there's a mellow kind of sadness that comes from realizing that one of the wounds that felt so fresh is now, ever-so-slowly, healing.
maggie had her first visit with her new pediatrician today. it's in the office where i went to see the lactation consultant about, oh, six months ago. when we came in this morning, there were so many tiny babies there. some were there for two week checkups, but one was there to see the lactation consultant. 5 day old little boy and a mom probably really worried.
she said that he had lost 6 ounces. i told her that was fabulous. "you must be doing something right!" i said.
i remembered so well that worry--that worry about whether or not you could provide what your baby needed.
not long after, as we were waiting in the room, i heard the lactation consultant weigh that same baby after feeding, just as she had done with me and maggie. "a little more than an ounce," i heard her say with happiness in her voice. "is that good?" the mom asked. "for five days? that's wonderful!"
and my heart hurt a little bit, at the same time as i silently cheered that mama. when we were measured, it wasn't even an ounce. it was less than a quarter of an ounce. it was not sustaining.
while i was sitting there, i took stock of how i felt. it wasn't the raw, vibrating, resonating pain of failure anymore. it wasn't even the "i should have kept going," though knowing what i do now, i might have made a different decision. it wasn't the hot regret of what could have been. it was just...experience. it was realizing that the finger that you cut a few days ago no longer hurts when you use it. it's knitting together of what used to be separate.
i think i'll always feel that same sense of memory as we go to that same place, though i imagine those memories will begin to be overtaken by memories of maggie making friends with kids in the waiting room, charming nurses at the same time as she screams at them, shots and measurements that indicate tremendous, healthy growth.
it was interesting. it was odd. it was time, i suppose, to let it go a little bit more.
we did what we could. next time, we'll try to do it better. but nothing we're doing now is anything but awesome for maggie.
and mommy's learning that more every day.