Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Miracle of New Life

There is nothing better than a perfect newborn baby to reaffirm the miracle of life. I was introduced to Angeli Daniella today and was simply incredulous at her beauty.

She did not have an easy trip into this world. Glenda was in labor for an entire 24 hours and finally gave birth mid-day yesterday to what we thought would be a baby as tiny as she is. Instead her baby was 7-1/2 pounds and a lot of inches long.

She has her mother’s dark shiny hair and her father’s light skin. She in no way resembles most babies a day old, at least not the ones I’ve seen. She has perfect skin and seems awake and alert most of the time.

Glenda is tiring of the hospital routine where people are always coming around for one reason or another and the food is not so good. The baby stays in her room, so she must always be responsible. She will probably feel much more relaxed when she is back in her family’s apartment.

I was fascinated to observe how a non-Spanish-speaking pediatrician communicated with her, enlisting the help of a translator and using a phone with two receivers. I’m sure her lack of English language skills continues to plague Glenda in this world where many professionals do not speak Spanish.

Tomorrow afternoon we will return with the blue gently used car seat to take mother and baby home. She will wrap little Angeli in several blankets because at this point she doesn’t have a bunting or snowsuit or coat small enough to fit a newborn. I promised to take her on a shopping trip to Target (where she has a couple of gift cards) soon to get some sort of warm outerwear for the baby.

I wish for this baby, who is a US citizen, a life that is not quite so difficult as her mother’s has been. At this point endless possibilities await her. This is just the beginning.


Blogger Richard said...

A very lovely baby. I am glad it arrived well and I hope it is cherished and given the love and support it deserves.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

She is a beautiful baby! Congrats, adoptive grandma!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Richard -- I have no doubt this baby will be loved.

Kate -- Yeah, I do feel sort of like a surrogate grandma. It's a good feeling!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Kellyann Brown said...

Such a beautiful baby, mazel tov!

How exciting to see such a beautiful full-term, healthy baby!

6:34 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Oh how marvelous! Congratulations to the new mom! And a warm welcome to Angeli.

Thanks so much for allowing us to be in on all of this Barbara.

6:42 PM  
Blogger GEWELS said...

Finally! I've been waiting to hear.
She is absolutely gorgeous! And big too.
Glenda looks as if she's doing well too. Nice photos.

24 hour labor- yikes! If that isn't a great form of birth control I don't know what is.
This is just the beginning...

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet little one!!!

Do you think they make those baby blankets at the hospital ugly on purpose so people won't steal them!! heehee!!Tina

1:26 PM  
Anonymous lr said...

Great pictures, Barbara, especially the first one. She needs a 5x7 of that classic mother & baby shot. Thanks for sharing.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Welcome, special little one!

11:28 AM  

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