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All right

Well, well, well! I’m typing this with a baby strapped to my chest! Still trying to figure out how that happened.

I hope you’re well. Things are all right here, I’m relieved to report, especially given the fact that I had exactly zero experience with babies prior to birthing one three short weeks ago. I have never felt so simultaneously capable and incompetent. It depends on the day. Sometimes the hour. But we’re figuring it out, with help and handholding and deliveries of soup and Szechuan pork and plum cake from our parents and friends and our adoptive family at Delancey and Essex. It helps that June has the world’s best cowlick, and that she makes pirate faces when she’s hungry. It helps that I really, really, really like her.

Last week, someone asked me how it feels to be a mother. I have to say, I don’t feel like a mother yet. I don’t even know what it means to feel like a mother. Right now, more than anything, I feel best if I don’t think too hard.

I’ve never been a journal- or diary-keeper. This site, though I don’t like to think of it as anything remotely like a journal, is my closest thing to it. But if I were keeping a journal of this period of time, I would want to make note of Music Hour. Every morning, after June has had breakfast, I sneak out to make coffee or pay bills or shower, and she and Brandon lie in bed and hiccup, listening to music and looking out the window.

June is a great fan of Elvis, Johnny Cash, old country-western as a general category, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (with gratitude to Unofficial Auntie Elissa for the suggestion). She also likes Arthur Russell. She does not like the silence between songs. She is deeply insulted by the silence between songs. Like me, she is made alternately ecstatic and weepy by Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” She appreciates my singing voice, which is something that no one on Earth has ever appreciated, ever. She can stay.

Be back soon.


Anonymous Deborah said...

Oh it's so good to have you back, Molly! And I'm so very glad you have June in your life. Enjoy.

11:27 AM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Jacqui said...

Love this. And I too always feel happy/sad when listening to Graceland.

11:33 AM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Stacy said...

I love this. I'm glad to hear your little family is doing well and that June has already discovered good music. Rumor has it that this season you're in is one of the more exhilerating / exhausting / wonderful ones of life, and so I hope you are persevering and finding lots of joy, too.

11:35 AM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Heather said...

Anything I could say would sound cliche - "an irreplaceable time." "It moves so fast." etc. etc. And yet it's all true.
So glad there are moments of pausing and loving.

11:39 AM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Didi said...

Glad to see that you are still writing while enjoying your time as a mum :-)

11:41 AM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous erinn said...

It is nice to hear that all is well.

I have to tell you that after almost thirteen years (YIKES) and four kids later, I am still not sure I feel like a mom. I will often look at them and think, wow, we made you.

The time will go by so fast. You blink and before you know it you are talking about what colleges your child wants to attend.

Eat up that new baby; the smells, the softness, the snuggling on you chest, there is nothing in the world like it.

11:42 AM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Erica Hernandez said...

She's beautiful - congratulations to you and Brandon! (And "becoming" a mother has been the most natural thing I've ever done. I don't think you'll ever recognize that moment when you realize you're there. You just are. Enjoy it!)

11:43 AM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Amy said...

"Losing love is like a window in your heart." Best lyric ever written.

12:04 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Rachel Cobb said...

My son is almost three and a half and I still don't feel like a mom, even though I love him more than anything in the world. Basically, I still feel exactly like myself. Mazel tov!

12:10 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Shannon said...

I love this post so much. My babies are 8, 6, 4 and it still feels best if I don't think too hard! Wonderful to have you back!

12:21 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Chiara said...

Beautiful pictures. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures as a mum!

12:24 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Sew Create It - Jane said...

Sounds like you are doing great. I love the notion of you playing music for June...such a wonderful memory making moment. :o)

12:30 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous janet clare said...

I like the sound of music hour!

Your June is lovely.

12:34 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger MidnightAgenda said...

Ohhh. I Really hope your birth story pops up on birthwithoutfear.com! I would love to hear all about it, especially since I devoured your book and love your style!

12:36 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Victoria said...

I sort of saw Hugo last night at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. He was hidden away in his carriage while Max was not so surreptitiously walking him around the joint while Luisa was reading.

I can officially report Hugo was heard but not seen.

Luisa declined to make official the announcement of the engagement of Hugo and June at this early date.

1:13 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Grace said...

Beautiful! Congratulations!

1:29 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Quinn said...

Sweet post, sweet images. Enjoy :)
(I clicked the pirate faces link, expecting a picture of June making a pirate face. Jolt!)

