Before long, the world will know.
Until then, we all wonder...
"Will dimples like hers dent each cheek of his, framing his first smile and each one thereafter?"
"Maybe his eyes will be the color of the caribbean ocean, just like his daddy's."
Lindsay's thoughts are consumed with intense curiosities and worries as she rounds the last curve of her maternity.
"Did I register for the best-rated sippy cups, toddler-tested for spill proof?"
"Am I prepared for my labor & delivery?"
"Was that a contraction?!"
Patiently, Lindsay describes (in her friendly Oklahoma drawl) passing the time waiting for Sawyer's arrival by picking squash and tomatoes from their backyard garden, mastering the maneuver around her belly to pull the sparse weeds between the rows of tomorrow's dinner.
By now in her pregnancy, she's learned to accept with a smile every tip, trick, and two-cents from friends and strangers alike who either have a baby, know a baby, or whose sisters' cousin's best friend just had a baby and deem it necessary to offer their own personal insight. Smiling and nodding, the sometimes unsolicited guidance is either stored for safekeeping or left to forget, because if there's one thing she's learned in preparation for Sawyer, is that there's roughly 973 million ways to raise their child, with none being more right than the other.
"It's imperative you pack your hospital bag, like, yesterday!"
"You must sleep when your baby sleeps!"
"Be sure to examine every poopy diaper like you're a guest star playing the lead investigator on CSI Miami!"
Some days, if not for his kicks and flips, you could almost forget you're carrying a real, live human inside of you. He's growing, developing, and taking your traits, all from your growing bump.
At times, it doesn't feel real. You easily confuse exhilaration with being terrified, often unsure of how you should feel, until euphoria hits: You're going to be a Mommy!
Soon, your wailing, big (I've seen his sonograms - he's going to be a big'n!) baby boy will be in your arms.
I didn't have to ask Lindsay and Tyler if they are ready for their role.
It's obvious that these two? Are so eager to raise their little cowboy.
So saddle up, relish the ride, and remember: life's a dance, and stumbling is allowed!