Three Months



This is Will. William Mati Georges to be precise.

This is his first ever photo, taken by his papa perhaps an hour after his arrival. Welcome to the digital age, kiddo. He came into this world at 8:59 in the morning on November 16 of last year. He slid in after a cool four hours of labor, weighing seven pounds four ounces and measuring 19.7 inches.


We spent his first four days at the hospital, as per French habit/regulation. His tiny arms and legs moved without intention and his little blue eyes opened rarely and only to stare out at the world as though being awoken was a mild disturbance. He cried mostly at night and his little bleating calls filled up my whole consciousness. My body ached from the business of bringing him out of it and into this world, but we walked circles and circles at two in the morning anyway until he finally fell asleep in my arms.

I learned to feed him and clothe him and bathe him and every step felt like learning the customs of a new culture. I felt like a refugee in a foreign land: disoriented, a little fearful, but infinitely grateful to be in this new place. Not that where I came from required fleeing, but it is certain that there’s no going back.


There are joyful little milestones that slowly unfold him like a love note where each word reveals a great, new meaning. I see him starting to truly see the world. His little eyes, still blue, can focus now. His little hands can grasp. He can make lots of little noises to talk to me in between silence and screaming. He can smile, and he does, and often. He’s becoming more and more some one, more and more himself. I’m becoming more and more used to being some one’s mother and reveling ever more in being his.

We’re all different now because of Will. His sister is a sister now. His father has a son. And all together, we have him. He’s ours and we’re his as much as any of us can belong to each other in this life and in this world. I’ll tell you what. He’s a keeper.

6 thoughts on “Three Months

  1. Dear Jourdie, you’ve written so beautifully about being a new mother. You’re experiencing something that I had the fortune to experience twice with my own children and now three times in a whole different way with the grandchildren. I’m so happy that your daddy is coming to meet his grandson. He’s going to experience such joy!! Have a great visit together! I love you!! Send love to Cedric and Ema!! Love, Auntie Jo

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Jourdie, What a beautiful, touching, heart felt blog. It’s 4:20 pm here on Thursday afternoon and I leave home tomorrow morning at 8:00 am, less than 16 hours, then I travel overnight and will see you and Will on Saturday. Pretty amazing. Can’t wait. All my love, Dad

    Michael Sent from my iPhone


  3. Wow, Jourdie, congratulations to you and your beautiful new family. This love letter to Will was a joy to read. I’m so happy for you. He has such a beautiful face.
    Lots of love,


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