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March 10, 2011


“Just as there is no warning for childbirth, there is no preparation for the sight of a first child. I studied his face, fingers, the folds in his boneless little legs, the whorls of this ears, the tiny nipples on his chest. I held my breath as he sighed, laughed when he yawned, wondered at his grasp on my thumb. I could not get my fill of looking.

There should be a song for women to sing at this moment, or a prayer to recite. But perhaps there is none because there are no words strong enough to name that moment. Like every mother since the first mother, I was overcome and bereft, exalted and ravaged. I had crossed over from girlhood I beheld myself as an infant in my mother’s arms, and caught a glimpse of my own death. I wept without knowing whether I rejoiced or mourned. My mothers and their mothers were with me as I held my baby.”

~ Anita Diamant — The Red Tent

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2011 7:55 pm

    That passage is beautiful…
    Cannot wait to hear about his birth! Congratulations 🙂

  2. March 11, 2011 11:59 am

    So happy for you! Congratulations! I love the passage you chose – “The Rent Tent” is one of my all-time favorite books.

  3. March 11, 2011 5:03 pm

    I hope you are well. I’m looking forward to hearing your story when you are ready to share it. For now take care of you and your little baby.

  4. Heather permalink
    March 12, 2011 9:22 am

    He’s so beautiful, Crystal.

  5. Heather permalink
    March 12, 2011 9:23 am

    Shea would like to add, “That’s a nice baby.”

  6. July 17, 2011 12:24 pm

    Beautiful, so beautiful!

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