Friday, July 30, 2010

Dear Carter, We Love You More Than Carrots.

Dear Carter,

  If you're anything like your mother, you will stick with The Plan and make your appearance in just a few short hours. If you're anything like you're father, you'll go with the flow and whatever happens, happens. Either way, your Daddy and I couldn't be more excited to finally meet you. And for the record, we secretly hope you inherit just a bit of your Momma's stick-to-it-tiveness and follow through with The Plan.

  We fell in love with you when we first fell in love with each other. You may find that hard to believe, but it's true! We always knew you would be our son, but waited for the timing to be right. Now that the time is here, our hearts are bursting with the anticipation of your arrival.

  We've heard your heartbeating with the rhythm of one-thousand galloping horses. We've felt your kicks and couldn't help but think of you playing in the World Cup. We've counted your hiccups and read you stories at bedtime. We've planned for you, prayed for you, waited for you. We've counted our blessings, readied the nursery and believe me, Carter, we've got a list of hopes and dreams for you nearly a mile long.

  Your Daddy and I hope to instill in you so many things. We wish for you the best of both of us and the best the world has to offer. Carter, always know that your Daddy and I will be your biggest believers. Your biggest fans in life. We will be here to support and encourage you. To kiss your boo-boo's, to pick you up from a fall and to give you a swift nudge in the right direction. Follow your dreams, son and dream big. But be patient, too.

  Laugh and share that laughter with everyone. Believe me, Carter, in this life, you'll need a sense of humor. Your Daddy and your Poppy can you teach all about that. They're the two funniest guys I know.

  Trust your instincts and be confident in your ideals. Love unconditionally and loyally. Always be repsectful of your friends, your elders and especially, your enemies. Play nice with others and don't ever run with scissors. Maintain in your heart a kindness to strangers and those less fortunate. Don't ever let anyone take advantage of you.

   Live in the moment and be happy. Your Daddy and I will teach all of these things. We will try our hardest to teach you humility. When to stand up and be outspoken and when to sit back and listen. We'll teach you how to find passion in the things you set your heart in. Most of all, we will teach you to count your blessings and to always be grateful. We will do all of these things for you, Carter, with nothing but overwhelming love in our hearts for you.

  Baby Boy, you've already brought your Daddy and me countless hours of love, happiness and laughter. Up until this day, we could only imagine how different our lives would be once you're in our arms. Now that this day is here, we're ready. Ready to hold you, cuddle you, snuggle you and smother you with kisses. To love all over you. To introduce you to your Sheepie brother. Believe me, Sullivan is just as excited as we are. He can't wait to share his toys with you and hopes you'll do the same!

  We already love you so much, Carter and we pray that each day we'll be able to show you just how much we love you and are thankful for you. Now hurry up and come on out! 

  Love you more than Carrots,
 (Don't worry, your Poppy and I will explain this one to you as soon as you're old enough) 

Mommy and Daddy

41 comments :

  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! <3 <3 <3 I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!

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  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We can't wait to meet you Carter. Love, Hugs & Kisses! Aunt Jan & Uncle Cleve.

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  3. Oh this totally had me blubbering at work this morning!!! Happy birthday, baby boy. What a sweet name yall have picked out.

    I hope everything goes smoothly!

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  4. What a beautiful letter - and what a great name!!!

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  5. This is so sweet!!!

    My hubby and I are the same way, I have a plan and he's more relaxed....LOL!

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  6. I found your blog through Katie @ Life in the Fulmer Lane. I'm sitting at work...CRYING! I just loved your letter to your son Carter. You are a great writer and it was perfectly put.
    Best of luck and I hope he arrives as planned.
    Allie @ "A Couple..."

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  7. oh Ashley I'm so excited for you guys! hope all goes quickly and easily for you all today. saying a quick little prayer for you hon.. Can't wait to "meet" your little man!!

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  8. BEAUTIFUL!!!! Praying for a swift and healthy delivery of your precious little Carter!! Can't WAIT to see pics of your studmuffin!!!

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  9. What a sweet letter to your son! Praying everything goes well with the delivery and that Baby Carter sticks w/ The Plan!

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  10. That was honestly one of the most beautiful letters I have ever read. Your son will cherish that forever. I am so excited for your little blessings' arrival!!

    And Carter, what a great name!

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  11. What a precious letter. Good luck today! Hopefully he follows The Plan:-) I love his name too!

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  12. so incredibly sweet! good luck with everything. can't wait to see sweet baby Carter! ;)

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  13. So, so sweet. And, I love his name. My husband and I had it on our list but it's his cousin's son's name...can't wait to hear more!

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  14. I hope little Carter sticks to your plan. The letter was so sweet.

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  15. Good luck today, Ashley!! Such a beautiful post.

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  16. wow, I just read this and realized that today is EIGHT days since your "plan" post - that means your little baby is going to be here SOON! I'll keep yall in my prayers that he wiggles himself down into the right position :) and most importantly that you and Carter are safe and healthy throughout the entire process!

    I love your blog. I'm 36 weeks pregnant... I'll be where you're at in no time! thanks for sharing your experiences! I'm excited to see some baby pictures here coming soon!

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  17. I'll be thinking about you a baby Carter today! Hopefully he cooperates and joins the world sooner than later! Can't wait to "meet" him soon! Congrats....you're going to be a mommy today!!

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  18. That was so sweet! Congrats!

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  19. beautiful post AP!! and I love the name :)

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  20. Beautiful post! Welcome baby Carter, and good luck mommy!!!

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  21. This is so beautiful! And love the name. :)

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  22. Very sweet and I can't wait to meet Carter as well. Good luck!

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  23. I literally have goosebumps. Your an amazing writer just as much as you will be an amazing mother. Come out Carter, your Mommy's bloggie friends can't wait to meet you!!

    love love love love and more love,
    Kate

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  24. reading this gave me goosebumps and just that more excited for my little man to arrive. thanks for sharing this letter to your son. good luck and i pray carter comes soon!!

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  25. Praying you have a healthy and safe delivery! How exciting that he'll be here so soon!!

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  26. Thinking of you my dear!!!!!! Love!!

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  27. my goodness! goooood luck over the weekend! so excited to hear all about carters arrival. ♥

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  28. Oh my good gosh, I am a crying mess reading this post. So sweet and full of love! Congratulations to your growing family. I'm sending prayers to you all, especially Carter. Can't wait to hear the good news of his arrival.

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  29. This is so beautiful that I am in tears. I just wanted to say that I am thinking of you and your wonderful family today. Much love to you all!

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  30. Praying baby Carter comes on out soon! Stick to The Plan Baby Boy!!!

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  31. Congratulations!!! You made me cry as I sit here holding my 8 week old daughter. You have successfully put to words everything I feel in my heart! Can't wait to hear all about your adventure and hopefully see a picture!

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  32. So precious and heart warming- So excited for his arrival. BEST WISHES!

    And PS- the name is perfection

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  33. This post just brought tears to my eyes! So sweet :) Best wishes!

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  34. Congrats! So happy for you! Praying for the safety and health of your new family :-)

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  35. That was a beautiful letter! It had me crying LOL Congrats!!! :-)

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  36. What an incredibly sweet post. He is a lucky boy! Congratulations!

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  37. So, so beautiful! I cannot wait to meet Carter!

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  38. This is so sweet! Beautifully written. I'm catching up on blogs, so I'm guessing he is already here. Can't wait to see pictures.

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