Dear Linde, You’re almost 8 months old. I’ve neglected writing your letters. We’ve been busy with work, vacation, and the holidays, and it always seems much harder to write these than it actually is. The last couple of month have … Continue reading
Author Archives: Anna Stanislawski
5 Month Letter to Linde
Dear Linde, This one is a little late, you turn 6 months in two weeks, but we’ll count this at your 5 month letter. Once again, you’ve grown exponentially this month. You surprise us every day with how quickly you … Continue reading
Before Miss Linde was born, I spent a lot of time sitting in her nursery rubbing my growing belly, and thinking about what it would be like to have a baby. I’d read the books in her collection, sometimes out … Continue reading
4 Month Letter
Dear Linde, You’re 4 months old now, and this last month has been amazing. I went back to work, and you started daycare. So far, I think the transition has gone well. You go to a place up the street … Continue reading
The Smorgastorta, A Little Bit of the Motherland
A year or so ago my Grandmother, who is in her 80s, took her four grown children on a trip to visit our family’s homeland, Klövsjö, Sweden. From the stories they told, it was a once in a lifetime experience … Continue reading
Prenatal Letters, 11 weeks, 1 day
October 27th, 2012
We saw you for the first time last week. You are a tiny little peanut flipping and turning inside my belly. At our first appointment with the midwives, they did an ultrasound to get a better idea of how far along you are. Turns out your almost a week older than we thought! They moved your due date up to May 17th, two day after my 32nd birthday.
We weren’t expecting to have an ultrasound, I was hoping they could Doppler your tiny quick heartbeat at the most. So, when you popped up on that screen, I couldn’t help but cry with joy. Your Dad just smiled and smiled. Neither of us could tear our eyes from the screen. You were so active, the midwives could barley measure you! Just over 3 cm, and growing quickly. You looked so perfect, I could hardly imagine something so perfect.
I’ve been feeling pretty good these day, just extra tired with a few waves of nausea. Sounds like things will really start to even out in the next few weeks. It’s hard to believe we’re almost through the first trimester. I told your Great Grandmother Gove and Great Grandmother Olberg about you. They are both thrilled! I can’t wait for you to meet your Great Grandmothers, they are amazing, inspiring women.
By the next letter, I bet pretty much everyone will know you are coming. It will feel good to have it totally out in the open. It’s been hard keeping you a secret!
It’s amazing to read these letters now, and realize how little we knew about that little baby when I wrote them. We knew so little about all of this. The entire time I was pregnant I couldn’t really picture the actual baby. It was like she was always just something I imagined up, even when she was kicking me in the bladder all night-shift long. I wonder if that changes the second time around. Since you know what having a baby is like, are you better able to visualize the reality of the baby?
Linde, 3 Month Letter
Dear Linde, You are now 3 months old. Congratulations to us, we’ve made it through the 4th trimester. I guess you are officially ready to start your life out in the world. We’ve seen some major changes this month. Truthfully, … Continue reading
Easy to Make, Super Awesome Baby Pants
I first made a pair of these pants before I was even pregnant with Linde. I’ve since made many more. I frequently adjust the measurements, and now have little miss outfitted through 12 months! There really is a lack of … Continue reading
Holy Crap My Baby Slept Through the Night
So, long before this baby arrived, I read Bringing Up Bebe. A charming book written by an American woman who is raising her babies in France. Being a bit of a Europhile (ha, a bit), I really glommed onto this … Continue reading
A couple weeks ago my sister Sara, and her fiance Mike, came to town from Chicago with the purpose of spending some time at my family’s cabin. Through some miraculous coordination, we worked it out so the whole family could … Continue reading