My sister Auralee just gave birth to her second baby on Friday, December 12, at around 5 pm in the evening.
A beautiful, healthy baby boy. 7 1/2 pounds.
Congratulations, Auralee! You look so happy, so peaceful holding your absolutely perfect, delicate baby. Snuggling him to your cheek to take in that glorious new baby smell. Smiling over his squeaky new baby cry. To see you together, to see you so happy, makes me happy too.
There is nothing like a newborn. The softness, the sound, the smell. Drink in every moment.
Every new mother I visit reminds me of my own birth experiences. I'm sure it is the same for every mom. We remember the labor, the build up, the emotions, the unique circumstances surrounding our own children's birth. For me, these memories are some of the most vivid in my life.
Welcome to this world, darling boy. You come into a family full of grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins who love you more than you will ever know. We cherished you fiercely from the moment we knew you had arrived; actually, even before. Our "circle of love" effortlessly has expanded to include you in it.
Welcome, my darling nephew, and know that you are loved.