Thursday, January 3, 2008

At 6:34 this evening...

My little sister, Kelsy, delivered a baby girl.
Logyn Jane weighs 6 lbs. 8 ounces and is 19 inches long.
Logyn is smart, and witty, and gorgeous...just like her mother.

They put that slimy baby on my sister's chest, and she wrapped her arms around her, and kissed her head, and whispered through soft sobs, Logyn, I love you so much. And that was just the most amazing, beautiful moment I've ever seen.


There was a lot of talk about the baby's room today, as everyone who came to see Kelsy asked, "So, are you ready to take this baby home?" She and Logyn will be sharing the room that Kelsy and I used to share. When I came back to my parents' house tonight, I went up to that old room. It looks a lot different than it did when Kelsy and I lived there together. It looks like a nursery. But, as I sat down in the middle of the floor and looked at those old walls, I remembered what it was like when my sister and I lived there.

When we shared that room, each night, before I went to sleep, I would creep over to Kelsy's bed and, careful not to wake her, I'd give her a kiss on the forehead. The night before I left for college was the last night we spent there together. That night, I gave her a kiss and then wiped one of my tears from her cheek.

When I moved away, she was thirteen years old.

Tonight, as I looked around at the old walls and the pile of new, pink baby blankets, I wiped a tear from my own cheek. That thirteen year old girl has grown into a woman, and tonight, she became a mother.

Amazing, beautiful, surreal.

13 comments:

Mme Benaut said...

I have cold shivers down my spine after reading that, Terroni. An amazing tribute to your little sister, T and so nostalgic - love and loss and now being bathed in the warm glow of love and pride. I'm so thrilled that Kelsey delivered Logyn safely AND that you were there with her at that incredible and wonderful moment when Logyn entered this world.
Congratulations Kelsey. I hope you will let T. post a photo of your new baby girl.
Congratulations to you too Auntie Terroni and best wishes for the life-long path of being carer and teacher to the next generation. Fantastic!

Terroni said...

Pictures forthcoming ;>

Mme Benaut said...

Hooray! Can't wait to see the pics.

Vic said...

Terroni, that's beautiful. My sister is due for her first in May and reading your words has me feeling excited and nostalgic about our own childhood as well.

Congratulations to Kelsey, and I'm sure you will be part of a wonderful, growing family.

dive said...

Congratulations to Kelsey, T.
That was so beautifully written it almost made me want to breed.
Almost …

amusings_bnl said...

congratulations auntie!

and congratulations kelsy... welcome logyn. long may you run.

.j.william. said...

beautifully written;

yay yay to mom and aunt T.

Rich said...

hey auntie!!!

Maria said...

Now you get to be the Auntie...you get to spoil Logyn rotten and be the one that lets her drink coffee and eat dessert first.

Fun, fun, fun....

Susan said...

Congratulations!!

Mme Benaut said...

Dear Kelsy, I'm sorry that I misspelled your name earlier. Hope you're feeling on top of the world and that T. is looking after you. Have seen the pic of Logyn Jane and she looks so sweet holding your finger. Such tiny hands she has.

CS said...

That's beautiful. ANd hte bit about your sister's first moments with her daughter zapped me right back 14 years to the instant when my first child was handed to me. Thanks for that.

Cheryl said...

What a great essay, and what a beautiful new life. I know you and your family have your differences, but what a time to come together and remember.