Henry will be joining our family soon, and I have been so anxious for this whole pregnancy about how having another baby is going to impact you. Lots of things are about to change for our family, and at your age, it can be hard to understand that. I’m so glad that I’ve had these last few days to spend with you before Henry’s born and soak up our time with you as my only little boy. You have the best sense of humor and the sweetest little grin, and your daddy and I live for those moments when you say, “I love you, Daddy” or “I love you, Mama.”
As we get close to Henry’s birth, I’ve been thinking back to when you were born. Your daddy and I were so nervous and clueless, but also so excited to meet you. The minute you were born, our hearts grew in ways we never could have imagined. You completely changed the way we looked at the world and what our priorities were. You took the love we already had for each other and multiplied it times infinity.
I didn’t get a little brother until I was eleven, but I can tell you that little brothers are the best and I know that you and Henry are going to be the best of friends. I hope you two are close and can’t wait to see you grow up together. You’re going to have a lot of responsibility with a little brother looking up to you all the time. I’m sure you’ll fuss and fight and sometimes you’ll wish he wasn’t constantly following you around and annoying you, but at the same time, he will be your closest ally and friend when you get backed into a corner and he’ll be a person you can always know has your back.
I know the next few months, when Henry is going to need so much of our time and attention, are going to be tough for you. It’s hard to go from being the center of attention to sharing it with someone else 24/7. It was hard for me at eleven, and you’re only two, so I know it will be tough sometimes. I hope you always know that even though you may not be the baby anymore, you’ll always be my baby. I promise that I’m still going to be there for you when you need a kiss to make things feel better, when you want to play, and when you need extra snuggles in the middle of the night.
You’re going to be the best big brother. I love you, Jackie.