Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dear Baby: July 29, 2012

Hey Buddy:
  You're on the homestretch! You have incubated 36.5 weeks, and Mommy is feeling it. Sleeping has become a hassle for all involved (Mom, me, and you), because it takes all of Mom's strength to turn over. She's also become stir crazy. You are so big now (we went to our last meeting with the perinatologist. Your head is measuring at 40 weeks, and we're just imagining you coming through the birth canal. You're also six pounds, three ounces. Ginormous!). Added to the South Texas heat, and your mom has spent an inordinate amount of time inside. Thank the heavens she has a stay-at-home job; that way, she can relax in the glider, with the fan blowing on her, and the A/C kept to a cool 72. 
  So when she suggested going for a drive, we jumped on the chance. We hit all the "hot" spots: Spring Branch, Bergheim, almost to the Guadalupe River State Park (we didn't want to spend the money getting in, so we went to the edge), Boerne, Helotes, and back home. It was nice to just get out, and see the country. The Hill Country is beautiful. You don't believe me? Here are some pictures for proof!
We had to choose to go left on Highway 46, or right. We chose left.
  Do you see that, child? Where else could you go for nachos, or frog legs? The Antler Cafe, that's where! Granted, we aren't sure it's still there. We didn't check (until now. Here's the website.)
Rust Lane: it's in the middle of nowhere.
   Grandma Watkins sent us a fancy camera, so we can take plenty of pictures when you get here. Our little country excursion gave us time to tinker with settings. Mom wants us to have it just right before you arrive. Granted, most of the pictures are bad. It was a sunny day, so there was too much light exposure. However, these pictures turned out nice. Your mom was fascinated by these country mailboxes. She spotted some earlier during the drive, and when we saw these, we had to stop. According to her, these aren't as antique-looking as the first set, but you make due with what you get. That tree in the background was pretty awesome as well. It was completely hollowed out. I think you would like it, too: I don't know why.
Your pop, and your pup.
  Look at Sammy. Is he bored, or just concentrating on the road? We're worrying a little about Sammy. He'll be 13 in August. Your mom tells me his face was black in his youth, but I'm not sure. He's good with kids, but he's also old. He sleeps most of the day, but, little man, he was so excited yesterday. Sure, he slept a little, but for the most part, he parked himself on that middle console. We hope you have good memories with him, for as long as he's around.
  Well, that's the long and short of it. I hope you come sooner than four weeks from now. Mom's having very painful practice contractions, so just hurry up and start coming. I feel like I've met you. Sometimes, when I talk to you, you kick back. Still, I can't wait to hold you.


ps- Mom and I finally took a baby bump picture. It only took 36 weeks, but hey, better late than never, right?


  1. Mike, your writing style is amazing. Your voice carries through the page; I can hear you talking! It's great to see you guys are doing so well!

  2. Hilary, you look so cute! I think there are only two pictures of me pregnant, much to my delight. :)