A Full Belly & A Happy Heart

 Dear Caroline,

You
forever changed our lives in the most incredible way possible on
September 1, 2013. I can clearly remember the shock, excitement, fear
and overwhelming joy your daddy and I experienced all in a matter of
seconds as we read the word “pregnant” in that test strip window (and
the 5 that followed). You are truly an answer to prayer. We were excited
about our plans to grow our family but still can’t believe how
incredibly blessed we were to get pregnant so quickly, and for that we
are forever grateful to God.



The weeks during our first
trimester were some of the happiest and most anxious moments of my life.
I grew closer to the Lord than ever before, constantly praying and
trusting that you would be healthy and grow just the way you were
supposed to in my belly. Our prayers were answered again when we learned
at 12 weeks pregnant that you were strong and perfect in every way.
Sharing the news with our friends and family was so exciting and
everyone fell madly in love with you right away.

On November 28
both sides of our family came together to find out that you, our “baby
M,” were going to be our little girl (a complete shock to me as I was
almost certain you would be a boy) and your Grandma’s revealed your
name, Caroline Grace, in honor of your Grandma who loves you from
heaven. It was the most emotional and best day of my life and I still
cry when I reminisce those moments. Seeing that pink cake frosting
literally took my breath away and for the first time in my life I
understood the type of love that God has for His children because that
is the exact love I’ve had for you since that moment.

These past
few months we have been showered with so much love, support, prayer and
gifts in anticipation for your arrival! We can’t wait for you to meet
all of the wonderful people who already love you and have been praying
for you. In addition to the celebrations, we’ve prepared the perfect
little nursery for you, attended tons of doctor’s appointments, nested
and read countless books on what to expect once you arrive.

You consume
our thoughts and conversations. Your daddy and I constantly ask each
other questions about you. Will you have my red hair? Will you have your
daddy’s eyes? Will you shock us all and grow tall? Will you come early?
Will you have a sharp spiritual vision? Will you love school, or
sports, or girly things? Will you be an extravert? We have so many
surprises to look forward to.


I didn’t think I could love your daddy any more than I already do, but through this amazing journey my love for him has grown even deeper. He is such an amazing man and sometimes my heart feels like it could just burst with gratefulness to the Lord for blessing me with so much more than I deserve. I pray every day that you marry someone just like him. He loves you so much and you already have him wrapped around your little finger. Every day he rubs my belly, tells you how much he loves you and cuddles with us at night. I cannot wait to watch your daddy-daughter bond continue to grow on the other side of my belly. From golf lessons to math tutoring, he is going to teach you so many things.

  
Even though we have to wait a few more weeks until you are in our arms, I am going to continue to cherish this special time with you. I promise to do my best at being a mommy and though I know I will fail at times, I can promise you that I will forever love you with all of my heart. We are in for a lifetime full of happiness together, my darling. My heart is just as full as my belly and I am so thankful and humbled by this journey we have only just begun together. Thank you for making me a mommy. I love you.

Love,
Mommy

 

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  1. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    April 7, 2014 / 11:45 am

    Oh my gosh this is the sweetest post ever! You look so beautiful in those photos! Baby Caroline is a lucky girl!

  2. JP Lord
    April 7, 2014 / 12:02 pm

    These photos are absolutely stunning! You are glowing and gorgeous! And how sweet is this post in general? So sweet. xoxhttp://moderndaymomblog.blogspot.com/

  3. Caitlin
    April 7, 2014 / 12:09 pm

    These photos are beyond amazing! You are absolutely glowing!!! The light toned dresses are absolutely perfect as well as your location. And, I definitely have eyelash envy. Such a sweet letter! Can't wait for Ms. Caroline!

  4. Erica Ogden
    April 7, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    So sweet and beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your heart. From one mommy to a soon to be mommy – read those books to sweet Caroline as soon she she is born. Watching a child's love for books grow is a wonderful experience!

