Saturday, March 20, 2010

there's something in the way she ...

~ lies on my chest, belly down, still-bent legs folded in under her, nappy bum in the air, already pushing herself up on her forearms to crane her neck and glance blindly around, looking for all the world like a lost tortoise ...

~ then shuffles up until her breath snuffles warmly, but so faintly, in the hollow of my neck, her tiny lips reaching out to taste my skin ...

~ yawns, putting her whole body, fingers to toes, into it, her biggest conscious movement

~ gawps around with her mouth open like a baby bird when she's hungry

~ performs bodily functions audible from the next room, who knew such a small body could expel with such force?

~ recognises my movements as I unlatch my bra to feed her and gets an anticipatory leer on her face, uncannily like a dirty old man at a peepshow

~ looks uncannily like a little old man, she's shown resemblances to Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Dennis Quaid (may I call him old?) and various British politicians

~ is already louder, chubbier, more assertive and alert than she was at birth, a scant 9 days ago

~ sleeps like a little pink log, still and solid, the occasional whimper, a very rare twitch of the fingers

Conclusion: everyone should have a second child.
To be able to love and learn and observe without all the angst of a first-time parent, without the uncertainty and guilt and tears and drama.
I'm seasoned enough to know this is the 'honeymoon phase', these first few newbie weeks, but I'm enjoying it enough to relish every minute and come what may, she's done the work to ensure we're smitten enough to love her through it.

12 comments:

Angelina said...

Nicely said, enjoy every moment...

spudballoo said...

Ah so perfect in every way. Huge congratulations!

Isn't it funny how babies, so new in the world, look about 130 years old?

So you're so right re the second child (although my second is a right pain in the arse). You just relax and enjoy it so much more!

Enjoy your babymoon xxx

rxBambi said...

stop that. you are making me have baby urges and we are trying to focus on being empty nesters in 3 years!

Lovely post!

caroldiane said...

lovely ode to your wee darlin' - I will show this to my daughter who was my second child and remind how worth while it is to have her in my life!!

Sarah Lulu said...

How beautiful.

Annabel said...

Can't wait to get to know her. xx

Fi said...

Lovely. I can't wait to do it all without first timer angst. Some day..... xo

Heather Moore said...

Awwww.

Stephanie Meade Gresham said...

wait wait wait. your second didn't bring tears and drama?

i mean...mine didn't either. um. i think it's still okay if there's tears and drama, though.

(i cried a lot.)

Just Jules said...

amazing isn't it. it is why we don't eat our young

Elzanne Loest said...

Hi Molly

I'd like to get your permission to publish this post. Please could you contact me at elzannel@struikchristianmedia.co.za
Thanks

Molly said...

hi elzaan,
yr address keeps bouncing? pls mail me at molly@feisty.co.za.
thanks