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Sally Swift

Sally Swift
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JANUARY 30, 2009 1:21AM

How I Became a Mother Against All Odds

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The kid, who could care less, it's all about the somersault.

Warning: PG-13 description of childbirth below. Clearly marked with an additional warning for any wussies who want to skip over it.

I already told you about not wanting to marry and how that changed. Here's Part 2.

Back Story
I never wanted kids, which is odd because by nature I'm maternal and nurturing. Comfortable with babies and small children. Also the person adults come to for advice, solace, protection, love. My house was and is a haven for family and friends, with and without kids. I take care of everybody.

So why didn't I want kids of my own?

As with my fear of marrying, I caught on to the painful Inner Truth about motherhood too. My childhood had been so chaotic and painful, I was plain terrified of recreating that experience. Not of becoming an abuser. Of becoming a mother. The responsibility. The enormous possibilities for failure.

I don't like surprises, situations I can't control. I need to be in charge of my life, which means I must become an expert at everything I do. Becoming an instant expert at motherhood is an unattainable as becoming an instant rocket scientist.

Wait, at least rockets come with instruction manuals and are, until you activate them, inanimate. Babies, on the other hand... whoa. To this day I not only remember, but feel the panic, before and after becoming a mother.

But I'd found The One. He wanted kids. Intensely, deeply, passionately. The same way I wanted him. Except, here's the thing. Getting and staying pregnant isn't a trip to the beach in my family.

My mother and her mother had miscarriages and still births and finally, surgeries. I'd already had an ectopic pregnancy, not the greatest predictor of success.

But he wanted kids. And therefore, so did I. Even thought he wanted lots, he'd settle for just one.

Fertility Fracas
So we started down the long, exhausting road trying to get pregnant. What karma ... I finally wanted to conceive a child and my body, reflecting my genetic history, refused to cooperate.

You'd think fertility specialists would be extra sensitive, understanding of the pain and fear. Not the case with our first one. She was a stone bitch. It was the early 80's, the specialty was just beginning, she was best of the best but more interested in the science than the people.

Adding insult to injury, she was pregnant. The old fashioned way. Which she took pains to tell us. A real stone bitch.

One illustration: I had to endure a test called a salpingogram ... dye is injected into the fallopian tubes and tracked with an x-ray to see if they're blocked or open. This took place on an x-ray table equipped with stirrups ... did I mention the dye is injected from the inside.

The stirrup end of the table faced the main door to the x-ray room. Seems counter-intuitive to patient privacy, don't you think? Anyway, the injection was painless but the dye caused a series of painful cramps. Really painful. My response, "OW! OW! OW!"

"Oh shush!" snapped the caring doctor, "it's not that bad." I looked at her in disbelief. "Hmm, this isn't right," was her next remark. "We'll have to do it again."

I was sweating, panting, looking at her in horror. "What's wrong?? I thought it's only one injection," I said through teeth gritted in fear and pain. "Why do I need another one?" No reply. Panic rising, I was certain I was doomed to some fate worse than infertility.

Guess what? The x-ray machine wasn't working. After the FOURTH injection I was in agony and she was pissed at me, the machine and the x-ray tech. I lay there crying, legs numb after all that time in the stirrups.

Suddenly the door swung wide open to the bustling outer corridor and a hospital maintenance man walked in. Hello? Oh sure, he took a good long look before asking Dr. Mengele what was the problem.

That did it.

I sat up, pulled my gown down around me and said to her, " Bitch. You. Will. Never. Touch. Me. Again." And walked (actually wobbled) out.

I found a doctor who cared as much about me as he did about the science.

Still, shots, pills, procedures. Hopes, expectations, disappointments. Loss after loss. After loss. A year. Going on two. We got married, continued the quest.

Then, finally, finally, the miracle. Pregnant. For sure. And, after virtually holding our breaths almost 4 months, the icing on the cake... safe, secure, healthy as a horse.

A family back story: on her father's 50th birthday my mother announced she was pregnant with his first grandchild -- me. On my mother's 60th birthday, I gave her the same news.

pregnantMe at my mother's birthday party. See one of my sisters looking at my stomach? I don't know how she knew, I hadn't told and I wasn't showing at all yet.

After all the preceding commotion, I had a super easy pregnancy. No sickness, filled with energy, I continued running, working out and teaching my popular step and yoga classes, only gained 14 pounds. Go ahead, hate me.

In late December I had my regular OB check up. Routine. Nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, the doctor said, it appeared we'd miscalculated. This baby wasn't coming for at least three weeks, maybe longer.

