Poetry & Words

POETRY & WORDS :: When it rains

June 2013 - Hanna Andersson star pajamas and Anthropologie Fables and Feathers beddingIt’s 2 am, and I’m awakened to the sound of a sobbing little girl and heavy raindrops beating against the side of the building. She is teething, the rain’s falling from the swirling fingers of a tropical storm, and my head is tired and groggy. I lie still for several minutes, as if by remaining motionless I could somehow will her back to sleep. She shifts from quiet crying to calling out “Mummy!” and in a moment, we are both in her room. She’s upright in her crib, stumbling around half-asleep and half-awake as though the mattress were a ship deck, rolling on the high seas to the sound of the pelting rain.

“Get out,” she asks, stretching out her wobbly hands. “Wear blanket scarf.” I wrap her favorite fuzzy blanket around her the way she wants it, and she reaches her arms toward papa. He holds her while she drinks water, and then she lunges in my direction. “You hold,” she says.

Her tiny hands clasp together behind my neck.  I stretch out on the rug next to her crib, and she nestles her blonde head on my chest, the same way she’s done scores of times since the moment she was born. She moves her ear over my heart, and the rhythm soothes her. We lie there together in the darkness, listening to the staccato of rain and the beat of my heart. She sighs. I close my eyes. She’s tall, and I marvel how her feet stretch down past my knees now.

I think how thankful I am to have her here with me. I think how wonderful it is that when she cries, I can be next to her.

Over the next hour, she alternates between crying and whispering, “Nigh’ nigh’ sleep.” Finally, I hear nothing but the persistent noise coming from the very loud frog claiming squatter’s rights in the second-story rain gutter outside the window.

I close my eyes again, this time in my own bed, and fall asleep to the constant stream of tropical rain.

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Coffee and (lack of) sleep and vintage and assorted happenings!

Hi, lovelies! It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here. I’ve been filling orders for my Etsy shop, getting ready to become a vendor on GreenByUSA, and prepping for the Fall line coming to the Nakate website this weekend. And, rumor has it I’ll have an article in the next issue of Babiekins Magazine!

The most exhausting thing lately has been getting back into the swing of two wake-ups per night with Aveline. She’s decided two bottom teeth aren’t enough, and put in an order for two more. But there’s a silver lining. I’ve upped my cuppa intake from 1/3 coffee + 2/3 decaf to straight-up half-caff. What a cute little chomper Aveline will be with four bottom teeth and none on top ;-)

Aveline and papa

I also wanted to stop in today to share a fun vintage find with you — the Etsy shop Pomp and Pride. My new friend Ariel (a fellow displaced Northern Californian!) has been selling pretty vintage dresses from her DC home for 6 months now. In celebration of this “half-iversary”, she’s offering 50% off all orders between $20 and $150.

Here are a couple of pretties from her shop…

vintage 1950's lace dress / full skirt / ombre tiered / medium - POMP AND PRIDE on etsy
Vintage 1950s Lace Dress with Full Skirt

vintage 1970's dress / red striped / xs small medium via POMPANDPRIDE on etsy
Vintage 1970s Striped Dress

Aren’t they fun? There are lots more in her shop. (All dress images via Pomp and Pride.)