March snow evokes memories
Of a 22 year old woman
Waking to a heap of it on the back deck of her two-story apartment
Look at this!
Her husband excitedly calls to her
in the early morning hours
Snow is not expected, this third day of March
I think my water just broke!
She is not sure, though it is her second pregnancy
Standing in the small living room
Water running down her leg, she hopes that is what it is
The baby is coming today!
Birth is not on the radar, yet
This is early for her, for them
Get the midwife!
Chains on tires
Driving through deep snow through back country roads
The Mennonite midwife is retrieved
I’m glad we planned this at home!
She hurries up and waits
The day is long
Baby two is full of surprises
It’s a boy!
Birthed into her room
5:30 in the evening
Sisters and husband present to help
What’s wrong with him!
Skinny arms and legs
Lusty cries, annoyed at being disturbed from warm slumber
All she can see is that he is too small
Nothing is wrong!
This is normal
Seven pounds four ounces is a good size for a newborn
Two pounds smaller than her firstborn seems tiny to her
He is perfect!
She dresses him in a terrycloth sleeper
He swims in it
Welcome, Baby Boy!
Hunkering down for the night
Mother and baby snuggle together
Beginning a new chapter of life.