Tuesday, April 04, 2006

New Baby

I'm feeling rather nostalgic and reminiscent today. Especially about motherhood. It could have something to do with the fact that both of my darling little babies have unanimously chosen to nap at the same time today.

How sweet it is to tip toe from one room to the next and admire their cherubic little faces as they lay nestled, resting in their beds. Not only is there one little angel but two that can be admired at the same time. Now that is refreshing to this mother! To experience the more "romantic" side of motherhood is at times a rare occurrence considering the needs and demands of children are often precedent over the sweet and touching moments of their presence.

This case of nostalgia could also have something to do with the fact that Toby's sister had her first boy (second baby) early this morning. When Sarah called this morning with the news, I could hear the exhilaration and joy in her voice as she told me the news of his birth.

I immediately thought back to the morning after Janae was born and how excited and energized I felt. I wanted to call everybody and would've even called the President had I had his number in my cell phone. I was on a thrilling high and wanted to share my excitement with the whole world.

I'll never forget sitting in the hospital bed and cupping Janae's soft and hairy head as she lay sleeping in my arms after getting her tummy filled. While Toby slept on into the morning, I was well revived after only a short nap following her birth. I bounded all over the room fixing my hair and primping my robe and then delving into my generously packed diaper bag and pulling out an entire wardrobe of clothing for my tiny baby girl.

I fitted her up with a delicate flowered sleeper, tiny lavender socks and then swaddled her in a feminine little blanket. I topped her off with a delicate bow in her thick, dark hair and then just sat there and looked at her.

I felt no pain, no distraction and no discomfort. I was like a little girl playing with my doll and felt about as carefree as a young girl does in early childhood.

Just hours after Janae was born

All dressed up for the first time

It's weird how babies do such unbelievable things to you. The pain and agony and sleeplessness and fatigue they cause all continually go by unnoticed and unregretted. To observe the complete surrender a parent has for this tiny little person, is almost worth defining as plain stupid because of the total captivity the parent puts themselves in through the entrance of their tiny baby into this world.

Jobs are forsaken, sleep is given up, friends are neglected, spouses are denied, food is unimportant, health is laid aside, schedules are destroyed and a life of prediction and plan is replaced with one of unknown and indefinite days.

It is truly amazing how a parent chooses such a life and calls it fun and enjoyable. All for a tiny baby.

This quote by Elizabeth Prentiss was so fitting for my thoughts today...

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which it dwells is worthy all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in God's name, I will make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother's heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, her life-long prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, how wondrously blest!

Elijah Jan Morhart
(Jan is the Haitian form of John and is pronounced "Jahn.")
9 pounds 4 oz. 21" long
Born at 2:55am April 4, 2006


BrittLeigh said...

Ahem... Not to take away from the charming moment... But as I recall, I was the one that put the bow in her hair. Only after you dolled her up though. I still remember how romantically motherly you were. ;o)

And the pic of Esther and Elijah is soooo cute! I love it! Esther really looks like her mom, doesn't she?

Hey, when do I get another niece or nephew???


Coeur d'Court said...

*GROAN* I KNEW knew knew knew you were going to say something like that, Britt. I figured you'd respond with something about her outfit or the fact that YOU were the one that brought me the diaper bag. Ugh. You sure know how to steal someone's thunder.


As for the new neice or nephew, all I know is it'll be at LEAST 9 months before you get one. You have TWO new ones already (yes, they're still new) so you need to be content with that. Landon and Janae would feel hurt to know that Beemoo wants a different and newer neice or nephew. Ahem.... You don't hear them saying, "When do I get another aunt?" tsk, tsk.

Hannah said...

Happy Happy Birthday, dear Janae!

BrittLeigh said...

Sigh... Good point, Court. I don't NEED another niece or nephew... It's just kind of fun when you're an aunt to a newborn baby. But JeaBob and Nanner make me very happy, and I'm totally content, my dear. It was just a thought. Don't get so up-in-arms about it! ;oD Landon and Janae will never be replaced, and they shall never have another Aunty Beemoo. I think that's sweet and fair.

Hannah Michelle said...

Aww, it just kills me reading all this...in a very good way, I might add. heehee What precious memories...Britt, you had to go and ruin the vision I had going of Courtney alone with her baby! *sigh*


BrittLeigh said...

Oops. I wrecked the moment. Sorry. I'll go hide in my hole and let you guys be...

Cheri said...

Aww! Your sweet post makes me long for motherhood! It would be helpful to be married I guess, huh? ::wink::

Just this evening a close friend of mine had her first boy (her 2nd little one) and LW, I'm flying out on Monday to visit/help her. It should be fun! =)