Thursday, May 25, 2006

I Believe in Babies

There are a couple of thoughts that cross your mind when you hold a brand new baby for the first time. The first is wow. You experience this incredible feeling of peace and joy. The second (probably more specific to your relation to the baby) is that you cannot believe that you are so lucky to witness the single greatest miracle of the world and life as we know it.

As I held my new nephew in my arms for the first time this afternoon, I was and am undoubtedly certain that there has never been a more perfect, strong, beautiful thing to happen to the world. Without feeling hesitant or at all boastful, I can say that there has never been a better baby born than him.

The wave of love that washes over you when your little sister hands you her first born for the first time is remarkable. It's everything you share as siblings magnified, ultimately. I can only imagine how she's feeling about her child. If this kind of love and pride is in me, what must be going through her mind?

A huge source of this pride today is watching what a natural mother she is. I never really thought about it before but it hit me today as I watched her care for her child in a way that no one teaches. She has just the right touch, just the right tone of voice. He knows exactly where she is in the room, even at ten days old. I am in awe of the bond of this family. The feeling you get when you watch them I can only inadequately liken to seeing a perfect sunset that gives you the reassurance that every part of what you are seeing is meant to be. There is no other place or time for these three people than right here, right now.

Should this little boy ever read this, I would want him to know that he is the most perfect, most loved and most beautiful thing I've ever met.

9 comments:

craig said...

Glad your nephew arrived safely.

jackt said...

Very sweet post.

Always so nice to welcome a new member to the family.

GirlGoyle said...

I would imagine that all you are feeling now will be even more magnified when you have one of your own. For now, take it all in. Sounds increadible. I'm afraid of babies.

Neil said...

What a nice post about your new nephew!

Joe said...

I have the same sorts of thoughts when I hold a new baby. However, the first time I did it, I also had thoughts like "OMG! I'd better not move a muscle or even breath, or else I might break this little thing!"

Hehe, when my little guy first came out, I was jumping up and down and screaming like I had just won the Boston Marathon. What an exciting moment!

deepThoughts said...

I am SO happy to read this! I'm glad you finally got to meet the little guy :)

Sizzle said...

this post penetrates my heart. i anticipate a similar feeling come mid-august when my younger sister gives birth to my nephew.

enjoy and relish in this beautiful time!

Robb said...

A beautiful reminder for me. Thanks. I am a proud dad of 4 sons who keep me humble...believe me they do. Life is such a gift.

Bre said...

Oh, so beautiful! I held a little 3 week old cousin the other day and wanted to smell her head forever and ever!