The vacation before
by Julie N. Ramon

was different. When we were tired, we slept,
and after we swam, we’d take showers
and slip under cool sheets to sleep,
only waking to be together again.
But now, in our small room of three,
there was one bed, and baby liked to sleep
in the middle—splitting us and stirring
when we reached over him to touch.
When bridged arms and hands weren’t enough,
we waited and watched his breathing change
and drug him to one side of the bed,
careful not to wake him, adjusting his arms
and legs to make him comfortable,
so we could lay like we did before.
And if he was snoring, we took advantage
of his breath filling the air and his ears,
so he couldn’t hear us
have a few minutes to ourselves, together.

PHOTOGRAPH: The author at Boordy Vineyards in Maryland on her honeymoon in 2012.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Becoming a mom has changed everything about my life from my sleep schedule (or lack there of), my body, routine, and inevitably my writing. I tend to write about the everyday things in my life: parenting, sex, my son, cooking, and housework. These things have taken me over, called me theirs and now wear me on the corner of their lapels.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julie N. Ramon is an English instructor, specializing in English as a second language, at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. She graduated with an M.F.A from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She enjoys baking and selling cakes from home on weekends. She lives in Joplin, Missouri, with her husband and son.