"In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks."
John Muir

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Sum of the Parts Don't Equal the Whole

How does this Grandma describe her tiny baby boy?
He has been part of us for a mere 5 days...
120 hours...
7,200 minutes.
A few heartbeats, that's all.

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He is a delicate seashell curve of an ear
measuring 1/2 the length of his mother's thumb.

He is tiny fingers with knuckles and creases.
Even tinier fingernails that already need trimmed.

He is wrinkled wee feet and toes.
His 3 inch long footprint arrived as uniquely his.

He is dark blue eyes just beginning 
to open and gaze around.
These windows to his soul are deep and pensive.
They penetrate me and make me want to never disappoint him.

He is silky blonde fuzz and a recognizable hairline.
These swirls and patterns are Ethan's only.

Yet he is so much more than the sum of his marvelous parts.
He is our boy, our love, our sweetness.
What he hears, holds, sees and where he steps are totally up to us
at this time.  We owe him a world of goodness,
honesty, fairness, and happiness as he starts out his days.

He asks only for a full belly, a warm blanket 
and a soft shoulder to rest upon.
These are yours, Baby Dearest.
Sleep well.  We are here.


  1. You post gives me the chills. He is here and I am completely in love.

  2. I just loved the pictures of Ethan. He is beautiful! carol

  3. Oh These are GREAT photos of him. Thank you for posting these!