The Christmas Eve Closet Adventure 

Hey little guy!

It’s been pretty quiet for the last several weeks, just preparing for you and getting the house ready. You are 29 weeks and 6 days old now, and will be here in 71 days! We’ve been wishing we could see you- but the doctor won’t give us anymore sonograms. It’s been 9 weeks since we saw you, but I feel you kicking and punching all the time! In the mornings around 5:20am I always wake up, move over toward mom, and put my hand on her tummy so I can feel you. You prefer to have your daily dance party at that time. 

Your Grandma and Grandpa got here Thursday for Christmas. We haven’t seen them since April, and it’s really nice to have them around. We planned a big surprise for their wedding anniversary… a 4D sonogram! They had never heard of one, so we knew it would really be a treat. 

You behaved really well and the images came out AWESOME! Here you are at 29 weeks! You were smiling really cute, and you have my eyebrows! 

Grandma and Grandpa were so excited to see you, and I melted when I saw your face for the first time. 

Today, Christmas Eve, your Grandpa and I got up really early and went to work on your closet in your bedroom. You’ll always remember the closet being amazing, but I wanted you to know that we built it just for you. Here’s a before photo from right when we started: 

Here’s Grandpa cutting your shelves out in the driveway: 

Here’s your daddy and Grandpa working on your first closet: 

And here’s the after photo- all done! 

As you can see there is a tiny clothes rod just a few feet off the ground so you can waddle up when you get old enough and hang up your own clothes like a good boy. We still have to paint it all, but it’s amazing! You’ll be able to fit tons of baseball gear, toys, books, musical instruments, or whatever your little heart desires. 

Everyone is really excited and full of love for you little man. You better not be a little jerk! Haha. 

Merry Christmas Son, 

(Here’s a great bonus pic of Grandpa)

Deep thoughts by Jamie – cookies 

Your mom is currently baking cookies in the kitchen. She has suddenly started mumbling to you in her tummy a couple of times. But just now I realized she was mumbling at me. 

Jamie: Murphll-rawg-grubble-blarg.

Me: What? (Then realized her mouth is full of cookies) 

Jamie: Mumble mumble 

Me: Honey- how many cookies have you eaten? How many are in your mouth RIGHT NOW? 

Jamie: I have to taste every batch! 


Hey there little dude, 

It’s been a while since I sent you a note. We are kind of hunkered down and off the grid getting all prepared for you. You’ll be here in 94 days- can you believe that!? You weigh about 2 pounds, and you are getting big! 

Sometimes you push really hard outwards and we can feel your body sticking out. Other times I put my hand on moms tummy and you punch or kick right away- like you are high-fiving dad! 

Some observations as we finish up week 26 and the second trimester: 

1. Babies take a really long time to arrive. 

2. Someone should write a book or create a website with entertainment ideas for expectant parents. 

3. If mom is really still and really quiet for more than a few minutes, it’s because you are kicking her and she is being selfish so I don’t come over and make you stop. 

4. Moms favorite time of day is after dinner when she lays down on her back and you start kicking. 

5. Overtime and expectant moms don’t mix. 

6. Christmas shopping is hard when your wife is pregnant. 

7. Don’t buy a boat. 

8. It’s impossible to get a photo that captures how cute your momma looks with you in her. 

9. Getting ready to be a dad makes you way more calm. 

10. Choosing a name for your son is really hard. 

11. I dream about having a big game room, and you being like 5, and us playing ping pong, pool, and watching football. I realized the man cave in our next house will be for 2. 

12. I can’t buy concert tickets or plan any vacations for next year because our little man will be here. 

13. Apparently you love French fries and quesadillas. 

14. You have more clothes than I do. 

15. Hanging out in your room is pretty cool. 

16. I haven’t slept more than an hour or two in 3 nights. Your mom kicks and rolls like she is in someone’s tummy all night. 

17. I’m already proud of you and you haven’t done anything yet. 

Basically at this point we are just working and killing time as we wait for you to arrive. Your Grandma and Grandpa Meinsen will be here in a few weeks for Christmas. The tree is up. The house is decorated. This is our last Christmas without our little boy. 

Have a good day in moms tummy little man. Be good. And try to hold still tonight- your dad needs sleep!