Almost Half

Dear Baby #2,

Next week I will be able to call you by your name.  I’ll be able to address these letters to you personally.  Do you know how excited I am?  How excited we  are?  Daddy and Eddie and me?  Oh I don’t know if I will ever find the words to tell you how much we want you…how much we look forward to you.

We are almost halfway there, baby.  We are almost to the halfway point in this baking process.

Next week we will meet you. Sort of.

We will see you moving around on a black and white screen.  And we will know what only you know…whether you are a boy or girl.

And then? We will give you the name we have chosen for you.

I can’t wait to know.

I can’t wait to call you by your name.

I can’t wait to whisper your name over and over.

To start planning the little changes to your nursery.  To create personalized blankets and burp clothes and books and keepsakes.

To help your big brother learn to say your name.

And to tell the world about you, so they can call you by name to.

We are just about halfway.

It’s been a long road to this halfway point, and I can’t say it’s been easy or always delightful.

But lately I can feel you fluttering around in there.

You’re weight is being felt when I lift your brother and when I go up and and down stairs.

You’re only going to get bigger, your kicks harder.

You will make your presence known in a big way…very soon.

But for now?  We are almost halfway there.

And the prize for me is knowing your gender.

The prize for you is getting your name.

And those prizes will have to do.  They will have to hold us over until the REAL prize.

Meeting and touching for the first time.

In March, baby.

Before we know it.

I love you.



About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Stop being so cute! 😛

  2. Woohoo! Can’t wait to find out what you are having!!!

  3. This is so sweet and exciting. My bro & SIL are due on March 14, so it’s fun to see you on a relatively similar timeline.

  4. 🙂 Such a special time in your lives.

    I can’t wait to know either!

  5. wooHoo! I can’t believe you’re almost half way! (I can say that, because I’m already 29 weeks, how did that happen?)

  6. I loved being able to call our baby by name. Funny thing is, I swore I would not find out the gender. But when given the opportunity to know, I jumped on it. We actually found out during the first trimester due to genetic testing we had done. So for the majority of the pregnancy, we called our little girl by name. She had an identity, which I really enjoyed.

    Can’t wait to find out about the newest addition to Sluiter Nation! 🙂

  7. I am oh so excited for you.
    For the baby. For Eddie and Cort.

    This is a time in your life you’ll only do once: The addition of a fourth to your family of three.

    So I love these moments, these posts when you’re soaking it up.

    Parts of this experience are so difficult. Which is why you need to hold on tightly to the beautiful.

    Give it words and life.
    A name.

    (And you can use Julie if it’s a girl. :-))

    Just kidding.

    SO much love to you.
    And all good things, too.

    All of them.

  8. This is darling! I’m excited for you!! I’m thinking pink… 🙂

  9. yay, so exciting!

  10. I’m so very excited for you!!!

  11. this made me tear up when I read it the other day….because I know exactly how you feel. I could NOT wait to use the names, to feel like I absolutely was CONNECTED to these babies that I had waited so long for. I will never, ever forget that day….and the tears that rolled down my cheeks as I breathed “Giovanni and Jacob, mommy loves you” .

    I can’t wait to hear and this post, touched me in the deepest part of my heart.

  12. Oh, yay! I so remember being “half” with each of my babies…feels like such a milestone in many ways, but I was so eager to meet them and waiting another 20 weeks was so hard!

    Can’t wait to hear your news tonight!!