1:45 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Enjoy this time with June. She's precious.

2:03 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Jennifer Michie said...

She is just beautiful! I am so happy for you both! Jennifer

2:17 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Raegan said...

June is so beautiful and has excellent taste in music (Mendelssohn and Graceland are personal faves of mine, as well. She might also enjoy the former's Songs Without Words.) Congratulations!

2:28 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger thinking of the days said...

what a lovely photo of baby June...an such a lovely time for
her and Brandon to connect with music.

It's years since my three were that tiny, but quite a few of my friends are having babies ...so really feeling broody.Such a special time....knackering, worrying, emotional but all absorbing time. And a time when I realised the true meaning of unequivocal and pure love.

Enjoy this time x

2:36 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Congratulations - I've never commented, but I love your blog and your writing and I'm so glad you're enjoying your June.

I had to comment about Graceland - the Christmas I was born, my mum received the album, and played it a lot. When I was 4 months old, Paul Simon played Graceland at the grammies, and apparently when I heard it on tv, I perked up and got very happy. I've felt the same way about the album ever since - bathed in comfort and familiarity and love. I hope that June has the same associations!

2:42 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Kate said...

Graceland is, and always will be, my most favorite album ever!

2:48 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Jenn said...

Aww congrats :) My baby girl loves Johnny Cash too :)

3:01 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Soos said...

My baby listened to Mozart & David Bowie before he was born. He's 26 now, still doesn't like Mozart, but most everything his father likes. Music means a lot. Happy for you.

4:12 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Joanna said...

She's just beautiful. Well done you two (and on the music selections too!) from way over yonder...

4:39 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Kip said...

That is the second baby this week that I've heard is into Graceland. I'm definitely going to give it a try with my babe who'll be joining the family in April. My husband and I were listening to Donovan's Greatest Hits the other day and talking about how it is probably music our baby will dig.

4:46 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Emily said...

What a beautiful post, thank you as usual. Graceland (the song and the album) makes me think of my Dad spinning my brother and I around our childhood kitchen and singing at the top of his voice. It's one of my all time favourite memories.
Oh, and last week I found out I am pregnant with my first (hence looking at today's photo of June I had a little happy cry. Why? I blame the hormones).
I can only hope that I too really, really, really, like my own little peanut when it arrives.

4:47 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous AnnaBree said...

I LOVE that little miss June loves her music! How sweet. Our little Ezra boy loved Johnny Cash and while we are not fans of "children's albums" Cash put out an amazing Children's album and the banter between Him and HIS June is so great! You guys have to give it a try. :)

5:22 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Amy W. said...

June is so cute! I remember typing with my baby strapped to my chest nine years ago. Her computer attention span was very short. I played all kinds of music for E when she was a baby/toddler, and she goes around the house singing, whistling, and making up tunes all day long now. What you reap, you shall sow. Enjoy this time, it is so very fleeting. Congratulations again!

5:49 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger rachel said...

Ah, what a great glimpse into your new world. :)

6:03 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Lola said...

Enjoy the time she appreciates your singing voice. I couldn't believe how happy my sons were when I used to sing to them (I had always had people around me asking me to stop when I started singing...), but alas it didn't last. Now, like everybody else, they beg me to refrain from singing. Sad... But at least I had a few years of blissful out of tune lullabies.

6:11 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger deborah said...

June sounds like a wonderful person already.

And that third paragraph right there, the one I find myself thinking about now and then, is the most honest thing I've read about becoming a parent - ever. In all honesty, it gives me hope for myself! Take good care, you. x

6:20 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger La Petite Aubergine said...

congratulations new mama. enjoy the ride with baby june. even in the midst of new motherhood your writing is as lovely as ever.

6:57 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Jenn said...

dear Orangette, this is my first time visiting your blog, I am halfway through your delightful book and feel like we are becoming friends. Thank you for letting us into your life.

7:39 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger Julie said...

Love the baby updates. Congratulations. Beautiful pictures.

8:14 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Hannah said...

She's wonderful Molly! (The pirate bears only the vaguest of resemblances!) I love that she and Brandon are rocking out together ... it's amazing how quickly they develop their own musical taste. My three year old loves Johnny Cash and Pearl Jam and all kinds of bluegrass - while my one year old is profoundly put off by anything without a hard hip-hoppy beat. Sounds like June is well on her way to making her voice heard in the family discussion of what to listen to as the day begins - love hearing about how you are enjoying your time with each other :)

8:21 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy for you and Brandon. You inspire us in so many ways - I have no doubt you will continue to do so as a mom. June is one lucky little girl!