If you've given birth, or are married to someone who has, you already know what's coming next.

We went to dinner that night with friends. My back was hurting, but my back had been hurting for weeks. Standing on the sidewalk outside the restaurant, I suddenly realized my jeans were wet. WTF? How could I pee myself and not notice? Yeah, my water had broken. And my back was really hurting.

In the car on the way to the hospital, I had my jeans down to my ankles, feet on the dashboard, hands ready to catch the baby. I could already feel his head.

Into the ER, onto a gurney, IV inserted, Husband whisked away to fill out health insurance forms, my hands reaching out for him to stay. "But I can feel the baby coming!"

"Now just relax, Mom," (I hate when they call you 'Mom.') "This is your first, it's gonna take much longer than you think. We'll get you up to Labor and Delivery and make you comfortable." The voice was soothing, but smug. A doctor smirked nearby. My confidence took a nose dive. And my anger hit the freakin ceiling.

Because finally (and I swear this is true), the first real contraction. I sat almost fully up, then dropped back down fast, afraid I'd crush the baby's neck. I could feel his whole head against my thighs.

I surely entertained the entire ER when I screamed at the inattentive know-it-alls, "LOOK BETWEEN MY LEGS YOU FUCKING IDIOTS!"

Sheet up, sheet down. Shocked faces. Gurney spun, wheeled fast into a trauma room, calls for help, yelled instructions. Here's my favorite, "Close your legs and squeeze them tight!" Brilliant. Thank god I didn't listen.

A Doogie Howser doctor hustled in self-importantly, lifted the sheet, said my next favorite words, "Oh my god, it's crowning! What do I do now?!? ANN! Help!"

This can't be happening, I thought. I'm in hell.


A new voice, calm, poised, instantly reassuring. "Glove up, Doctor. Slide your hand under the head--Gently!-- turn the baby slightly up, clockwise, just see the shoulder ... good, good, now wait for the next contraction. Mom will push and help you."

My whole body relaxed, Ann, whoever she was, had things under control. "Okay, Ann," I thought, "you can call me 'Mom.'"

Nature took its course and three --yeah, count 'em-- three more pushes brought my 7 pound, 11 ounce son into the world just after midnight. Ann, my Special Angel held him up for me to see in all his slimy beauty. The first-time doctor was collapsed on a chair, head between his knees, trying not to puke.

Husband missed the whole thing. To his everlasting relief. By the time he got there, our son was cleaned up, lying in an Isolette being examined by several doctors. I was blissfully unaware why. Husband gently kissed me, walked over to look in awe at his newborn son, reached to stroke his cheek.

The Worst Days
"NO!" someone yelled, "Don't touch him! Don't touch her either." Well, crap. How many WTF's can there be??

The baby and I both had fevers. Our white counts were elevated. Infection. Cause unknown. Off we went to an isolation room, monitors beeping, medical staff coming and going, swathed from head to toe. We could only see their eyes, showing mostly kindness. And pity. Which made it worse.

They gave my husband clean scrubs to wear. And a cot so he could stay in my room. They kept taking blood. A lot. Really, how much did they need?? Mine from my arm, our son's from his foot.

My OB showed up with a neonatologist. Recommended the baby and I have Lumbar Punctures. AKA Spinal Taps. A mean freakin needle stuck into your lower spine to tap the spinal cord fluid, search for infection. I'd already had two in my life. My recent childbirth was less painful.

One good thing: they promised the baby wouldn't feel a thing. Oddly, neither did I. My soul was so alive with the pain of fear, dread, horror, guilt -- no needle could have topped that. Why me? It had to be my fault! What had I done wrong?

Oh, I forgot to mention, the baby was also allergic to my milk. A side issue, not connected. But another WTF. They pumped mine, took it anyway, did something to it, injected his tiny IV with whatever immune system boosters they could salvage. They hoped.

So we waited. In a hospital room. Not telling anybody. Wrapped in a cocoon of part denial, part unadulterated terror. Four. Excruciating. Days. We could only touch our son through the PICU Isolette. With gloved hands. It was torture. He was so wanted, so beautiful, so loved.

Baby Makes Three
December 31, 1983. Late afternoon. Both doctors entered the room. They were smiling, big wide grins. Oh. Thank. God.

The neonatologist opened the Isolette, removed the baby's IV, turned off the monitor. Watching, I'm not sure my husband and I were breathing.

