a letter to Ama-Watts in my 31st week

wwa+awa 31 weeks


I cannot believe that in 9 weeks or less, you’ll move from my womb to my arms. Words cannot ever express how much your daddy and I already love you. You are a precious, precious gift to us. We will forever be indebted to God for allowing us the absolute privilege of being used of Him to help mold you into the person He longs for you to be. How marvelous is He!

Because I am 31 weeks pregnant, I wanted you to know a few things. First of all, you never stop moving! From the very first moment I felt you move, you have been moving around in there, and there seems to be nothing that will calm your energetic, tiny body. And oh, how I am so thankful for that. Feeling you move around is a constant reminder that you are present and so real, even though I cannot yet see you. Even as I write, you are moving and making me feel one of the best things a momma can feel. I am thankful for your tireless energy.

At night, when I lay down to sleep, I curl up next to your daddy’s back and you just move and move and move for him. He loves to feel you, and it is in those moments that he always says, “What are you doing in there, little girl? I can’t wait until you come out!” You are a joy in your daddy’s life, Ama-Watts. Don’t you ever forget it. He loves you more than you can fathom (and so do I).

At this point, heartburn has become just a part of life. It’s a small, small price to pay for the big blessing that is to come. I think you might come out with lots of brown hair on your head, but we will just have to see. I know you’ll be beautiful.

We talk about you every single day. We are busy planning for you and getting things ready for your arrival. Small details and big thoughts fill our heads every day, and they are all small joys that precede your entry into the world. How I cannot wait until that day.

I pray for you, too, Ama-Watts. I pray that you will come to know the joy of the Lord through His salvation early. I pray that you will grow up in a home where you feel loved, cherished and important. I pray that you will adhere to the authority the Lord has given to your daddy and I, and that you will have a bent toward submission in Christ Jesus. I pray that you will have a sweet spirit and a servant’s heart. I pray that you will seek the Lord and His will above everything else in your life. I pray that He will give you a passion to know His Word and to seek Him through prayer. I pray that you will love the Church and spend your life pouring yourself out for her. I pray that God will watch over you and protect you all the days of your life.

I pray that God would one day (a long, long time from now!), send you a godly husband who loves you and cherishes you. I pray that you will respect him and honor him with your actions as you grow up and as you live out your lives together after you are married. I pray that you will be a patient, kind and godly mother to your children, and may the Lord enlarge your quiver as you seek to honor Him with your life. I pray all of these things and more for you, my precious baby girl.

I can't wait for you to meet your family. You have amazing grandparents and precious great-grandparents that have prayed for you for so long. You have uncles and aunts, cousins, great aunts, great uncles and so many other people who cannot wait to meet you. You are one blessed little baby. You don't even know how much fun the world you are about to step into is! You're going to love it.

Ama-Watts, again, words do not express how much you mean to your daddy and me. We love you and we have prayed for you for so long. We praise God that He, in His sovereignty, saw it fit to send you to us. In just a few short weeks, you will arrive, and our lives will forever be changed. We cannot wait.

Thank you for making me a mom, Ama-Watts. You have your whole life ahead of you. I can’t wait to watch you grow and learn.I am thankful for you.

You are my heart, little girl.

With more love than you’ll ever know,


  1. If your goal was to make the readers cry, you definitely accomplished that with me. So so so sweet, Whitney. Ama-Watts is a blessed little girl to have you and Mat for parents! Joining you in prayer for your precious little one!

  2. I love you also little girl, I also pray for you. You are one of the most fortuanate little girl I know, with the parents God has allowed to care for you. One thing for sure you will be full of life, love, and humor if you are anything like them.
    Love you

  3. With your post I have understood you are loving your baby so much.. enjoy your pregnancy..

  4. Annnnd, I'm crying at work. Ama-Watts is one blessed little girl! Can't wait to read more blog posts about her! :)