Sunday, September 7, 2014

She Begins the World Again

This is Maeve.

She was born at 10:05 pm on a rainy Saturday in August.

But that's the end of the story.

Well, that's the end of a story, but just the beginning of hers.  There were a couple of false starts, culminating with a long walk around Manhattan's financial district at 4:30 am.  Then another start, water breaking on a subway platform, and 15 hours of hard-as-hell labor, all ending with the most astonishing moment of my life: Maeve's happy birth.

She is quiet and sweet.  She eats a lot and sleeps well, and I have spent the last month marveling at how I ever thought Edie's infancy was difficult.  Upon reflection, I have decided to give myself a break, because, with Edie, I wasn't just learning how to live with a newborn, I was learning how to say goodbye to the life I had spent so much time building; a life I felt really lucky to have.

This time is easier, because I've already built a new life, one that I also love, and Maeve fits right into it.  Like she was born to be a part of it.


  1. This is beautiful, Val, and so is Maeve. Congratulations!

  2. What a lovely way to say it. So happy that Maeve is here and has a great mom like you.

  3. I love her. Promise I can cuddle her face next month when I'm there in NYC for a fleeting moment. xoxo

  4. I don't understand your ability to say so much, so well, in so few words. How? How do you do it? It boggles the mind. Beautiful, words and babe. Happy day.

  5. She's beautiful!

    The miracle of life never ceases to amaze me. Even after going through it all, I am always in awe of my daughter. There are just so many "pinch me, am I dreaming" moments with her, its not funny! Wish lots of such moments come your way! Bless your lil girl!