  5. April of A. Liz Adventures
    April 7, 2014 / 12:13 pm

    I mean … I have no words. The BEAUTY of this post is just amazing. Beautiful photos. Beautiful words. Beautiful love captured on film. A beautiful couple. And that beautiful belly which holds your sweet pea of a daughter. So lovely, Christina! (and that pink dress, wowza, it is awesome!)

  6. Amanda {Kids and Cabernet}
    April 7, 2014 / 12:22 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Such a magical time. Sweet Caroline will sure be loved xo

  7. BLovedBoston
    April 7, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    What a beautiful letter to your daughter!! You look absolutely beautiful in all your photos and the love between you and husband is so evident!!

  8. Peach State of Mind
    April 7, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    Almost in tears over here! Such a beautiful note for your little one. Your pictures portray your letter perfectly and beautifully! I can't wait to watch your family grow. 🙂

  9. Jessica @ Better Together and Forever
    April 7, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    These photos are gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing your photos with us! 🙂

  10. Meg
    April 7, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    Oh Christina my tears are running away from me! Absolutely beautiful. Baby Caroline is such a lucky little girl. The maternity photos are stunning, almost as beautiful as your words xx

  11. Melissa C.
    April 7, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Amazing. Simply amazing. I never thought I would shed a tear looking at someone's sweet baby-to-be photos! You and your hubs are going to make wonderful parents to sweet little Caroline! LOVE THESE! Thanks for sharing, dear! 🙂

  12. Meghan
    April 7, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    What a beautiful post and these pictures are all amazing!

  13. Sarah Walters
    April 7, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    These photos along with your words are absolutely beautiful. Tears couldn't help but fill my eyes as I was ready your sweet words to your baby girl! How loved Caroline is already! Wishing you the best in these last few weeks before precious Caroline arrives!

    • Sarah Walters
      April 7, 2014 / 12:59 pm

      Reading**

  14. Maureen SIM
    April 7, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    This post is just as beautiful as you and your little family. I can't wait to see Caroline when she gets here!

  15. Jillian Manesh
    April 7, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    you look GORGEOUS! i love these sun-soaked photos!! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  16. Colleen @ TwoDelighted
    April 7, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    So lovely!

  17. Channing Childers
    April 7, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    I'm crying at my desk. Sweet Caroline is so loved!

  18. Jo
    April 7, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    Oh these are beautiful! We're taking ours next week, fingers crossed ours turn out as well as yours! So sweet!

  19. Kate
    April 7, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    This post brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful letter and your maternity pictures are GORGEOUS. You look absolutely beautiful!

  20. Zelle B.
    April 7, 2014 / 1:40 pm

    You are such a stunning family! And the letter to sweet Caroline is precious. I know she will treasure this and all of the sweet moments that you have shared here. Absolutely gorgeous, Christina!

  21. melissa
    April 7, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    These pictures are stunning! So beautiful. I love the simplicity of the backgrounds – it really shows just what a gorgeous, glowing mama you are and what happy, in love parents Caroline has. I'm not typically a huge fan of maternity photos (they can be so cheesy) but these are so well done and beautiful. I am sure you'll always treasure them.

  22. Bliss and Blunders of a Newlywed
    April 7, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    This is BEAUTIFUL!! IT made me cry! Such a sweet and special thing! Oh oh wonderful it will be when Caroline can read this someday. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Jessica
    April 7, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    So, so sweet! Thank you for sharing this, Christina! The photos are beautiful!:)

  24. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    April 7, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    oh my gosh! this is perfection! every single photo is amazing! this is one post you'll be going back to look at time and time again! xoxoxo

  25. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    April 7, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    Oh my goodness! So sweet & precious!! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!! You are going to make the most amazing mommy!!

  26. Kate
    April 7, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    Such a beautiful post!! Love the pictures too…you look stunning! And a sweet post for Caroline to read down the road 🙂 xoxo

  27. Amanda
    April 7, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    What a beautiful, sincere post. I'm teary eyed as I sit here at my desk. The pictures couldn't be more perfect!

  28. Paige @ Reasons to Come Home
    April 7, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous…post and pictures.

  29. Ashley (Sweet Carolina Belle)
    April 7, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    Such a sweet note to your little girl. Thanks so much for sharing this and your photos with us. You have inspired me to get closer to the Lord knowing that one day I will need His strength when we have our first child.

