A year ago on this very night, the beginning signs of labour were imminent. I remember holding my son at the time in bed and shed a tear knowing that the wonderful day that we had just had together was the last one of just him and me and the world as he knew it. I vividly recalled the day to mind and tried to burn it deeply in my heart; not knowing at the time, how I could possible divide my love and attention. I then had a moment to cherish the 9 special months of just me and the new little soul I was carrying within me; we were already so deeply connected. The following day was Bermuda Day and it seemed for the moment that things had slowed down, we had one more day together as a family of 3. We went into the city to enjoy the holiday festivities. As the day passed on, I could sense the changing pull within my body and knew that my baby would be arriving that day. As the day passed on and evening set in, I knew it was time to prepare our home for the birth. I laboured in solitude and also in the company of my loving husband in our home. Active labour took me by surprise so I made my way into the comforts of the birth pool. At last some relief. I remember being very connected to each contraction and trying to reassure my little inhabitant that we could do this together. The journey was rigorous yet peaceful. At 10:05pm, my darling baby girl Capri Luna Costa Tavares was born. I caught my own baby; a huge sense of relief, satisfaction and a deep love and sense of oneness washed over me. It was as if she had been with us all along. Happy Birthday beautiful girl. Your smile is infectious and the energy of your soul incredibly powerful. I am so blessed to be called your mother xox
Music by Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat and John Mayer.