What makes love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bank balances smaller, homes happier, clothes dirtier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for? The answer is a new baby. We have been blessed to have two new firstborn babies in our extended family. Samuel Charles made his debut on April 15, the day after we arrived in Toronto and Jacob Leo joined us on May 10, just a couple of days before I return to Rome.
I’m lucky to have the opportunity to spend a little time with Jacob who is placid and easy to please. Even though I’ve seen many newborns, I’m still fascinated by how small they are. It seems a miracle that their bodies can be so small and so perfect. Apparently, at 3 days, an infants stomach is the size of a walnut and only capable of holding about 25mL. Jacob’s entire forearm is the width of his mother’s hand. The real miracle is the joy that babies bring not only to their parents, but to all around them. I may be biased!