Monday, December 26, 2011

A Letter from Aunt Jaime...

Calamommy & Calababy (Deks),

​You are about to come into some wealth.  You don’t know it yet but you are on the cusp of a great inheritance: Grammy and Poppy.
​CalaMommy, I can’t count the nights of worry when my Calababies were fevered or coughing and I didn’t know what to do.  I always called Grammy.  No matter how late it was, she would rise from her warm comfy bed and come to the phone (Calababy—you won’t believe this but there weren’t cellphones back then).  As I related the symptoms, she would listen and advise me; more valuable, she would comfort and reassure me.
​Calababy, your Poppy will take a million, billion pictures of you—amazing pictures.  He will teach you to laugh at silly jokes and silly monsters.  He will introduce you to the greatest silly monster of all…Godzilla.  He will pray for you and love you in the quiet of his heart.
​Your Grammy will color with you and build Lego structures with you.  She’ll bake cookies and smile and laugh with you.  She might take you to a museum or a park or a movie.  She’ll love spending time with you and watching you grow.  She will pray for you and love you in the quiet of her heart.
​My Calababies were blessed beyond measure by their Grammy and Poppy.  They are no longer babies but Grammy and Poppy still love them and pray for them in the quiet of their hearts.
​And for this I am eternally grateful.
Aunt Jaime

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

10 fingers...10 toes...and still my belly grows and grows!

 164 days to go!

Dear Deklan,

              Hi, My BABY BOY! On Friday, Dec 9 Daddy and I could not wait any longer so we went to "Sneak Peek" and discovered you are a boy. You were really funny, too. At first, we counted your baby toes, and your baby fingers, and made sure you had 2 ears and a button nose. Even half baked, you look perfect. We couldn't quite tell your gender though because you were being modest. Your profile, even this early looks your daddy's. Your personality, however, seems like mine and here's why-

First, you covered your parts. But then, it really seemed like you were listening to us. You kept moving around in there, showing off and doing flips. Then you tugged on your ear as if to say, what? you want What?? Then you moved your little hands, and you threw them up above your head showing the camera all your baby bits! Joel said, He's a boy! and he had this huge grin on his face. I cried a little, but not out of sadness. I was shocked! We thought you were a girl! I was overwhelmed with how I would take care of you! (but I'm sure I would've felt that way either way). Wow, a boy, this is great! ...and we named you Deklan Lavelle Calahan.

Love, Mom & Dad

P.S. Wanna see your ultrasound pics from this day?              click on  3712     password-  1209ec

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

You're no Tadpole Anymore!

170 Days till I kiss your little bitty face off!

Dear Calababy,

              It's been a while, but a lot got done since I last blogged. Let's see....You're about the size of an avocado and by then end of the week you'll be double that! We are going to make some sweet guacamole!

             I got an internship which means I'll be doing therapy for free until I have enough practice to go out on my own and be able to make some real money and buy you cool toys. Actually, at first I thought I wouldn't get any internships because I want to take the Summer off to spend with you, and then I got offered 3! I took 2 of them. They are both Christian counseling centers, and I hope that this helps Daddy and I get more in touch with our faith so you can, too, someday.

               I became Vice President of Memberships to our school's Honor's society. This is no small job, as I'm coming to find out. I thought it was one little teeny weeny party once a year, but I'm excited and a little overwhelmed to learn that it involves a lot more!

               I got an article published in the Journal of Feminist Counseling (or something like that) HA! I don't even remember... It was small, just a movie review having to do with therapy and women in the military. But, that lit my fire for wanting to publish more. So, I just submitted a second article to a child psychology journal to see if they like the intervention my friend Laurie and I worked on! ...Maybe I'll try it on you someday... I'm going to try and submit a 3rd article later, and then I hope/imagine that on those rainy days alone with you, while you're taking a sweet baby nap, I'll write books.

                All this stuff is really hard work, but it's fun at times, too. I really miss spending evenings with Joel, though. He is working hard because it's the end of the year and there's about 1 million Christmas parties and places to be. Daddy likes to stay at home and relax. We are so excited for you, but at the same time we are trying to soak in any symptoms of boredom while we can since we figure that with you, we will never be bored again.

                In other brief news, your room is painted, I quit one of my jobs today and I will really miss it (I can't wait to bring you there and meet everyone!), and I am excited to buy furniture for you next month or so maybe.