Monday, November 23, 2015

a thank you note to our friends and family. [part 1 of 3]

In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week, I am posting a three part series of thank you notes to some important people who have done so much to support me as I become a parent. Check back this week for parts two and three. 

Eva says "Hooray for family and friends!"
To our friends and family,

Thank you for being our tribe and loving our daughter as much as we love her. Eva is joining a family that is rich in love and being welcomed by friends all over the country that adore her. She is so lucky. 

And we are so lucky to have you all. Your well wishes and phone calls and text messages in the hours after she was born felt like love was pouring into our hospital room from every corner of our lives. 

And the encouragement that I have received personally from friends and family near and far telling me that it's okay and it get easier has been a lifeline. I am beginning to think there is no better thing you can tell a brand new mom besides, "It gets easier. Hang in there." (Followed closely by, "You just had a baby? You look great!" This might be a complete lie, but every time someone says it, I want to hug them, even in the middle of the cereal aisle.) 

And the icing on the cake is that my closest friends and our families have been infinitely patient with my terrible lack of communication. They have a new niece that they are dying to see and I can hardly remember to brush my teeth, much less take and send pictures of the new little lady. I feel terrible for not keeping grandparents and aunts and uncles in the loop, but I haven't heard a single complaint and that means a lot to me. 

We've received meals and outfits and texts and so much love and support in the last three weeks, my heart is overflowing with gratitude. Every tough moment of this new season of our lives has been eclipsed by how much our little family is loved by our people. 

Thank you. 

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