This photo was taken in September, two months prior to the birth of our babies.
As I approached my due date, our surrogate was hospitalized to ensure that she did not go into labor without perinatologists in place to assist with the delivery. The doctors said that she would be there about two to three weeks. I decided with my doctor to be induced one week prior to my due date so that I could be there for the birth of the boys. Our surrogate had generously allowed me to be present for her C-Section, even though she had never had surgery before and this meant her husband could not be present.
I was induced in the morning in early November. My water broke naturally and, after several hours of labor, Capri was born. I had watched Baby Stories ad nauseam on TLC, and had had seen so many Moms handed their babies immediately after birth to bond. When Capri emerged, four people appeared out of nowhere and whisked her off because, unbeknownst to me, she was born with the cord wrapped around her neck. Fortunately, they were able to restore her to health and she was given to me to hold several long minutes later. It was wonderful to bond with Capri. My husband, Greg, and my mother enjoyed watching her come into the world and soon afterwards, his parents and my Dad met her for the first time.