Grow love bigger. That’s one of our family’s mottos. And Henry Christopher did just that when he was born this past Friday night. He is literally bigger, weighing in at 9 pounds 6 ounces and 21 inches long. He is figuratively bigger in how he has positively affected so many.
For example, he turned a woman and a man into a mother and a father. Just like that. He turned others into first-time grandparents, uncles, aunts, and second cousins. He has even made some people great as well as great-great. I’m no longer rather ordinary, I’m grand. How very kind and generous of Henry.
In the blink of an eye, our family turned a generational page. A clean page. A fresh start. We’ve confirmed some basic truths. Meet the needs of the most vulnerable among us first. Trust a mother’s instincts. Hard labor is valuable. Surround yourself with the best people for the best process and results. Be persistent. Keep a sense of humor. Eat good food and stay hydrated. Drive far, sleep little, do what needs to be done in order to be present. Be patient. Really patient.
It was a difficult birth. My daughter was heroic and her midwives provided amazing care. My son-in-law was a pillar of strength and tenderness, adjusting to the needs of the moment. I was privileged to attend Henry’s birth. He worked hard to be born.
And Henry worked hard for days to nurse. That’s a lot of work for a little fella. And a lot of worry for new parents. Again, cool heads, commitment, support, encouragement, and hard work prevailed. Being with this sweet young family is like witnessing a beautiful dance unfold or a love story bloom. Swooooooooon.
Our family, and the world, needs such big love. And I need to hold the baby. Hold the baby. Hold the baby. Breathe in the baby. Smile and rock and sing a lullaby. Melt. Be amazed. Be amazed again at the miracle of Henry.
Thank you for sending your love to Henry and his family. The bigger the love, the better 🙂
How are you?
Love ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc, Henry’s Maimeó ❤
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