8:43 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy for you and Brandon. You inspire us in so many ways - I have no doubt you will continue to do so as a mom. June is one lucky little girl!

8:44 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to hear from you. She is beautiful.Enjoy the time.

9:00 PM, October 02, 2012  
Blogger dbs said...

I remember this period. Fondly. And with a happy heaviness at the weight of the responsibility my wife and I shared like we'd been together ten years instead of less than two.

9:32 PM, October 02, 2012  
Anonymous Helle (Helen) said...

I don't think I've written a comment on your blog before, but this has to the sweetest declaration of love for a child that I have read in a long time.

12:07 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger tori said...

This post has made my ovaries positively flutter. And prompted me to put on Graceland again. My favourite cooking and driving music. Sending you lots of good energy for the weeks to come.

5:16 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Laura said...

As far as I am concerned, and I am sure June feels the same, you are a mother. You may not feel like one yet, it takes time for some. You are taking care of her, providing all she needs right now, so you are mothering her, and she is attached to you. She is unbelievable cute, I can see why she can stay.....

6:12 AM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Aime.See said...

June is absolutely gorgeous. And I am glad to read that although you were not a baby person, you love your little pumpkin and learn as you go. Helps me in my own reflexion about motherhood. Thanks again for writing.

8:06 AM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Elle said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! She is beautiful!

8:53 AM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Asmita said...

the time is precious. so happy to see you pause. Lovely reading your blog as ever. it made me smile right before going to bed. :-)

9:17 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Alison said...

Wonderful to see sweet little June. We grow into our lives....I'm learning to be a mother of a child who at 18 is an adult and no longer lives at home. How fast the time flies!

9:40 AM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Bull Garlington said...

June is a truly beautiful name and truly a beautiful baby. Couple of things:

a) no raisins. Seriously, babies love them and yes, they're very healthy, but raisins are desiccated and, on their long journey through a baby's interior, they are brought back to a semblance of life and replump themselves into zombie grapes. Horrible enough by themselves, the horror deepens when you begin to consider how they achieved that . . .

b) baby fights. You don't believe me, I know, but they're real. I fronted my son in a couple and it all worked out cause he was huge and born with inexplicable chimp strength. But he did get a notch in his ear and I spent a week in a Mexican jail.

9:45 AM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Linda said...

Bellissima! June might enjoy Andrea Bocelli.

Had my son at 42. It does feel unreal at first, but my heart burst open wider than I ever thought it could.

9:47 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Marcie said...

Babyies and a mother's love...blessings from above. Relish these tender moments, breathe, snuggle, and soon you will find that you cannot imagine life before bebe.
Enjoy and congrats to the three of you!

9:49 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Melindy said...

Congratulations on your new creation! I love the way you write about this - can't wait to hear more :-)

9:52 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Melindy said...

Congratulations on this new arrival of yours! Seems like you used the best recipe ever - I'm glad you're enjoying it - and your writing inspires me to write too...

9:55 AM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous wandering educators said...

yay! welcome, june - and i'm so happy she's already listening to music. it changes everything, when you have that in your life.

10:04 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Anna Engdahl said...


10:34 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger jane said...

This post brought back lovely memories of my newborns, who are all grown now, and made me cry. So precious. Enjoy it all. xo jane

10:43 AM, October 03, 2012  
OpenID bakewithamy said...

I kind of hate to tell you....even as they get older you will still feel incomptent. you'll feel so good about your mothering abilities one day. and then boom! the next day you feel like a blubbering idiot all over again.

its part of the game.

Good luck! We've all been there

10:53 AM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Elissa | PoorMansFeast said...

Well, yeah. Mendelssohn. And Johnny Cash. And Elvis, Chet Baker, and Billie Holiday.
Box coming soon! Send pictures!

10:53 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger good_to_be_home said...

Oh I love the photos here, they just speak peace and calm to me. Baby June is beautiful and it sounds like you're doing great. I love the idea of music time. Precious moments. Enjoy them!

10:56 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Gaelen said...

I am so happy to see you post again! I have a four year old, and almost every day I feel like both a natural mom and a complete alien. Depends on the hour. I'm pretty sure that it's normal. While I bet you won't even have time to read our comments to you, know that you have a huge community rooting for you and ready to supply advice (whether you asked or not). Hugs!

