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Thursday, March 2, 2006

A Kid to the Max

This is my middle boy, now 6’2″ and quite the young man. Tonight Ned and I will be attending our first high school presentation for incoming — ulp — 9th graders! Is this the little boy I carried? I don’t remember getting older!

But — March 9 will be 14 years ago that he was born. This was one of the best days of my life. My labor was actually a good part. Ned and I stayed up all night together, while the early labor pains began, and he held a tennis ball at the base of my spine every time I had a bad contraction. My sister and her fiance (now husband) John came over and took care of little Nat while we went into the hospital.

At the hospital, I requested an epidural, but the entire time, I could feel the pain. I kept saying to the doctor, “Hey, I can feel that!” Finally, they rolled me over to check: the needle had fallen out of my spine!

“It’s too late,” my doctor said. “You’re at 8 centimeters. You’ll have to just blow through the rest of it.”

Oooh, I wanted to kill her! But I persevered. Ned kept me conscious, saying, “Look at me, Sue,” every time the pain ripped through. Max was born pretty fast, needless to say. A big baby, 8 lbs 9 ounces — it’s funny how you never forget stuff like that. I looked at him and was confused — who was this? He didn’t look like the baby I was used to (Nat!). I could not stop looking at him. I still can’t, but I do it covertly.

Max came into this world with a burst of joy — and relief. He continues to give both to all those around him.


max is so adorable!

— added by kyra on Friday, March 3, 2006 at 11:12 am

max is very handsome, as are all your children…I remember thinking the very same thing when my daughter was born- that she was very different from sam from the get go…I remember you talking about nat and saying that you felt that nat never needed you..i too felt that way about Sam- I still question his feelings for us at times..However my four month old daughter morgan is different- she has this longing love in her eyes- it is great and it is a validation that Sam’s autism was there from the get go…My birthday is on 8th of march…max is probably a sensitive sole much like myself…god you have a beautiful family…..

— added by Kristen on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 3:18 am

Hi Susan,
Max is a cutie pie!

— added by KCsMom on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 9:51 pm