Tuesday, February 28, 2012

11 things

Woohoo! There is a blog game going around and I was tagged by Dani over at Bizness is Casual: Punk Rock and Pregnant! (can you guess why I love her blog?) so here we go!



There are five rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you've tagged them.

Photo: Here's an oldie because I'm missing my non-pregnant self:


11 Random Things:

1. I'm a big time Geography nerd and even have a degree in it. Lots of people think it's just about memorizing countries and capitals, but geography literally means "to describe and write about the earth." Beyond cartography it encompasses subjects like geology, oceanography, environmental science, climatology, anthropology, etc. I love the world and learning everything about it. I love traveling and I get bored living in one place too long (which is about 2 years max). I constantly feel the need to be in a new place surrounded by people and landscapes I have never seen before. But I always miss the places I've left behind (except for 29 Palms, CA). And yes, I love maps too.

2. I have four lines instead of three on my left pinky. When I was a kid I thought that when I found another person with four lines like me, they would be my soul mate. Four years ago I met one of my favorite friends, Marisa Rockwell, and we somehow randomly discovered that she has four lines on her left pinky as well. She also has size 11 feet like me, so we're pretty deformed in the same ways I guess.

3. I NEVER listen to my voicemails (unless they are from Rikki Little because she only leaves me funny drunk dial messages). Do me a favor and just text me.

4. I love music, but the stuff on my i-pod hasn't changed much in the past ten years. They just don't make it like they used to. I mostly listen to 80's and 90's punk bands like Bad Religion, Minor Threat, Pennywise, Face to Face, NoFX, Guttermouth, etc. I also listen to a lot of hip hop, mostly underground but some mainstream. My favorites are Sage Francis, Wu Tang, Living Legends, Atmosphere, and Gang Starr. I also like the occasional metal (Slayer...), hardcore (Circle Takes the Square, Bring me the Horizon...) and country (Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson...). I couldn't imagine life without music.

5. I'm addicted to exercising. I'm not a pleasant person to be around if I miss a day in the gym. While I was an undergrad I worked as a personal trainer. I love helping people get in shape and will gladly answer any questions people have about diet or exercise. It probably won't be what you want to hear, though, because if you're like me staying fit takes A LOT of work. I'm definitely not one of those naturally thin people. Most days I wish I didn't care so much about it.

6. I've only "been with" one man in my life and I'm married to him.

7. If you looked on my DVR you would find shows I'm ashamed to admit that I watch: Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives, the Vampire Diaries... Really, Erica? You're so not punk rock.

8. I'm the most absent-minded person in the universe. I'm easily distracted by things and my head is always in the clouds. As a consequence, I'm constantly forgetting things, spilling things, hurting myself, you name it. This frustrates my hubby a lot but there's not much I've been able to do about it. 

9. I miss my family and friends that I grew up with. Every single day I'm a little sad that I don't get to see them. I've been away from home for almost 7 years and it never gets easier.

10. During my career as an undergrad student I attended 6 different colleges in 4 different states: The University of Texas, The University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, Mira Costa College, San Diego State University, Isabela Oceanographic Institute (in the Galapagos Islands). I managed to graduate in 3.5 years from UH, but spent a lot of money on ordering transcripts.

11. Yes, I'm about to graduate law school but my dream job would be a SAHM (stay-at-home mom).


Questions from Dani: 

1. Coffee or Tea?
Tea! Manzanilla.

2. If you could live during any time period when would it be and why?
I thought about this for a while and I think it would be the 40's. It's a modern enough era for there to be vehicles and other ways to travel but far back in time enough for there to be no cell phones or computers. Things seem like they were a lot more simple and family oriented. I also love the style of that era. I picture myself at the beach everyday with a handkerchief in my hair, soaking up the sun and watching my kids play while my hubby works to bring home the bacon. As much as I appreciate women's rights, I'd much rather not be expected to work.

3. What is your favorite movie?
Gone with the Wind

4. Your earliest memory?
I must have been about 3, and I don't know what I was thinking, but I took a stool and placed in next to the stove, stood up on the stool and put my little hand right on the burner. I think my mom had just finished cooking or something because it was hot and I burnt myself.

