“A person’s a person no matter how small.” (from Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss)
I am going to restrain myself from going on and on about the following: how much I love Dr. Seuss, and how strongly I believe (I know that I know that I know!) that my son was his whole precious self from the first moment.
On the first subject, I’ll only say that Dr. Seuss transformed children’s literature and I am so glad he did! Some parents dress up like Santa Claus for their children; I have plans to someday dress up like the Cat in the Hat to give mine one messy and memorable day. Just wait. It’s going to be great.
On the second, I’ll just say that I knew Benjamin was in my womb and loved him wholeheartedly from the beginning. I’ll tell you that I saw him for the first time via ultrasound three weeks from conception and that I heard his heartbeat for the first time less than a week later. Because I lost our first baby to miscarriage, we got to have lots of ultrasounds and you will never convince me that a baby is anything other than a person from the get-go, no matter how small. We watched him grow centimeter by centimeter, week by week. Oops–there I go. I’ll just stop myself by sheer force of will. Goodnight.