by Karla ° Thursday, December 21, 2006
Omigod, somebody pinch me. I must be dreaming because it hardly feels real that I am going to have a baby tomorrow.

Nate’s about to enter this world and I am firmly convinced that his arrival will forever change the way I see Christmas.

As a little kid, Christmas was all about the gifts because I didn’t understand the meaning of anything deeper than stuffing the limbs of my Popple into it’s built in body bag or whether or not my brother’s plastic Heman had a crush on my Shera the Princess of Power doll. The magic of Santa was also pretty fascinating because really, what could be more majestic to a small child than a jolly old man navigating the earth’s skies bringing gifts to all of the good little boys and girls around the world, particularly, me.

As I grew older, the joy of Christmas became more about the wholesome innocence of children and their belief in magic, mixed with the fuzzy warmth of the holiday spirit spreading its vapors of love, giving and sharing like a gentle mist in the holiday air.

This is our second Christmas without Ava and knowing she was not with us last year tainted that feeling of wholesome innocence and giddy warmth that was once so easy to believe in during the holiday season. This Christmas however, I am filled with a newfound sense hope and happiness. This year, joy and happiness will once again find its way into my heart and I will finally be bringing home the long awaited gift of life that I have been yearning for.

I can think no gift more precious or grand.

Thank you to everyone who has offered support, kind words and prayers as I journeyed through these long nine months of pregnancy. I can’t even begin to find words appropriate enough to express how helpful you have been, and thank you hardly sounds like enough, but know that I truly am grateful for so many well wishes and words of encouragement.

Wishing everyone warm blessings and a Merry Christmas.

My heart is bursting with excitement and I am so ready to believe in innocence and magic once again.


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This post makes me leave tears on my keyboard once again for you! This time they are tears of HAPPINESS for you and yours! You are in my prayers now and always! ANXIOUSLY awaiting the news of Nates GRAND arrival! What a belssed event ! MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and Mark!
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 21, 2006

I'm with AC on this one...

He's coming, Karla....and it's going to be the MOST MAGICAL and INNOCENT thing that you'll ever experience....

We all feel it and we all know it...and we're all waiting to hear about it.

Godspeed Nate.


We are bursting with excitement for you.

Oh, just one more sleep!!!!!

Love and hugs from our hearts to yours.
Posted by Blogger Cuppa :  December 21, 2006

I'm so happy for you, for Mark and for Nate who will have loving parents to raise him..

Somewhere, somehow, I'd like to imagine Ave scampering around on a cloud, clapping her hands in delight that her little brother is about to arrive. Merry, Merry Christmas to the most elegant, beautiful, graceful, kind, and loving mother I know, and her amazing husband, and their two children. (and the pets and grandparents and and and and and,,,,,,) Let the magic begin.
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 21, 2006

oh why did I have to typo Ava's name? Sigh,,,,,,and on my first ever comment as well.
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 21, 2006

My prayers are with you and Mark tomorrow. I can't wait to read about the arrival of Mr. Nate!
Posted by Blogger B :  December 21, 2006

Ha! And people thought the arrival of Brangelina's baby was greatly anticipated!

I am so thrilled for you, I can hardly believe you are going to have Nate tomorrow, either!

He will always be your little Christmas baby, and wait until he hits the age of four, where I have had the most fun of my life explaining Santa to my son this year.

So, so happy and I will be waiting for the wonderful, joyous news.
Posted by Blogger Gina :  December 21, 2006

Thats amazing Karla, I know you will be busy in the coming days but I hope somehow you can get some pictures / thoughts up for us all to read.

Merry Christmas, good luck and god bless the three of you.
Posted by Blogger NegZero :  December 21, 2006

You make me grin.


I know what you mean about "thank you" not sounding like enough! That is how I feel and I am sure alot of others feel about trying to find the right words to express our excitment and happiness for you and Mark! No words seem like enough! I am filled with so much happiness for you and am giddy with excitment that tomorrow you & Mark will finally welcome your baby boy into the world!! I wish I could reach out and hug you!! Lots of love and thoughts coming your way!!

