What is it Like to Have a Baby?

by Jermaine

newborn baby asleep

Kristina Donaldson fast sleep.

August 21, 2011 it happened. My second daughter, Kristina, was born at 1:24 P.M.

Watching the nurse and the doctor clean her up I wanted to flash pictures, tell jokes, and make comparisons between her and my four year old daughter, Kezia. Instead I found myself speechless.

When she was finally placed into my arms I quickly remembered how tiny a baby right out of the womb can be. Wrapped in the standard striped receiving blanket, her head was full of jet-black curly hair. As expected, she had an aura of baby powder scent (more popular in some circles than the new car smell). Her little fingers reached for anything she could touch. Staring into her eyes as she stared back into mine I smiled from the inside out. Finally I said, “Hello.” She had the nerve to respond by wrinkling her forehead and smirking as if to say, “So you’re the face behind the deep voice huh? Not exactly what I expected but you’ll do.”

In that instant I knew she was a perfect addition to our family.

Of course grandma and auntie quickly beckoned for their turn and our initial time together was cut short. I wasn’t worried because I know that I would have plenty more days to hold her in my arms before she’s self-sufficient.

Cherish Every Moment

Blink and we were getting released from the hospital. We took our first ride home as a family of four with everyone exhausted. Three weeks later I am still in a state of awe. The entire process is somewhat surreal. Life events this memorable have a way of sparking more questions than answers.

My only solution is to try and take it all in. Relish the time I’ve spend away from work. Wrap my mind as tightly as I can around the live experience of watching a seven-pound-and-two-ounce miracle sleep. Looking at her day after day makes me want to work harder, reach higher, and live purer.

 I don’t know what I’ve done so right to have two angels placed under my care. I just hope that I live up to the high calling of guiding them to greatness. I am forever changed.

How is your life impacted by your immediate and extended family? What steps are you taking to make sure that the best of who you are is given to those you love the most?