Dear little baby Bean,
It will be at least another week before I know if you are in there or not, but your dad and I are wishing against all odds that you are. To help pass the time, I thought I would give you some words of encouragement--just in case you are trying to make up your mind about whether or not you want to stick around.
You have a lot of people who are waiting to meet you: your mom, your dad, and all of your grandparents. We have all been waiting for a long time and are anxious for you to get here. You also have lots of extended family who would love to know you: two uncles, two aunts, a cousin, ten great-aunts, four great-uncles, and so many second and third cousins, I can't even count.
You will grow up knowing the greatness of National League baseball and Southeastern Conference sports. You will understand the pain and heartache that comes with being a Philly or Cincinnati sports fan. You will learn that Kentucky basketball is always better than Gator basketball, but that Gator football will never be less than Kentucky football. You will love Disney, and then learn to become sick of it. You will hate the humidity, but love the fact that the sun is always shining and the ocean is always warm. You will be spoiled with love, but you will always know the meaning of hard work and dedication.
You will love your dad. He will tickle you, give you wet willies, and make you laugh until you think you are going to pee your pants. If you are a little boy, you will love playing catch with him and discussing how Pete Rose's ban from baseball should have been lifted years ago. If you are a little girl, you will hate that he doesn't let you talk to boys on the phone, but you will have him wrapped around your finger. You will always be daddy's little girl and there's no one on this Earth who will protect you and love you more.
And me? Regardless of whether or not you're a boy or girl, I will hold you, feed you, play with you, kiss you, hug you, and rock you to sleep. I promise that, when you decide that it's time for you to be with us, you will never be lonely. I will be there to wipe your tears and kiss your wounds the first time you fall and scrape a knee. I will be there when you get home from your first day of school. I will be there for every dance recital, school play, sporting event, dance, and graduation. I will laugh when you tell me jokes and hold you and cry with you when you've had a bad day. I will be there for every breakup, every award ceremony, and every birthday sleepover.
I hope you decide to join us soon, little one. Until then, know that our love for you is waiting in our hearts.