Back and forth. Back and forth. She gently rocked her new baby in her arms in the warm, dark bedroom. Gentle baby coos issued from that perfect little mouth as his eyes fluttered up and down, resisting sleep, but smiling at his body's own frustrated effort.
Contentment. Pure contentedness. It flowed from the pair of them the way rain flows down a well-paved hill, gushing and spurting over any obstacle and rushing ever onward to its goal.
She looked at the tiny crib tucked right next to her and her husband's bed. It was all ready and welcome to receive such a warm and cozy little bundle, ready to keep him safe and quiet and sleepy until she finished the dishes. She took a step toward it but he cooed again.
She looked at him. At his dark hair, his tiny fingers. She watched him smile in his sleep..
Cribs can wait, she thought. There will be time to lay him down later. Dishes can wait. He's all mine, right now. I'm all his.
She sat down in the rocking chair, covered them both with a blanket and leaned her head back, listening to him breathe, close to her neck. She could feel his heart beat. She could feel his warm, soft cheek on her chest, his tiny hand wrapped around her finger.
Yes, dishes can wait..