The payday of love

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Introducing Penelope Samantha. Born at home in water, into her mama’s hands.
9:37 am, 7/12/12
7lbs 2oz,
21 inches long
Our fourth sweet girl.

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Being born is important.
~ Carl Sandburg

Being born is important.
You who have stood at the bedposts
and seen a mother on her high harvest day,
the day of the most golden of harvest moons for her.

You who have seen the new wet child
dried behind the ears,
swaddled in soft fresh garments,
pursing its lips and sending a groping mouth
toward the nipples where white milk is ready —

You who have seen this love’s payday
of wild toil and sweet agonizing —

You know being born is important.
You know nothing else was ever so important to you.
You understand the payday of love is so old,
So involved, so traced with circles of the moon,
So cunning with the secrets of the salts of the blood —
It must be older than the moon, older than salt.

8 Responses to The payday of love

  1. Ami says:

    Oh!! So many congratulations!

  2. robina says:

    YAY! Little Penny!!

  3. Deb says:

    I’ve been checking your blog everyday, so glad she arrived, and that you are both well! I love her name :)

  4. Dawn says:

    Delurking to say congrats! lovely, lovely daughter!

  5. Kristen says:

    Congratulations, for making it through that pregnancy, for having what looks like a great birth, and for a beautiful baby!
    Four little girls – I am kinda jealous. Wish I had more than one :)

  6. Michele says:

    Congrats!! I am so happy for you all. Lucky girl to have all those big sisters to help her out. Tom better get started building another bathroom!

  7. Grapplesauce says:

    Congratulations! She is beautiful, and I love that picture of your four sweet little girls.

  8. Oh what wonderful news! Now you truly have a house of Little Women. And there is no doubt who her sisters are- the resemblance is already so strong! Much rest and peace to you and your family.

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