‘Second Day’, International Women’s Day March 8, 2012 By Karen Andrews 2 Comments Hello! You are welcome to subscribe to my updates for free. Happy reading!‘Second Day’ That blood crusted crown, soft bone plates, pushed by birthing into cone-like shape. The arbitrary beeping and calling throughout the ward; the scuffling of nurses shoes announce their arrival – I often pretended to be asleep when they peeked through the door from the corridor, except when I didn’t, when I waved one in, or flagged one down in passing as I pointed to my screaming baby in his plastic cradle on wheels, “He’s still hungry and I’ve nothing left to give.” I remember one nurse bringing the bottle of formula: she stood not facing me, but to the side, as if to deflect a perceived defeat I might have been projecting. She jutted out her arm, from a distance, and handed it over. Kind words may have been said, I do not recall. And body language is hard to dispute, As is the silence of a finally full baby and the relief this brings; a clearing of air. So in retrospect, I harbour no ill-feelings: I’d had another child before and knew this was only the second day. My milk was still on its way, as are rainstorms conjured out of pressure and warmth, and I would make it through. But other mothers are not as lucky, and I can only imagine how they must feel. Which is a shame, to be made to feel anything other than extraordinary. For International Women’s Day. Karen AndrewsKaren Andrews is the creator of Karen Andrews. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time). « Why I Need To Stay Away From Pinterest When I’m Ovulating: And Two Other Reasons to Avoid the InternetCamping Glory »Comments Ann says March 9, 2012 at 9:39 am Thanks, not much coverage of International Womens Day this year!! Reply John ( aka @erlichcartman) says March 7, 2014 at 11:48 am Beautiful .. Places me back in the room where we welcomed our children .. So long ago/only yesterday and my complete adoration of my wife and her ability to bring forth life! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * Website Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.