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New Life 3

The days blur together right now like the reds and yellows of a watercolor left in the rain, Tuesday’s becoming Saturday in a stream of rocking, diaper changes, cooing and nursing. JJ is off work for another two weeks, and some days we are still in pajamas at 11, Basil lying peacefully in bed between us after fussing all morning. Today, he slept for 2 hours on his daddy’s chest, arms hanging down JJ’s sides like the limbs of a stuffed monkey draped around a child’s neck. He’s a good baby, wiggly and full of life when he’s awake, insistent when he needs something but usually quick to soothe once we figure out what it is.

So good that I’m working on my thesis again! Monday we went to apply for Basil’s passport down the hill in the Castro neighborhood post office, and then I stayed to work in a cafe nearby while JJ brought Basil home for a nap. Being out for just a few hours, making thesis progress, then having the walk home to myself: it feels like forbidden fruit, in these demanding first months of caring for a newborn.

The city is bursting with spring, every scrap of dirt not covered by concrete or ornamental rocks crowded with new growth.  Walking up the hill to our house, I see a tangle of last year’s alyssum, wild sour grass, fennel and bright orange California Poppies compete for space in pots and patches of garden. A calla lily in full bloom stretched up through the center of a low hedge, reminding me of a giraffe reaching for tender treetop leaves, or the birdlike neck of my son, straining for milk.


  1. Megsie

    03/29/2012 at 7:52 pm

    Forbidden fruit indeed. It STILL feels like that ten years later! But he is so precious and lovely. I am impressed that you are working on that ding-dang thesis! Yay! I remember when I figured out how to read and nurse, it was biggest blessing in the world. I have to sit here for 45 minutes and READ? Bummer. 🙂

    You sound so happy, and I am so happy for you.

  2. Emily

    05/07/2012 at 4:53 pm

    Beautiful. The baby and the prose. You took me with you on the walk up the hill. Glad I found your blog this evening. 🙂

  3. cynthia newberry martin

    05/16/2012 at 4:16 pm

    I came–I have to say–hoping for baby pictures! Basil is precious. And good for you being out and about. I remember being unable to separate myself for the first three months. And I never could figure out how it was already noon.


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