I could have SWORN I'd read this before, but seeing as it was last updated/originally published here while I was in labor with my firsborn (he wasn't born for a few more days - I tend to take these things slowly, you see), maybe you'll forgive my tardiness?
Lovely piece. I've been finding myself more and more sympathetic to Molly now that I'm the mother of two sons myself (and we're not done yet - I'm only half-joking when I tell my husband he better start shooting some X chromosomes next time if he doesn't want a Weasley-sized brood - we're not trying again until next year tho so no news anything soon on that! I'm enjoying my second son's infancy at the moment (he's napping on my lap as I type this). Your description of how Molly felt about her sons when pregnant the last time and longing for a girl was spot-on. My own mother wasn't present the first time I gave birth (she was more than 300 miles away) but she was the second and there is something deeply spiritual about having the womb that bore once you in the room when birthing your own babe (something I plan to incorporate into my own writing soon).
Isn't it nice when canon that comes after what you write doesn't completely contradict what you wrote? *sigh*
Random Reader Michele Saturday 31st July 2004 09:53
For My Baby
This is just beautiful. There's nothing in this world quite like a mother and her baby. *sniffle* You've written a lovely piece that keeps Mother Hen Molly right in character and shows new mum Lily finding the peace that only time with a baby can bring.