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Aingeal and I welcomed our son on August 6.  He’s a Leo (exalted!), double Scorpio (Lord and Lady, we’re in for it). His natal chart takes after his mama’s – eerily symmetrical. This must be why he decided to arrive two weeks early.

This is a bit of what my house is like right now:

“Song for a Fifth Child”

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!

Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t her his eyes the most wonderful hue?*
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep…

by Ruth Hulbert Hamilton, in Lady’s Home Journal. 1958.

*Cresida’s edit