A Letter To Baby: 9 Months Pregnant II

Dearest Mui Mui,

I wish I could tell you that these last 8 months have been as easy and blissful as my first pregnancy. It's been a difficult experience for me -- mentally, physically and emotionally. As a parent, I worry a lot more and even two years later, my body is a bit more exhausted than before. We've had many sleepless nights, some because I'm feeling anxious and others because it's just  uncomfortable. The back pain, heart burn, soreness... it's very different this time around.

But I love you just as much nonetheless. And there are so many reasons that I can't wait to meet you. You have given me the inspiration to challenge myself to become an even better person. I believe that you are a fighter and that you will surprise the world with what you are capable of. I know that you will be beautiful inside and out, charming everyone with your smile and touching the lives of the people you meet.

In certain ways, you have interesting similarities to your brother. You both seem to like sweets and you move around a ton, except of course when I ask your father to feel my belly. But I know that you are very much your own person already. You are strong. I imagine you might like to play soccer or be a dancer someday with the way you like to kick. And, I wouldn't be surprised if you end up being a coffee addict -- I craved it nearly every day. :)

At times, I am still in disbelief that we are about to have another person in our family and a daughter & sister at that. I hoped so much for you to be a girl because I've grown to cherish the bond I now have with my own mother. Being a sister to two brothers, I look forward to seeing how the experience of having a sibling shapes your character and what you add to our family. It truly is special for each of us. We are so blessed.

I pray for your safe arrival and will patiently await the moment when I can hold you in my arms. Thank you for giving me the experience of becoming a mommy once again and for teaching me some of life's most important lessons. I love you, my little one.