A forceful jolt awakes me. In the moment before sleep pulls me into its embrace. I twitch.

The unexpected sound of the doorbell makes her jump. She was falling into the muddled sleep of those who haven’t rested in a while.

Her hand was laying lightly on the baby’s stomach, and the satisfied, deep breathing of the little girl had made up for the odd angle it was at, her wrist resting on the edge of the Moses basket.