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April 28, 2004

Due Date

Today is Molly's due date, which is a kind of birthday for her and day of reflection for me. Although I realize developmental charts are not exact, they will now more accurately trace the little steps she will take toward childhood rather than the depressing possibilities of preemie problems. The "what-ifs" become "what next?" and the milestones become achievements rather than cause for relief. A fragile preemie becomes a vivacious newborn.

I reflect on the ease with which parenthood has come to me. I think being older makes a big difference. There's no substitute for the confidence experience brings, although nothing can prepare you for the loss of sleep a gassy baby brings. But that's part of the contract, part of the process of passing on our genes and creating a new human.

The experience of Molly for me works on several levels. I see her as my child, but also as the irrepressible biological processes that govern all; as our brash human spirit; as life's poetic struggle to simply be; as an infinitely malleable mind capable of learning any language, any culture, any creed; as a product and recipient of my and her mother's love.

Happy (scheduled) Birthday, Molly.

Introducing "Best of MollyCam"

Posted by tat at April 28, 2004 09:53 AM

Happy Birthday, Molly!

Love Aunt Jenn & Uncle Craig

The "Molly Show" is still my favorite show. I've laughed, I've cried. It's great!


Posted by: Jenn Hare at April 28, 2004 10:41 AM

Happy Birhtday to Molly Elizabeth!!
I love the Best of Mollycam. Thank You.
I vote with Aunt Jenn-Mollycam has become my favorite hourly viewing!! Seeing Molly's precious life is a true gift!!

Posted by: Nana T at April 28, 2004 09:32 PM

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! Maybe some day you'll be able to watch reruns of "The Molly Show" and realize how much you are truly loved!

Deb & Nik Taranik

Posted by: Deb Taranik at April 28, 2004 10:23 PM