a big brother gift for Ryan to open when he comes to visit the hospital and meets his little brother for the first time. I included several books about how cool it is to be a big brother, a sticker book, activity book, race car, dinosaur, and a camera. (He actually already had the camera, but I just threw it in the bag so that he can take his own pictures at the hospital.) I also added some of Ryan's favorite snacks that he doesn't usually get to eat: fruit snacks and chips. I am eager to see how he reacts to his gift and how he handles everything that day. I want to be sure to give Ryan plenty of attention and to make it a very positive experience for him. I'm sure that Ryan will enjoy being a big brother once Henry gets a little older, but I feel like it may be a difficult adjustment at first. I believe that in the long run, giving him a sibling is the best gift that we can give, because that unbreakable bond will last throughout their whole lives and they will always have a built-in support system.
What We Have Been Up To
We celebrated the holidays (Hanukkah and Christmas), enjoyed a special visit from two of my best friends, E and K (who lives in California), took part in our annual gift exchange with cousins, attended several holiday parties, and Ryan even got to sit in Santa Claus' lap 3 times this year. Each time, he confidently told Santa exactly what he wanted: a rocket ship, a dragon, an airplane, cars, a letter matching game, and books. Ryan must have been a very good boy this year, because he ended up getting EVERYTHING that he asked for. ;-)
Just a few weeks ago, we finally got enough snow to go outside and play behind our house! Ryan had been waiting for this day for a long time. We built a snowman, gave him a hat, scarf, and face, and threw a bunch of snowballs at the fence. Looking back, I realize that these may be some of the last pictures of us all as a family of 3. I'm treasuring these moments, although I'm sure that that the future will hold some even more amazing ones. Here's to looking ahead to a wonderful 2014!