I received wonderful news via email this week, that a lovely friend gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. She included this photo in her email. As happy as I am for her, I can't help but be rather perplexed that she looked this good just moments after giving birth. I have reviewed photos of myself post-baby-birthing, and there was no such glow on my face. My hair was a disaster... I think I was actually wearing my babushka for Nora's birth - poor girl. I looked like I had been through a major battle... and lost. I was pale, blotchy, shiny and altogether messy. This must be why there were no photos included in my "welcome to the world" emails.