We are celebrating the first month of my nephews life. He was born on July 18th, sharing his birthday with Mandela and the likes. I had the privilege to be in the room when he entered this world. His birthing moment was beautiful and the room so full of love, anticipation and joy we couldn't stop smiling. This little boy had a plan and it all seemed to have worked out his way. A sweet boy with big lips, good lungs and a healthy grasp found his moms breast with ease, happy when placed on her chest where her familiar face and voice soothed him in the bright world he entered.
My sister was so happy to meet her son after an eventful and challenging labor. Her labor was very emotional and a real testament to labor being a most important part of the journey when we are about to meet our children. Allowing them to make their way into our lives their way help reveal who we are as parents and who they will be as people. This little boy waited until the last possible moment, born almost two weeks past its guess date. He was born via caesarean birth. He never engaged and his placenta had given all it had to give. In this moment I was witness to the miracle of modern-day medicine, honoring and thanking my sisters intuition and wisdom to listen to her body all the way. She truly allowed her son to be born his way. In this case a caesarean birth was the most natural birth. It was not her preference to go through surgery since this was one of her biggest fears, but for the sake of her baby and her life as a mother the sacrifice was easy and non-negotiable. I am so proud of my sister, she is the most natural and competent mother, her way with children and people has always suggested that she would be, but witnessing it all first hand is awe-inspiring and beautiful.
They all seem so content in their new roles, as mother, father and baby. The ease surrounding them tangible, everyone is allowed to be who they are and in this case they all rise to the occasion with full force.
Its been a month... it seems like a lifetime. I would say it has been a life changing month.
Pictures by liezlk