All day today, these buds were tight and sunsoaked, as ready as they'd ever be. And now? Welcome. Welcome.

[A follow-up for Friday morning: by the time I wrote last night, I was so exhausted that I fell asleep over the computer for quite some time. But of course what happened is that the baby was born swiftly and healthily in Kentucky. She is lovely, and her mother and father look lovelier holding her than they did before--something I wouldn't have thought possible.]