Nearly nine months ago my husband and I hosted my brother Kent and sister-in-law Trisha for a weekend in Fargo. We all sat down in the living room to visit when their little dog ran out of the guest bedroom, wearing a pink t-shirt that said “Big Sister.”
It took a minute for everything to register, and it all seemed like a blur. Just when we thought we had it figured out, we required them to spell it out. Yes, we would indeed be an aunt and uncle for the first time and the McCurdy family would grow by one in August.
Over the next few months, we purchased countless onesies and once we found out it was a girl, I started to build her shoe collection. She should be set until she’s sixteen.
Just when we thought this couldn’t get more exciting, Kent and Trisha asked us to be the baby girl’s godparents. It is an honor Terry and I take very seriously and we couldn’t wait to welcome this little girl into the family.
Kadence Elizabeth arrived over the weekend and had plenty of visitors following her birthday. Terry and I practiced for this moment: the car was filled with gas, we had bottled water (for me) and Redbull (for Terry) and we had a bag packed, just in case.
Believe me, “The Godfather” took his new role seriously: he shaved that morning (to make a good first impression on this new little soul) and he claims he kissed foreheads and used an Italian accent at work, before he clocked out early – after all, “I have a goddaughter to meet,” he said.
After a short road trip we walked into the hospital room. I was struck by how happy Kent and Trisha looked, as a handful of family members from both sides smiled, laughed and joked around. In the middle of the small crowd, was a petite bundle of joy, swaddled in a cozy white blanket, wearing a cute pink and blue cap with a big bow on top.
Before I could blink, Kadence ended up in my arms. She is just perfect. She must have been tired from her journey, because she slept soundly, just allowing everyone to study her flawless features. When I passed her to Uncle Terry, she seemed captivated by his voice. She made faces, made faint little sounds and even opened her eyes, which provided another level of excitement, “Oh look how blue they are!” As a bonus during our first meeting, Kadence’s dad took off her little cap and blond hair spilled out – she might need a haircut by Tuesday.
Upon her arrival Kadence melted hearts and wrapped them around her little finger. As the weeks, months, and years move forward, I have no doubt her collection will grow.
Now, at just five days old, Kadence McCurdy is famous and has her name published. Don’t think she’s already used up her 15 minutes of fame.
Not at all. She is just getting started.