This week will be a little bit different because it’s the first pregnancy pic with an actual background (the beautiful view of the Hudson River from the park right by our apartment) and we have a surprise guest…Carrie! She wanted to take a week to post her thoughts to Pablo, so here she is:

Hello Sweet Baby-

I decided it was time to say hello, and give you a little insight into life from my perspective 🙂  So far, you and I have been getting along pretty well, but when you don’t enjoy something I eat you make it clear–which is fair I suppose, since you most likely get your picky eating habits from me. 

I find myself becoming more and more protective of you as we get closer and closer to meeting you, and you really start to feel real.  I haven’t felt you move yet, but when we went to the Dr. last week your heartbeat was beating perfectly at 140 beats/minute, so it will be only a matter of time till you flip over hard enough for me to feel it.  I’m not going to lie, I really can’t wait for that!  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it will be like to actually meet you on your birthday, and your dad and I have made the decision to switch hospitals.  Now you’ll be born at St. Luke’s Roosevelt hospital in NYC rather than NYU.  We switched so that we could deliver at the Birthing Center.  We’re not very “granola” people at all, but we are adopting some more granola habits when it comes to you.  Who knows, maybe this is a sign of things to come.  I mean come on I gave up caffeine….me, who got a job a Starbucks in grad school because I couldn’t afford my habit so I needed the discount!! Everybody tells us how our lives will change dramatically once you come along and rock our worlds, and I know they’re right–I’ve seen it in your Uncle Kent and Aunt Lisanne’s lives, but it’s different when it’s your own life.

My mom and dad (Nana and Pappy) were here this weekend and we all realized this was our “last hoorah” before we add you to the mix.  We enjoyed lots of leisurely meals and naps in the middle of the day–2 things I know will be gone this time next year.  I’m excited to see how our lives change and how we adapt once you join the family.  I think about that a lot–how my and your dad’s roles will change and it makes me so excited to see a whole new side of your dad.  He’s amazing with your cousins and he’s so excited about you–he kisses my belly goodbye before work each day and it’s adorable.

We keep talking about what kind of things we want to do with you, and of course at the top of our list is introducing you to the wonderful world of football.  Now, you are going to be born into a bit of a firestorm: I love Notre Dame, Dad loves Michigan, and Grandpa Potts loves Ohio State.  This is a recipe for disaster my dear.  Don’t worry though, we’ll keep you on the straight and narrow towards the golden dome of the Irish.  This is a major source of contention in your dad and I’s conversations, but I just keep playing the “I am creating life, I choose the team” card….It’s not working, it’s going to be an uphill battle 🙂  Just remember–I got up 30 minutes early so I’d have time to get sick and still make it to work on time–keep that in mind when you’re choosing which jersey to wear.  I’m just sayin…

But I must say, regardless of your college football team status, you’re ours and I will love you forever.  4 years ago I couldn’t have imagined saying that, but then I met your cousin Gavin, and that changed.  Oh my gosh how I love that little man.  Then his brother Eldon joined the mix and at first I wasn’t sure I had enough love for him since I loved Gavin so much–I couldn’t imagine loving 2 kids that much.  And then I met Eldon and now my heart aches when I see pictures of either of them.  And then sweet James came along and it’s a minor miracle I’m not back in Chicago every weekend to kiss his sweet cheeks.  Now I’m going to have you–a piece of me and your dad, and that is the most incredible thing I can imagine.  I love your dad more than words can possibly express, and knowing that we are going to have something that we made together makes my heart so full I think it might burst.  I know that sounds cheesy but there is no other way to put it.  I feel so blessed I think my heart may overflow with gratitude.

I love you sweet baby, and I cannot wait until November 4th to find out if your a boy or girl!!!  By the way, if you could do me a favor and give me a little kick or a flip here in the next few days that would be great–I’m just sayin….

Love you-

Mom