5. What do you love to see on blogs?
I love seeing craft ideas, especially ones that involve babies and children. I love to paint and make stuff even though I don't ever have the time while I'm in school.

6. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In about 9 years my hubby will be retiring from the military so we'll probably be moving back to Texas to make up for all the time spent away from our families. We're going to try and buy some property or a vacation house in Mexico or Central America so we can take frequent trips there when the surf in Texas is flat. My 3-5 children will all be in school by then so I'll probably have taken up an official lawyer job.

7. What is your favorite food?
Tex-Mex

8. Who is your favorite celebrity and why?
Amber Heard because she's beautiful, loves guns, and is an objectivist.

9. Are you a morning or evening person?
I love both for their respective reasons but I'm definitely an early bird. I wake up early no matter what time I go to bed. I never have to set an alarm. I grew up either going to swim practice or dawn patrol sessions before school so I guess my body has just always been conditioned to be up with the sun.

10. Do you still read magazines? If so which ones?
I don't have any subscriptions at the moment but I enjoy reading Surfing & Surfer mags, Thrasher, and National Geographic.

11. New York or LA? Why?
Los Angeles- better music and better surf. And I feel more at home there with all my Mexicans. ;)

My questions for the people I tag:
1. If you could only listen to 5 songs for the rest of your life, which songs would they be?
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
3. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
4. If you were to get a new/your first tattoo, what would it be of?
5. Were you in any clubs in high school? Are you still interested in the same things?
6. What is your favorite smell?
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Why?
8. If you could change one thing about your body would you change anything? What would it be?
9. What fictional character (movie, t.v. show, or book) do you most relate to?
10. If you could meet any famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
11. Why did you start blogging?

11 Bloggers I'm tagging:
Brea, BreezyBrie, Caity, JordanNicoleRoxy, Sonia, Tales of a Young Mamma, The Mrs./The Mom, and Tatiana

Here are the buttons for the bloggers who have them (let me know if you do have one and it's not on here):
Simply Breezy      my little ocean

Monday, February 27, 2012

Labor Watch v.2

Nope! Still not in labor! However, I received some interesting labor-related news again at my 38 week appointment today. I'm 2cm dilated! But don't get too excited (mom!), from what I've read on google it doesn't really mean much. Baby Eva could still end up being late like I've been suspecting she will be. I still see it as a positive thing, though, because it is an indication that my body is working like it is supposed to. Maybe my jogging will help move things along, too. I've also started taking Evening Primrose Oil orally (it has been recommended by midwives to prepare the cervix for labor) and bouncing/swaying on the exercise ball that D.J. got me for Christmas. I'm ready for this baby to come out! I want her to at least arrive before or during my mom's visit, which is from March 10-17 (Eva is due on March 11). My mom is a teacher so she could only come during her Spring Break dates. It would be nice if she got to at least meet her first grandbaby before she has to go back to Texas. Eva does have a mandatory eviction date of March 21 (the doctor won't let her stay in longer than that), but I really hope it doesn't come to that. Other than that, everything else at the appointment went well also. The baby's head is down and her heart rate is in the 130's. I can't wait for her to get here! ♥

Sunday, February 26, 2012

38 Weeks

Size of baby: 19-22 inches, about 6.5lbs (Watermelon)

Symptoms: Pretty much the same as last week: backache, sore ribs, some pelvic pressure, braxton hicks contractions and a few (what I think are) real ones. 

Fetal Movement: She shifted slightly- now she kicks me in the side of the belly and her bum is pressed up between my ribs. 

Sleep: It's really impossible for me to get comfortable. My sleep sucks. 

Cravings: Well all the pictures of delicious looking food people are posting from Charro Days have definitely got me salivating. 

Aversions: Yesterday in class a bunch of people were eating microwavable meals and the smell was really grossing me out for some reason. 

Belly Button: Flat and stretched.

Best Moment this Week: My doctor's appointment. They did an ultrasound to check my fluid levels so I got a little peek at my baby. They used a low frequency because they were just looking at the fluid, so I really didn't get to see much of anything, but when the ultrasound wand went over where her feet were she kicked it really hard. I could see the outline of her little foot for a second. I kind of wish I could have seen more, but it's okay. I got to hear her heartbeat too which was around 127. (Don't listen to the old wives' tales that say girls' heartbeats are over 140... it's bs.)

