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Baby was a big surprise at 53!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | 0 comments

I was getting my blood screen in Philadelphia for my LIT [Lymphocyte immunotherapy] next week. An adorable 3 year old little girl came into reception with her Mom (I thought Grand-mom at first) while I was waiting for them to decipher the outrageous amount of HIV and Hepatitis tests I had to get.

Anyway, the girl was very precocious and most of the techs seemed to know her. We both went into the drawing spaces at the same time, so I could hear the woman (mother) talking to her tech. The tech said something like “I remember you and this is your…” and the woman responded something like, “yes, she is my daughter, all mine…”

The tech then gave her shocked reply, and the woman told her that her next oldest was 31 and oldest was 40. She said “she was a big surprise at 53”.

At that point, I looked up at my tech and mouthed “No way” and the tech shook her head Yes. After the woman left, I asked my tech again because I thought it had to be her granddaughter and she said she saw her pregnant. She has bad diabetes and cholesterol problems and had been coming in for bloodwork for years. Then she said, “See, you never will know”.

After all the bloodwork I’ve had there, I guess she has figured me out. I wanted to rub the woman’s belly on the way out, but refrained.


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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