10:57 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Arctic Mum said...

Congratulation from a reader in Norway. I remember when I had my first daughter (I have three) seven years ago. I didn't leave the flat for two weeks, that was how overwhelming it was. It is, and it's great.

11:50 AM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Carrie said...

Love this.... thank you for sharing your bright bits about June. Makes me smile.

12:17 PM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Gaelen said...

I'm so happy to see you posting again! Fwiw, I have a four year old, and I feel both like a natural mom and a complete alien, depending on the hour. I'm pretty sure that's normal :)

12:21 PM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really sweet and fun to read along about your personal updates after loving your book. Graceland makes me think of my dad. I listened to that growing up and we danced to father and daughter at my wedding. Your daughter is beautiful. Almost makes me want number 3. Almost.

2:22 PM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's a perfect miracle! I'm very happy for you and Brandon! She's gorgeous. Congrats, Christine

3:12 PM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, congratulations so much! I'm so glad that you're doing okay and that there is a music hour and that she makes pirate faces and that you are all so very much who you are. :-) Best wishes for now and the future!

4:16 PM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous marilyn mcclellan said...

You may not yet feel like a mother, but you sound exactly like a new mother -- my three children and grown up and have children of their own -- and I still really, really, really like them.

Congratulations from a Bellingham fan! We look forward to your new blog additions and your third cookbook on Gourmet Babies!

4:22 PM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Susan Lindquist said...

Smile ... you've given me a warm fuzzy feeling. Congrats, dearie!

5:22 PM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Meg said...

How wonderful to have music time in the morning. Having babies is such a wonderful way to rediscover singing. I sing my version of the Gillian Welch version of 'make me down a pallet on your floor' to my oldest (now 3) every single night. And whatever happened during the day, those few moments of rocking close and singing are the best, purest love. So precious. I will miss that time when she decides she's too old, but hopefully she'll always love that song. Enjoy singing to June! Enjoy the bewildering wonderful new-baby time. I am nostalgic for it already with a little girl and a mini-toddler around, as fun as they are.

6:18 PM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Love this-and congratulations!

You should play June some Marty Robbins. He was an amazing story teller!

6:59 PM, October 03, 2012  
Blogger HRH Sarah said...

Well, she better appreciate Johnny Cash, since her name is June ;)

My baby is 13, and seriously, most days who feels like a mom??? Not kidding, we have all kinds of fun together, and I adore every moment I've had with her. Watching her grow and change and become who she is, is just one amazing adventure. Welcome to it.

7:46 PM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Emily said...

Started following your blog last summer on and off. I live in Venice CA and love food and photographic it to help pay the rent that way and my husband and i are now raising my daughter, she'll be 2 in Dec, our second child on the way. I rather love your honesty and imagery and your recipes too! Please keep writing your stories it's all so perfect!

7:56 PM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Lesliann said...

A delight to see here...
One correction, if I may...before you know it you will be a ...grandmother.
With your 4th grandchild born in the back bedroom of your home in a snowstorm...yes!
LOVELY to be a mother

8:05 PM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous Maureen said...

Oh my goodness what a gorgeous little girl and such a happy post. Nothing makes my heart warmer than seeing parents really enjoy a child. June has a definite personality. :)

1:08 AM, October 04, 2012  
Anonymous Meredith said...

How much you love this baby girl--that makes you a mother.

5:33 AM, October 04, 2012  
Anonymous Tuuli said...

Best post ever! You nailed the feeling after a baby has arrived in ones life!

9:23 AM, October 04, 2012  
Anonymous MangoGirl said...

You are really bringing me back in time to some of the best moments of my life. Enjoy the journey.

9:48 AM, October 04, 2012  
Blogger Jess said...

Rock on, June. Sending so much love. xo.

10:08 AM, October 04, 2012  
OpenID girlseeksplace said...

I think music hour is a brilliant idea. She's such a cute baby.