He picked up the baby and plopped him in my arms. "You're both fine. Perfectly healthy. Congratulations. Go home. Enjoy your son. "

"What was wrong with us?" I asked, eyes on the bundle in my arms for the first time, not really listening. A long pause. Too long. I look up. "What?"

"Turns out the IV they gave you in the ER was expired, a little contaminated. It's gone from your systems now." Their faces had become a bit wary.

One final WTF. A serious mistake, liability, responsibility. Lawsuit? Husband and I looked at each other, at the doctors, at our son. And said with one voice, "Naaa."

We took him home. I sat in the back seat of the car, holding this tiny bundle upright in the car seat. Thinking, oh shit, what do I do now? Nobody had shown me anything, taught me how to feed him, change him, given me time to get used to handling him.

My mother, you should know, is not the baby type. Or anyway, was not the baby type. She'd told us that happy as she was to have a new grandchild, we shouldn't expect her to baby sit or pick up any slack. She'd had her turn. Now it was ours.

I called her as soon as we got in the door. She was there in 10 minutes. Took him in her arms and that was that. I don't think I got to hold him again for almost a week. Between her there all day every day and Husband insisting on doing the night time feedings, I never had a chance.

Our son is named for her father (my PopPop) and my husband's grandfather. But it goes deeper than that. They both fell in love with him, instantly, completely, with all their hearts.

My husband took to fatherhood as if born to it. His love for our son was total, instinctive, unconditional.

Mother Love
I felt love for him, I was so grateful to have him after so much strum and drang. He's literally my Gift from God. I say that all the time, to this day. But back then, I didn't experience the overwhelming, overpowering joy you're supposed to feel for your baby, your child.

It would take me almost three years to get there. I was a loving mother, don't get me wrong. And a good one. It was easy. He was such a good baby, happy, content, slept through the night at 6 weeks. Was all smiles and giggles, rarely cried. As he grew, still a Happy Camper.

And from early on, a ladies man.

He was, and is, mighty good-looking. Even-tempered. Bright. Curious. And loving. Cuddly, loved to get in bed with us in the mornings, sit on laps, give hugs and kisses. Independent too. Happy to hang out with us, play with friends or on his own. What's not to love?

Me seemingly comfortable and at ease as a Mom.

Still I worried. My sisters had children, I'd watched them coo with total devotion over their infants. What kind of monster was I that I could do it, but didn't feel anything?

The Moment of Truth
It's so prosaic really. Right around his 3rd birthday we were sitting in his room reading a book together. He was in my lap. I bent my head to smell his hair. He snuggled into me, sighed with contentment.

And just like that, I fell in love. Blindly, helplessly, hopelessly in love. This child, this wonder of a human being, this living symbol of his parent's love, suddenly and totally owned my heart.

We formed a bond that it lasts to this day. In a good, solid, mother-son way. We love, trust, confide in each other. He's still independent, confident, happy. And I know it has a lot to do with how much he knows he's loved.

I love him retroactively now too. A lump forms in my throat, my eyes still fill as I remember all the days and nights, but especially that first night home as a mother, holding my newborn son, my husband next to me, encircling us both with his arms. And his love.

The first --and still the best-- night of the rest of my life.

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Thank you for this, Sally. A beautiful account of one of the most amazing experiences in the world. The end made me a little teary.
So sweet Sally.

I had that dye injection thing too. They were BIG FAT LIARS about how it felt. I admire and respect your response to Dr. Insensitivity. She deserved every ounce of bile.
Awww......... beautiful!
Girl knows how to tell a story. Wow, Sally. I share your once thoughts about not having children, but after reading your story I may have to reconsider.............. Naaaaa!
Seriously though, sounds like you've got a great gig going.
Push! You make us feel like we are going through this too. Great writing, Sally.

And another connection between us. I had the flu when I gave birth to my first (9 pounder). But there is no way I could go back over that. Kudos to you for a tale well told, with a joyous ending.
Thanks for sharing Sally. We waited until our late thirties to have a child. I'm SO thankful we came to our senses before it was too late.
This one is a special one for me.

First of all ... "YOU'RE WELCOME" ... I'm glad I was there in the ER that night to help you out, ... "MOM!!!"

What a wonderful, frightening, lovely, heart-wrenching, precious, and shocking story. I swear Sally ... nobody can fit more life in a paragraph than you ... we are so not worthy!!!

