Jan 13, 2013

Dear Baby E

Hi, Baby. Your Aunt Whitney here (your favorite aunt). Just wanted to drop you a little note and tell you how excited I am to meet you. I've been waiting 8 years for you to come into our family.

Your mommy (my sister) and daddy told us about you on Christmas Day. It was definitely the best Christmas present I got--even more than my 26-disc Doctor Who: The David Tennant Years set! (Believe me, in a few years, you'll understand what a big deal that is. Because I will show you.) Since that day I've been looking forward to your coming, even though it's still so far away. I'm sad that your mommy and daddy live so far away from us, so that I can't see you grow inside your mommy's tummy, and feel you kick.

Maybe you can do something for me. Do everything you can to convince your parents to move back to Utah. This doesn't just benefit me, but your grandparents and other aunts and uncles too! Mostly I'm scared you won't know who I am when we do get to see you. I want you to be excited when you see me! Not scared or nervous. So, yeah, try and convince your parents to move back, okay?

I wanted to give you a little advice about this new life you are going to be starting. I know right now you're all safe and snug in mommy's tummy, but in just a few months you'll be out in this big world we have. Life is scary, little one, I won't sugarcoat it. It's hard and it just seems to be getting harder. But it's always beautiful and wonderful. So, try to always see the beauty and the good in the world. Sometimes it will be hard to find, but life surprises you. Don't be stupid and make life harder than it is, okay?

There is so much to see, and learn, and experience. What will the world be like when you are in your twenties? There is so much I can't wait to show to you! Books, art, nature (I bet your uncle would love to show you some really big trees, cuz he's into that), architecture, films, TV shows, snow and rain and sunshine, and just everything there is.

Baby, there are going to be times in your life when you are going to want to talk to someone, but don't want to talk to your mom for whatever reason. That's why I'm here. I'll try not to pass judgement, and to listen instead of lecture. That's what aunts are for. We're the cool people. But, share things with your mom too. She's waited so long for you. And moms are great resources. I know because your grandma is an amazing mom. So, you see, your mommy learned from the best.

You aren't much longer than my thumb right now, but you've already had a big impact on me, and I'm sure, on everyone in our family. Who would have thought such a little thing could make me feel such big feelings?

Keep up the good work at growing! And don't try to arrive too soon, we can wait.

Love you.


  1. Coming from someone who lives "far away" from her family, I know that children will still know family. My daughter gets more excited to see my parents than she does Clark's (it's true!) and, because I believe in a billion million photos everywhere, she knows her cousins and uncles and aunt.

    On the flip side, my nieces and nephew know who I am because I'm horribly involved with them and call and write and send packages all the time. Plus, my sister is just as bad about having pictures of family all around her home.

    In short, never fear! You're family and your sister loves you, which means her son or daughter will, too.

    Congratulations to your family! Clark and I are so excited for all of you!

  2. Remember, Auntie W--we both have FaceTime now! You can see and talk with baby all the time! :) That will help some. We'll keep in touch and make sure you have plenty of time to hang out with baby! And we probably won't be so far away for too long!

    1. Also: It means a lot to me that it was a better Christmas present than your David Tennant Doctor Who DVDs. :D You must have had the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!