Friday, April 18, 2008

best. day. ever.

Welcome to your life, baby!

After a long drumroll, our daughter finally joined us Tuesday April 15th at a beautiful 8 lbs 13 ounces. I have never prayed so hard or hurt so much or been so happy, EVER, let alone all in the same day. Husband talked me through the whole thing and the hippie in me is delighted that everything went just as we hoped it would.

As I figure out life with a new little person, what one writer has termed "National Geographic crotch," enormous bricks for boobs and with two more law school finals ahead of me, I will have to delay blogging about the most amazing day of my life for a while. This poem is hanging in our baby's room and it captures what we're feeling, and it's my blog and I can cheese if I want to. She is so awesome I could explode.

On Children
by Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.


Kamie said...

CONGRATS! You are a mommy!! Amazing.

Good luck with the crotch, boobs, and finals.

Leslie said...

Congratulatins, congratulations, congratulations! I can't wait to hear more. I loved the poem too. Yeah! I am so excited for you!

Erika Sullivan said...

Congratulations! What's her name?

Jay and Jess said...

Whoo Hoo! Congrats Gurr! That poem is great- Post some pictures!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! Does Baby have a name? Good luck on the rest of that stuff. I only know about finals and I know they suck. The other things don't sound much better! :) hee hee

Can't wait for pictures!

erin g said...

the bricks will soften up soon ... but oh, the discomfort, i know. since i had a c-section i can't speak for the other issues you are having, you poor thing.

what a beautiful poem. good luck with finals!!! most of all, good luck with mommyhood.

Piglet 26 said...

Rock It Mother! You are awesome and your baby is too. Now I can say you are ONE BAD MOTHER! (but that is in a good way and not a I am also about to drop the f-bomb way.)

heidikins said...

Congrats!!! I am so happy for you and your family.

And I love love LOVE that passage from The Prophet; thanks for the reminder.


Mar said...

Congrats! I am so happy for you!

cretetiger said...

Congrats Mama Gurr-Cannon!!!
And Congrats to Husband & Baby for making our blog reading so interesting!
Good Luck with Finals & then enjoy mommyhood!

Kierst said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you all to enjoy sleepless nights and lots of screaming..j/k. Really though- happy day!