Last letter to Baby Dot (with ‘End of Pregnancy’ celebration pictures) | McGowan Images Blog


Last letter to Baby Dot (with ‘End of Pregnancy’ celebration pictures)


Oh, sweet Baby Dot –

It’s Wednesday, April 14, and we’re still waiting on you. I’ve heard from several mothers with teenage daughters that I should get used to this… the waiting on you. But I’ll admit, it’s already not my favorite thing.

When we were supposed to be able to find out whether you were a boy or girl, you made us wait on that, too. Little girl, you are all about the dramatic entrance.


We really didn’t think it’d be this long until we got to meet you. A few weeks ago, you started your journey into the real world. And then… BAM. Stopped cold. It’s like being on the way to Dairy Queen and getting a flat tire. I kept thinking labor would start again on its own, but no such luck. Since then, you’ve seemed perfectly content to stay just where you are.

Someday, when you’re all grown up and expecting your own babies, I bet you’ll wish you’d just come on out. Life has a way of repaying even these pre-birth actions, so I wouldn’t be surprised if your little one drops early and you feel like you’re sitting on a shot-put for two solid weeks. 😉

Anyway, all that aside, I’ve pretty much lost hope that you’ll ever decide to be born on your own. That’s not really surprising… your brother had to be chased out of the womb with a cattle prod. Apparently, I’ve just made my uterus too darn comfy.


As of today, the decision has officially been removed from your tiny little hands. Well, you’re still more than welcome to come out on your own. Any time. Like, now, even. I don’t have to finish this blog. But if you don’t decide to come out… if you hang on real tight and try to hide… you’re still coming out. We have a date at the hospital in 149 hours. Not that I’m counting.

By this time next Wednesday, you WILL be born, whether you like it or not.

The thing is, Darling Dorothy, I really think you’ll like it. You’ve got the sweetest yellow nursery in the entire world. You’ve got a little brother who’s just dying to hold you and read you stories. You’ve got a Daddy who already adores you more than he can say.

You’re also a little famous. Every day, dozens and dozens of people ask about you, and you’re not even breathing air yet! They’re all anxious to see your chubby cheeks, and see how your post-birth pictures compare to the somewhat-squishy sonogram images we got.


And sweetheart, you’ve got me. I’m so anxious to meet you. I’ve had dreams about you, and in all of them, you’re the spitting image of your Daddy. I won’t hold it against you if you aren’t blond… but in my head, you are. I want to snuggle you and squeeze you and rock you and sing to you.

Honestly, I’d also like someone ELSE to hold you for a while… but I think that’s just my fatigue talking.

Baby Girl, the whole world is ready to greet you, and the world is an amazing place. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn cool… and it’ll be even better as soon as you’re in it.

So feel free to come on out any time. We’ll come in after you if we have to, but rest assured, there will be a big ole party to meet you whether it’s pre-scheduled or not.

Dorothy Jane, we love you so much.

See you soon!

  1. Whitney says:

    Awwww! What a nice letter! I really ADORE the last picture, too. That shade of blue is gorgeous on you 🙂

  2. Liz says:

    Hey girl! I love these pictures!!! Mack did such a great job and you were a great model!! The colors are fantastic!!! I hope this week passes quickly for ya’ll!!! Congrats!!

  3. Katrina says:

    Love, love, LOVE this sweet blog! And you, as always, are beautiful. I can’t wait until Dorothy is here and she can go with us to Rosa’s and watch the taller three (I love being in that group) eat way too many tortillas.

  4. Lisa Michelle says:

    Oh Chelsea…. That was such a cute post and wow you are a stunning mommy to be! That should be your signature color and your husband is quite a fantastic photographer as well. I will be thinking about you and hoping sweet Dorothy decides to come early!! =)

  5. Christy D. says:

    This made me cry. Literally, tearS. Plural. You’re still so beautiful, and I can’t wait to meet and read all about little Dot. You are the ONLY person that gives me baby fever!!

  6. Mack says:

    OK, so how often do I actually leave a comment? You’re sitting next to me, and I’m having trouble talking, so I’m just going to type that I love the both of you like crazy… Now off to do something manly so I feel less silly!

