What My Parents Need to Know

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13 NIV)
Hey guys. I'm Baby Huneycutt.

Mommy and Daddy are excited about finally meeting me in February, but I don't know what the big deal is. Haven't they seen a baby before? Don't we all look alike?

Besides, I see my daddy's face all the time, scrunched up and goofy-eyed when he leans down to whisper "I love you." He pats my head or sometimes tickles my feet. My mommy constantly rubs my body. I can't see her, but I know her. I'm part of her, for always.
Mommy's friend, Trish, asked friends to share their advice for my arrival. I figured who better to offer advice than me, the kid? Here goes...

To my Mommy and Daddy... 
Things are gonna get a bit noisy. I can't talk yet, at least, not in a way you understand. The only way to get your attention is to cry...for now. As I get older, I'll employ a multitude of weapons to accomplish that. Don't let the noise bother you. It will only last for a couple decades.
Things are gonna get messy. Don't buy many new or expensive clothes my first few years. Enough said about that.  



We'll all be learning parenthood together. Don't beat yourself up over your mistakes. I won't hold them against you. Stock up on a huge supply of grace, forgiveness, and hugs. I'll never outgrow them.

Stand united with each other. Otherwise, I'll play Mommy against Daddy, and that game really isn't what it's cracked up to be.
 
Until I can do things for myself, I'll need lots of your time. Delete the word "me" from your vocabulary. It's all about "us" now.

Speaking of us, I love feeling your arms slip around Mommy's waist, Daddy. You tickle Mommy's neck with your lips, and her whole body sighs in satisfaction. That helps me relax and feel secure in your love. I'll let you in on a little secret, Daddy. After a few sleepless nights and long days at the library, Mommy might need you to wrap her in your arms, whisper "I love you" in her ear, and ask what you can do to help her. That's a perfect way to keep your romance burning.



But most important, God created me in His image and entrusted me to you, my sweet parents. He designed parents to love Him above all, and then each other. Keep your eyes and heart focused on Him, and everything else will fall into place. 

I love you, Mommy and Daddy! It won't be long until February!

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

What My Parents Need to Know

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13 NIV)
Hey guys. I'm Baby Huneycutt.

Mommy and Daddy are excited about finally meeting me in February, but I don't know what the big deal is. Haven't they seen a baby before? Don't we all look alike?

Besides, I see my daddy's face all the time, scrunched up and goofy-eyed when he leans down to whisper "I love you." He pats my head or sometimes tickles my feet. My mommy constantly rubs my body. I can't see her, but I know her. I'm part of her, for always.
Mommy's friend, Trish, asked friends to share their advice for my arrival. I figured who better to offer advice than me, the kid? Here goes...

To my Mommy and Daddy... 
Things are gonna get a bit noisy. I can't talk yet, at least, not in a way you understand. The only way to get your attention is to cry...for now. As I get older, I'll employ a multitude of weapons to accomplish that. Don't let the noise bother you. It will only last for a couple decades.
Things are gonna get messy. Don't buy many new or expensive clothes my first few years. Enough said about that.  



We'll all be learning parenthood together. Don't beat yourself up over your mistakes. I won't hold them against you. Stock up on a huge supply of grace, forgiveness, and hugs. I'll never outgrow them.

Stand united with each other. Otherwise, I'll play Mommy against Daddy, and that game really isn't what it's cracked up to be.
 
Until I can do things for myself, I'll need lots of your time. Delete the word "me" from your vocabulary. It's all about "us" now.

Speaking of us, I love feeling your arms slip around Mommy's waist, Daddy. You tickle Mommy's neck with your lips, and her whole body sighs in satisfaction. That helps me relax and feel secure in your love. I'll let you in on a little secret, Daddy. After a few sleepless nights and long days at the library, Mommy might need you to wrap her in your arms, whisper "I love you" in her ear, and ask what you can do to help her. That's a perfect way to keep your romance burning.



But most important, God created me in His image and entrusted me to you, my sweet parents. He designed parents to love Him above all, and then each other. Keep your eyes and heart focused on Him, and everything else will fall into place. 

I love you, Mommy and Daddy! It won't be long until February!

Has Baby Huneycutt covered everything? 
Any advice you'd like to add?

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6 Comments:

At September 8, 2012 at 8:50 AM , Blogger p.m.terrell said...

I'm still laughing at Baby Huneycutt's advice! And it's all so true! The only thing I might add is Baby Huneycutt will grow up fast. One minute you'll be cooing over a baby in a blanket and the next thing you know, you're at the high school graduation ceremony... and then college... and then at the wedding... and then cooing over a new little baby who will call you Gran'ma! Live every moment to the fullest because it will go by in a blink of an eye!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM , Anonymous Dixie Land said...

I agree, Enjoy every moment! You're about to embark on the joy of a lifetime!!! Congratulations, Katy and James. Looking forward to seeing you at Book 'Em 2013

 
At September 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM , Blogger Katie Huneycutt said...

What great advice! Who knew Baby Huneycutt would be such a good writer ;) I should have known better than to read this without a box of tissues... I can't wait for Baby Huneycutt to arrive, noises and messes and all! And I couldn't have dreamed up a better partner than James. He has been so supportive and it makes this time so special. And yes, I know to cherish the baby years... I can't believe how fast February is approaching! Dora, thank you so much for this heartfelt advice!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 6:05 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

You're welcome, Katie. Wishing you and James a joyful journey with precious memories!

 
At September 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM , Anonymous Patty Froese said...

The only advice I would give is for Mommy to go with her instincts. She'll know better than anyone what her baby needs. Congratulations!!

 
At September 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM , Blogger Diane Chase said...

Baby Huneycutt should be published! What great advice!

 

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