Thursday, 30 January 2014

A Woman Changed (Times Two)

Love set you going like a fat gold watch.
The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry
 Took its place among the elements.
Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival. New statue.
In a drafty museum, your nakedness
Shadows our safety. We stand round blankly as walls.
I'm no more your mother
 Than the cloud that distills a mirror to reflect its own slow
 Effacement at the wind's hand.
All night your moth-breath
Flickers among the flat pink roses.
  I wake to listen: A far sea moves in my ear.
One cry, and I stumble from bed, cow-heavy and floral
In my Victorian nightgown.
Your mouth opens clean as a cat's.
The window square
Whitens and swallows its dull stars. And now you try
Your handful of notes; The clear vowels rise like balloons.
Morning Song by Sylvia Plath, via 1
The Outfit:
Vintage Stretchy Black Dress: from a charity shop
Green Sequin belt just seen: from a friend
Earrings: from Accessorize
I've not been online or blogging much recently, and now you can see why.
I've been working on a particularly happy, important and taxing project: that of growing two babies inside me!
This multiple pregnancy will (fingers crossed) continue to take up much of my energy in the coming months, and future years of mothering, so I'll be blogging less frequently, but still hopefully about once or twice a month from now on.
Photos taken a few weeks ago when I was 18 weeks pregnant with twins.
Hoping you're all well, looking forward to catching up soon.


  1. Oh My Goodness Emalina! Congratulations!!! A new Mama on the horizon, and with two wee babes! So very happy for you my dear! You look ever so beautiful!!!

  2. Oh wow! Congratulations! You are definately going to have your hands full.


  3. You look absolutely radiant! Congratulations! And twins wow! What an adventure!

  4. Oh my gollygosh!! What wonderful news - and TWINS!!! That is so very exciting, you are going to be a wonderful mother and I imagine you will have many heirlooms to pass on to them! What a beautiful pregnant belly you have! Xxx

  5. P.S. I forgot to say: congratulations!!! I'm so very happy for you. x

  6. Oh so happy for you! You are going to be a mommy! And, a grand one at this. I can imagine that your child will have the most magical of times with you. So wonderful!

  7. Opps, missed the twins part...double the fun:))

  8. Oh sweet Emalina I am thrilled for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    With so much affection, and all warmest best wishes times two,

  9. Congratulations! What an adventure you have ahead, x2! Many blessings on you and your dear little ones to come.

  10. Many congratulations! What exciting news. It's tiring enough growing just one new human being; growing two is harder still, so make sure you get plenty of rest and look after yourself. You look wonderful! xxx

  11. Congratulations!!! Two!!!! Double the excitement! You look amazing...that bump is simply delicious! Xx

  12. Congratulations for the twins!!! Soo awesome news, happy happy HAPPY for you :))

  13. Being mom to twins myself I know how wonderful it is. So you have many amazing moments ahead. Congratulations! I am really happy for you. You look glowing.

  14. Congratulations, my dear! That's very exciting news and you're looking ravishing. Take loads and loads of rest, we're here for you when you have the time and energy. xxx

  15. Joyful, glorious news, to match joyful-looking, glorious you. And lucky, lucky babies to have you as their mum. Sending much love.

  16. How wonderful, my dear friend, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Congratulations to you and to that lucky child who will be in your sweet warm arms.
    Much loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  17. Oh my Emalina...Congratulations!!!!! I'm sooo happy for you!!!!! And twins... guess you're the happiest person ever atm :) Take your time and relax as much as possible! Btw you look amazing my dear! Have a fab time! xx Tani

  18. I recognised Sylvia's words straightaway. What an appropriate poem to announce your happy news. Congratulations and with twins to boot! You'll have to make sure you get plenty of rest xxx

  19. How amazing is that, congrats!!!! You look so happy and beautifull!!

  20. Congratulations, you look fabulous my dear Xx

  21. Oh, wow! Congratulations, and take care of yourself. How exciting!

  22. That dress is super elegant!

  23. Congratulations!!

  24. Twins, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    You are going to be the best mother in the world, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  25. Very exciting news Emalina! I am thrilled for you and will be following you through this new adventure in life. You look absolutely radiant!

  26. Wonderful! How exciting - and you look so gorgeous! Best of everything to you. Thanks for sharing the wonderful news with Visible Monday.

  27. Congratulations and what fabulous news! You don't do things by half measures, do you? Twins! And you look so slinky in your dress ... we'll all be here when you get back!

  28. Oh! Yes, you mentioned there are changes over here. My warmest congratulations to you and your partner. The poem captures all the beauty of mother and child. And I echo the comments - you look absolutely beautiful. I wonder how this process will impact your own writing and poetry and visual art.

  29. Good luck with your pregnancy!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  30. Congratulations again. I'm a twin (fraternal) and it's wonderful. :)

  31. OMG, how could i miss this !!!! congratulations, my dear!


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