1: Our beautiful, sweet, perfect little girl. We will always cherish our first 9 months together, the fun times, the trials, the pains, and the ultimate journey of growing a little person. Lovingly, Mommy & Daddy
2: The day I knew I was pregnant with you coincided with a big move as well. We were newly weds of only 6 weeks and had just accepted new jobs in a different city. I was at our old home in Kansas City all by myself in an empty house because Daddy already moved all our stuff to our new home. I was sleeping on an air mattress and getting sick as a dog every day for a week until I moved down to join Daddy. I waited until I got to our new home and told him in person that I think I was pregnant but had not confirmed it yet. I started my new job in just a few days and was so scared my new boss would get upset. A week later it was confirmed and, turns out, all parties welcomed the exciting news as much as Daddy and I did!
4: For 9 long months we watched my belly grow and grow and grow. We waited patiently for you to get big enough that we could feel you moving. We sang to you, talked to you and even scolded you when you punched Mommy in the ribs or trampolined on her bladder. It’s such a miracle to witness the changes a body goes through while a little life is growing inside.
6: Your creation was our best honeymoon souvenir. The last few days we were in Belize a tropical storm hit and we couldn’t go see the manatees like I wanted and planned. We couldn’t really do anything because the storm was so bad. But we did venture out and go swimming in the pool during the storm and walk to the end of the pier even though the water was splashing up between the slats. We affectionately call this storm “Hurricane Raelynn.” | Hurricane Raelynn
8: Being a Vet gave me the unique position of using my ultrasound at work. Even though the resolution and detail is not nearly as wonderful as the human ultrasound, it was truly amazing to see you. I was only 8 – 10 weeks pregnant when I saw you for the first time. You were a blob with four little appendages hanging off you and you were bouncing around and moving your little arms and legs. I filmed it and sent it to Daddy and we both watched that video so many times. It made me want to cry to watch you dance around. You were only a few ounces at this time but I already loved you so much. All of the following ultrasounds got better and better. You grew and developed so fast. It was such a blessing to see you inside me and watch you change from a blob with appendages into a baby with eyes, ears, hair, fingers and a beautiful face. It made us even more excited to meet you.
10: We were so excited to tell everyone we were having a girl!
11: Daddy was already determined you were a girl and there was no convincing him otherwise so he was not surprised at the ultrasound appointment. His words: “Time to go home and polish the guns” He was already your protector and a wonderful father.
12: Choosing a name is a difficult and long process. We finally settled with your name because Rae is Grandpa Tommy’s middle name, Lynn is Mommy’s middle name, Mary is Grandma Liz and Great Grandma Fletcher’s first name. You are named after 4 great people who love you very much. We knew the second we heard the name suggestion of Raelynn that it would be your name. And Mary fit perfectly.
14: There is a period in every pregnancy when a woman feels the need to clean and prepare absolutely everything around her. My nesting period began late in 2nd trimester and I had your Daddy on several projects at a time while I rearranged the house, several times, brainstormed ideas and then changed my mind and made and bought many many things for you. Your Dad was so patient and did every project without complaint and arranged everything exactly how I wanted it and made sure we got you everything we thought you would need and want and then some. We hope you like your “Lion King” inspired room. | Raelynn’s Room
16: The first time I felt you kick was both amazing and weird at the same time. I was so excited. I was laying in bed on a Saturday morning trying to muster up the energy to get out of bed and go eat breakfast because I was really hungry. I guess you were too because you gave me 3 big kicks. I immediately looked over to your father who was sound asleep and I wanted to wake him but he looked so peaceful that I just quietly got up and went to the kitchen so I could feed us. I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life. That was the first time I really felt you and you never stopped after that.
18: Your Dad and I are big on maintaining our individuality and we never try to change each other. We love each other for who we are and encourage independence and acceptance. We will do the same for you. Be yourself, be confident, be strong, don’t let anyone tell you you’re incapable of something. We will guide you, raise you, help teach you lessons that we learned and steer you in the direction of success but we will not hinder your will or personality. We love each other and you for who we are and do not try to change ourselves. I give you and your father my entire heart and love and I encourage both of you completely and he does the same for us. We expect the same from you because that is how we plan to raise you. | Individuality
20: We have been on this | We have been on this journey for 9 months now and we cannot wait to meet you. I am due any day now. It has been an incredible journey, I have been so morning sick, cried from intense hip pain, had difficulty breathing because you put so much pressure on my diaphragm and many sleepless and uncomfortable nights. It is almost a blur now. What I remember most are the sassy kicks, especially the time you kicked away the Doppler at one of your appointments, you obviously didn’t care for it. You never seemed to like any of the Doppler checks, you always kicked it or moved away from it.
21: I also remember the ultrasonographer trying to get you to face her and you would not cooperate for any ultrasounds. She decided to try and stimulate you by prodding you with the probe. You instantly opened your mouth and I immediately became protective and told her she made you cry. It was an intense moment for me and I was surprised at how protective I became and how desperately I wanted to comfort you watching you cry on screen. Luckily you seemed to get over it within a matter of seconds.
22: I am so glad to have been pregnant over the winter months. You are going to come during the spring and we want to show you the world. Daddy loves to hike and can’t wait to take you on trails. I ride horses and can’t wait to see if you are as interested in them as I am. We love to swim, go camping and travel. And we plan to take you on our adventures with us. We will have so much fun together. | Seasons are about to change
24: Raelynn, we love you so much already and we will surround you with love and raise you the best we can. Mommy and Daddy’s love for each other is so strong and overflowing it was only befitting that we have you to catch all the love spilling over and to create more. It is exponential and powerful and we hope you feel how much we love you now and forever. | Out of love you were created