Thursday, January 31, 2013

Promise




Tonight, I caught a glimpse.  The warm front pushed in and the snow melt caught on the breeze, mixing with the scent of a Springtime rain.

There's been a thaw, and the snowdrops are being tricked, deceived right out of their snug garden beds.  If I close my eyes, I know why.


The breeze blows that damp, earthy smell right over me.  A smell that will forever remind me of rain and sunshine and the 3 babies I welcomed in Spring.

Although I love all my babies equally, there is something precious to me about a Springtime baby.  July is downright miserable for welcoming newborns, heat and humidity forcing us indoors with fans and air conditioners blowing.  But in Spring, everything is perfect.  I can dress my little ones up in soft woolens and we can venture out, yes, or snuggle deep inside.  So many animals welcome babies in the Spring - and something just feels right about it.  A long deep winter of growing someone in a dark and secret place, only to present her on a brilliant Spring day, blinking in the warm sunlight.   Like a wobbly new lamb, greeting the world with exuberant cries.



Tonight I stand by the open window for just a moment, and I catch a glimpse of something I had yet to visualize.  Me, here, with someone new, watching a Spring rain out my window.  I'm feeling pretty full of baby these days, pushed against by a new set of hardening bones  doing their best to stretch right out.  My joints are beginning to feel wobbly and uncertain.  Things are changing. I am changing.

A false thaw, to be sure, but a true promise.  Soon.  To me, Spring and babies will always smell the same, both ripe with the promise that only new life can bring.


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6 comments:

  1. You just made me want to have another baby!

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  2. Ditto to the first commenter. I'm finally getting to a place where I can start thinking, tentatively, about another baby. (My pregnancies are so hard that I would take double childbirth any day over gestating!) This post gives me such promise, such hope in the strength and beauty of this process. Thank you for this gift.

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    1. I'll be praying for you, Laura! I'm thankful for relatively easy pregnancies and birth, but I can definitely feel the effects of the past 10 years of constant nursing and pregnancies...Getting a bit tired over here!

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  3. it's funny--both my babies were born in october, so fall with pumpkins and orange/red leaves go hand-in-hand with babies for me. this new baby is coming in the spring, so it will be totally different!

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