mac: all-around good guy who has walked with me through hell and back in recent years.

effie: first still/birth. a tiny slip of a thing, born too, too soon.

bitsy: first live birth, not so tiny, born right on time.

mae: second still/birth. bigger and older than effie, but nonetheless born too early.

boo: baby boy, our only son. i can’t help but think of him as watched over by three big sisters, even though i think i don’t really believe in that kind of thing.