July 9, 2013: Dear Adelade

Hey there my sweet little Lady.


I was so excited Sunday night to get to see and not just feel you move for the first time! Too bad your Daddy missed it. But not to worry, with another four months of you being stuck in there, no doubt your activities will be increasingly noticeable.


So, I was telling you about our journey together so far.


Like I explained last week, we first found out back in early March that you were coming, and excited doesn’t even begin to describe how we felt. Ecstatic, overjoyed, thrilled, delighted, over-the-moon… any of those descriptions would be a bit more accurate. And the excitement and eager anticipation still hasn’t worn off – in fact, it’s getting more intense the closer we get to your arrival!


We decided we wanted to tell your Grammy and Papa Sirkel and your Gram and Gramps Robinson in person rather than via phone, so even with all that eager delight pent up inside of us, we somehow managed to keep your existence a secret from everyone for two full weeks.


We got a chance to tell Grammy and Papa first. I made a little card that looked like this:


Baby Announcement Card (front)


Your Daddy handed it to his dad, your Papa, who started to read it out loud while Grammy listened from the other side of the room. I think Papa was confused at first, (mostly because he had just gotten new contacts and was having trouble reading it) but Grammy immediately started getting excited as she recognized the familiar singsong verse.


When Papa finally opened the card, he saw this:


Baby Announcement Card (inside)



And immediately said, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME????!!!!” with a big grin splitting his face.


Meanwhile Grammy was almost in tears she was so happy, and your Aunt Kalli was mostly just confused (but excited as soon as she figured out what was going on!)


Grammy wasted no time cluing your Aunt Stephanie and Great Aunts Heidi and Leslie in on the news – swearing them to Facebook secrecy first, of course. Your Daddy told Uncle Sam (yes, you really do have an Uncle Sam), and pretty soon the whole Sirkel clan was sharing our excitement!


It was another two and a half weeks before we finally got to tell Gram and Gramps. We flew out to West Texas to visit them the weekend of Gram’s birthday and their 31st wedding anniversary. They picked us up from the airport and took us to breakfast. Once we were settled into our booth and coffee was on the way (decaf for me, of course), I handed them a wrapped gift. They opened it together, and saw this:


Rocks in my socks



“Ohhh, There Are Rocks In My Socks!” They exclaimed, immediately recognizing my favorite book that they used to read to me when I was a little girl.


Then they opened the book and saw this inscription I’d written on the first page:


To read to your first grandbaby,

arriving in November 2013


with more love

than words can say,

– Teek


Needless to say, they were thrilled!


Later that day, when we got to Alpine, we went to visit your Uncle Jake at work. As soon as I saw him and was close enough that he could hear me, I said, “Hi Uncle Jake!”


He stopped, cocked his head to one side, and looked at me with a “I-think-I-know-what-you’re-hinting-at…” kind of half smile.


I grinned and confirmed his hopeful suspicions, letting him know he was going to become an Uncle in November.




And that’s the story of how we told the family.

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