Yesterday I went to visit Sara, Russ, and their new baby girl, Piper, and I came bearing gifts of homemade macaroni and cheese and homemade brownies. Piper is a little beauty with delicate ears, an equally delicate nose, and a wonderful smell. As Sara noted, that smell should be bottled and sold. Why do young creatures smell so good? It is the same way with puppies and kittens. Is it the smell of being new to this world? Whatever the reason, as I held the sleeping Piper, I just took in her smell as I admired that dear, little face.
Piper is Sara and Russ’s first child, and what a joy to watch them as they work together to take care of their new baby. For the most part, gone are the days when men went to work and had very little to do with childcare. Russ’s employer has given him four weeks of fully-paid paternity leave—a benefit all parents should have—and he is just as involved as Sara is with taking care of the baby.
As Sara noted on Facebook: “We gave Piper her first bath. And when I say ‘we’ I really mean Russ did. I was sort of the bath butler.”
“I could take care of Piper full time,” Russ told me, and he is so joyful and relaxed around Piper that I certainly believed him.
While I held Piper, Sara gazed at her child with that new-mother-totally-in-love-with-her-baby look, and she couldn’t resist coming over to kiss the baby’s cheeks and nose.
I stayed for a little over an hour, and we talked about Sara’s delivery, babies, children, and how it was perfectly all right that some women did not want to have babies. Truly, Russ and Sara are a modern couple who think there is more than one way to live a good life. For some, it is having a family. For others, it is not, and they are not judgemental about couples who choose to remain childless.
When it was time for me to leave, Sara said, “Come again!” and I certainly will.
As I drove to Augusta and thought about Piper, Sara, and Russ, I was so teary eyed that it’s a wonder I could see well enough to drive. I’ve known Sara since she was a little girl. Now, she is a young woman with a sweet little baby and a terrific husband who said proudly, “We’re a team.”
Congratulations, Sara and Russ! What wonderful, loving parents you will be and already are. And little Piper, welcome to this world!