Therefore, of course, as a mother I've been dwelling on the miracle of a new baby. (I'm aiming for philosophical rather than sentimental here, but please forgive me if I roll all the way down the hill.) I don't mean the miracle of reproduction; every plant, animal, and insect on the planet is set up to make copies of themselves. And I don't really mean the miracle of birth, that most of the mammal babies on the planet manage to extricate themselves from the birth canal without damage to themselves or to their mothers. You see it on Animal Planet all the time (especially if Taz has control of the remote)! I don't even mean the miracle that all that complex genetic code gets read correctly, producing perfectly healthy human babies, so often. How amazing is that?
What's miraculous, and a little eerie, about a baby being born, is that the baby changes from the Imagined Baby into its real self. Before it's born, a baby is UNLIMITED POSSIBILITY.
synchronized swimming. The kid in there could be the next great left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, or the scientist who discovers a cure for cancer, or the greatest American novelist of all time... the possibilities are literally endless.
(I acknowledge that Kid could also be a future Skid Row bum, among other unpleasant things, but we prefer not to entertain those possibilities, and I'll thank you to not kill my buzz.)
what this baby is grows much larger than the diaphanous regret for the lost possibilities, and we're caught up in everyday miracles: the perfect rosebud of this baby's mouth when she sleeps, or the steady, dreamy, regard of his eyes, or the beautiful hazelnut shape of his head.
God bless this baby, that New Universe in a Diaper. God bless the New Universe's parents.
God bless us all.
Top image: Andromeda Galaxy, posted by clownfish33 at flickr
Lower image: Nace' un bebe', nace' una mama (A baby is born, a mommy is born) by happy-mami (Rebe) at flickr
Update: New Universe is here, and will be living on Earth under the name of Airin. Mama and baby are well and healthy, and dad is very happy! We're all proud.