Many of you will remember from this post that two of mine and Carl's best friends are having their first baby.
His expected due date was February 27th, but I am over the moon to announce that little Alfie Arthur (named after Carl's granddad and father) was born on Monday night, February 25th, in Ormskirk England weighing 7lbs 13.5 oz. The spitting image of his beautiful Mummy, he is perfect, healthy and doing fabulously well.
Toni and Alfie have spent the past two days in the hospital, but today, for the very first time ever, the Rooney family arrived home!
Words cannot express how truly happy I am for our friends. I still remember this time last year. Toni and I were sitting in mine and Carl's apartment sipping homemade strawberry daiquiris, daydreaming about the future and nonchalantly discussing our favorite baby names while the boys played Fifa on the xbox.
Oh what a difference a year can make.
No longer just two. No longer just Carl and Toni or Husband and Wife - as of Monday evening our friends officially adopted two brand new titles.
Toni and Carl are now Mummy and Daddy.
It brings crocodile size tears to my eyes as I sit here looking at these beautiful pictures of their brand new baby boy. Their brand new gorgeous little family. Tears of pure joy and happiness, but also tears of sadness. I hate so much that my Carl and I are so far away. I hate so much that we're no longer just a short train ride from each other - long gone are the days of last minute date nights. Little Alfie and his parents are now halfway across the world and it breaks my heart to know that from now on we'll miss out on each other's special moments. Moments like these. And no matter how much I wish I could love on that little boy, my cuddles will just have to wait.
That goddamn Altantic Ocean.
But everyone knows it's not healthy to dwell on the what if's or I wish-es - that's something only melancholy Eeyore would do. So I'll wipe away these sad little tears and smile from ear to ear as my heart grows 3 sizes too big knowing that soon enough a plane will carry our friends over to visit. And when the day comes to welcome the Rooney's I'll jump and I'll scream and I'll love on that little boy every minute of every day. So in the meantime I'll continue to send boxes of goodies and thank my lucky stars - once again - for the blessing that is technology. Through pictures, Whatsapp messages and muffled Google Chat videos I look forward to not only watching little Alfie grow, but our sweet friends transform into amazing parents.
Toni and Carl,
We love you so very much. Congratulations on the birth of your handsome baby boy.
Here's to your next chapter - your new beginning. It's going to be the best one yet.