Dear Niece or Nephew,
Finally, you're not a secret anymore. You've only existed for 13 weeks, and until a couple of days ago, only a few people knew your mom (my sister) is pregnant. It's been hard waiting til I could announce you to everyone I know!
You see, you're coming at a very good time, Baby. This family could use some good news. Because of you, we know that life goes on and that love passes down from one generation to the next. All the things we love about each other matter. All the people who've shaped your parents' lives will now, indirectly, shape your life. Your brand new, barely begun, still "knitting together" life.
You can't even imagine how many people will want to hold you: names and faces you'll learn over time. We're all eager to shine our love onto you, cradle you in our arms (smiling too big to speak), hoping all the best for you and your unknown future.
I've been learning from my mom (your Grandma Vicki) that LIFE, all this breathing and heart-beating, eating and sleeping, the living we're all so preoccupied with, is just the tip of the iceberg. It's temporary. Tiny bodies grow, get bigger and stronger, then smaller and weaker, and eventually, there are last words and final breaths. But nothing is lost. Eternity still contains our souls. Your "Good ol' Whistling Great Grandpa" Neil isn't here to hug, but he hasn't been diminished. Your Aunt Allison won't get the chance to hold you on this side of heaven, but you'll learn about the space she left behind. They're still members of the family, just absent for now.
You've barely just appeared from eternity, into our here and now. Because we can't see you yet, you still seem magical and unreal. We look forward to hearing your voice and holding your hand.
Thank you, tiny Baby miracle. You're about to change everything.
See you in September,