The Circle Of Life

By Stephanie

I am no longer in waiting! My sweet baby girl arrived at home early Monday morning in the most peaceful and dreamy way. I’ve been gushing about her all week, and am just soaking in every single scrumptious inch of her newborn sweetness.

No matter how many times I’ve been pregnant, I still can not wrap my mind around this miracle of birth. How it can be possible that this little bundle I hold close actually lived inside me for nine months. And the last week or so was this very size. Inside me! How can that be?

And now she is on the outside, living and breathing and making her mark in this world. How is it possible that she could go from the womb to my arms and the instant we meet, I could not ever imagine life without her?

My midwife Lynda came and made her two day check up with me and the baby yesterday. I told her how I couldn’t stop looking at my sweet girl and how I could just feel that she has an old soul. Her name- Ivy LaRue- just fits her in a most unexplainable way. Lynda’s eyes lit up and she said, “I have to tell you something.”

After Ivy’s birth, she went home and rested and later in the day had to visit some other clients for checkups. We have had heavy flooding recently and many roads were closed. She was unable to get to the client’s home, so she phoned her and let her know. The Mom told Lynda that it was ok, because her Aunt Ivy had passed away that day and they were very close. She was making the appropriate arrangements.

Lynda told her that she just had a birth that day, to my little Ivy LaRue. One Ivy came in, and another one went out.

This life… such a miracle, a circle. An amazing thing.

Stephanie Precourt is the managing editor of 5 Minutes For Parenting and also blogs at Adventures In Babywearing.

29 Responses to The Circle Of Life
  1. AmyG
    September 19, 2008 | 1:37 am

    She is beautiful! Your post brought tears to my eyes! Life is amazing. Congratulations!

  2. To Think Is To Create
    September 19, 2008 | 2:46 am

    OMG talk about chills! It does always happen this way, it’s just that it’s not always so literal!

    Wow. Just wow. I adore her so much, that’s why it’s been killing me to not see her yet! Soon though!

    Any extension of you and your love, just like the boys, is priceless in my eyes. The fact that she’s an old soul, well I’m not surprised in the least, and I can see the two of you being best friends. I’m sure you already are. 🙂

  3. Steph
    September 19, 2008 | 6:14 am

    Wow, what a story! My daughter was due on the day my dad had passed a way four years before…and as babies do, she has brought us so much love and joy. She often waves over my shoulder at nothing that I can see, and I like to think he’s watching over us and she can see him…maybe a bit strange of me, but it makes me smile.

    Ivy is just so precious, and I am so happy for you and your family!

  4. Miche
    September 19, 2008 | 9:57 am

    Oh my! How awesome is that!? Babies are such cute little wonders-what a great story to tell her someday.

  5. Erin
    September 19, 2008 | 10:04 am

    That is chilling and beautiful. I am sure that woman took comfort in knowing that another Ivy had entered the world. Amazing that your little girl is less than a week old and already touching lives!

  6. Monkey Giggles
    September 19, 2008 | 10:08 am

    What an awesome story. It can only be a God thing.

  7. pickel
    September 19, 2008 | 10:10 am

    wow…she was chosen.

  8. heather
    September 19, 2008 | 10:51 am

    wow. I got chills and tears reading that! Great story!

  9. Rhonda (Mimi)
    September 19, 2008 | 11:05 am

    I felt chills and tears while reading this. It IS the circle of life. Ivy’s name has such purpose. My mom’s grandmother was called Ivy, even though she was named Iva, like my mom. So, I think she would be Ivy’s great great great grandma, Ivy Washington. I hope I got this right.

  10. melody is slurping life
    September 19, 2008 | 11:11 am

    Life is amazing…the eternal circle. It’s beautiful and so is Ivy.

  11. Lisa
    September 19, 2008 | 11:34 am

    Oh my, that is chilling!

    I can’t wait to be posting about my wee one, due to arrive anytime. More and more contractions daily, won’t be long now!

    I can’t stop smiling seeing Ivy’s pictures, I can’t wait for more!

  12. Amy
    September 19, 2008 | 11:48 am

    I got chills too! That is amazing, God’s timing is impeccable 🙂

  13. flipflopmamma
    September 19, 2008 | 11:51 am

    Oh my, that made me all teary eyed. Awesome story. God is wonderful!!

  14. Megan
    September 19, 2008 | 11:58 am

    Wheeee. Cold chills, in a good way!

  15. Jenny
    September 19, 2008 | 12:04 pm

    Aww, it did give me goosebumps!

  16. Tina
    September 19, 2008 | 1:11 pm

    That’s AMAZING! Definitely gave me the chills 🙂

  17. Megryansmom
    September 19, 2008 | 2:25 pm

    Spingles! Congrats, Ivy is beautiful.

  18. Valerie
    September 19, 2008 | 2:47 pm

    I am so happy for you!! I have been following you on Twitter (I’m Mamalovelock) since the birth and now your blog. Ivy is beautiful and precious. I had a baby back in April and it is so very amazing. Again congrats!!

  19. Karen
    September 19, 2008 | 4:30 pm

    Your post reminds me of when my daughter Riley was born last October. Riley came into the world on October 9th, and my Uncle Jim (my Mom’s brother) died the next day. It was a “circle of life” in a way for us–we considered Riley’s birth to be God’s way of providing comfort during our time of sorrow. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful Ivy! Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us.

  20. Jennifer
    September 19, 2008 | 5:10 pm

    That is beautiful…

    On September 21, 1995 I watched the final hours of my dad’s dad take his last breaths. I clung to his bedside breathing in as he took a breath in and exhaling as he exhaled.

    I was very close to him…

    On September 21, 1997 my oldest girl was born…….

    He passed around 4:30 in the morning.

    She was born around 4:30 in the afternoon.

    God is awesome!

  21. Susan (5 Minutes for Mom)
    September 19, 2008 | 6:21 pm

    What a precious little girl! And so very blessed to have you as her mother.

    Enjoy every second.

  22. Tina
    September 19, 2008 | 7:32 pm

    Oh she is exquisite! Wishing her a long and healthy and joyful life.

  23. Renee
    September 20, 2008 | 9:21 am

    Circle of life is amazing I’ve worked in maternity ward before getting married and across the hall was the palliative care so one end was being born while the other were leaving live !!!!

  24. SarahHub
    September 20, 2008 | 9:54 am

    What an amazing story!

    I, like you, marvel at brand new babies. They were just inside the womb, and now they are here with us! So perfect!

  25. Jenny from Mommin' It Up!
    September 20, 2008 | 10:10 pm

    What a beautiful story! I remember being so anxious at about 38 weeks and after, just wanting the baby to be OUTSIDE of me. I just got to a point where I felt like I could care for it better on the outside. Feeling that readiness, that anticipation, and then to finally have that baby in my arms – it’s just too awesome to describe! I am glad you are feeling the wonder again!

  26. Jennifer
    September 21, 2008 | 10:44 am

    Absolutely amazing! So glad you shared this story. And it is truly amazing that you can totally fall in love in such an instant and not imagine life without that new baby so quickly.

  27. Amy M
    September 24, 2008 | 9:19 am

    awesome, awesome, awesome story.

    ok, i’m done stalking you…for now… 😉

  28. Gina
    October 1, 2008 | 10:36 am

    Congrats! What a beautiful story.

    I remember the awe of my fourth birth (to a girl after three boys) and the joy of drinking in her presence…all of their presences. Well, my baby is 6 now and there’s a different kind of awe. The way her personality sparkles and challenges. How exciting for you to be in the stage you’re in, though every stage is a wonder and blessing!

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