Believe it or not, I actually wrote this earlier in the week and scheduled it to post today, not knowing Allison would be posting a letter to the twins just yesterday. I'm sure you are all completely shocked that we had the same idea relatively close together... we never do things like that ;o)
Dear Colby and Clara,
First of all, I'm sorry that this isn't a handwritten letter. The reality is that Third Trimester Mommy is a lot less motivated and energetic than Normal Mommy... that, and the fact that the blog is my writing outlet of choice. Hopefully you'll forgive me.
It is hard for me to believe that in less than a week (Lord willing), Daddy and I will be holding you in our arms. While I'm sure I will miss witnessing your dance parties/twin fights in my tummy, I can't wait to see what your sweet faces look like (and not on an ultrasound screen for a change). I can't wait to know that you are finally here with us, safe and sound.
And when I say "finally," you should know that we've been waiting for you two to arrive for more than 9 months. In fact, it's safe to say that we've been waiting for over 3 years now. And while some points we waited less patiently (and more painfully) than others, I can say without a doubt that every second, every disappointment, every heartache, every setback, every tear, and every dollar was worth it.
Although I'm thankful that it's behind us now, I hope that Daddy and I never forget just how long and hard we prayed and fought for you. I hope that in the middle of the night, when you're both screaming and we're exhausted and not sure what to do, that we remember just how desperately we begged God for you.
On a more shallow note, I really hope you're cute. The good news is that because we're your parents, we'll have no idea even if you aren't... but surely you will be :) I also hope you're good sleepers that truly understand the value of getting in those 8 hours each night. And although everyone assures me that it's impossible, I am secretly holding out hope that you'll both be born potty-trained.
I know you're going to fight with each other, and there will be days when you each wish you could have been born an only child. But you won't mean it. Being a twin is one of the most fun things ever (trust me, I speak from experience) and one I hope you'll never take for granted.
There's a pretty good chance that you're going to think Daddy and I are weird. I just hope that you share our same quirky sense of humor and that you learn to embrace our weirdness... imaginary friends, made up song lyrics, and all.
Most of all, I hope you know just how loved you are. Daddy and I have loved you since the moment we knew you existed, as have so many family members, friends, and even strangers! But most importantly, God knew about you both long before any of the rest of us ever did and He has loved you all along.
We're praying for you, sweet babies, every second of every day, now and always. Can't wait to see you soon!
All my love,