Well I'm partaking in a 30 Day Writing Challenge, which includes the one word prompt and the slightly vague titles. I want opinions on my work, as it has been a very long time since I have actually wrote anything and I'm sure I've made many mistakes and used words out of context, and all that good stuff. So opinions are appreciated.
i enjoyed it. i think that it has a lot of potential- especially if you sit on it for a few days and attack it again (unless you're like my brother, who doesn't revisit anything once he's put it out to the general public emotion_donotwant ). there were maybe a few words that i snagged on.
in my mind's eye, i occasionally saw the soft and warm infant. "lovable creature" didn't align with that vision. "creature" evokes for me more the connotations "alien" and "monster". i'm surprised that you chose "delicate" over "fragile"... but then, that "delicate" evokes lace and "fragile" evokes "about to break" is probably a personal/subjective assumed relationship. so not a big deal, imo.
i liked "Coaxing it to relinquish"- that, despite the contrary "breath will be stolen". i wish there was more of the theme "death convincing the baby to die"- even as it struggles to live and unite with its mother. i think that there's strong imagery to be had, there.
note: "by the minute", double "to" before "relinquish", "struggle to hold onto", and "reaper's grip". those were the only blatant errors that i saw. i gave the punctuation a wide berth, since short pieces and poetry tend to interpret their use liberally.
you may want to rethink the placement of the large number of "struggle"s (three in five paragraphs). there could be a pattern in its use, but i don't think that any pattern exists now (or was intentioned when you wrote this).
you may also want to reconsider the number of "very"s and "almost"s, etc. i think someone else has mentioned this... and i have to agree. some of these (and other) words are superfluous.