one month

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You might not believe me because it’s still too soon, but Soledad smiles. 

And not just a fake-out, newborn practice smile, but a real, ray-of-sunshine, I-can-survive-a-dozen-more-nights-like-last-night-as-long-as-you-keep-smiling-at-me smile. 

It is hard to believe she has been here for a month. For only a month, for already a month. And she is just beginning to wake up to the world.

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She has bright eyes and dark hair. She is long and slight. Since the morning she was born, she has sighed sweet little baby sighs in her sleep.

She has a cry like a wind-up when she is annoyed, but not yet angry. She has a cry like a yelp when she is still drowsy but would rather sleep against your chest than in her cradle.

From 6 to 10 in the evening, she will not settle, and I try to remind myself that this part is over so, so soon.

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