Sunday, June 19, 2011


Dear Flash,

For the past few days, I have been able to feel you move a few times. It feels like a heartbeat in my tummy. It's really cool. :) We're trying to decide now whether to find out if you have boy-bits or girl-bits at the ultrasound on Wednesday. We don't want a ton of gender-specific clothes, so if we find out, we're not telling anybody. I just want to know what to call you, instead of Flash. The day after the ultrasound, I'm off to Europe! (Daddy's been there for about a month already). We're also moving to a new apartment, where we'll be living when you're born. There's a LOT going on right now, little one. I'm almost glad you're not here yet, since if you were, there would be no trip to Europe and the move would be a lot more complicated.

I'm doing lots of reading and preparation for your birth. I have no idea what it's going to be like, but I know what I don't want, and that's about as much as can actually be planned. I like reading stories about natural births, because it gives me confidence that I can do this without a ton of interventions and medications.

There are only two days left in this school year. I'm glad it's almost over. Very soon I can concentrate on you, and the new apartment, and setting up how things will be for the next couple of years. The trip to Europe isn't going to be too bad either! :) I'll be researching family history and seeing the premiere of the last Harry Potter movie.

I love you and can't wait to meet you. Life is going to get calmer in the next couple months, and then you're going to explode into the middle of it like a comet. :) It's going to be terrifying and amazing all at once.

Keep growing in there!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

You've Got Superpowers!

Dear Flash,

I'm not sure how you did it, but you managed to get me two free days off work without losing any sick days. You did it with a TORNADO. It made the national news. Every day that I've been at work or doing exercise, my heart rate has been shooting up extremely quickly. So I went to the doctor, who said it would be a good idea to rest for Thursday and Friday (I was planning on calling out on Friday anyway.) Just as I was making the decision to go to the doctor that night, and was considering taking two days off anyway, you managed, somehow, to form a funnel cloud in Westfield, then West Springfield. The cloud jumped the Connecticut River and traveled up the hill through Springfield, spreading destruction over more than a dozen communities. I was driving back from work when all this was going on, and although I got caught in some spectacular lightning (nice work on that, btw) and an insane downpour, I was far out of harm's way. Around the same time as my doctor was telling me to take two days off, Springfield canceled school. And today, just now, I found out that we're closed tomorrow too! If you happen to pull something like this again, child, keep in mind that loss of life is NOT acceptable. At least four people died. I'd rather use the sick days than have people die.

I'm still impressed with your power, though. I'm going to have my hands full after you're born, I see.

I love you anyway,