Monday, 15 October 2007

sentimental

Three years ago tonight, I was trying to figure out what those weird backache things were that kept me from enjoying Thursday night television. And then we went to the hospital, and things sped up (as they do) so that parts of her chaotic, confused birth are crystal clear, and others (like the memory of the pain, THANK GOD) are receding into the mist.

The memory of the first time I held her, though, is still crystal clear. It was the day after she was born and she was hungry, rooting against me with that rosebud mouth and squalling a little. The nurses were astonished and pleased she was trying to suckle my hospital shirt and urged me to try her out. (We were still pretending I could breast-feed then.)

She was perfect, from her shock of black hair to her tiny bird feet.

And tomorrow is both her third birthday and her first day of pre-school.

Happy Birthday, Rosemary.

16 comments:

Cat, Galloping said...

happy birthday!

Stomper Girl said...

Happy Birthday little Rosey. And a job well done to you and Bear.

Angewl said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSEY!!!

blackbird said...

Happy day to her...and YOU!

angelfeet said...

Aw, lovely picture. Happy Birthday, Rosey.

Sarah Louise said...

What a beautiful story. Happy day to you both--you and your little Canadian baby.

Your writing shines in this, I can't help but comment on it. I feel like I want to underline certain phrases like an English teacher would and say, (like a hip teenager would) "Nice!"

xo,

SLl

Badger said...

Yay! Happy birthday, Rosey!!

Liv said...

Awww...Happy Birthday to your Rosey. I cannot wait until I have those memories that you have. I talk to Germ about it all the time, about how in my mind's eye I can see him holding our dark haired baby. Just gets me all warm and fuzzy.

M&Co. said...

Happy Birthday Rosie!!

That was a sweet story. And it put a lump in my throat to think of you dropping her off at her first day of pre-school.

velcro said...

Happy Birthday Rosey

DaniGirl said...

Awwww... happy birthday, little one, and happy first day of preschool, too!

Erin said...

Awww! So sweet! Happy Birthday! And happy first day of school!

Major Bedhead said...

Happy birthday, Rosey!!

My float said...

Happiest of birthdays little Rosey. Three already!

And first day at pre-school. Wow. Lots of fun!

Liz said...

How sweet! And happy birthday!

Beagle said...

Happy Birthday sweet Rosey!