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, 

Dad 
(Here’s a great bonus pic of Grandpa)

Mom is making you things! And you keep kicking her! 

Your momma has been hard at work creating awesome little touches for your bedroom. She’s made you an amazing sign that says “Adventure,” and a crazy cool mobile for above your crib. And what do you do to thank her? You keep kicking her! 

Just kidding little buddy- we LOVE you kicking. We are starting to understand your schedule- seems like you sleep most of the day when mom is upright. Once she eats dinner and lays down to relax, you wake up and start doing Zumba! 

Sometimes she tells me you are being all crazy and I lay my head or hand on her tummy and feel you making a ruckus. Last night you threw a really solid punch and made mom yell “wow!” 

Love you little guy. Here’s the sign mom made you: 


Here is the mobile she made you: 

Here’s is your mom working on that mobile: 


Here’s your dad assembling your crib: 


Here is a shot of your nursery:


And here is your sign above your dresser and with your stuffed animals. (Who are anxiously awaiting your arrival.) 

Babies Big Adventure! 

Dear Baby Boy, 

What a day! We have taken you all over the Tampa Bay Area today.. all in a pursuit of building you the perfect little nursery. I’ve found that the bigger you get, the more I think about you. No matter what your mom is wearing you are visible now- and you are one handsome little bump! 


In case you are wondering what all the ruckus was today- here’s where I took you: First, we started out at around 9am and headed to Buy Buy Baby in Brandon. It was a long drive out there and we didn’t find anything suitable for our little studs bedroom. So we turned around and came back. 

After Buy Buy Baby we headed to Rooms to Go Kids and struck out- then Home Depot. We found the perfect little ceiling fan for our little man. I made sure it wasn’t something a stinky girl would like. It’s all man fan. 

Midway through the fan search you started getting hungry- and your momma strarted losing steam. So I took her to a nice outdoor lunch at Brick House, a really cool place I hope to take you someday. We can hang out and watch some football one Sunday. I think I’ll wait until you stop thinking girls have cooties though. Here a photo of lunch: 


After you and mom were fed and watered we headed back out on the trail. Our next stop was Babies R Us. We had a huge score and found your nursery chair!! You got a really cool grey glider that you and your mom will spend lots of time in. But once you outgrow it I’m claiming it! Dad has dibs! 


We found a crib that we really liked also at Babies R Us- but we ultimately decided this really cool one we could special order from Target was better for you. I’ve decided your crib is my Gettysburg, the one battle I’m sticking to. I want to make sure that you have a super cool crib that will ultimately turn into your bed. I figure you’ll have it until you are like 10, so it’s got to be perfect. 

We went to Target to order the crib next. Disaster! The crib was not the same color as it was online! It didn’t match your room at all. We aborted the mission. And your mom was POOPED. 

Next stop, home. My beautiful mom-to-be took a wonderful 2 hour nap. As she snored on the couch I mopped the floors, wrote a play, and painted the living room walls. Just kidding- I slept also. 

When we woke up it was back to the grind. We hustled back to Babies R Us and ordered your crib. It’s awesome. It’s slate colored wood with a flat back. It looks like I built it from pallets, and it will covert into a really cool bed when you get old enough. 

We then headed to Homegoods to see if there was anything for your walls, and found an amazingly perfect deer for above your crib. 


After Homegoods, dinner time! We tried a Mexican place called “Besito” at Westshore mall. Your parents are Mexican food snobs since we are from California. Your mom grew up 13 miles from the Mexican border, and we love Mexican food. Besito was amazing. Tonight you dined on umbilical cord deconstructed pollo flautas, mother triple filtered steak fajitas, and some awesome beans and rice. 


The service and food was so good that I told the server while pointing at moms stomach “my little boy in there isn’t even born yet and I think this is already his favorite Mexican spot.” She brought us a cute little gift with the check, Mexican Worry Dolls. She said if we place them under our pillow tonight that all of our worries will disappear. She gave us a man doll, a woman doll, and then a BABY doll!  


Anyway- we are home now. You’ve had a long, long day- but your nursery came a really long way. Fan, crib, dresser, chair, decorations; you have the nicest room in be house son! 

Exactly how it should be.

I sure love you kiddo. Hurry up would ya? Mom and I are going to explode with all this love and excitement. 

Love, 

Dad 
Here’s some stuff for your room so far: 


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Your first piece of furniture! 

Dear Little Fellar, 

What a day! Shew! Your mom and I started out super early this morning on “The Great Dresser Adventure.” Mom had a place lined up that had lots of antique dressers posted, and we drove out to Clearwater to pick one up. It turned out that the guy pulled a “swoop and swat” meaning that he posted a photo of a dresser he didn’t have to make people drive all the way there- only to try and sell them another product when they got there. Car dealers do this a lot – they advertise a super cheap car, then when you get to the dealership it’s magically sold. 

After that place was a bust your mom and I pulled over and started looking online. We ended up finding your dresser waaaaaaay out in Hudson. It was made by the company Kline, that eventually became Ethan Allen. It’s a numbered piece, the 17th one ever made. Don’t trash it! 

Here’s a photo of the dresser when we picked it up: 


But your mom had a plan. You’ll never see the dresser like this! She had lined up a custom furniture guy- and immediately after picking it up we drove it to him. He worked some magic on it- and when we picked it up it looked like this: 


That’s it! Your first piece of furniture! Custom! All yours! And here are your first 3 stuffed animals Milton, Sunshine Bear, and Elephant on it! 

Love you squirt, 

Dad