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.

8 comments:

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

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

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

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  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.

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  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!

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