Monday, January 11, 2010

happy birthday siena, you're a half year young!

happy birthday siena, you're a half year young!

i remember six months ago, about an hour before you arrived, the midwife looked out the hospital window and exclaimed out loud, "look! a rainbow!" i peered out the window and saw a curving column of colors stretching from one side of san francisco to another. all of us, even your mommy, stopped our labors for a moment to see the rainbow. and then the midwife exclaimed again, "now let's have this baby!"


do you remember, siena, your first three months? do you remember all the sights and sounds of your new home? do you remember your colic? your inconsolable crying? your all-night bouts of fussiness? we do. what bravery you showed those first few months.


did you know, siena, that you weren't the only brave one? do you remember that while you were bravely fighting colic, your mommy was bravely fighting postpartum depression? we do. and do you remember, siena, how family and friends rallied around us like a village? we do.


do you remember, siena, about two months ago when auntie jewlee, mommy's sister, moved from colorado to california to be your nanny? we do.


do you know, siena, how often your mommy and daddy talked about you before you even arrived? do you know how much we talk about your future? but most of all, do you know, siena, how happy and proud we are of you in the present, this day and all days? we do.


happy birthday siena, you're a half year young!

10 comments:

Dani said...

Aww. This warms my ice-encrusted cynical heart.

jini said...

oh my goodness.....i have tears of course. a wonderful loving tribute for a 6 month old. amazing that it's been this long!

Jo said...

...and it only gets better! Take it from the mom of a 23 and a 27 1/2 year old. (If that doesn't make you feel old, nothing will.)

Anonymous said...

Oh David, this is such a touching post!!!Happy Half Birthday, Siena, and Happy Half Year Parent Birthday to you and Sarah. (I think I just made that last one up... :) )

Penny

Bryan's workshop blog said...

Six months, already?! Wow.

fmarks said...

Half a year of lots and lots of new, mind-boggling and -expanding experiences. Parenthood truly changes you in every imaginable way. Siena, I know you will continue rocking your parents' world, in all the ways possible!
;-)

Alexandra said...

Siena, you have the most wonderful parents...and I know that having only met one of them ;) Seriously, what a beautiful, thoughtful, and hopeful child. That's what it's all about, hokey-pokey or not!

Sandy said...

What a beautiful and loving tribute to your precious little daughter.

Ivan Chew said...

This is poetry, David. :)

Anonymous said...

I continue to be so proud of you, David. This is a beautiful tribute to Siena and to her whole family. As you know, I truly love all the Silvers.
Marian G