Thursday, March 20, 2014

Two Years Ago We Looked Like This

Why do I wake up one day, quaking with the anxiety and then the next, wake up feeling fine and very much myself again? Is it the sun which is full-on today? Is it the fact that I don't have to go to town until it's time for Gibson's little party this evening?


Two years ago today his mama called me in the morning. "I can't do this any more and I'm not even really in labor!" she wailed.
Less than two hours (one hour?) later, she'd had that baby. The midwife's assistant didn't even have time to get to the house but no worries- I was a birth assistant in a former lifetime, Jessie is a mommy-baby nurse, May is the steady, calm love-of-a-sister, Jason was perfect and strong and with the midwife's help, caught his son himself and to tell you the truth- Lily and Gibson could have done it all with no help from any of us.

Do you remember this?

Minutes after he was born.
Such a beautiful, beautiful day that was. And it went so quickly, so well, that by lunch time, we were all sitting around, eating sandwiches that Boppy had gotten, going, "So well, what do you want to do today?"
I'll never forget when we called Hank to tell him that Lily was about to have the baby. He said, "Okay, y'all take care of that shit. Call me when the baby comes."

More pictures.

Oh, I do. 
Such a holy, happy day. 
And a new family was born and reborn. 

Wait! I have more pictures but Blogger isn't letting me post them. What the hell?

There you go. Just had to do a little dance.

My god it is a beautiful day here in Lloyd and tonight we'll all get together to celebrate that boy being two. And I am feeling good and am going to take a walk and tend chickens and plant some stuff in the dirt and take a nap and go to town to eat pizza and watch Gibson open presents and I am smiling so big right this second, thinking about all of it.

Happy Solstice, y'all. And thanks for coming along on this ride.

Love...Ms. Moon

P.S. I have to point out that being able to have your baby at home is one of the greatest blessings of all. Which means- blessing upon blessing upon blessing up to and including infinity. 


  1. Those pictures are so precious and tender, thank you for sharing them! Makes me misty and long for simpler times, when babies were small and faces were young. (Mine! LOL!)
    Enjoy your day!

  2. Gorgeous day here too. Yes, I think this long winter and not enough blue sky days has contributed to my own feelings of unease. And no fucking way that little boy is two years old.

  3. Happy birthday little Gibson. Happy birthing day, beautiful Lily! And thank you, Mary, for sharing his two years on the planet with us!

  4. Time flies, it really does. My own little timeline is a jumble, but right here on your blog is proof of how quickly time flies, and how amazing to look back and remember the Bless Our Hearts days before Owen or before Gibson. It's unthinkable now, they are part of my online family, my window to the world. Thanks for taking us along on the ride with you. It's really an honor.
    Happy Birthday Gibson.
    And that last picture? Oh my heart.

  5. I can just imagine how proud Gibson is today. Makes me smile.

  6. I love that last photo of Owen and Gibson together.

    Funny -- if you'd asked me, I'd have said I've been reading here longer than two years. But Gibson had already come into the world by the time I found you, so I guess not!

  7. Oh my sweet perfection! Those pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing them. It's so good to see you, I don't see enough of you. And how you can't take your eyes off the baby. Happy Birthday to Gibson!

  8. I was here for Gibson's birth and can't believe how the time has flown by. I remember that day and most of those pictures. He is a beautiful boy and is lucky to have beem born into your family. Happy birthday little Gibson and happy birthing day gorgeous Lily and happy grandma and grandpa day to the best Mer Mer and Boppy around. Have a wonderful celebration with your loved ones. Sweet Jo

  9. Happy birthday Gibson Monroe, and happy birth-day to Lily!

  10. Happy birthday Gibson! Look at all the love you were born into and have now multiplied. I am so humbled to witness it. That picture of Lily with Gibson in one arm and Owen curled against her other side is my favorite. What an awesome big brother he has been. Have a wonderful time at the birthday party. I will be thinking if you all.

  11. I remember that day so well and cannot believe it was only 2 years ago! I was reading you a long time before that, maybe from the time Owen was younger than Gibson is now and still grooving on the Mr. Peep story. What a happy place you have made here for all of us to visit. As I sit here in freezing Toronto, happy Solstice and send a good thought that we thaw out here someday soon.


  12. I'm all choked up. Those pictures just slay me.
    Happy Equinox Ms Mary Moon.

  13. Two years old! What sweet, sweet pix. Look at all that love welcoming him. What a gorgeous way to come into the light.

  14. Those photos are just heavenly.

  15. Oh, my! Of course I remember. And I remember him turning ONE!

    I look at these pictures and wish I could have had my babies at home. And even though Lily could have brought Owen into the world just fine all by herself I am glad that she had the people the love her most surrounding her.

  16. Hard to believe he's already 2! My youngest grandson will be 2 in July. Time needs to stop flying!

  17. heartinhand- Oh Lord. Me too.

    Ellen Abbott- Fucking way, my dear.

    Elizabeth- My complete and utter pleasure.

    Mel- Gosh. It's so hard to believe that some of you have known me for so very long. And yet- it is true and I feel so lucky in that. That last picture is one of my very favorites. It's like they knew already that they were going to be the best of friends.

    Jill- He was a little overwhelmed but he handled it very well.

    Steve Reed- That doesn't even seem possible but it must be so!

    Ms. Vesuvius- After my own children's births, the birth days of my grandchildren have been the very best of my life.

    Sweet Jo- Thank you! And we did have a wonderful party. Sweet and simple and perfect.

    SJ- I think YOU'VE been here since day one. Jeez. I feel like I should set a place at the table for you, darling!

    Angella- Owen never got jealous of Gibson. I have been so amazed at naturally and sweetly he's taken to being a big brother from the very first moment. And Gibson adores him.

    Invisigal- First- yes- I send hope for Spring your way. Oh, how I miss the Mr. Peep story! Owen remember it but he doesn't really want to hear it. Sigh....
    Thanks for being here all this time. So much.

    Ms. Yo- And to you! I can't wait for your newest grand to come into this world.

    Andrea- And at home, there are no barriers to the free and full expression of that love. It is so the-way-it-should-be.

    Jo- If all births were like that one would be a better world.

    Birdie- It is one of the best things I ever did, having my kids at home. I was so lucky to be in a community where that could happen. Not always legally...
    But it was holy. Which trumps the law.
    And yes, Lily liked all the love, I am sure.

    Lois- If you figure out how to make it slow down, please let me know!

  18. So glad for Gibson and his family. I remember being anxious to hear two years ago that he was born and all was okay. All of us bloggers are like an extended family.

  19. Thank you so much for sharing those family pictures. That trajectory of newborn to what comes next is, I think, what we should think of every single day.


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