Seriously though ... thanks for sharing your heartfelt Mommy story ... I LOVED it!!!
I am so glad I got to read this. I am fairly new in the world of infertility. Only been trying to get pregnant for a year and a half (wrote a post about it a while back). I certainly never thought it would take this long and I have a horrible feeling that it will take quite a while longer. I look forward to motherhood more than anything ever in my life but I also have so many fears. But first I need this f***ing ovulation predictor to read positive!
I know exactly what you're talking about. A most beautiful post. I keep thinking I should post a bit more about my own situation, but ... I keep refraining.

thank you for this lovely post
Oh my god. I'm never getting pregnant again! (Hee....just kidding....sorta....still not getting pregnant, but not because I read this.)

It's funny, isn't it, how the most important job of our entire lives is totally OTJT. You can't really practice for it, no-one can really teach you how to do it right, and screwing it up can have dire consequences. No wonder the pay is so high. :-D

Thumbed. Moms are funny critters, aren't they? Mine is too.

*OTJT - On The Job Training

*No wonder the pay is so high. - There isn't any amount of money that could be offered that would eclipse the love of a parent for their child, the unflinching desire to get it right, get it PERFECT.
You guys are great, thank you all! But jeez, I never got a chance to move this into the feed with the *perfect* line: Baby bump.

Natalie, Moana, thank you, this post was a labor of love.

Suzanne, I had a feeling somebody would have had that test and appreciate how scared and then angry I was. I still am. Not sure what I'd do if I ever saw that doctor today.

Thanks Michael, everybody gets to make his/her own choice. I'm good with mine, equally good with those who have no kids. And back then, there were plenty of days....

Lea, it's uncanny. 9 pounds? That's just scary. Obviously everybody's okay, but still, yow.

Greg, we can all tell how much your little guy is loved. He's at such a great age too. Enjoy.

ANN, I knew it was you! HOW CAN I EVER THANK YOU? Really, thanks for your praise and the phrase "heartfelt Mommy story" ... perfect way to sum it up.

katina, have hope, have courage, hang on to your sense of humor, try not to seek or feel any kind of blame. And remember, my son is now 25, things have come a long way since we conceived him. Good luck! My prayers are there for you.

Odette, tell when you're ready, or not. It took me a while and I'm sure you know I left things out, but it's a good feeling to shine light on these experiences.

Speaking of which, Liz, I'm glad you told your story and I hesitated about following it with mine, but I haven't even gotten to the childhood years yet, we share a lot more than we know.

Bill, I know all about OTJT and boy did I knock myself out to get it PERFECT. Of course I never did, but he never felt my anxiety or fear, he thinks I was and am a great Mom, so I guess we just have to do our best and hide the rest.
Two pushes? I don't think I took much in after I read that. Two pushes?
Beautiful story, well told.

"I love him retroactively now too." Great sentence. Writers should ALWAYS tell, at some point in their life, the story that does not want to get told.
It is both disturbing and hilarious that the doctor yelled, "Oh my god, it's crowning! What do I do now?!? ANN! Help!" Let’s hear it for Ann.

I love the pic of your husband with your son sleeping. Lovely and sweet.

Glad this story had a happy ending!
I figured it out after my fifth was born. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with sex
Lovely story.

And of course, your writing makes it shine all the more.
Awesome story! Beautifully written, as usual. I so relate to your situation with the mean, insensitive doctor. And that awful dye test.

We, too, dealt with an infertility-doctor-bitch (and other insensitive 'professionals') in the early '90's. It only took about three months before I got so disgusted with the system, that we stopped treatment. Sitting in the obgyn's waiting room alongside sad, depressed women who told stories of multiple ivf treatments that failed, started to wear on me. There was a memorable couple who said they initially planned to make "one or two" attempts but now they had gone through three or four cycles, and hoped this (#5) would be "successful" because they had no more money to try again. It worried me because I really wanted a child, and I hated going to the doctor even for physicals.

So we decided to adopt. A little over a year after ditching the doctors, we picked up our 3-month old son at O'Hare airport (!) after his 16 hour journey from Seoul South Korea. The first night (which included running down Fullerton ave. towards Children's Memorial ER at 4 am was quite a harrowing introduction to parenthood....somewhat like yours!
Mum, to be totally accurate, it might have been 3 pushes, 4 tops. But that was it. He was in a hurry to meet the world and scare the bejezzus out of me.

Lisa, I agree, writers do some of our best work telling stories that don't want to get told. I still have a tiny bit of guilt left from the early days, but after today, it's gotten even tinier.