What I Look Forward To: Having this baby!!!!

To-Do List: Same as last week. I haven't gotten anything done. I still need to pack the hospital bag, finish the labor playlist, install the car seat, and finish the nursery. Time is running out!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

rock-a-bye


Dear Baby Eva,

When your daddy got home from work yesterday I was lying in our bed working on your arrival playlist. I was originally going to dump the entire Pennywise discography on there & add some random songs from other bands but I figured I'd filter out some Pennywise songs too so it's taking me a while. Your daddy thought it would be a good opportunity to climb in bed next to me and sing you some songs. 


I managed to sneak some pictures while he was singing you Nekromantix. They say you can hear bass the best so we like to play you bands with good basslines. When your Daddy sings to you he makes his voice extra-bascious, too, which is pretty silly. I wanted to film him but he wouldn't let me. You get really still while he's singing and then you start kicking when he stops. I don't know what you're thinking, but it's almost as if you stop moving so that you can pay attention and then start kicking when he stops as if to say "mooore!" 


You stopped kicking me in the ribs and have started kicking me in the side of the belly, where your Daddy's hand is in the picture. My ribs are still sore and achy because now you push your little bum up against them all the time. It's okay, though. You'll be here soon and I'll miss having those little reminders that you're safe inside me. Still, your Daddy and I can't wait until you decide to grace us with your presence. I hope that we've done a good job indoctrinating you with good music and that you'll enjoy all our favorite bands. See you soon!

Love, 
Mama

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Push Present

According to Wikipedia (the incredibly credible source):
A push present (also known as a "push gift" or "baby bauble") is a present a new father gives a new mother when she gives birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room. The giving of push presents has supposedly grown in the United States in recent years. The tradition of gift-giving to commemorate a birth has long roots in England and India. The term "push present" first appeared in a publication in 1992. There is, however, no conclusive evidence that the present was invented by the jewelry industry to sell more goods, and until recently it was passed on largely by word of mouth or peer pressure among both mothers and fathers. According to Linda Murray, the executive editor of BabyCenter.com, "It’s more and more an expectation of moms these days that they deserve something for bearing the burden for nine months, getting sick, ruining their body. The guilt really gets piled on." Other sources trace the development of the present to the increased assertiveness of women, allowing them to ask for a present more directly, or the increased involvement of the men in pregnancy, making them more informed of the pain and difficulties of pregnancy and labor.
 I never heard of a push present until a few months into my pregnancy, but I have pretty much known what I wanted since then. Well, I originally wanted the Al Merrick Flyer II, a board I had back in high school that is pretty much unrideable now, but the new models are only available as a custom design, so I think I'll stick with the Al Merrick Flyer I. Unfortunately, we don't know exactly where we'll be stationed come July so I told the hubbs he should wait on buying it for me. I'd much rather take a raincheck on a brand new surfboard than settle for a piece of jewelry. (Nothing against jewelry, though... I like that too.) :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Charro Days

(My grandpa on the left.)
I always get particularly homesick this time of year. At the end of February, my little hometown celebrates  "Charro Days," a week-long celebration honoring the relationship between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico, sister border towns. It celebrates our unique Mexican-American/TexMex culture. The festivities start out with a "grito" and go on to include parades, traditional dances, delicious food, and lots of drinking. 

That's me in 6th grade with my dance partner for the Charro Days parade. :)
My dad is one of the people behind Sombrero Festival, a 3-day festival during Charro Days. There are tejano and mariachi concerts, jalapeno eating contests, and lots more. My favorite event is the frijolympics, a charro bean cook-off. (I love beans, haha.) Every last weekend in February of my childhood was spent running around Sombrero Festival with all the other directors' kids. I miss those days and the Sombrero Festival family. It's sad to think that the last time I was there was my senior year in high school. :-( I'm surprised I don't have more pictures, but here's what I could find... 

