My sister-in-law gave birth to her third son a week ago. COVID has complicated the norms of everything, including meeting newborn babies and new mothers. I desperately wanted to be right there with them at the hospital, like I was with their two older sons. Instead, I waited patiently at home, knowing that I’d eventually get to see all of them.
On Monday, at the invitation of my brother and sister-in-law, I headed over to meet my fifth nephew. I was greeted in the yard by their three year old twins. They charged towards me with treasures in their hands. They leaned in close to me and smiled with excitement.
“Look at my fire engine”
“Look at this plant”
“Where are my cousins?” said Bryce. “I want to see them.”
Andrew, the shyer of the two boys leaned really close to my face and whispered, “I have a baby.”
“I heard,” I said. “Will you take me to meet him?”
He grabbed my hand and took me inside.
Newborn babies take over homes. I walked in the house and knew that my new nephew had already taken his throne. I washed my hands and sat down on the couch to check him out. He was absolutely perfect. My sister-in-law glowed with the tired peace and contentment of a supported new mother.
“Would you like to hold him?”she asked.
“Of course, if it’s okay with you.”
As soon as I had him in my arms, I felt a rush of happy chemicals that all mothers know. I held him against my chest, closed my eyes and let myself fully experience the magical energy of a newborn. All my stress and all my worries washed away. In that instant I was totally present and perfectly happy to be holding this precious baby.
After a few moments, I handed him back to my sister-in-law.
“He’s perfect. I love him.”
She smiled warmly and held her little boy close to her again.