Almost As Bad As It Gets

This is part five of my mini-series “Welcome to Motherhood.” Miss the beginning? Start here. “We’d like to talk with you about Elli. Let’s go somewhere we can sit down and speak privately.” He turned and beckoned us to follow. I willed my legs to move. Just past the...

It Felt Like Drowning

This is part four of my mini-series “Welcome to Motherhood.” Miss the beginning? Start here. The clock in the dashboard glowed 2:23am as we drove down the ramp from the emergency room parking garage. We stopped at the bottom, and Scott asked, “Which way?” For...

Here’s Your ICU Badge

This is part three of my mini-series “Welcome to Motherhood.” Miss the beginning? Start here. The words “She will probably need a heart transplant” flung us high in the air, spun us around, and dangled us by our ankles. Upside down and dizzy, we sought something solid...

Welcome to Motherhood

This is the first of a special week-long series I’m calling “Welcome to Motherhood.” It is the story of meeting our firstborn and through her, the staff at Children’s Hospital. I will post two installments per day, the first at 7am and the...