Welcome Outside Of Your Mother's Womb

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My sister had her baby on Monday and I'm pretty sure my heart nearly exploded the first time I got a good look at her. I've held her in my arms for probably a total of 27 minutes and I'm not yet convinced that I wouldn't commit a crime to protect her. This little peanut first arrived in the belly in Philly and made the trek back to Denver at the end of last summer. She was there as her mama cheered for the Broncos, took an epic trip to Telluride (with a stop at K's in BV on the way home), attended the ThanksGIVING Party at Snooze and the holiday eat drink create, and she got to be there for Colorado Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, all before she even started using her lungs! It's kind of crazy, this business of welcoming babies, and I know for sure that I don't have the words to express how incredible it is. So enjoy the photos along with the words of the great Lori Chaffer while I try to figure out how to convince this little chiquita that I'm her favorite auntie.

Welcome to this dusty land
Where you will cry lots but we'll all understand
Things may not turn out sometimes like you plan
That's alright our little (wo)man


Welcome outside of your mother's womb
I know that it's frightening
But now there's more room
Just think of all the great things you'll do
Just by you being you


I don't care what the world
Says about all this struggling
All I know is that now you're here
It's all lovely lovely
I don't care about
All the things that have troubled me
Now that you're here I remember life
Can be so lovely

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Vera Joy was born January 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm mountain time, weighing 6 lbs and 6 oz, and measuring 20 inches long. She's perfect and her mama (who hand-knitted that adorable hat) is a downright champ.