I think we are all bursting with you in blogland!
I am so very very happy for you and your hubby. I will be thinking of you tomorrow and eagerly awaiting the news of Nates safe arrival.
Merry Christmas

I am just so excited for you for tomorrow! I can't wait to come home from work and check your blog to see if there's an announcement yet! And you're welcome for all the prayers and thoughts during your pregnancy ;-) Merry Christmas to you Karla!!
Posted by Blogger Amber :  December 21, 2006

It's official, I am a looser. I have tears rolling down my cheeks after reading your post. These tears are full of happiness for both you and Mark.

Although I do not know you personally, I have followed your journey Karla and I cannot even explain how happy I am for you this moment in time. Tomorrow will be one of the best days of your life!

I cannot wait to see this child.. I can't believe how fast these past 9 months past. Tomorrow he will be here... its so hard to believe!!!

Good luck with everything, Merry Christmas to all of you guys... Mark, Samson and the kitties and yourself. I will be praying for you tonight and waiting patiently for news tomorrow.

Posted by Blogger Melanie :  December 21, 2006

Yippie..chi..Yea.Santas on the way!! On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Vixen...

Bring on the Christmas Cheer for tomorrow a miracle will be here!!

We will be thinking and praying for you and Mark. Keep us posted.
Posted by Blogger Samantha :  December 21, 2006

Can't wait until tomorrow!!

I am going into the city tonight and will be having dinner at the restaurant we went to. Of course, I cannot remember it's name, but at least I know how to get there :)
Posted by Anonymous Ashley :  December 21, 2006

Good luck tomorrw, Karla. The Internet will be waiting for the wonderful news of Nate's arrival.

You'll be in my thoughts.

Posted by Anonymous Carly :  December 21, 2006

We will all be waiting with bated breath for news of Nate's arrival. He has had such an amazing,nurturing, and joyous nest these last nine months...what an amazing little creature I am sure he'll be. Revel in the delirious euphoria of these first few days with him. Congratulations and blessings.
Posted by Blogger AmandaD :  December 21, 2006

Wow-this week has just flown by!!

I will be excitedly waiting to read the news about little Nate's safe arrival tomorrow.

Good luck to you Karla.

Merry Christmas and God Bless. I will be saying extra prayers tomorrow for you guys!!
Posted by Blogger Deborah :  December 21, 2006

You always have a beautiful way of writing things that leave my eyes welling up with tears. You really deserve a great Christmas, Karla, and the magic is happening tomorrow with the birth of your son and the remembrance of your daughter. Good luck and Have a Merry Christmas. :)
Posted by Blogger Kate :  December 21, 2006

I hope the moment you see him is everything you hoped for. I dont think youll be disappointed.=)

Merry Christmas Karla & Family.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.
You and your famous baby.
Posted by Blogger Tachae :  December 21, 2006

Thinking about you Karla - tomorrow will be the most wonderful day of your life - we're all waiting with baited breath to meet your little Nate!
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 21, 2006

One more sleep.

Sleep in heavenly peace!
Posted by Blogger Judy :  December 21, 2006

I almost can't stand the anticipation!
From our family to yours..congrats congrats! You two so deserve this!
Karla & Mark my thoughts prayers and wishes are all with you in the coming days! :)
Posted by Anonymous Closs :  December 21, 2006

Good luck! Looking forward to seeing pics of Nate! =)
Posted by Blogger Keri :  December 21, 2006

I'm so happy for you and your hubby! I can't wait to hear all about Nate's arrival!
Posted by Blogger red fish :  December 21, 2006

yay I would jump up and down out of excitment for u both I totally would but I can't hence the chair and my gimpyness!

you guys deserve this!! I'm so happy for u!!! what a great christmas present!!

