Five years ago today, we delivered a beautiful baby girl in our living room in The Hague. After her birth, our brilliant midwife, Christine, and our sweet kraamzorg, Astrid, moved off to their own little corner and ate all our chocolate so we could have our own time and space to meet and fuss over this precious new little life. What a healing change from our first-born's hospital birth. What a perfect start.
Her first four birthdays were celebrated in Australia, in the summertime, usually by the water and typically without clothes on. This is the first birthday she has celebrated in The States, in the winter and most definitely with lots of warm clothes on (though bits will be shed over the course of the day, I'm sure). She has been a constant joy, our off-with-the-fairies, old soul, sensitive, sweet reminder of all that is good and important in life.
Today, she is 5.