A/N: I apologize for the unintentional hiatus on my part... life kind of got in the way. :) Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! Any suggestions for a non-cheesy way to either continue this or build upon it are welcome. Anyway: Enjoy- for baby Mellark has arrived. :)

Entry X (El Fin)

Nothing could have prepared me for this. Nothing.

I don't even know what to write.

She's tiny and dark and wrinkled.
She has my course brown hair, but her eyes belong to Peeta.
She's the embodiment of hope, like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
She's the most wonderful, perfect thing.

I can't stop looking at her. From the moment I laid eyes on her, I knew I was hopelessly gone. Peeta, too, of course- but I never doubted his love. He was wrapped around each tiny finger before she was even here.

(He jokes that motherhood has made a sap out of me, which is kind of true, even though I'll never admit it.)

Her name is Dahlia. We agreed months ago that the whole flower-name thing was highly overdone, but when it came down to it, we couldn't resist. It was just so fitting. And so... here we are.

This is going to be hard. I might be bad at it. But she'll be loved; she'll be fiercely protected. And we'll be together- Peeta, Dahlia, and me. Of these things I am absolutely certain.

And for right now, that is enough.