Maternity Mama

I love the Iron & Wine lyric: “Mother, remember the blink of an eye/when I breathed through your body” – it’s so evocative of the fantastic mammalian moment we call maternity and the importance of photos to store what our memories might not.

My 3 year old asked me recently, “How is there room for the baby in a belly if the mother eats a lot of food?” and I tried to remind her that we just say a baby is in its mama’s belly, but it actually is in the uterus, below the stomach, a completely different pocket of home. I suppose we like the alliterative ring of Baby and Belly, but it is certainly a possibly confusing idea for the literal-minded.

It’s worth celebrating the blink when there are two heartbeats in one body.

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