The midwife slapped your footsoles, (2)
Pretty much every movie with a baby in it probably has a scene like this
one: baby is born and gets smacked into the world. No wonder the baby
starts out screaming. The fact that Plath chooses a stereotypical image
of first-moment baby-ness suggests that she's not going to be claiming
that her baby is extra-special in any particular way. Nope. It's just a
baby. A very loud baby.
your nakedness (5)
Once again, Plath resorts to fairly typical images of babies to describe
her newborn. This time, though, the image gets turned on its head just a
little bit – this newborn is, in fact, a statue, which is something
slightly less dependent and helpless than other forms of babies.
All night your moth-breathFlickers (10-11)
It's funny how one little baby can command so much attention, huh? But
our speaker has moved from thinking about the ways that the baby
interacts with her life to – well, letting that baby play a part in her
life. Even though the baby is no longer screaming, our speaker is paying
all sorts of attention to it!