A lot of the things Laurel does when she’s nursing just make me laugh and laugh. Almost all of them are odd dramatic gestures, the sort you imagine singers adopting during some melodramatic Italian opera.

For example, she’ll put her hands on either side of her face like she’s astonished. Except sometimes, she’ll stick the fingers of one hand into the corner of her eye, and pull. Or she’ll throw one arm out into the air with plenty of gusto.

She also likes playing with her ear or punching my breasts with her tiny but strong fists. (Our lactation consultant says this is normal and helps urge the milk out.)

I often wonder what’s going on in her mind when she’s doing all this. By the time she could explain it to me, she will have forgotten.

— Beth