Friday, September 2, 2011


there was a time in my pregnancy with delia that eliza couldn't get enough of her. she kissed her. said "baybee" over and over and just loved on her...most of the time.

then she just stopped. she'd completely ignore us if we talked about the baby. if we asked her where baby sister was she would turn and look the other way. no kisses or even slaps. it was weird, and sort of sad.

but the week leading up to delia's birth eliza melted my heart on three different occasions. (and others in between when she started kissing her again) of course we didn't know that it would be our last few moments with delia here, but it felt like God was telling eliza to do these things. to soak up this time with her sister.

1. she was coloring and put a crayon and piece of paper on my belly while i was laying on the floor. she set it down and said "baybee!"

2. she lifted my shirt and covered my belly in stickers. i was a human sticker book. then she turned and put some on james' belly too. :)

3. she set a teacup on my belly, said "baybee" in that sweet voice. then she climbed up and had a little party.

and my heart exploded.

the night before we went to the hospital i also had a bit of fun with delia. i was in the tub, wishing my doc would just put me on bathrest (is there such a thing? there should be.) james and eliza had dinner together and i just soaked in there and decorated my belly with water drops.

sitting and thinking. completely unaware of what tomorrow would bring. the pain it would bring.

oh, i'm thankful for those little moments though. memories forever.


Susan said...

I don't know you, but I knew James in Italy. Venusja shared your story with me, and I've been following your blog. I just wanted to tell you that your posts about Delia are beautiful. I've been praying for your family.

jackie said...

Beautiful. Love the water.

Emily Cook said...

I am so glad to see you savoring those memories. Thank you for sharing them with us too.

And also, bathrest is a GREAT idea.

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