Denise, my delivery experience with that inept new intern is the essense of "don't know whether to laugh or cry." I guess every baby has to be some doctor's first. They probably shouldn't broadcast it, eh.

marcell, kaysong, thank you, I feel the same way. :)

coogansbluf, FIVE??? Yeah, sex is involved but I figured nobody would be interested in that part....

Maddie, an extra kudo from you makes it more special.
By the way...Great pictures! Cute kid, too! They grow up too fast....
That was wonderful and moved me to tears!

Lovely, funny, and honest post. thanks!
oh, how beautiful, Sally. I love love love your humor and your honesty. (BTW, my mother actually had a nurse hold my brother in when he was crowning so the MD could get there -- as she always said, it's lucky he didn't get brain damage or something.)

I think you are telling a secret that many mothers share, which is that for many reasons (often something to do with fear, I suspect) they hold back on falling in love with their children for a while. Just as many of us held back on falling in love with a partner for a long time. It's scary, after all! You're committing your heart for life with a child and risking so much.
My best friend said of her first childbirth: It's a good sign when the doctor looks bored.
Sal, as you know, my many years of OB nursing exposed me to nearly every possibility. Bitch doc should have warned you about the cramping following a hysterosalpingogram. Holding knees down used to be the method to use before the doctor got there, or on the way to the Delivery Room. Good thing they didn't -- you would have caught him by the ears, though it sounds like Queen Ann would yet again have saved the day. As always, a good story excellently told. You must have pushed him out right, because he grew up to be a helluva good kid! Sally'sSisterJudy
Oh Oh - I had the dye injection in my late 30's. No one told me it would hurt - if they had, Claus would have come. I do remember screaming GET IT OUT. NOW! I also switched doctors. But after I passed the 40 mark , we happily opted for adoption.

Lovely tale , and I love it that you are a woman that doesn't hold back her feelings or opinions ! WTF indeed!
Wow- cool story. So sorry about the trauma after the birth due to hospital error... That overwhelming, unconditional, no-going-back love for your child that hits each mom at slightly different times is one of the wonders of the universe, IMHO. :-)

As a lactation consultant, I was really sorry to read that you were told that your baby was allergic to your milk. A baby will NOT be allergic to his mother's milk. A baby can be allergic to something that is passing through his mother's milk such as a food item. Dairy is a big offender in this regard.
Ann 24, "They grow up too fast" is maybe what, the understatement of the year. Everybody with little kids, ENJOY EVERY MINUTE. I know it's hard, especially when it's hard, but those snuggled-up-in-your-lap days don't last.

Lady Miko and Connie, thank you so much.

silkstone, your brother was so lucky. And you're right, they are more mothers out there than we know who can't bond right away. Same with marriage. In my case you got it right, it was fear. I came out of the closet on this to help other mothers feel hope. I'm here to tell you, if I could do it, anybody can.

Leeandra, I've heard that too. If only my doctor had looked bored. I don't remember his name but I can still see his terror-stricken face. Idiot.

Why Judy, thank you. A sister complimenting my writing and my kid, what more could I ask? I remember many of your tales from the OB floor, about nurses, doctors And mothers. I'm sure my comments in the ER went up on the board for a while. And I hope that pussy ER doc took some lumps.

Cherie, thank you for understanding and sharing a little of your saga. It was the dark ages for me, and we'd have adopted too if not for our miracle. I'm so glad you adopted. Your little angels look like miracles too.

Dianne, thanks for understanding too, I guess you see it a lot in lactation consulting. It's nice to hear he wasn't allergic to me, but in our son's case it turned out he was allergic to milk, period. Grew up on soy and none the worse for it.
Fantastic post, so well written. I appreciate your honesty about the qualms you had before, during and after. That takes guts - and questioning yourself no doubt made you an even more fantastic mother.
I also appreciate you and your husbands decision not to sue the hospital - although you had every right to do so. The way you tell it, it seems your thoughts stayed on your happiness and....I don't know, I am always really moved when people can be forgiving and embrace the outcome, although they could be justified in feeling otherwise.
Great mom story. Thanks for sharing.
aim, thank you for your praise and for getting the point and the reason we didn't sue. If they had damaged him in any longterm way, this Mama Tiger would have made damn sure they didn't do it to anybody else's kid.

