Regular readers of Travels With Birds have come to know Heather Polan well, first through bird banding at SpruceHaven, and subsequently via the feature on my blog covering her wedding.
Of all the people in my life, few are more precious to me than Heather, although it is quite possible that she might be about to be eclipsed by Lily! I suspect that even Heather would not mind that!
Heather and Shane recently became proud and happy parents of a beautiful, healthy baby girl.
It is infuriating that Covid-19 precautions prevent us from going to see Lily, but the experience will perhaps be all the sweeter when it happens.
The important thing is that she is doing well and could not have finer parents to guide her journey into the world.
I am confident that she will receive nothing but the most intense parental love and stimulation, with a whole circle of family and friends to encourage her at every step of her voyage through life.
Miriam and I are delighted that all has turned out so well for this remarkable young couple. They are bright, intelligent, caring and compassionate. Lily could have no better parents to chart her future.
I know that each one of you reading this will join Miriam and me in wishing Shane and Heather our most heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for the future.
And to Lily, "Welcome to the world. You are precious, special, and we love you."