Coming soon…

We had the 3D ultrasound a week ago, but I thought I’d give Rachel’s 3rd birthday the attention it deserved before we started making her share her space.

Emily 3D Ultrasound
Emily 3D Ultrasound

She is scheduled to arrive in a little less than a month.

Three years

Dear Rachel,

Last week, you turned three years old. It’s summer now, and this summer will mark a lot of transitions for you.


We’ve been trying to spend a lot of time with you because we know that very soon, you’ll stop being an only child. You are also done, for the most part, going to Miss Judy’s. You’ll go to see her a few times over the summer, but very soon, you’re going to start going to preschool, at a “big girl” school.


The big thing that happened this month was your fall at Miss Judy’s a few weeks ago. You are such a clumsy little girl. I always joke about how you have my coordination, which is to say that you have none, but this month, it really came back and bit you. You hit your head really hard on the floor when you fell, and the resulting bump looked like a silly putty egg coming out of your forehead. After the bump started to heal, the resulting bruise started draining into your eye sockets, and it looked like you had been in a prize fight. Everywhere we went, people stared at you, and it made your mother a little uneasy and a little defensive. I’m sure people thought the worst, but we know the truth. You’re just a little klutz, and you’ve recovered just fine.


This probably doesn’t mean anything to you, but you now have two highly educated parents. Mommy graduated with her Master’s from A&M Kingsville earlier this month, and she is the first person in her family to earn an advanced degree. It’s a pretty big accomplishment, and now both of your parents have Master’s degrees, but we still can’t decide what to have for dinner on any given night.


Momma also got a new truck this past month. We had to work quickly after the fire to find something that she liked and that she could afford. She decided on a Chevy Tahoe so that when Nana and Dodd come down again this winter, all of us can take a trip in one vehicle. You still ask about Mommy’s Toyota, and tell us that it’s in “Toyota heaven,” but you’ve now memorized another car emblem. You know a bunch of them – Ford, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and now Chevy.


We had your third birthday party last weekend, and we made it a small affair. We have had a lot going on and didn’t want to have to plan a huge party for you. I’m sure that makes us bad parents, but you didn’t seem to mind. You had your Curious George cake with blue frosting (your specific request) and you were happy.


You have gotten really good at riding your tricycle. You used to be satisfied just riding around in the driveway, but last month, we started letting you ride on the sidewalk in front of our house, and down a few houses. In the past couple of weeks, that ride has gotten longer and longer, until we finally went all the way down the block, across the street, around the next block and back up our street. It’s a pretty long way for you to ride, but you handle it like a champ. The only part you have trouble with is coming back up our street, since it’s uphill. We usually walk a little way with me carrying the trike, for the most part, you ride on your own. It’s a great way to tire you out before your bath in the evening.


We’re looking forward to spending the next 6 weeks or so with you, and I’m really looking forward to taking you to the pool a few times this summer to give Mommy a break. We love you very much, and we’re very excited for all of the changes coming your way in the next couple of months.