New Life

Long limbs stretch the length of my lap, auburn curls linger at my cheek. The melody of our rock lulls her sleep and I inhale her weight, her warmth.

Melting to her, our lines begin to blur. I soak in the life I have missed and vow to never leave this space.

As we sway, a pinch of consciousness tells me I cannot continue.

Fighting the urge to drown in our rhythm, I press my back to the worn rocker and lift us.

I settle her into a space that has always been and lay my palm at her back. Memorizing the rise and the fall and the peace, I move away.


The clock is as I remember, the wall is not.  A mocking beep swirls, voices echo, my chest burns.

I cannot swallow. Frozen, I cry with no sound.

Hot tears of recognition flow as I piece together where I have been and where I am now.

My eyes reluctantly focus. Tubes protest my head’s attempt to turn.

I see him again, for the first time.  Hospital tape suspends his picture to my bed rail.  How many hours has he lived without me?

Expectant faces watch a monitor for signs that I can sustain myself.

I can.

New life is waiting.

newborn photo

The picture taped to my bed, in Intensive Care.

I was never ready to share this until now, when I read this prompt, and knew I could do it:

Write about a season of change for your character or you. It can be literal or metaphorical.



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    • Jessica says

      My delivery with my youngest was life threatening and during the time I was unconscious I had a very vivid dream/experience of holding my daughter who passed away.

    • Jessica says

      I could not ask for a better compliment Nancy. Writing is healing for me and to think that it helps others in anyway is more than I could ask for.

    • Jessica says

      Thank you Cheryl. I have started to write this piece many times but could never \”go there.\” As soon as I read your prompt for Friday I knew that I needed to do it. It was hard to go through the motions of it all again but something I needed to do. I can\’t thank you enough for the community you have built at WoE.

  1. Jennifer B says

    Absolutely powerful & beautifully written. I had chills reading this and tears streaming down my cheek. So glad I came across this post. xo
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  2. says

    Oh Jessica….this was so powerful and emotional, I had to read it twice. More slowly the second time, really taking in your descriptions and feelings. So hard for you to share, I am sure.

    But what a journey you’ve been on. And thank you for trusting us all to share your words with.

    Much love to you…
    Sherri recently posted..Mourning Lessons

    • Jessica says

      Thank you Sherri, honestly I was afraid to share the fact that I had been through even more drama that I had never blogged about. I appreciate what I have learned from the journey but am hoping the years to come are much less eventful.

  3. julie moore says

    i find sharing my pain healing. I pray this was healing for you. It is so honest and beautiful. Thank you for being courageous.

  4. says

    Such beautiful writing to describe such a tough memory. Your courage and strength shows through in your words. Thank you for sharing this piece of yourself, as well as your exceptional talent.
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  5. says

    I just read it 4 times because it’s so beautiful and I wanted to make sure I took it all in, word for word. Thank you for trusting us and sharing your heart and feelings and these moments with us here. xo
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  6. says

    After.I was awed and amazed by your writing I was transported and I swear I felt every moment with you . Thank you for trusting us enough to share this memory with us, this was so beautiful I am in tears. Love u Jessica!
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  7. says

    I know this was difficult for you to write, but it is heart-wrenchingly perfect. You did more than write about a memory here; you transported us there, to the quiet comfort of your before and the aching strength you find in the after. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
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  8. says

    I knew you could do it too, knowing even so little about you. it’s beautiful and I am crying. The writing is wonderful and full of thought. I’m so honored and happy you shared this. Writing truly does help us sort out the inexplicable. I think. I hope. I hope you are finding that.
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    • Jessica says

      Thank you so much Nichole, this was a tough one for me but something I needed to write about and I truly appreciate your prompts and what they are able to help me put into words.

    • Jessica says

      Thank you Alison, I am so glad you always comment soon after I post because this post was hard to share and seeing your response was a huge sigh of relief. (Sorry for the tears)

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