Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Night Before the Beginning...

Dear Hope,

This is it!  Tonight is our last night together in the hospital.  Tonight is MY last night as a maternity patient.  (Famous last words)  And, most importantly, tonight is the night before the beginning of the rest of our lives as a family.

As I sit here and watch you sleeping...finally, after a rough hour or so... I can't help but wonder who you are.  Will you be anything like the rest of us?  Or will you be completely and uniquely your own person?  I can't wait to find out as you reveal yourself to us.
Over the last couple days, you met your Godparents.  Two people that will be there for you to guide you in your faith and in life.  Daddy and I chose my brother... your Uncle Tom...
 and Miss Sara...
Over the last few days I have so enjoyed my alone time with you.  I'm grateful for the bonding experience of nursing - and you are a natural, thank God!!  And you and I both love the closeness of "Kangaroo Care" where I hold you in only a diaper against my bare chest.  The two of us already have a strong bond - and I hope it only gets stronger as you grow.

We will all have so much to tell you, Hope.  About the brother that came before you and the excitement we felt when we knew you were on your way to us.  
But something tells me you may already know.  
Tomorrow is the beginning of a whole new chapter in a whole new book, Hope.  Let's get a good night's sleep so we're ready to conquer our new beginning.  

What?  You find a "good night's sleep" amusing, do you?  

Great.  So, this is how it's going to be, eh?




38 comments:

  1. She's beautiful!!! Congrats!!! Love reading your blogs. You are one strong woman!!

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  2. Too cute! Your posts always make my day!

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  3. I love it. I am thrilled for you!

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  4. OMG!!! In love with her <3 wishing you the best and am looking forward to watching Hope and Brian grow together :) God bless!!!

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  5. I love baby hope and unbelievably she has made a blog stalker out of me

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  6. I love it. So excited for you all. I'm sure Gavin and Darcy will keep a close eye on you guys. You are such a beautiful family and you have such beautiful children!

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  7. So stinkin beautiful!!

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  8. congrats once again.Hope is beautiful and I am so happy for you all as a family.i know brother Gavin is watching over her as well as her big sister..hugs and prayers Drema Pearson Statesville nc

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  9. I am so happy for you and your family! Hope is such a doll and looks like a total mixture of her older brothers. Thanks for sharing these pictures of your new bundle of joy !

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  10. Just beautiful!! -Jane

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  11. She is absolutely beautiful<3... All of your children are absolutely beautiful... I cannot wait to see just how wonderful this new book of Hope will unfold<3

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  12. Ooooh! I love her little smile already! And her Gavin onesie is the BEST... what a blessed baby sister... :)

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  13. look at that smile , she is a cutie..cant wait to see pictures of her in her nursery..

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  14. That picture. The one with her arms stretched wide. I have a sense that that's Gavin. I know. I know, it sounds crazy. But, he's there. Right there, in this picture.

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  15. Oh, that picture of her with the Superhero onsie made me burst into tears. What a gift ALL of your children are.

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  16. Absolutely, positively perfect in every way!!! I love how sweet and pink she is!! Congratulations all over again. What a blessing!!!

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  17. Congratulations!! I love the picture of Hope smiling, absolutely priceless.

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  18. LOVE this!! she is so beautiful and I can't wait to read about your continuing journey. happy tears on my cheeks :)

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  19. The smiling! She melts me. So happy for you guys.

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  20. I've always been told that when babies smile in their sleep,the angels are whispering to them.

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  21. All I can say is "Mazel Tov!" (that's Congratulations!) I am overjoyed for you! Looking forward to the new header on your webpage:

    home. about us. gavin. brian. darcy claire. hope.

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  22. I am so, so very thrilled for your little family. Welcome to the world, Hope! You are part of one fabulous family.

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  23. I can't help but smile while looking at her. She is so beautiful. So perfect. Congratulations again to you and your family!

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  24. What a wonderful new life. 'Your daughter.' What a wonderful thing to hear. All the best!! xo Jenny Page

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  25. Congratulations! :) As much as we love reading your posts, please do take a much deserved Babymoon and don't feel obligated to write for us. Precious precious times ahead, breathe easy, she's here!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. She's so beautiful and I'm so incredibly happy for your expanded family!

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  27. Oh she is adorable!! I'm sure that, in that last photo, Gavin is whispering something funny in her ear ;)

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  28. Kate, Praise be to God!

    Hope is truly beautiful!!!

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  29. Kate- Hope entered the world at the start of Advent . the first candle we light is the Candle of Hope. Wow! http://catholicmom.com/2013/12/01/the-first-week-of-advent-the-hope-candle/

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  30. Cherish her with all your heart and soul. If there was ever evidence of God's love.then Hope is a miracle. My faith has all but disappeared over the last few years, but I am feeling His love again. amd that's down to you and your precious family

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  31. Congratulations! What a journey. God bless you, your beautiful family and all your wonderful, sweet readers.

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  32. Congratulations!! What a journey. God bless you, your family and your wonderful, sweet readers.

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  33. I read every day, but not sure I've commented. I did today because I wanted to say congrats on your beautiful new girl. She is as precious as can be! I know she is going to love being a part of your family. Lisa C.

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  34. Kate ur whole family r the greatest people I've ever read about..Hope was sent to u for a very good reason an as Hopd grows u will find ur answers on why she (Hope) came into this world ...

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  35. She is so adorable and i am happy beyond words for your family,God has his plan and we just have to go with it and trust he will be there to comfort us during the hard times and love the great times with us,,,,again congratulations on your new baby girl

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