  30. Kate
    April 7, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful.

  31. Cayte Brown
    April 7, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    This was so sweet. Your family is so blessed and I cannot begin to explain how beautiful those pictures are! Congratulations and cannot wait for your sweet little one to get here!

  32. meagan @ beautiful things
    April 7, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    OMG this is so beautiful! Love these pictures and the sweetness that is overflowing from this post!

  33. Molly
    April 7, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    Such an honest and beautifully sweet post. Caroline is SO loved!

  34. This Gingers Journey
    April 7, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    ADORABLE!!! So honest and beautiful 🙂

  35. Elise @ Cheers Yall
    April 7, 2014 / 3:50 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Tears in my eyes reading your sweet, timeless words. And on a lighter note, little mama, you're looking hot in those dresses. Awesome outfit choices, girl. ;)xx

  36. Katie MacDonald
    April 7, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    what a beautiful letter. So much love and faith! Your daughter is truly blessed and will live a beautiful life with the two of you as her guide. xoxo

  37. Kelly Elizabeth
    April 7, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    These pictures are absolutely stunning. I know you will look back on these with Carolina in the upcoming years and cherish them always! So happy for your growing family! 🙂 You look BEAUTIFUL!

  38. Ashley
    April 7, 2014 / 3:59 pm

    yeah… I'm in tears

  39. Cherish
    April 7, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    All of the pictures are so sweet and beautiful! And of course you look absolutely stunning! You and Matt are going to be amazing parents. : )

  40. Hannah
    April 7, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    you are beautiful! You are going to be the perfect parents to your sweet little girl! She will be so loved and blessed by you. I'm sure you are so anxious to meet her! Not too much longer now! 🙂

  41. Pamela
    April 7, 2014 / 4:27 pm

    Awww this is SO SWEET!!!!! Gorgeous pictures!

  42. Mr. and Mrs. G!
    April 7, 2014 / 4:39 pm

    Gorgeous photos and beautiful words.Blessings to the three of you.

  43. PrettyLuckyMama
    April 7, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    These pictures are pure perfection !!!

  44. Bailley
    April 7, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    This is such a sweet and special post! Love all of your pictures, gorgeous!

  45. Hope @ Hope in a Blog
    April 7, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    You are stunning. Your words are full of grace and beauty…what a special mommy you will be to your precious baby girl! So happy for your sweet little family! Xx.

  46. Jamie Smith
    April 7, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    What an incredibly sweet post for your baby girl. A true treasure (and tear-getter)!

  47. Eloquently Emily
    April 7, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    These pictures could not be more stunning! What a special post for you sweet little girl!

  48. Melissa
    April 7, 2014 / 5:27 pm

    Your words and the pictures are just beautiful!

  49. Megan Proctor
    April 7, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    very touching! Thank you for sharing those sweet words to baby Caroline with us!

  50. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    April 7, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    Annnnd I just cried- you are so beautiful and these pictures are fabulous! *wipes tear* xoxo

  51. Paige Viollt
    April 7, 2014 / 6:01 pm

    What a sweet post and something Caroline will be able to look back on and treasure when she is older! You look absolutely beautiful in these pictures too! Thanks for sharing with us!Paigetomatoesforcucumbers.com

  52. Amanda
    April 7, 2014 / 6:28 pm

    Such a sweet sweet post!!! Can't wait to hear about your adventures in mommy hood! You're going to be spectacular!!-XoPlumtickledpink.blogspot.com

  53. jamiesmith23
    April 7, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    Well I don't know how anyone could read that without sweet little tears – especially a fellow pregnant mommy! Absolutely beautiful – those will be pictures you treasure forever capturing this special time in your life. I know you are anxiously awaiting sweet baby girl's arrival!!

  54. Amanda
    April 7, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    This is the sweetest post!

  55. Brooke Carson
    April 7, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    The pictures are beautiful, but the letter is truly what makes this post so sweet and special!