My mom and I at my first Sombrero Festival
Sombrero Fest kids! :)
My little brother D.J. & cousin Robby after they won something or other
My daddy speaking at a party for the SF crew at our ranch
My daddy with other past-presidents of Sombrero Festival
Anyway, I just wanted to share a little about this awesome holiday unique to my little hometown. I can't wait to dress Eva in a beautiful little dress and take her to her first Sombrero Festival. Here are pictures of some of my Charro Days dresses over the years... 

Toddler me at one of my first Charro Days dances. I wish I could find the picture of me with the little boy I danced with. I don't remember him but I remember hating him! Hahaha.
I was probably 4 or 5 in this one.
and 6 in this one.
My sister Steph and Me.
Celebrating Charro Days in Hawaii. :)
I'll leave you with my favorite Mariachi song. It's kind of played out but I love it and this video.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

37 Weeks - FULL TERM!


Size of baby: about 6.5 lbs and 19-22 inches... the size of a WATERMELON! 

Symptoms: This week I've been having loooootssss of braxton hicks contractions. I've also had my usual backache and rib soreness. I can't wait to feel normal again. 

Fetal Movement: Her movement is getting slower and slower (she's not really moving less, just slower). She's so strong now, though. She likes to push her little feet up in my ribs or on the top right corner of my stomach and her little elbows way on the left side of my belly above my hip bone. 

Sleep: Absolutely terrible. 

Cravings: I've been craving a good restaurant salad, which I finally got last night. I don't know if it was a pregnancy-related craving though. 

Aversions: D made some tuna salad the other day and the smell of the dill relish was really bothering me. Yes, pickles... I know, I'm not a normal preggo. 

Belly Button: All flat and stretched. Pretty gross looking, actually. 

Best Moment this Week: Just making it through it. And finally reaching full-term today. I'm ready to meet my baby girl. 

What I Look Forward To: I look forward to the next couple of weeks (days, even?) monitoring my body for labor signs. I'm actually really excited to experience labor and delivery. I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, too, which I'm excited about. 

To-do List: pack hospital bag, install car seat, finish nursery, make labor playlist

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Third Trimester Fitness Update!


I haven't talked about my exercise routine in a while, mostly because it hasn't changed, but I wanted to post what will probably be my last pregnancy exercise update... for this pregnancy at least ;-). 

 Cardio:
I'll be full term in 4 days and yes, I'm still running. Well, my non-pregnant self would call it "jogging" or even "a warm-up," but boy does it feel like running. I'm running at about a 10 minute/mile pace, sometimes a little slower. I try to go three miles every day. Most days I can, but some days I'm just too exhausted. On those days I'll do run/walk intervals or use the elliptical or stationary bike for 30 to 40 minutes. My mom bought me this maternity support belt to wear and I really think it makes a big difference.

Weights:
I also still lift weights 4-5 days a week. My split is: legs, back/biceps, chest/triceps, and shoulders. Some weeks I add an extra day of legs. My sessions are usually 45 minutes to an hour long and I do about 4-5 exercises per body part (3-4 sets per exercise consisting of 12-15 reps). 

I've definitely noticed a pretty dramatic decrease in strength and energy levels in the past few weeks. All the books say that all the crazy hormones from the first trimester return during the third, but I think my exhaustion has a lot to do with the fact that I haven't had a full night's sleep in months. Most days I just really, really, really want to stay home and relax but I never ever give in. They say if you stop during your third trimester you don't get the benefits of an easier delivery or quicker weight loss postpartum. My doctor gave me the okay to work out right up to delivery, so unless anything changes, that's exactly what I'll do!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our Love Story

I'm participating in a link-up from one of the other baby blogs I follow (From Mrs. to Mama) and sharing our love story for Valentine's Day. ♥
Daniel and I both grew up surfing on the same tiny island in Texas. One of my BFF's dad taught me to surf when she (Rikki) and I were in junior high school. Back then, surfing in Texas wasn't really hyped up or something that everybody did (like in California and Hawaii). The surfing community was pretty small and naturally Daniel and I grew up with the same crew of friends. He was four years older than me, though, and left for the Marines before I started my freshman year in high school. Coincidently, one of his best friends, Miles, became one of my best friends after he left. I was always sort of one of the guys. My free time in high school was spent surfing, skating (though I'm not particularly good at either), and going to punk rock shows. Rikki was the first person to introduce me to Daniel and I hung out with him a few times during high school when he visited Texas on leave, but I didn't know him as well as our other friends.

