Thursday, March 20, 2008

starfish hands

Her skin is almost translucent. She smells like milk and flowers. Her eyelids glisten like they've been highlighted by the tiniest bit of Vaseline. She spreads her toes and presses her feet against my mouth, making little grunty noises. Her ears are miniature versions of Chip's ears. She has thin little bird legs. Her lips are the color of the duskiest pink rose. She sticks her tongue out all the time. She sleeps with her hands raised high over her head. She has a tiny red birth mark on her lower back. It's a wonder to watch her breathe, to feel her starfish hand on my arm as I feed her.

6 comments:

Pickles & Dimes said...

This is so lovely! I hope you're putting it into her baby book - it would be perfect.

ailene said...

Awww... so sweet! I love hearing you describe your beautiful baby!

wandering nana said...

I agree with the other comment on a previous post that you should write, not just children's books but also just writings in general. You really have such a beautiful way of saying things. What a talent.

emily said...

now these are the kinds of things that get new mommies thru! and will be a treasure to look back on when she is bigger and not such a cuddle bug ... there will be moments when you will have to go back and read this to remind you that she was born sweet and she can be sweet ... she has proved it ... even if you think you might sell her to the circus if you could find out how to do it! (that's the story of my life right now ... do you happen to know where i can find barnum or bailey?)

Kathy said...

Seeing you and your beautiful baby brought tears to my eyes! I am so happy for you!

tearese said...

she is a poem.