Special Words From Daddy – A Journal for Our First Child
I thought for a long time about posting this because these special words are meant for just one person - our daughter - but I decided to post this one entry and that will be it. No exceptions.
When we found out we were pregnant with our first child, I decided to keep a pregnancy journal throughout the entire pregnancy. The journal includes things like when we found out we were pregnant, seeing the ultrasound for the first time, naming our daughter and my memories of the actual birth itself and a bunch of other special Daddy moments. I kept doing journal entries until 3 or 4 months after she was born.
My plan is to give this journal to our daughter when the time is right.....her graduation, marriage, when and if she gets pregnant etc.. I'm not exactly sure when she'll get it, i'm just hoping I'll know when the time is right.
Our daughter is 7 yrs old now, I can't believe it!
Today is the first time I revisited my journal since its last entry five years ago. Wow...I'm so happy I made this!
I've decided to post this entry today because it's Easter Sunday and Spring and I'm feeling all sorts of hope and renewal. And I've been asked about what it was like when I found out we were pregnant a few times over the past couple years so I feel like I've told this story already.
Anyway, here it is...the day we found out...
P.S....if there are any Daddy's or soon to be Daddy's out there, I highly recommend you do this. Reading your pregnancy journal years later is awesome!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
It’s been two days since we found out we’re going to be your proud parents.
Just writing that sentence brings tears of joy to my eyes. I’m not surprised I’m crying. Over time you’ll learn that I can be an emotional, sentimental softie who loves to keep memories of things your Mom and I have done together in a special memory box. Having you in our lives is the most wonderful, incredible blessing we could have imagined so I’ve decided to keep this journal so you can look back one day and read all about the true happiness you’ve brought us.
I hope you enjoy it. This is your story.
Randa told me we were pregnant on the afternoon of Friday, May 21st. We had just gotten back from one of our regular visits to the coast to be with Grandmama when we decided to stop in to Wal-mart to pick up some groceries and other things. Among the things was a pregnancy test because Randa was having intense hot flashes all week. I didn’t think anything of it because I didn’t believe there was much chance of her being pregnant this month; the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind. When we got back to the house I started to unload the car and your Mom went straight inside and up to the bathroom.
After unloading the car I went around to the front of the house to check out the new spring grass and then I distinctly heard Randa come down the stairs and out the front basement door. I turned around and saw that she had a little pink and white stick in her shaking hand and she was walking towards me. She had a look on her face that I’ve never seen before; it was part excitement and part shock!
I asked her what she was trying to tell me? She handed me the results and said two lines on the stick meant she was pregnant. I looked at it and only saw one solid line and a second lighter one so my first reaction was the results were negative and we’d have to try again next month. Then she told me the lines didn’t have to be the same color and one could even be lighter than the other. She emphatically told me a second time that she was pregnant!
Then it hit me.
Trying to describe the feelings of finding out we’re pregnant isn’t an easy thing to do. All I know is your Mom and I stood in each other’s arms, hugging and kissing with smiles on our faces and happy tears streaming down our cheeks. Everything in our world at that very moment felt pure and innocent, safe and carefree; it was like being in the very best dream.
We’ll never ever forget that special moment when the news of you instantly sprouted a lifetime of our love.