((The only change I have made is "it" to "her," as the book is gender-neutral.))
I here bless this baby, newly arrived, wishing for her all the good things I here invoke, and others beyond my imaginings.
May the spirits of grace attend her coming, and may angels guide her flowering.
Let this child be held and warmed, made secure in this strange new world.
When this baby first opens her eyes, may the face she first looks upon be filled with love.
I pray that she be welcomed by many, loved by many, and known by a myriad of private and gentle names.
When this baby looks beyond the faces of her family, let her look upon a room where beauty reigns. Let there be shapely toys waiting to be touched into life, and a window with a view of the world outside.
I wish for this child to know early in life the hugeness of trees, the cold kiss of snowflakes, and the softness of rain.
May this small life be made rich with music. Let there be songs on waking, happy songs at play, and gentle songs at night.
Let this baby's sleep be peaceful, and may she sail back each morning filled with the memory of sweet dreams.
May play fill this young life as she blossoms, so that she may come to enjoy solitude as much as shared joy.
I hope that there are many animal companions, each teaching gentleness, playfulness, and kinship.
May this young body grow fully, move freely, breathe deeply, and see clearly.
I hope as this baby grows into childhood, that those she meets praise her freely, encouraging her fragile mystery to bloom into radiant self.
When this child grows up and has children of her own, let her never forget what it was like to be first alive and richly welcomed.
Let all those who share in this baby's growing learn from her laughter and joy.
I love you Lilah Grace. This is my prayer for you!