I was given a great gift on Tuesday. My friend JoAnn asked me to help with her girls while she labored and birthed. I really felt honored to be asked to such a sacred event and to spend more time with her girls.
When the time for birth was upon us, I stood in the doorway with three little girls, including Izzy and witnessed Zoe’s entrance into the world. I witnessed something else that was amazing, four girls reacting to their seeing their sister being born: Alyssa, 13, watched in amazement, quietly smiling. Sierra, 9, was overjoyed in emotion with tears flowing freely. Emily, 3, was nervous and when she heard Zoe cry, she thought it was because she didn’t like her. Ashlyn, 1, wasn’t too sure what to think of it all and kept wanting to point out (and touch) all of the baby’s features, especially her eyes and nose. I think she was reassured when she got to nurse with Zoe, who opened her eyes to really study her big sister. (Izzy declared herself a part of the sisterhood by trying to get a good view of baby Zoe too.) It was all just breath-taking.