Just as true as five years ago. Mothering has been the greatest privilege of my life.
There is nothing comparable to the smell of a newborn’s skin, still awash in amnion and vernix, still waxy with protective coating. It is a timeless brine, pungent with salt and sweetness, instantly magnetizing infant to mother.
Each of you were still soaked as you moved from an inside world to the outside, placed dripping skin to skin on my bare chest. Your eyes opened, blinking, lids scrunched, focusing on the light and shadow of our faces, trying to memorize our shape and color, learning our smells, knowing the rhythm of our voices. We could only marvel at that first glimpse, that first touch, knowing only moments before you had been floating, anchored deep inside.
I fell headlong into the brimming pools of your eyes. My heart raced with the anticipation of sharing everything with you who had been knit together by invisible fingers.
You thrived, grew, and now as…
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