My sweet girl is named Harper Kate. Today she is 12 weeks old.
She is the absolute joy of my life. She has softened my heart and ignited a feeling I never knew existed. Cheesy? Yes. And if you know me, you know I don’t like cheese.
When I first learned I was pregnant back in late September, everyone warned me: “Abby, you will never know love like the love you have for a child.” “Oh, Abby – you will never understand until the baby is born.” At first, comments like that were sweet… then the more I heard them, they became annoying. Of course I know I will love my child – jee whiz, people! Don’t tell me how I will love my baby – I am carrying her in my belly, of course I understand.
I didn’t understand. When I was pregnant, I certainly felt a special love and connection to my baby. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced in my life. So, that’s what having a child would be like, right? I already knew the love.
When baby Harper came into our lives on May 15th… well, there are just no words to describe the love I felt. I have told everyone, “Calling it ‘love’ just seems to dumb it down. It’s way more than love.”
It IS way more than love. Having a child, becoming a mother, and (more than) loving this little person has completely changed my heart. My life is so very different from how it was before she came. But, my heart… oh man, my heart is so different. It’s so much bigger… which is confusing, because I feel like all of my heart belongs to her. But it’s also much more open and able to love other people, things, situations. It’s impossible to explain or describe.
In addition to being Harper’s mommy (which I consider to be my most important, precious duty) I am also wife to Tyler. We have been married for almost 6 years and met in college. He’s a good guy – the kind who’s everyone’s friend. He loves the Denver Broncos… and by way of marriage, I too, love the Denver Broncos. We’re a match made in Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
I am also a journalist. I am a news reporter for KCBD NewsChannel 11, the NBC station in Lubbock. I have been with KCBD for more than a year now… and the truth is, I will stay here until they kick me out (Dear News Director, please don’t kick me out!). I grew up watching Karin and Abner, and still get nervous when Abner walks into the newsroom (not because he is mean, but because he is ABNER! Karin, by the way, is the sweetest person you will ever meet!).
My duties as mommy, wife, and full-time journalist keep me extremely busy – but always so very thankful for the life I lead. I have the best job in the world, with the best people in the world… I am married to the best man on the planet… and I am mommy to the most precious little girl, ever!
Cheesy? Yes. And if you know me, you know I don’t like cheese.