Towards the beginning of my Senior year in high school, I was at a get-together and Daniel's sister was there. She told me that Daniel was in Iraq and he had just signed up for a MySpace account and suggested I look him up, so I did. We caught up and talked every now and then, but nothing serious. He finished his tour in Iraq right before I graduated high school in 2005 and was able to spend a whole month in Texas that summer. The first time I hung out with him that summer was at a party I went to with Miles and another one of my BFFs, Ashley. We seemed to have chemistry but I don't think he was interested in a girlfriend at the time. The more we got to know each other, though, the more we hit it off. We were both into the same things (which I guess is true of me & the other guys in our crew, but most of them were like brothers to me). We'd be driving to go surf or skate or something and I remember thinking "he knows the words to all my favorite songs... he's perfect."
The day Daniel asked me to be his girlfriend.
The first official date Daniel and I went on was to see the new Star Wars movie, which was like three hours long. We went to the late showing and I ended up falling asleep during it! Hahaha. I'm terrible at staying up during late showings. He didn't hold it against me, though, and on June 1, 2005 he asked me to be his girlfriend. Soon after, it was time for him to go back to Hawaii. We were really bummed we'd have to say goodbye. When we were pouring out our feelings to each other, this song came on. It became our first song.


I knew our summer couldn't end there, so I used the money I received from graduation presents to buy a plane ticket to Hawaii. Two girlfriends of mine from Corpus Christi (who also grew up surfing in Texas) had just moved there, as well as another guy from our crew (Ashley's boyfriend at the time), so I knew it would be a blast no matter what ended up happening. And that it was. I was surfing some of the world's best waves in one of the most beautiful places on earth with the love of my life. It was the best summer ever.

Kaneohe Bay- little did I know I'd be able to see that bay from my living room window 5 years later.


I spent two wonderful months in Hawaii, and then it was time to go. I had been accepted to the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and it was time for me to get my butt over there to start my first semester. It was rough leaving Daniel, but by that time our relationship was strong enough for us to know we could handle the distance. Well, sort of... it wasn't long before Daniel bought a plane ticket from Hawaii to Austin just so that he could see me for three days.
Daniel when he got to my apartment in Austin and saw all the pictures of him on my fridge. 
...and then he flew me back out to Hawaii for a weekend so that I could go to the Marine Corps Ball with him...

...and then he flew to Austin again for Thanksgiving and we drove down to South Padre Island where he spent the first holiday with my family as my boyfriend. Around that time we decided that the whole distance thing sucked and plane tickets were getting expensive. We wanted to be around each other 24/7. So I filled out a transfer application to the University of Hawaii and left Texas for Hawaii on Christmas Day. It was really difficult for me to leave Texas and my family but I knew it's what I wanted to do. I can't believe my parents were so supportive. I would freak out if Eva moved in with her boyfriend at 18. But I guess my parents trusted me, which is good because it all ended up working out. Rikki ended up moving to Hawaii too and lived in the apartment right above us. Daniel's best friend was our roommate and a couple of his friends lived with Rikki as well. We had a lot of fun at 808 Lunalilo Street. Life was good.
Daniel and I chillin in the chairs in front of our apartment.
Then, Daniel and I did something completely unexpected. On June 10, 2006, after only a year of dating, we eloped. I was 19 and he was 23. It was a small ceremony on the beach with a Hawaiian minister and two of our friends as witnesses. At the time, we weren't planning on telling anyone quite yet. Our plan was just to say we were engaged and then have a "real" wedding that everyone could participate in back home. Daniel couldn't wait to tell the world, though, and during one of my trips back home he convinced me to tell our parents. They were happy for us, and probably a little shocked. I often feel sad that my daddy didn't get to walk me down the aisle and my mama didn't get to be there for her daughter's wedding, but I guess a spontaneous wedding on a Hawaiian beach just sort of matches our style. I don't know if anyone would have guessed we'd make it this long.


