Your Daddy, your big brother and I have waited for this day for so long. Although we became a family of four long before your arrival today, more specifically on the day we saw that life-changing word, we cannot wait to feel fully complete with you in our arms. In our hearts we already know you're our perfect fit, the perfect piece to the M family puzzle and we simply cannot wait to snuggle you and smother you with love.
It's no secret that you'll have some pretty big shoes to fill as The Little Brother. Carter has been paving the way for you since the day he was born and I have no doubts you'll live up to the challenge. He may not seem too excited to meet you at first, but don't fret, I know the two of you will be best friends in no time and my heart swells at the thought of being so blessed as to watch the two of you grow up, learning, laughing and living life together.
Never underestimate the blessing of a brother. Your Daddy and I know this well as we have been blessed with some of the greatest brothers in the whole world. He and I are so excited to be able to give you and Carter this gift. A gift of brotherhood. Of partners in crime. Built-in best friends. Cut your big brother a little slack though- chances are he'll be quick to mistake head smacks for hugs during the early days- never doubt his affection for you. And when you're bigger? Smack him right back!
Even though your brother made me a mom, I'd like to think he bared the brunt of our experimental parenting. What I mean to say is he's done a great job of breaking us in as parents and I'd like to think, most days, that we've got it down to a science now. In that respect, you're much better off than he ever was.
Similar to those we have for your brother, your Daddy and I have many hopes and prayers for you as well, Maclane.
Above all, we promise never to compare you to Carter. To ever make you feel inferior or second best. You are your own individual soul, Maclane and we cannot wait to see what that unique gift brings with it.
We wish for you the best of both of us- your Daddy's patience, passion and motivation to succeed; my creativity, whimsy, compassion and dry sense of humor. We promise to go above and beyond to cultivate these traits in you and to give you the tools and encouragement you will need in life to cultivate those traits unique to you.
Just like we promised your brother, we will teach you to believe in the good in others and maintain a kindness in your heart to those less fortunate than you. 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.
Don't ever let anyone take advantage of you or make you believe you are less than worthy. Ever. Laugh and love unconditionally. Be respectful but do not be afraid to stand up for yourself, for what is right, for what your heart believes in.
We promise to teach you all of these things Maclane, with nothing but overwhelming love in our hearts for you. We cannot wait to hold you in our arms. We cannot wait to introduce you to your Sheepie brother and I cannot wait to see if you're the spitting image of your beautiful blonde-haired brother or if you come out blazing your own trail from the very beginning, dark-haired and determined.
We love you more than carrots, Maclane. Happy Birthday.
Mommy, Daddy and Big Brother Carter