11:30 AM, October 04, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations upon having our baby beautiful sweet JUNE!!!!!!!!! I love she loves music oh, my goodness a hep hip baby already! Hope you enjoy your sweet time with her time flies fast, I can remember our sweet child when she was a tiny baby and now boom she will be 35 on nov 3 2012 living in NYC and enjoying her life in the film industry..She lived not far from your restaurant at all up in Seattle for a few years, then she lost her good job with benefits and all and boom she ended up in Brooklyn living amongst her cousins and aunts and uncles, we are jewish she loves it back there, we miss her like crazy, I hate for fly but fly I do to see our Principica as I call our sweet angel..Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy you will never know how fast time flies until you wake up and you are attending her college graduation it seemed like a nano minute to me and my hubbs, she is only about 10 days difference from her dad's birthday he was 30 when she was born and he was over the moon and still is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was almost 30 and she is our only only principica!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11:37 AM, October 04, 2012  
Anonymous Nancy said...

My mind is often like this weird computer file? There is a tiny file in there that seems to remember...that your Grandmother once told me, that as a child, you had a great fondness for Kenny Rogers?? Miss June, like her mother, will grow to have a large, diversified love for music. If my memory is correct, I also remember this fact tickled your Grandmother...hmmm :)

12:49 PM, October 04, 2012  
Blogger Silvy said...

love this! you write beautifully & congratulations! your baby is precious and june is really a beautiful name! lovelove, silvy

1:07 PM, October 04, 2012  
Anonymous Anne said...

Perhaps the best "I had a baby" blog I've ever read! And I agree with Anonymous above whose daughter is just turning 35, that those years go by in a nanosecond. Even though hard for you to imagine now, it is totally true. I have 34 and 36 year old daughters and it seems like just yesterday they were annoying teenagers. Your June is darling and may music always be a wonderful part of her life!

2:31 PM, October 04, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

Molly - she is absolutely adorable. Congratulations and Mazel Tov! If I wasn't having hot flashes all the time, your description and photos would make me want another.

I also survived my first labor with an amazing doula and nurse. Glad to hear your support was terrific.

Sounds like you are both settling in nicely to your parenting role. Keep singng and havng fun.

3:40 PM, October 04, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

Well she is the most adorable baby. The pictures are priceless. Huge luck and love to your family.

7:03 PM, October 04, 2012  
Blogger Danielle said...

yes, for the first six months or so of my son's life, I felt more like a pet owner than I did a mother. Even now, driving my little ragamuffins all over the 'burbs in our minivan, I still sometimes have to tell myself, "i'm a mom; i'm their mother; this is still bizarre."

8:45 PM, October 04, 2012  
Anonymous Christophe said...

Music Hour sounds like the best - more Arthur! Need to make June a mixtape/CD... x

4:54 AM, October 06, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

loved the honesty of your post. been following you for years, i think from when you had a recipe for the barefoot contessa coconut cupcakes, but never commented. it's great to share in the joy and other emotions you express here, as much as the recipes. best wishes.

10:15 AM, October 06, 2012  
Blogger Jill said...

I know what you mean about feeling/not feeling like a mother. That took awhile for me too. The weirdest part for me was saying "my son". Even now, almost four years later, it sounds strange to me. Like I have to be a grownup if I have a son (or daughter, I suppose).

Very nice thoughts. Making note of the simple things is nice to have for later. Your brain is not completely functional right now.

8:34 PM, October 06, 2012  
Blogger kiwibok said...

To me, you never get to 'feel like a Mom', you just get to experience these amazingly miraculous moments during each and every day where you see a part of yourself walking(or lying, crawling, toddling and then eventually walking) around outside of your own body. And that makes it possible to survive all the scary, exhausting and hair raising moments which come with the package.
Enjoy. Every. Second.
My girls are 10 and 7 now and not a day goes by when I don't want to Stop That Clock and Savour the Very Moment we are in.

7:10 PM, October 07, 2012  
Blogger Amanda said...

I guess it's time to come out of the woodwork; I've been enjoying your blog for well over a year now. I'm a Carter, you see - yes, one of those Carters. My grandfather was AP Carter's cousin, which makes June my 3rd cousin. She and my Dad went to high school together. I think she'd be tickled that you've named your wee one after her. So let me say - welcome to the tribe, little June!
PS You need to add some Doc Watson to that play list.

7:10 PM, October 07, 2012  
Blogger Andrea K said...

Congratulations! I love the name - our own second daughter was born the same day, 9:38 EST - Sept. 9 is a great day. Glad to hear you're doing well. Andrea Kells

6:10 AM, October 08, 2012  
Blogger Elizabeth Murray said...

So happy for you Molly! And, it doesn't matter if you feel like whatever you feel like a mother should feel like...you are one! June is beautiful!

1:56 PM, October 08, 2012  
Anonymous Dianne Jacob said...

