I am an only child. My mother had 4 miscarriages, then she gave birth to a son (Richard) in 1950. However, Richard's life was a very short one, as he died at the tender age of 7 months (bronchiole pneumonia). After having lost these 5 children, my mother's doctor told her she could not have any more children. Then 6 years later, when she was a few months pregnant, her doctor told her that she was carrying a child. My mother was shocked and said to the doctor, "But you told me 6 years ago that I couldn't have any more children." The doctor said, "Yes, I know....but God has another plan!" They both smiled.
So, although I was supposed to be born in November, I was born 3 weeks early, on October 27th at 2 p.m. My mother was very happy but concerned because I weighed just 5 pounds 8 ounces, and I was tiny. The doctors had said that if I weighed 8 ounces less I would have been put in an incubator, but I didn't have to be. However, the doctors kept an eye on me for a while, as my mother had already lost 5 children, they wanted to make certain that she wouldn't lose me! At this time my mother was just 2 months short of her 41st birthday!!! This would be her last chance at being able to have a child.
Thankfully all was fine, but there was something different about me. I slept through the night, not waking up for feedings. My mother was nervous and kept waking up anyway, and went to check on me to see if I was still breathing. So she told the doctor about this...that I slept through the night and didn't awaken for feedings. The doctor told her she was blessed, but he understood her concerns. After all, she had lost 5 children and she would be 41 on December 24th!
I am going to share a photo with you all. Please be aware that I am not at all photogenic! As well, I lost many of my photos many years ago in a fire, including the negatives, so I have a very limited amount of photos of myself, sadly. This photo was taken in January, 2011 in St. Sauveur, Quebec. No, that isn't my car. You just need to click on the image to see a larger view.