Oct 10 2010

Dar Luz

Published by at 1:36 pm under Family,Mothers & Daughters,Photo Galleries

Back on April 14, Yo-Nenny sent me an email that she was going to name her new baby Whistlepig Allison Redwine. She didn’t.

On October 1, 2010 at 11:11 a.m., 20-inch-long and 6-pound-2-ounce-heavy Ember Redwine arrived in our lives. In attendance were her father Jason, her aunt Lulu, and her Mama Ginna. I should not neglect to mention that Yo-Nenny did in fact show up at the birth. Not only that, she is responsible for popping out the new light of our lives. My  teacher told me that dar luz is how they say give birth in Spanish: to give light. Eleni’s name means light in Greek. So if you put it all together, you could say that light gave light to light.

We all are besotted. It was a hell of a long night. I had been at my friend M’s house in Sac for a few days when I had this sudden feeling I needed to get back to the Bay. Ten minutes into my drive I called Yo-Nenny, whose water broke during our conversation. That was about 8 pm, so I knew there’d be no sleeping that night. Rather than going home for a coat and camera, I went straight to pick up the imminent parents and on to Kaiser. We got there around 10. Lulu showed up around 11. The night went on and on and on. Childbirth, I must say, is pretty bloody boring, unless you’re the one dar-ing luz. It was tiring and boring and uncomfortable until sometime after 10 am, when the world began to brighten with the appearance of a wedge of fuzzy head.

Emmy’s beginnings were a little tense. Yo-Nenny had spiked a fever that was a tenth of a degree from landing her in the OR with a Caesarean and Emmy in neonatal ICU for a day. Emmy had been imbibing meconium and wasn’t breathing when she made her appearance. An impressively large team of doctors and nurses whisked her away and got her pink and active. When she was placed on her mother’s breast, she reached out to see what was nearby: not the startle reflex, but actually extending her arms till they touched something. Her unfocused eyes flicked back and forth, trying to take in the strange place she’d landed.

She is beautiful. The first thing I noticed about her was her long and thick black hair. The second thing were her long fingers. I said they were like mine. Jason agreed. Smart man. It wasn’t till five minutes later that I thought to find out if she was, indeed, a girl.

Welcome, beautiful Emmy. I adore you, and I congratulate your wonderful parents and your devoted auntie.

12 responses so far

12 Responses to “Dar Luz”

  1. Nenny says:

    Oh, Mama…

  2. Syd says:

    Oh my dears–such a lovely thing to behold–gad, I got tears at the second picture–beeooootifulllll! Welcome, Ember Redwine!!!!!

    “best tontoro”

  3. Oleg K. says:

    You broke her water!

    Congrats to new parents, new baby, and new mama!!

  4. Molly says:


  5. PT says:

    Ginna, that was lovely. Made me cry.

  6. Nenny says:

    My GAWD-that last picture…
    Is it vain that I watch this over and over?
    Ember just gave me my answer, I think, by pooping in my lap.

  7. Nenny says:

    …and thank you all for the congrats.

  8. Jeannette says:

    Oh my, oh my! I am so jealous. I need a redwine now!

  9. jill says:

    that was so beautiful! thank you for sharing and the constant updates. congratulations and love to all! i can’t wait to meet her! xoxo

  10. Ginna says:

    Jeannette: everyone needs a little redwine. Jill: so let’s arrange a visit… SOOON.

  11. Kris says:

    OOOOH!!!! OOOOOOOH!!!!!! OOOOOOH!!!!!!!! What a face! Such a—-Person! She’s so All There. Isn’t it a wonder, how she wasn’t, and now how she so IS? As indeed, were/are we all. A great great blessing—and a blessing to share it! Big hugs all round.

  12. Eleni says:

    What an awesome thing to be able to revisit Ember’s birth exactly one year later. Thank you for keeping up this little bloggy of yours.

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