The circus welcomes its star, long-awaited and affectionately known as the creature, now more appropriately called Talitha.
We pronounce it Tah-LEE-tha, it means “little girl” or “little maid” and is taken from the Biblical story where Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead, telling her: “Talitha cumi” or “Little girl, arise.”
It was a name we both secretly agreed on in jest while dating should we marry and have a daughter.
Then Laurence used the phrase “Talitha cumi” to ask me to stand at the end of his wedding speech as a private message between us. I took it that he was telling me quietly that he looked forward to our future together.
Talitha was born (so they tell me) weighing 7lbs and 3oz. For those for whom that latter bit of information is head-scratchingly trivial, it means she was smallish.
It was both a home and hospital birth, a difficult and fortunate experience, over a long and short period of time.
I will explain more about that later. Time is helping me to put together the humorous and the harrowing. But we’re all in good health and much in love.
Meanwhile, we’re enjoying our baby, spending inordinate amounts of time smelling her head, staring at all her bits and pieces while getting to grips with cloth nappies, breastfeeding and so far non-existent “patterns” of sleeping.
Thank you for all your support on the journey so far! Your comments have really helped me think through some immense stuff along the way.
Images: Laurence Jarrett-Kerr
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