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Sep 11

letters to our little one.

when dev and i first found out that i was pregnant we decided that while i was in the somewhat fragile early stages, we’d keep the news pretty quiet. which was incredibly hard for both of us to do. one day dev suggested i start writing letters to ‘nori’ (that’s his codename for the baby) so that i could at least have some kind of outlet for my hard-to-contain-excitement. so over the course of the past few months i wrote a few of these letters. this one was written on july 5, just two days after we found out:


this will be sitting in the drafts section of my blog for a while. because no matter how excited we are, we’ve decided to hold off from screaming the news about you from the rooftops. so, the only people that know about your existence right now are me, your dad, and your uncle collin – who has been sworn to secrecy.

and what a delicious secret you are to keep.

when we returned from our southeast-asia adventure we were all exhausted. it seemed we were fighting a battle with jetlag and we were definitely the weaker opponent. we struggled to stay awake throughout the day but then at midnight we were all wide-eyed and ready to party. sleep was disjointed and i suddenly had so much compassion for insomniacs and other people awake, not by choice, at the loneliest hours of the night. there’s nothing endearing about 4am. (perhaps it was just an inkling of what was to come). i also noticed that besides the exhaustion i was feeling a bit sea-sick. it’s not like me to have a sensitive stomach or a lack of appetite. but i had both. of course i considered for a fleeting moment that i might be pregnant, but i was more convinced that i had dengue fever, or had picked up some some stomach bug contracted from recklessly brushing my teeth with local water instead of bottled water in cambodia. which reminds me, do yourself a favor and don’t ever look up parasitic worms on YouTube.

(side note: will they even have YouTube by the time you’re old enough to read these posts? will these posts even exist? what will the internet have become? i have visions of holograms and jet packs and ohmygoodness i’m realizing we have no clue what the future holds. and now i’m sufficiently freaked out).


after a few days of feeling off-center, your dad bought home a pregnancy test. we were actually on our way to the 4th of july fireworks show at the hollywood bowl with friends so collin was in the kitchen packing a picnic and your dad had gone to the store to get some supplies. in the middle of all the frenzy of getting ready, i skim read the instructions and took the test.

it was positive.

blink. blink. i must stared at that little panel for a minute just to make sure. but there you were, represented as two tiny purple lines.

and in that split second the entire fabric of my world shifted monumentally. because you exist.

i don’t really know how to describe how i felt the next few moments but it was an overwhelming jumble of sheer joy, apprehension, love, wonderment, awe and humility. and then total disbelief.

so much disbelief that i decided i had to tear open pregnancy test number 2. maybe the first was a fraud. maybe i had misread it. maybe i was still asleep and this was all some dream induced by OD’ing on too many mangoes while in asia.

test two presented positive results in seconds. you were definitely in existence.

there are certain moments in life where the feeling you encounter isn’t something you could have ever quite anticipated. the knowledge of your existence was one of those moments for me.

i felt weak at the knees and promptly collapsed onto the bathroom floor. tears of happiness tumbled down my cheeks as i started to absorb the fact that our lives would

i literally paced our apartment waiting for your dad to get home. i stared at myself in the mirror as if searching to see some physical sign that my entire future had just shifted in a profound way. but there was just a wide-eyed incredulous looking me, staring back. i finally found some peace lying on the bed staring at the ceiling and saying prayers.

finally your dad arrived and even though our ride was waiting outside, and the picnic was packed and all signs pointed to go, i had to share the news of you first. i led your dad into the bedroom and we both stood side by side looking at the two tests. i will never forget the look in your dad’s eyes as he turned to me with a huge smile and engulfed me in a hug. and for seconds, perhaps minutes, we just stood there. holding each other. breathless and so full of happiness as we absorbed the fact that

and i know this sounds strange but as i look out at the world i feel like i’m looking at it through a double lens – mine and yours. i believe souls are created at conception, and the fact that i carry your soul is a responsibility that i’m completely and utterly awestruck by.

we love you so much already little one.

this photo was taken the night we found out we were parents. :)
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15 comments on “letters to our little one.”

  1. Lea Ciceraro Says:

    Oh my gosh CONGRATS!!! That was soooo sweet and totally made me tear up. I am beyond excited for you two! Becoming a parent is the greatest adventure life has to offer. Enjoy every second of it. :)

  2. Sholeh Says:

    yep, this definitely made my heart get all mushy. love this.

  3. pascale Says:

    God bless you three! Congratulations Gol, that’s so precious xxx

  4. Joel Says:

    wow, what a beautiful story and how lucky for your little one to have such amazing parents.

  5. Angelina Says:

    I am so ecstatic for you three :)) big beautiful tears poured down my cheeks from reading the news and your letter “Nori” is going to be an extremely blessed baby, I’m sure of it!!! yippy skippy:):):)

  6. Jenny Says:

    Congratulations!! :) I’ve been a silent reader for a while now but i really had to comment on this post, coz it’s such wonderful news. You guys are gonna be awesome parents! ♥♥

  7. Ashley Says:

    eeeeeeeeface !!!!



  8. Yasmin Says:

    Oh my goodness congrats!!
    I was just thinking the other day about how awesome and hipster-y the baby would be when you finally had one :D
    I am honestly so very very happy for you two.

  9. kim Says:

    Madly in love with this! I am so happy for you two and this kid is one lucky tyke to have you both to help them become an amazing person. Congrats!!!

  10. Ashley Says:

    Gosh the internet is a crazy thing. I read this with my morning coffee and it was one of those situations where I could feel my eyes well up, and a solitary made-for-tv tear rolled down my cheek. I think it’s pretty amazing how much you can feel for someone you’ve never met. Thanks for sharing; it was a lovely story :)

  11. chupatinja Says:

    Congratulations, your baby is very lucky to have such wonderful parents :) I wish you all the best!

  12. Mariam A. Says:

    well you successfully melted my heart all over my keyboard. way to go. :)

    seriously though… i am overjoyed. you are already an incredible mom, and the baby isn’t even born yet. now that’s pretty impressive!

  13. Nancy Says:

    Congrats! I’ve been a reader since your wedding. So excited for you guys! Sorry to hear about your joy squashers. Personally, I find your life inspiring. It makes me happy that there are still people in this world with such lovely, gentle spirits who believe so much in life and love and family and friendship. You are a person I would love to have as a personal friend. I wish there were more of you out there in the world!

  14. Ariana Says:

    This is such a beautiful account of your pregnancy, Golriz! It made me tear up. So happy for you both! And so excited for you! I look forward to maybe hearing more of the incredible process of moving into motherhood in the journal once it finally makes it to L.A.!! xox

  15. Kimia Kline Says:

    ken and i just had a flip out of excitement in india for you and dev and nori!!!! congratulations my sweet! this babe is going to be somethin’ magical.

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