We've been through a lot in the past five and a half years. Between Daniel's deployments and training exercises, we have spent over 24 months away from each other. It hasn't been easy, but it's definitely been worth it. We've moved back and forth between Hawaii and California a few times over the past few years and have traveled to several different countries together. Now we're expecting our first baby, which has brought us closer together than ever. I hate how cliche it sounds, but Daniel really is my best friend. We know each other better than anyone, and we still love doing everything together. When we get on each other's nerves, it isn't long before we're cracking each other up again. We still have the same goals, the same passions, and the same outlook on life. Sometimes, in all seriousness, Daniel tells me that he hopes there really is life after death because he doesn't want this life to be all we have together. I hate thinking about things like that, but I sure hope so too. Until then, we have a lot to look forward to. I can't wait to see what Daniel will be like as a daddy. I can't wait to see the world with him and make baby Eva some brothers and sisters. We may have our difficulties through deployments and whatever other curve balls life throws our way, but I know we can get through anything together, and I really do think our love story is of the fairy tale kind.

My Mummy

Dear baby,

Today, Valentines Day, is my mummy's (your grandmother) birthday! She was born in Bristol, England to William & Hilda Hobbs

She is the oldest of 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Here is a picture of the beautiful Hobbs girls:
There are so many ridiculously cute pictures of your grandmother when she was a baby that I had trouble picking the ones to include in this letter. It looks like she was a rambunctious little girl. One day she and your great-aunties and uncles can explain the stories behind all the pictures a little better than I can. 
I don't know too many things about your grandmother's childhood. I know she went to boarding school in both England and Canada. She was also a swimmer and a gymnast. She broke her arm skiing, though, which stopped her from being able to do gymnastics. 
Your grandmother studied English and Art in university, and eventually taught both subjects to high school students (which she still does). She also has a Master's degree in education and has been a school librarian. 
Her father used to travel to Mexico for weeks at a time so she spent time there when she was younger. Eventually she ended up in Brownsville, Texas. While she was in university she was a cocktail waitress where she met one of my BFF Jackie's mom. She also met my Daddy there.

My mum and I had so much fun together when I was a kid. We were always going on adventures. She'd take me to the beach, to the zoo, shopping, art museums, and all sorts of other fun places. 
Other things about my mum:

  • She was named after Portia from The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare... what a coincidence that she loves literature and grew up to be an English teacher. 
  • She loves to work-out. She bikes, lifts weights, does aerobics, and even runs. When I was too young to stay at home by myself, she used to take me to her aerobics classes after school where I'd wait for her class to end. She bought me a gym membership as soon as I was old enough. I think that's why I'm such a fitness freak now!


  • She is a very lighthearted, free-spirited person with a great sense of humor. She's always laughing and being silly. All my friends love her.


  • She used to make me enter art competitions. Not that I minded or anything. I even won a few. Maybe you'll like your grandmother and your great-grandfather do. 


  • She loves the outdoors and she loves to go on hikes. One of her favorite places is Laguna Atascosa wildlife refuge back in Texas. The picture below is from our trip up Mt. San Jacinto when she visited your daddy and I in California. 


  • She's always tells me I'm the most beautiful daughter in the world. Well I think she's the most beautiful mother.


  • Food: She and I like a lot of the same types of food. She loves berries and always has them in her fridge. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries- she loves them all. She also loves caldo de mariscos. I probably get fry-stealing from her as well. When I was little she used to buy me happy meals after school every now and then. While I was eating them in the backseat she'd stretch her hand towards me so I could put a fry or two in it.
  • Music: She likes all kinds of music, but all late-80's/early-90's pop music reminds me of her- songs like "What is Love?," "Where do you Go?," and anything by Madonna.
  • Other hobbies: She loves to shop! 

Dearest baby Eva, I am so lucky to have the best mommy in the world. I hope I can be your best friend when you're a little girl like my mom was mine. She's so excited to meet you. She always tells people how excited she is that she's going to have a granddaughter. She has a plane ticket to visit during Spring Break, which is when you're due, so please don't come late because she really really really wants to see you before she leaves! When you're older she'll take you on all the same adventures that she and I used to go on when I was a kid. I can't wait to see her make you giggle. I know we won't live close to her at first but I promise that we eventually we will. You're going to have so much fun together. 


Love, 
Mama

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