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Limes
LEE-mus, Latin, a guarded path or way
by Dad

This is no limit now.
Eyes blue now to brown,
When?
Your fingers’ nails rake my skin without pattern or intention
Yet
You are my son.
You are born.
You are bundled legs stretching through a knitted wool sack
Crafted by your mother’s hands.
You are the hesitation I feel when my hands find the door
Eyes see the world and
Mind warns,
“Wait. Your son is here.”
How do I step into sunlight without you in my arms?
How do I ever depart through the doorway of the home in which your mother birthed you
even for a moment
even for Friday night pizza
without waiting, watching
just as I attended each of your mother’s steps, her arms encircling your swaddled, silent form.
A moment’s memory,
Where we go, we go together
Pulled by this most perfect chain.
This is no limit now.

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1/365: Birth Day

Warning – While you won’t see ‘anything,’ I won’t be wearing much in many of these photos

 

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We’ll go with ‘four.’ Little dog is very much a part of this family.

Anyway, Mark and I talked about keeping this little blog open for business for the same reason we started it – to keep those interested informed of the goings on with our little one without exposing all of our facebook friends to the 420957239 photos we may be wanting to share each week.

We both talked about wanting to get at least one photo of thomas every day, at least for now (not that that has been a challenge) and each writing a little something down about him. While we may not always share the words, I think the accountability factor may help me keep up with the photos. 

 

thomas gabriel, born september 25 at 3:11 pm in our living room.

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All Quiet

I know a number of you are impatient for news because half a day doesn’t go by without texts and emails asking “how are you?”

I’m fine. Baby is (I assume) absolutely fine. There are no signs of imminent labor. I met with Jessica, one of our midwives, today, and she says the baby is a great size and position, our heart rates are fine, and she reminded me that their typical healthy homebirth babies are on time or late (my due date is the start of next week).

I’m having no trouble sleeping (unless you count waking up at 4:30 or 5 for an early breakfast before going back to sleep until 7:30 or so). My pelvis is a little creaky, but I’ve had no real cramps or anything. Mark seems to be in the midst of distraction/impatience for this birth, but I feel like I’m just cruising, waiting, for this baby to slowly, slowly get to where it wants to be. Knitting things NOT for baby – finished a scarf for me, working on a gift for someone’s birthday and planning a gift for someone else’s birthday, since I imagine my knitting time post-birth will be limited. Reading non-pregnancy books. Baking a lot. Keeping the house relatively neat and clean. Walking on the beach every day with little dog – all of the tourists are gone, and it’s LOVELY to have it all to ourselves again. I do spend a little part of each day on something related to the baby, whether it’s research or general preparation, but for the most part I’m trying to enjoy my last days of non-motherhood.

So this is just to say that believe me, I will let you know as SOON as there is news. But there really isn’t any.

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