The addition of a baby into anyone's family is a precious moment and there are few things in life that are more blessed and remarkable. Especially when it's your first child. For weeks and weeks and weeks, I've patiently waited to share lovely news. Baby news. News which made my heart dance and a tear trickle down my cheek. The truth of the matter is that I hate keeping secrets, especially such wonderful ones, and I'm surprised I never spontaneously combust. But the time wasn't right and so I waited. Until now. Today I can share this with the world, and I intend to do just that.
Now, now friends, don't you dare let those minds wonder and come to inaccurate conclusions, although you all know that I'd absolutely love to be, I'm not pregnant. One of my very best friends, however, is! The hubby and I couldn't be happier and more ecstatic that two of our closest friends in England, Toni and Carl ( you'll remember from other posts they're often affectionately referred to as, 'The Rooney's') are expecting their very first baby on the 27th of February! Finally the time has come for them to celebrate the first addition to their sweet little family! And It makes me teary eyed to think that they'll no longer just husband and wife, but within 6 months Toni and Carl will be Mummy and Daddy. They'll officially be parents. And fantastic parents at that.
You'll be happy to know that little Baby Rooney is perfectly healthy, happy as a clam in Mummy's belly, growing big and strong and craving minestrone soup like it's going out of style (yes Toe, when you dream about minestrone soup and even go out of your way to buy cookbooks full of soup recipes that IS what they call a craving. Haha!)
When Toni called me a couple of days after her pregnancy test revealed two wonderful little lines, I remember standing in my bedroom with tear filled eyes screaming 'OH MY GOD! I'm so happy for you!!' over and over down the phone. Toni is the closest of all of my friends to get pregnant, and I'm so genuinely happy for her that it still gives me butterflies. But at the same time it makes me so unbelievably sad that Carl and I will be flying back across the pond in a couple of weeks, and, among many other things, it makes me cry to know that I'll not get to be there for Toni throughout her pregnancy. I'll never get to put my hand on her giant baby bump, or spoil her with homemade yum yums during her third trimester, or be at her baby shower, or even visit her and sweet Baby Rooney in the hospital. Yet again that damn Atlantic Ocean will cause sadness and heartbreak, but, yet again, I refuse to let it defeat us. We're all strong, and the internet is a beautiful thing. Genuine friendships are a beautiful thing. And I know that regardless of the distance, Toni and I will text all the time, enjoy Skype dates, share happiness in reading/writing Baby Rooney posts, and give each other the tightest of hugs when she and her little family land in Vermont next year and take their place as precious friends in our wedding. (I can't wait to love on that little baby and spoil them rotten!) But until then, I'm beyond excited to share in her happiness and talk nursery rocking chairs, baby names and maternity pillows. Oh yeah, and buy their little peanut the best outfit EVER! I know I have an unhealthy obsession with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I'm not sorry! I couldn't resist, I just HAD to buy this. I made Toni promise she reads them this book and I can't wait to post a picture of them in it when they're a couple of months old :)
From the beginning Toni and I discussed the idea of writing about her pregnancy here on my blog. We both agreed that it would be kind of like a wonderful little scrapbook for friends and family to read (and something that will always be there for her and Carl to refer back to). Selfishly, I also know that it'll make me feel closer to her, Carl and their little peanut once we move back home. Regardless of the distance I still want to be a good friend to Toni, and be the most supportive that I can. Of course there will be things that are left private and will never make an appearance on the blog, I believe there are just certain things that don't need to be public, but I look SO forward to sharing Toni's adorable belly-bump pictures, scans, cravings and funny stories throughout her pregnancy. I also hope that some of you other mommies will share any advice or wisdom you can think of!
And so right now, today, with this very post, we start the Baby Rooney Scrapbook. Friends and family, I give you Toni's 12 week baby bump :)
Continue to grow big and strong, Baby Rooney! I'll even bargain with you and promise to bring Mummy soup if you leave her bladder alone long enough to let her get a bit more sleep at night. Oh, and how about we lay off that whole sickness-at-4-in-the-morning-which-means-Mummy-sits-on-the-couch-eating-biscuits-for-an-hour-stuff! Capiche? xoxo