three.

I have written a lot of thank-you notes lately, and, in many of them, there was some variation on the idea that we appreciate people’s help as we become a family of three. To some people, “family” implies the presence of children, but I believe that Mike and I were a family already. Over the past ten years, we have forged traditions and created an identity for ourselves, and over the past year specifically, we have made a space for someone else to move in with us. It took me longer than it took Mike to be ready, despite the fact that I literally had that someone else move in to my body. At first I was too scared at how much things were going to change, and then I was so sick, and then I felt so big. I distracted myself by organizing his room and making and buying things, but I was still unsure and overwhelmed. It was only right at the end, when I took the step of writing all those letters, that I started to be able to welcome this change like I imagine most people do right from the start. Or at least much earlier. And all of you, my friends and family and internet friends, were part of that. So I owe you a thank-you note, too, for walking with me as we have taken these halting steps towards becoming a family of three. Especially the ways that you encouraged me as I wrote those letters, letters that I did not even know that I needed to write until the project was over.

But you are probably not going to get a thank-you note any time soon. It is with great pleasure that I announce that Atticus made his arrival this afternoon, on the very fun date of 1/1/11. The three of us are extremely tired after such a long day, but we are doing well.

Atticus

I will be back at some point with good things for December and my 2010 book list . . . it’s just going to take me some time.

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23 Comments

  1. Judy

    Atticus is beautiful, and his birthday (1.1.11) is like the picket fences surrounding little front yards in Maycomb. May you three feel surrounded in the same way by the love of family, friends, internet lurkers and your God. We will patiently await further news, knowing that Atticus had a safe journey and arrival.

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  2. Congratulations! What a cool birthdate!

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  3. My whole family is excited for you! Welcome, Atticus!

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  4. oh. I’m so glad I checked in here tonight…I thought just maybe you will have posted a little something. I love this picture of Atticus – not that I’ve seen many others to compare it to.

    Welcome to the neighborhood, little one.

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  5. Congrats on your new threesome! Welcome to a wonderfully exhausting life! πŸ™‚

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  6. πŸ˜€

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  7. Susan

    I cannot get over what a beautiful baby he is. Seriously. And you know I wouldn’t lie to you about that. πŸ™‚

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  8. So, so happy for you. He is adorable! And that is the coolest birthdate ever. πŸ™‚

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  9. delurking to say congratulations!! you are definitely not the only one who has had a hard time embracing becoming a parent and the changes that come with it. i was nervous and scared right up until my daughter was born. i’m amazed at how the first time i saw her everything i felt changed.

    you are going to be a great mom and atticus is so lucky. what a great birthday!

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  10. Shelley

    I just had to tell you congratulations! I have read your blog for years and really enjoy your writing. I especially loved your letters to Atticus. He is a beautiful baby. Best wishes for you all.

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  11. Jennifer

    What a wonderful way to start the new year. Congratulations!

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  12. oh sweet friends, the joy in my heart for you is too huge to be able to put into words. what a beautiful, healthy, little boy! you were already a family, but this addition is one that will have your hearts forever thankful that now you are a family of three. so grateful for each of you, and that you chose to take the step of faith to welcome another into your beautiful lives. what wonderful parents you already are. and yes, of course i’m teary eyed. πŸ˜‰ it’s become my theme of my comments on your blog, apparently. love you all!

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  13. Congratulations, y’all!

    Welcome to the world, Atticus. Praying you will experience it’s joys but always long for something better.

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  14. I am so excited!!! i’ve been wondering about you and him and so glad he has an amazing cool birth date!

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  15. Tammy Fox

    Congratulations to you and Mike. So happy for you and your expanded family.

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  16. Rachel

    Congratulations to you and Mike on the birth of your precious baby boy. And a warm welcome to Atticus…he is a blessed little boy with two wonderful parents. (and a really cool birthdate)

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  17. Rebecca

    Congratulations and many blessings to you all.

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  18. He is just beautiful! Congratulations. I owe my lurking to him, as it has been through those recent letters I discovered my new favoritest blog.

    So excited for y’all, and I can’t wait to continue to read what happens next.

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  19. So exciting! Congratulations to your family, and may the next few days be filled with lots of joy (and maybe, just maybe, lots of sleep! :)).

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  20. Congratulations!! I had been wondering how you were doing the past few days and I am happy to hear everyone is doing well!!

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  21. Jayne Johnson

    I just came home from the funeral of a friend – one just my age-who died way too early and left so many children and grandchildren wanting more. I was checking to see if your bundle had arrived and what great news! Maybe he passed by my friend Susan last week as they each left one world to meet another. She had 5 boys of her own, she would have sent him off with a laugh.

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  22. susan

    Kari&Mike&Atticus- Happy New Year! All good wishes&blessings to you all! I am a lurker introduced to you via Emily referencing your letters to Atticus. Your honesty&truth&faith are joyful,and I am sooo glad you listened to your body&rested, waiting for Atticus’s arrival. He is absolutely one of the most beautiful newborns I’ve ever seen! And I have seen a few and am very prejudiced between the nephews&slew of great-neph’s,including my “monkeys”,my blessing-twins. Dear handsome Atticus, welcome to the world, you chose some nifty parents! Joy & Love & SLEEP to you all…-s-

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  23. Sigh. So I clean out my Reader the DAY you have the little guy I’ve been watching for, not meaning to clean you out too, but there it is. Congratulations – I am so totally happy for you!

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