  7. Carman says:

    That is the sweetest letter–I hope you printed it out for her to read later! Your eyes are STUNNING in those photos.

  8. Mrs. J-Mach says:

    Well i fought tears the whole time. The first and last pictures are absolutely beautiful!!! so great! and the words were of course perfect. so happy for y’all!

  9. Hilary says:

    I’m defintaly crying! Big fat tears down my face. You make me want a baby… and to look that stunning at term + !!!! I just love you and your family and that sweet baby girl we are all waiting anxiously to meet. I have big new to tell you… i’ll call you.

  10. Ambo says:

    You are just the most amazing person I’ve ever met. I’m literally crying right now. And you look soooo beautiful!!!!!! I just can’t wait to meet Dorothy Jane!!! I know that she will have the best qualities with my two favorite people as parents!!! I love you guys and I’m so excited for her arrival!!! Great job on the pics Mack!!!! Chelsea’s love and beauty just shine in every shot!

  11. Tiffany says:

    Seriously, this is the sweetest blog ever. I also have tears!! You look amazing!

  12. Nicole says:

    Chelsea, you look amazing! That first picture is super cute but the last one takes the blue ribbon! Fingers crossed that you get to meet Dorothy even before next week! I can’t wait to her newborn pictures! I know they’ll be amazing!

  13. Amber Burris says:

    I really love this blog! It’s super cute! Little Dot needs to make her entrance already…I’m waiting to see pics just b/c I’ve listened to all your posts on FB! Here’s to her coming on her own! Oh, and your pics are absolutely beautiful!

  14. Kari says:

    Sigh. I took had to fight the tears, I didn’t want to feel like a big sissy. And I only teared up from the words, thanks to dial up the images haven’t even loaded by the time I’m done reading! (I get bored waiting and read ahead =P)

  15. Kari says:

    Okay. Now the pictures have loaded…and although the last one IS stunning because you have gorgeous blue eyes… I adore the second one…the height of the trees really makes it for me. That also looks like some soft grass, makes me want to go lay down outside!

  16. grom says:

    Love the pictures and the letter makes me cry with joy. This is such a precious time even tho you are so tired and anxious for DJ to be here, try to enjoy the closeness only you can have with her now.

  17. Meagan says:

    This is perfect. It’s 2:00 in the morning, and I’m still working on my research paper. I know you didn’t write this blog for anyone in particular, especially not me, but this was the *perfect* break away from the desperately boring monotony I’ve subjected myself to over the past three days… I can’t WAIT to meet you either, Dorothy! I can’t wait to see all the super-stellar-stunning-fantastic pictures your parents take of you. You’re gonna be famous, kid! Beautiful pictures Chels. Thank you.

  18. annie says:

    I love this… I’m crying…

  19. Lyndie says:

    Why must you make me cry while my make up is still fresh?! This is incredibly sweet and Dorothy is such a lucky little baby to have you guys. I’m among those anxious to meet her so let’s get this show on the road! You look so beautiful in these pictures, even if you are exhausted.

  20. Carla says:

    OK, I am so addicted to this blog it is ridiculous. I logged on at a friends insistance to check out wedding pictures of Hillary. I had heard of Chelsea but never really knew her. Goodness, now if Jack doesn’t get to meet his sister soon, I will never get any work done! Such stunning pictures here. I can hardly wait for my daughters to have their pics done by this incredible family.

  21. Misty says:

    Awwww, what a sweet post. Love love LOVE the pics, you’re gorgeous, and Mack did a great job!!!
    And now it’s time for Baby Dot to make her long overdue debut!!! Best wishes to you all for her arrival! <3

  22. Merideth says:

    You look gorgeous! I cannot wait to see this adorable baby Dot. She is bound to be a beautiful child, just like her big brother, and like her parents. I hope you get to meet her soon!

    We just found out that we’re pregnant too. 🙂 We’re just a couple of months into it, and it feels like the birth-day is such an eternity away! When did you stop doing photography? I have a wedding in September, and I’m worried about how uncomfortable that will be…

  23. Stephanie says:

    Bawling…absolutely bawling after ready that.

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