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Before Your Little Sister Arrives, Know This


Dear Evan,

As I sing “You Are My Sunshine” for the third time tonight, I am overwhelmed with emotions. Our lives are about to change, and I am so scared for how yours will change the most. In the moment, you are my one and only. Yours are the only boo-boos I kiss, you are the only one I sing to. Today, you are the only one my heart beats to its own rhythm for. It was you who made me a mommy; it was you who taught me what it meant to be truly, madly, deeply in the most powerful of love.
As we are getting closer to meeting your best friend, I am trying so hard to focus less on the nausea and exhaustion and put all my attention into our family of three. It is during this countdown when I recognized you are the reason I am who I am; thank you. You’ve taught me compassion instead of oversight, forgiveness rather than insult, and that patience is my answer to it all. I am a better wife because of you; I value more and question less. Since you came into my life, I am driven to learn more about myself to provide you with a home life that will nurture you. You made our lives better, you give hope to a world that scares me.
I am honored and humbled that you chose me. That it is I who gets to raise your daddy’s child. Always remember, you taught me first. You gave me the gift to love more. Thank you for trusting me. In the midst of the chaos, always know you matter.
Did  you have a crazy mix of emotions leading up to the addition of your second child? So many feelings. —Jennifer

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