Now available from In Fact Books: OH, BABY! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love more
“The orthotist will photograph, measure, scan, feel and gently direct Sebastian’s skull where he wants it to go. Like a bonsai tree.”
“The promised adoption papers remain elusive. I carry the constant fear that our tenuous relationship will be exposed. The presence of armed soldiers on the sidewalks in front of the hotel feeds my unease.”
"Kassandra. The name sounded big. I felt like an impostor saying it. Had we chosen the wrong one?”
“Adoptive parents believe in the wonders worked by love and willpower and diet and medicine. We believe was can undo almost any damage.”
"These are twenty-three essays to be savored, whether you’re up at three in the morning for another feeding, or finding yourself with a precious eleven minutes before the next nap is over."
“Having a baby is essentially inviting another person permanently into your family--a person whom you have never met before.”
“Who am I to leave this stone unturned, minutes before heading into a heart transplant? What, am I not going to play the baby card?"
“‘It’s a girl,’ I heard from somewhere. But I didn’t know what those words meant.”
"Every so often you realize you are somewhere else entirely. Not in babyland but in toddlerhood, not new and unsure but confident—and now unsure about completely different things."