In just a few days you're going to be a brother. I know you won't remember life before he comes, but I want you to know that these 2 years and 4 months of our little trio has brought me so much joy. I remember feeling the same nervous excitement in the days leading up to your birth. How will I know what to do? How will things change between your dad and me?
Somehow, your dad and I figured out how to be parents. You taught us. And things did change between your dad and me. We grew to love each other so much more because you forever made us a family. All of a sudden there was this little person in the world that had my eyes and your dad's lips. Your face was the merging of the two of us. To this day, when I look at you, I see the best of everything we are.
|One of our first family photos|
Thank you for showing us how to be parents. For showing us how to slow down and see how wondrous this world is. We have loved seeing the world again through your eyes. I remember when you discovered Lake Michigan for the first time. It was a sunny summer morning in August in Grand Haven. The wind was whipping so hard through your hair and you laughed from the deepest part of your soul as all five of your senses magically burst into life. Cold water rushed up to your calves as you clutched dad's hand. I remember looking out into the vast lake. I saw the whitecaps cut against the steely gray water. I saw seagulls magically take flight against the wind. I took all of that in and I laughed too. I laughed from the deepest part of my soul too and together our whole family laughed, all thanks to you.
So here we are on the verge of a brave new world for our family. Your brother has outgrown his hiding place and he's ready to meet you. And it is our turn to teach you. You are the oldest child of two oldest children and if there is one thing that we know how to do, it's how to be older siblings. It's not always easy having a sibling, but if there is one thing I can promise you, it's that you will be one of the most important people in his life.
You refused to smile for this picture. Your dad had to hold the sign in one hand and an Avengers Golden Book in the other and that's what you're looking at smiling. We know the way to your heart.
The next few days will be strange and sometimes scary for all of us, just like the days before you were born. But this little family can go through anything together. My wish for you is to remember that day on Lake Michigan. You holding dad's hand against those strong gusts of wind. It was a brand new exhilarating experience and as new and scary as it was for you, you found the joy in it. You will find the joy in this new experience and every single one that follows. That's the kind of incredible person you are.
We love you so much Jack. Thank you for being such a sweet, curious, exuberant little boy. On the day you were born, the #1 song on the radio was "Firework". That is exactly what you are.
Brighter than the moon.
That's my Jack.