Molly, this is a gorgeous, emotional post. I'm pleased to see that you're just as beautiful a writer now as before you were a mom. Not that I was worried.

I'm so glad to read that the three of you are doing so well.

4:57 PM, October 08, 2012  
Blogger Michele said...

Ahhhhh....lovely post. Lovely June. Lucky June....I am delighted to think of you three together, at last.

I wish you sleep---and joy.

9:03 PM, October 08, 2012  
Blogger Maryanne & Duke said...

Oh that June is a beauty! Having a wonderful time and appreciating each other is what it's all about, so it sounds like both you and your husband are doing just fine on the road to parenthood.

5:18 AM, October 09, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh! I love her nose! And my son didn't like the silence between songs either. Finally, when he was about a year, he would say "music's coming!" in a toddler voice, because that is what I would say.

7:46 PM, October 09, 2012  
Blogger Greta said...

Molly, your sweet post of life with a brand new baby, and sweet newborn pictures of June are making me so weepy.
I have 4 babies of my own, ages 8 to 1, and even though I am up to my eyeballs in busy, and the thought of having another baby scares me silly, reading this post is making my heart long for the newborn days.
With each one the amazingness of it all never dissipated. In fact, it only increased.
It is a magical, intense, exhausting, sweet and fleeting time.
Hold onto it.
Thank you for sharing a peek into your world with me this morning and helping me remember my own early days with my sweet babies.

8:17 AM, October 11, 2012  
Blogger Emily said...

Love, love, love this post. And what is it about babies and Johnny Cash? My little guy loves Johnny Cash!

4:00 PM, October 11, 2012  
Blogger Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra said...

June is beautiful. I know it is exhausting and you question yourself if you are doing the right thing. It will get easier as time goes on. Then they start talking and you are doom :D

11:29 AM, October 12, 2012  
Anonymous Magda said...

She so, so sweet. Congratulations. I can't imagine what it's like to be a mother, I hope I will some day. I'm so happy for you, Molly.

10:03 AM, October 15, 2012  
Blogger foffmom said...

Rest, self-care, couple-care, when not doing June care. Music, wonderful to share. I remember our daughter bobbing along to Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys on the radio. Then she got angry when the next song wasn't Barbara Ann!
But even better are books. Read to her. Early and often. Children's books are the best. I miss that the most.

5:57 PM, October 15, 2012  
Anonymous Jessica Cafferty said...

Hi Molly,

I started reading Orangette a couple months ago; when I told our (mutual, I think) friend Matt Johnson about my own blog, he gave me the link to your site, and told me I'd love it and you, and I do. This post nearly made me cry, and I've felt such a connection to all your writing and photos. I'm looking forward to getting your book! And please feel free (with all your bushels of free time as a new mama) to look at my blog, and tell me what you think. Congratulations to you and your husband and little June!


2:48 PM, October 16, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Molly,

I love the beautiful twist your blog has taken as you share with us these special moments as a new mother. It's been such a pleasure to follow along.

Keep savoring the moments!

In Love and Appreciation,

12:12 PM, October 17, 2012  
Blogger Payal Shah said...

Hi Molly,
Congratulations on being the new mom! June looks absolutely adorable. We miss you hear and understandably so, will be patient until you find some time :)


2:53 PM, October 18, 2012  
Blogger nanxi said...

take pictures of june, and take pictures with june. she will love having them

good health and much happiness

1:03 PM, October 20, 2012  
Blogger aimlessthinkgirl said...

Stumbled across this blog on one of my somewhat rare online reading expeditions. Glad I did; this article was touching without getting too... melty? Anyway, loved the piece of writing and I'm so happy for you over your new daughter.

9:33 PM, October 20, 2012  
Anonymous Susan 30A EATS said...

I love the name June, am a big fan of Johnny Cash, and follow your blog as so many do! Congratulations Molly and family on the birth of your precious daughter. Enjoy! I just became an empty nester and it came on in the blink of an eye! Bittersweet.

8:16 AM, October 21, 2012  
Anonymous Mabel said...

Hello :) Congratulations on your beautiful baby. I'm 21 now in my third year of university and I've been reading your blog since about 2006. It's been nice reading about your life and in a way it is a marker for my own. I come back every once in a while to see how you're doing and you seem to be going from strength to strength. So congratulations from a stranger. May the rest of your life continue to be filled with the joy and ease you exude through your blog.

5:28 AM, October 22, 2012  
Anonymous Margaret said...

