Suddenly there you were in my arms, so light and helpless, So many emotions: wonder, astonishment, concern ... love, like I'd never felt before. Changing nappies. Waking up in the night. So fragile, like you were made of glass. But so soft! Like you were made of ripe peaches. The first time we took you outside, wrapped up snug in the cutting February air. Slowly gaining weight; the relief as your little body changed and your blue eyes grew wide and watchful. How fast things changed! You were eating real food and making sweet sounds. You were toddling out of sight. I can't keep you safe forever, beautiful princess. But when you come home, Daddy will be there.