I look foreward to Nate's pics
Posted by Blogger rachael :  December 21, 2006

Karla, do you know how utterly happy I am for you? No one deserves this more. I cannot wait to meet your wee one.
Posted by Anonymous Kristin :  December 21, 2006

I am so excited for you guys Karla! I can not wait to hear all about him!
Posted by Blogger TBG :  December 22, 2006

I'm so very happy!! You're going to have a baby tomorrow!! I am giddy with excitement for you!!


We're gonna have a baby! We're gonna have a baby! Wooo Whooo! Wooo Whooo!
Posted by Anonymous meritt :  December 22, 2006

Even though it has been a long time since we've spoken, I want you to know that there has not been a day that has gone by during this pregnancy that I haven't thought and prayed for both you and Mark, and this little miracle that is about to arrive. Your courage and strength is an insiration to all of us. Good luck today to all three of you. Merry Christmas. ((HUGS)) Erin Vander Kooij
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 22, 2006

Best wishes and lots of luck from Kentucky!!
Posted by Blogger Tajalude :  December 22, 2006

It's the big day! You've been on my mind all morning. Hope all is going well, smoothly, wonderfully. Can't wait for the happy news.
Posted by Blogger Kristin :  December 22, 2006

Today is the day! Best wishes!
Posted by Blogger Julia :  December 22, 2006

Have the Blog world holds it's breath waiting for news .....
(and the other half don't count!)
Posted by Blogger methatiam :  December 22, 2006

Yea the big day is here!

Cant wait to hear all about the little man meeting his Mama and Daddy!
Posted by Blogger TBG :  December 22, 2006

My husband and I wondered what it must have been like to go to bed knowing the next day you'd hold your son in your arms. I can't imagine you slept! I am so excited for you, your family during the deliriously euphoric days (and months and years) ahead! Congratulations and blessings!
Posted by Blogger Amanda :  December 22, 2006

WElll!!!! Updater of this BLESSED even PLEASE ,,,,,,, UPDATE!!
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 22, 2006

Wishing you all the best, Merry Christmas!

Give Lil'Nate a big kiss for me :-)

Wishing your baby a happy New Year with his mom and dad :-)
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 22, 2006

I'm finding myself wondering if you are meeting your baby Nate for the first time as I type this. Can't wait to hear news of his arrival!

can't wait. you deserve the happiness karla!
Posted by Blogger Donna :  December 22, 2006

I just want to let you know that I am thinking of you today all day!!!
Posted by Blogger Sandra :  December 22, 2006

I don't remember exactly what our time difference is, but I'd guess you have a gorgeous little boy in your arms right now! Congratulations!!!
Posted by Blogger Arlene :  December 22, 2006

Wow. Amalah's Daily Dose (submitted by Bree) sent me over here, and I am so glad. Reading this has had me weeping with both joy and sadness. Mostly joy right now, on this amazing day. I wish you the very best, and for a Christmas memory this year that will carry you through the rough times.

Sending you all warmth and every happiness.
Posted by Anonymous moreena :  December 22, 2006


The three of you have been on my mind all day. I hope you are having a joyous union with your precious Nathan, marveling in his innocence as you hold him close to you. Happy Holidays, I'm looking forward to hearing how all of you are doing!! *Hugs* Freya =)
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 22, 2006

I came over from Kristin's blog and am so glad I did. What a wonderful story and huge blessing to be able to share in your Christmas baby! God bless your entire family - Merry Christmas.
Posted by Blogger Denise :  December 22, 2006

I am waiting in quiet anticipation for your news. xo
Posted by Blogger Ann D :  December 22, 2006

Sending you much love and joy this holiday. I admire your strength and your courage.
Posted by Anonymous K :  December 22, 2006

I came this way from Amy's Daily Dose. From what I have learned so far about you, you are an incredibly strong woman. I hope this Christmas brings you joy, happiness and peace.
Posted by Blogger Bunny :  December 22, 2006

I'm so touched by your story and I sincerely hope you have a happy and wonderful Christmas. I can't wait to see photos of Nathan!
Posted by Anonymous erika :  December 22, 2006


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