Dear Before Kids Carly,
Your world is about to be turned upside down. I know that you think that you are ready for this, I know that you think that you're prepared, but you're not. It's okay, I promise you're going to be fine. You're about to experience something so wonderful, so amazing, so life altering that no amount of preparations would have done it justice.
You need to get that lack of patience in check, because girl, you are going to need it. I am here to tell you that yelling doesn't work, a gentle, loving but firm voice does.
About you're little girl. Your first one. She's a lot like you, but don't you forget that she's not you. You loosen your reigns and let her be the one and only Liberty Rose that God made her to be. You'll see, she is going open wide the windows of your heart and fill them with this amazing brand of love that you didn't know existed. She's going to make you a Mommy and there will be no going back after that. You'll be hooked. She will be just what you always imagined your little girl to be and so much more. She'll twirl on her tip toes and laugh like a song. She will be wild and free, just like her name.
Write down as much as you can to help you remember how precious small they were.
Have fun with them. Leave the laundry, read a book to them. The dishes don't matter, cuddling at bed time does. Take them to the library, the park and the beach.
Pray for them. Their lives are not yours, they belong to God. He sent them to you so that you could know a little bit more of what His love for you looks like. Your job is to point them towards Him.
Time flies by, and before you know it you'll be up past 1 am wondering what happened to it. Cherish this time with them.
Celebrate birthdays and trying new things.
Laugh a lot.
Tell them that they are brave and strong. Tell them they can do it, you know they can!
Tell yourself you can do it, I know you can. You are brave and strong.
Take a deep breath, you are going to love being Mommy.
Love, Six Years Later Carly
P.S. They love to dance, all three, so when dinner isn't ready yet and they are all crying turn up some music and dance