Today I started a journal in which I write letters to my son/daughter. It’s been suggested to me before and it always seemed silly, but I strongly suggest that if you haven’t done it, you should give it a try. The beginning of a pregnancy is scary and exhilarating. If it’s unplanned and unexpected, it’s likely no one feels quite like you do about it. The father may be excited, but because he hasn’t been looking forward to create his spawn, it’s not as big of a deal for him yet and as such, he may not be as emotional as you are. So while you’re all alone in your emotions, you haven’t yet started to look pregnant and very few people know, let your baby be your confidant.
If I can manage to hold on to all these letters that I’m writing for the next 19 years or so,I’m planning on giving them to my child on their 18th birthday. To show that, while mom and dad messed up from time to time, the whole time we were waiting for you we were still trying to figure out how to be parents.
I hope that all the thoughts and lessons I provide for my child in this journal will be well received. Even though I still feel strange and not quite like any of this is real, it’s very exciting to be so scared and so full of love and compassion.
Write to your baby. They will love it.