Wow... you have a lot of people who love you!

I'm new to the blog but I own and love your book, though that's not the reason I'm responding.

I'm not sure if you know the work by Felix Gonzales-Torres called "Bed." It's a photograph of an empty unmade bed with the impressions of two heads still fresh on the pillows. Gonzales-Torres was a conceptual artist who was a voice of humanity in the face of the AIDs crisis, making participatory pieces (Bed was printed on a billboard) that invited viewers to take a part of the work home with them. He and his partner both eventually died of AIDs.

I loved seeing your top image on this post because it reminded me of the universal nature of Gonzales-Torres' work. Its easy to talk about how important it was for the LGBT community or for participatory art, but the reason that the work is so great is because he captures those moments of intimacy. The piece is really about romance and companionship. When everything in the world is content. Just like your photograph.

Here's a nice little article about the Gonzales-Torres piece... http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2012/04/04/printout-felix-gonzalez-torres

5:14 PM, October 22, 2012  
Anonymous Jeremy said...

Hi Molly! I've been reading your blog for almost two years now and have never commented before but I really love your recipes and your life stories. What inspired me to leave a comment, oddly enough, is that I want to knit a baby blanket for my sister's future baby, and I loved the color of the blanket that you put around June in the earlier post. Do you happen to know what kind of yarn was used? It looks homemade so I thought maybe you know!
Thanks so much

11:34 AM, October 23, 2012  
Blogger Matt mmWine Horbund said...

My son turns 13 in a little more than a week. I didn't screw it up, so you'll be fine :)

All seriousness aside, you're going to be a fantastic mother. And you'll do so many wonderful things. And you'll screw up once or twice. If you didn't you'd make it harder for all of the rest of us ;)

Follow your gut, and more importantly, your heart. Always try to do the best you can, and you'll never disappoint. For me, I always try to do two things
1)Make my son's life infinitely better than mine in every way possible.
2)Try to set the best example I can for him every day.

And when that fails, I drink wine!

11:52 AM, October 23, 2012  
Blogger bittermutfakta said...

Congratulations!:))Love this.Beautiful pictures.


1:01 PM, October 23, 2012  
Blogger Molly said...

Jeremy, I wish I could help! But the blanket was made for June by a reader of mine in California - isn't that the best?! - and I'm not sure what yarn she used.

4:44 PM, October 23, 2012  
Blogger Rosie55 said...

Many congratulations on June's safe arrival. Music hour sounds delightful and I will tell my daughter about this.
Her daughter Emily Rose Frances was born in London on Sunday 16th September, just a week after your June. So we are enjoying a new phase of life as adoring and, we hope, supportive grandparents just like your folk!
Emily also likes music and my daughter was surprised to find that the old fashioned Brahms Lullaby, played on a music box I got her, is a great favourite. There is something to be said for melody and harmony!
Enjoy - the time goes so fast.

6:33 AM, October 24, 2012  
Anonymous Kimby said...

It's such a pleasure to read your writing, Molly. I'm also willing to bet that lil' June really, really, really likes you, too! Congrats again to you and your family.

8:28 AM, November 05, 2012  
Blogger Rachel Medanic said...

Congratulations! A whole afternoon to stare at the wall and as a new Mom, boy do you need that right now! You may never feel like a Mom, to be honest. Hold onto that because you will need those banana bread crumbs to keep your writer identity alive through the next few years. Don't let go! Enjoy and know things are always changing, becoming different, getting better, getting challenging as the task of motherhood consumes most everything at times. May your little one grow strong and lovely!

8:24 AM, November 22, 2012  
Anonymous Mindy B said...

You're a momma! I have been away from your blog too long. But this makes my heart very happy. 3 yrs. ago I became a mommy and I remember the feeling of disbelief. How can I be the mom? I took comfort in empty-nesters who were so wrapped up in their identity as mom. Maybe someday I would feel this too.
Now I have another little one. So much joy! And day by day I become more into this thing called motherhood and the world is brand new and if I weren't so sleep deprived I would be grinning nonstop.

9:09 PM, December 10, 2012  
Anonymous Naomi said...

Congratulations on your baby!! You've got a great blog here - don't worry, you'll eventually find the time to keep it up :)

9:05 AM, December 13, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a tear threatening to fall out. your words tug at them. thank you for being on this planet and sharing tender moments and wise words. i'm so proud of you.

7:16 AM, April 06, 2013  

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