I have always had a dream…a very big dream…ever since I was a little girl.
When I would help my mom carry in the groceries as a kid, I would carry the grocery bag on my hip and hold it just as though it were a baby.
When I was in the first grade and we were finishing up a unit on careers, we were to share what we wanted to be when we grew up. Most kids dreamt of very exciting careers, like an astronaut or firefighter; I proudly boasted to my class that I wanted to be a mom.
When I would babysit, I questioned why people actually paid me. It was truly a thrill for me.
When I went into teaching, I had secret ulterior motives to use the skills I learned as a mom one day. I figured there was nothing like watching over 20 7 year old boys to give you a taste of being a mom…granted no clue on the whole baby thing. I learned from the classroom, that I couldn’t wait to have one of my own.
Then I met Graham…
About two weeks into dating, we were having dinner together and I got a phone call from Australia. It was my brother calling to say that they had just had a healthy, beautiful baby boy (first baby in the family). I cried (happy tears). I’m pretty sure ALL dating books or dating gurus would say don’t cry, especially a blubbering, ugly, emotional cry over the joyous birth of a baby on your fourth date with a guy. But Graham handled it like a champ; he wasn’t freaked out, rather he was thrilled for me.
About six months into us dating, we went to a family party. Graham ended up bonding with all of my cousin’s kids. As I watched Graham toss my five year old cousin into the air and catch him with a smile, I couldn’t help but dream that this was my baby daddy. Aggressive thoughts six months into dating? Sure. But, I didn’t let him know what I was thinking.
Later, when we were far enough in our relationship to actually have the kid conversations, I learned that Graham couldn’t wait to be a dad himself.
Well, here we are today, married and we’ve got a dream en route, expected in February. I’m officially 13 weeks pregnant and we’re absolutely over the moon!!!
(Photo taken hours after we learned the happy news).
The obligatory 13 weeks and growing belly shot.
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