Thursday, May 8, 2008


Today, Sara's babies hatched. At least two of them. I couldn't see the others well enough to tell.

Just this morning I peeked at our nest and was disappointed to see our four eggs untouched. And then tonight, I brought Ben out to check again and there they were. I warned the kids they would be ugly scrawny little things that won't really look like birds at first.

"Ugly like new babies are ugly, but then they get cuter later?" Allie, said.

"Yep, pretty much the same thing." I laughed.

But here's my secret. I actually don't think these few-hours- old baby birds are that ugly. I admit that they could use a bit of fat and fluff, but I think they are kind of amazing. And I cannot help but think how their tiny, pink, alien bodies, look remarkably like the pictures of my own babies curled up inside of me. Their skin was so translucent I could almost see their hearts beating inside them.

It's a miracle, this thing called birth. Even on this tiny scale.
Grow strong little birdies. We're pulling for you.

See? The black part is the beak, all curled up next to it's wing? Don't you just want to cover him (her?) up with a tiny receiving blanket?

OK, maybe that's just me.


the dragonfly said...

Oh, how wonderful! It's so cool that your kids (and you!) are able to experience this new life. :)

karen said...

That urge to cover them up with a tiny receiving blanket? It's not just you.

Epiphany Alone said...

Aww. Just in time for Mother's Day.

Laurel Wreath said...

pretty amazing pictures!!!

Spice Girl said...

Grow, little birdies, grow!

Maybe this is what Mother's Day is about.

Don and Lynn said...

Yeah Sarah! It's so cute that Ben named her. They get cute really fast. You've inspired me to do an update on our chickadee babies. The bluebirds have already left the building! The chickadees should be leaving anytime now. They are so adorable now!

Kyla said...

Oh! I not only want to cover them with teeny blankies, I want to rock them and sing them lullabies.

It is such a miracle!

Lori said...

I'm with you... I don't think they are ugly at all. They look fragile, and new, and heartbreakingly helpless. And yes, oddly familiar.

What an amazing lesson for your kids!

Beck said...

They're almost see-through, arent't they! I bet they have feathers by now.