Wednesday, December 8, 2010

'Twas the Write Before Christmas: Day Three


Day Three Prompt

Gently, the baby slumbering in her arms stirs in the sleepy shadows of 2 a.m.

She wonders if he's been stirring for longer than she realized; she'd been in a deep sleep, exhausted from the past few days filled with trudging through crowds, giving birth and meeting her new little one's needs.

Her son nuzzles her arm, his little mouth searching for milk a little more frantically than just a few seconds ago.

She turns his head toward her, sweeps his small body closer to her breast and deftly helps him secure a perfect latch, praying he falls back asleep quickly so she, too, can return to rest.

As he nuzzles his head into her chest, he nurses with intent.

The milk begins flowing, and his small hands relax against her stomach.

His breathing calms.

His legs rest against her body, while he quietly swallows, sucks and sighs in a sweet nursing song.

Her own heartbeat slows, muscles relax, comforted by his comfort.

She sweeps her hand through his thick, dark hair, exhales a soft breath of contentment onto his small head.

The thoughts filled with the past few day's events fade, and she revels in the peace that has swept over her body.

Unimaginable peace brought about by a baby, she muses in her mind, in the midst of a starry night.

Hope unexpected.

Peace on Earth.

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  1. wonderful. this brought me a little peace on earth, too, after a rocky day, so thank you, friend.

  2. Wonderful. That is truly peace on earth.

  3. I. Love. This. I've often thought (when nursing my babies) what it must've been like to have been Mary nursing the newborn Messiah. That's true peace. Your story is so beautiful.

    And in response to your comment on my post - I'd love to craft with you anytime! I believe it's just a short 5-hour jaunt between our houses. ;)

  4. As always I am captivated by your writing. A beautiful post!

  5. One of my favorite things to contemplate is Mary with the baby Jesus, but I've never thought about the fact that she nursed him. This was such a beautiful way to capture a mother bonding with her baby, the gift that is breastfeeding, and the concept of peace. Love it.

  6. I feel so peaceful after reading this wonderful tale.

  7. Oh, I so miss those moments. I know the early days, weeks, months are crazy, but the beauty of nourishing your child at your breast is like no other. I wish I would have the opportunity to do it again.

    Beautiful post!

  8. Beautiful, You are an amazing writer! I love this!

  9. Oh..I miss those early morning snuzzle/feeding sessions. there are days I still wish began that way. It (the nursing and the exhaustion) will be over before you know it...


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