Somyr, thanks for enjoying. Is always my top goal.
Aaaaaaaaaawwwwwww!! That's so sweet. But now you've done it -- I'm gonna post my Ribald Tales from In Vitro Land -- just you wait.
With every story you tell, I'm beginning to think you are a cat, Sally. Talk about nine lives.......! Have you ever had a day in your life where absolutely nothing out of the ordinary happens? Amazing.....
Sally, I don't know what it is about your photos, but they always make me laugh. It's like they are right out of a movie called "Sally's Life." I guess they are, right? That one of your sister staring at your belly...too funny.

I'm so glad you walked out on that cruel doctor. More people need to know when they've been paired with the wrong doctor and do just what you did. We're all so subservient to them.

Anyway, thanks for a touch of your life!
I am glad that through all your worries, it turned out OK. I have many worries and fears of inadequacy and thoughts that I should skip the experience. It's good to hear that you were up to the job, that the panic is OK and not crippling.
Hey Tom, I dare ya! Actually, it would be so interesting to hear this kind of story from Dad's perspective... another planet entirely.

cartouche, I have some cat-like qualities, yessssss.... I've had plenty of boring days, but who remembers those, right? I've also led a lively life, have interesting friends and relatives and many more stories to tell. The book, as I've often said, will have to wait until a few more people die.

Beth, I'm a picture person, my house overflows with framed photos, baskets of photos, photo albums. I love looking at moments captured in time and remembering. Glad you enjoy them too. And I want the doctor story to be a cautionary tale... we pay for their services so they work for us, which most patients forget.

jane, as I'm sure my sister could tell us (and has told me) there are plenty of horror stories in hospitals. Glad yours turned out well too. Happy endings all around.
Delia, our comments crossed. I pretty much lived in a state of fear almost the entire first three years and only my husband knew it. Our son never felt it or even sensed it, I was determined to make the fear MINE alone, never his. And I don't remember when, but it eventually just slipped away.

It's maybe even a separate story, so many women share the same experience, needs more sun shone on it.
Did you typically drink at family gatherings? And did you not drink at your Mom's birthday? That was always how I knew my cousins were pregnant.

This may not sound like a big compliment, but trust me, it is: Reading this almost made me wish I'd had a child.
An amazing story including all the ups and downs surrounding human frailties....and cruelties too.... and the light which brings a people's most basic instincts alive....
The birth of your baby!
A beautiful dialogue; and told with great relish!
Thank you for sharing your incredible memories here....

UK, you are sweet for saying so. Hard to believe "baby" is now 25. Yikes!

Merwoman, I don't drink, so that wouldn't have been a giveaway. Plus, I always had big ta-ta's so nothing much changed there. And I favored lose dresses (as opposed to figure hugging or waist-cinched) so no clue there. Sometimes, I guess, sisters just know.

And wow, you gave me maybe the biggest compliment ever. Thank you!

nahatsu, I appreciate your enjoyment more than you could know. Thank you.
Sally, I am sorry that I missed this one the first go around by the system lost your url and I just didn't know it until today. Sorry.

This is a warm and wonderful story with little glimpses of humor at just the right places to relieve the tension of the building story. It is well written and pulls the reader along nicely.

And none of that is as clear as the way it reveals your growing into your role as mother and the joy that ultimately gave and gives to you. I salute you not just as a writer but as a warm and loving human being. I'm glad to be your friend.

My aunt (a doctor) told me what happens if they don't catch the baby -- it's called bungee baby because of the umbilical cord. They don't hit the floor with a big, head first crash.

She'd seen some bungee babies, but I've never heard of a mother who knew her eagerly awaited newborn was one.
Thanks for pointing me towards this beautiful, moving post. You are such a talented writer and I enjoyed every part of this story. I had a similar experience when my 2nd son was born (I wrote a post at the end of Oct. about it--How My VBAC Failed Me) and I love reading others' experiences relating to childbirth.
Sally, this 2 part story is amazing. That you survived the rejection and boy what a rejection that was. And you married and had a beautiful boy who was easy. Wow. This warmed my heart, the photos are amazing. Not jealous over here about anyone's weight. I too was thin via biology. Only gained weight when I went on insulin at aged 60. Didn't care as it saves my life. Still not heavy just no longer 105 lbs. At 60, no big deal. Great storieS. Rated!
I was just writing about my son. I love everything you said. Thank you.
Phew! I feel like I just delivered a baby myself, Sally! You told this story that well. I was one of the lucky ones who fell instantly in love, so I can't imagine what was going through your mind for three whole years. Maybe you were expecting a tsunami of feeling because of all you went through to get him. I'm sure you more than made up for lost time. Great memory!

wow, sally, wow. i can't tell you how grateful i am to get this close to the experience of being a mother. thank you.