  56. Brandi
    April 7, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  57. Lisa Loves John
    April 7, 2014 / 7:33 pm

    Christina, this is the most beautiful letter… that baby is so blessed to have you and your hubby as parents. So excited for you <3

  58. Natasha
    April 7, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    my word my friend…you are stunning in each one of these shots and i am just giddy with excitement for you and hubs!!! yall are blessed and are going to be wonderful, loving, caring parents!! OXOX

  59. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    April 7, 2014 / 8:14 pm

    These are STUNNING. And your words…!

  60. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    April 7, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    This is beautiful. How lucky your little one so clearly already is. Alright and that pink dress…where?!

  61. Mindy
    April 7, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    This is so sweet, it made me cry! Your maternity pictures are gorgeous!

  62. Kelsey Jaderston
    April 7, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Wow, tears!! These photos are stunning and your words were beautiful. Baby Caroline is already so loved. I'm so excited for you guys and I love following along with your journey. Yay!

  63. Paige
    April 7, 2014 / 11:16 pm

    Those pictures are beautiful. Love your pink dress!

  64. Crystal
    April 7, 2014 / 11:49 pm

    Great pics! Just wait until you see your hubby holding that tiny girl. You think you love him now, just wait! Sweet post!

  65. Tiffany
    April 8, 2014 / 12:39 am

    You look amazing!

  66. Julie @ Just the Joy's
    April 8, 2014 / 12:45 am

    Oh. My. Gooooosh! Yall are so perfect! Seriously, something out of a magazine! I love every single picture! What a precious little bundle of joy you will soon have! Love the story about her name too! So so so sweet!

  67. Stasia
    April 8, 2014 / 12:57 am

    A little over a year ago our little girl was born and I can totally relate to all the questions and conversations as you anxiously await the arrival. One of the things that I was most excited about was getting to know her personality… what would she BE like??? A year later, her personality comes out a little more each day and it is amazing to see! So excited for y'all! 🙂

  68. Becky {This Is Happiness}
    April 8, 2014 / 11:30 am

    Just Gorgeous! Such an exciting time 🙂

  69. Kels Alexandra
    April 8, 2014 / 12:01 pm

    This is a beautiful post! I'm so excited for you and your family. One day she will read this and see these photos and realize how much she was loved before you even met her! <3

  70. runtspickins
    April 8, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    Beautiful pictures and beautiful writing. Congratulations and best of luck to you during your labor, delivery and recovery. I delivered my little guy in January and I cannot believe he is three months old today. He is such a blessing to us! Runtruntspickins@yahoo.comwww.runtspickins.wordpress.com(If responding, please email or comment a blog post of mine.)

  71. Ericka
    April 8, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    These photos are beautiful! And such sweet words to your family. So happy for all three of you 🙂

  72. Brianne Bracco
    April 8, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    These photos are absolutely stunning!!! The lilac color compliments you so well 🙂

  73. Megan
    April 8, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!!

  74. Kristal {The Strong Family}
    April 9, 2014 / 11:56 am

    You are gorgeous!!!! I just love your maternity pics!! Such sweet, sweet moments together!

  75. Courtney Johnson
    April 9, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    This is just so sweet! I'm in love with all these pictures, THAT MAXI, and this whole post!!!!! 🙂

  76. Classic Collins
    April 9, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    You are going to be THE BEST Mom! 🙂

  77. alyssa triviski
    April 9, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    This is so sweet and you look gorgeous! Just wait until you hold her in your arms – I have never realized how much I could love someone until I had both of my girls. I now understand the term "love so much it hurts". You will be an amazing mama!!!!loveandlifesimplified.blogspot.com

  78. beth cleary
    April 9, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    you are adorable!!!

  79. Alyssa Walter
    April 11, 2014 / 1:21 am

    Oh my goodness. These pictures are absolutely PERFECT!! You look beautiful pregnant! xoxo

  80. Amy DeVito
    April 12, 2014 / 4:52 pm

    This was absolutely beautiful. I had tears in my eyes the whole way through. What a beautiful keepsake for your daughter as she grows up.

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