During the holiday season with my family, I decided that one of my New Year resolutions will be to follow through with some of my goals.  One goal I struggle with is to write more.

By February 1, 2012, my daughter, Zoe (middle name TBD) Stanback, will be born if everything goes according to the plan.  To support my writing goal and to welcome my daughter into the world, I decided to do a 30 day blog entitled “Flowers for Zoe” – a message to my children to live their best life.  For the next 30 days, I will write about my journey to delivery, thoughts about being a parent and my hopes for my children.

I hope anyone who reads this blog takes something positive from it, even if it’s just a laugh or a kindred spirit.  Regardless, Happy New Year, live your best life and ALWAYS B. HAPPIER!

Message for January 1, 2012

30 days to go before I pop.  Well more like before I get sliced open and then you are yanked out.  Ok, I know that is kind of gross; but, you should know that your Mommy is silly at times.  To start this blog, one of the first things I want you to know is that you will come into this world wanted and loved.  When you come home, there is so much love waiting for you.  I hope you never take this for granted.  There are so many children who don’t have this but YOU DO.  Treasure this always.  Here is a quick summary of who you will meet during your first few days:

  • Mommy – That’s me.  You have kicked my ass for the past 9 months.  Morning sickness, gestational diabetes, Braxton Hicks, yep it hurts carrying you; but I think you are worth it. J
  • Daddy – This may be the first face you see.   He loves you already.  He can be sarcastic at times; but you get used to it.
  • ZJ – This is your brother.  He is a wild one.  This one will be the loudest one in our home.  He can be whiny but sweet…bossy but loving.  At the end of the day, he will always have your back.  He better at least.
  • Kylie – This is your sister.  I’m sure you will like her and LOVE going through her room.  She is just relieved that you’re a girl and not a boy.  You will not get to see her every day; but she is always here in our hearts.
  • Nana – Daddy’s mommy.  She loves you.  Hopefully you will spend a lot of time with Nana. (hint, hint Nana)
  • Grandmommy and Granddaddy – Mommy’s parents.  They love you too.  If mommy and daddy say no, these two will say yes. J  Watch out for Grandmommy though.  She will always try to dress you up like a baby doll.  You have been warned.

Then there is Grandmommy Gerry, Uncle Vino, Auntie Lynn, and so many more who love you already.   You will meet them soon enough.

Hopefully you will one day understand this first message – you are loved more than you know.