“We can work with our givens, but we cannot totally escape them. We carry to our graves the essence of the zygote that was first us.”
Before I had a child of my own, I found it difficult to understand how a couple having a baby could find the event so special when it has happened approximately 108 billion times in human history. After my wife gave birth, however, I finally understood the magic of the occasion.
Isaac was born shortly after 9 p.m. one evening and released from the hospital a few days later after recuperating from jaundice. We spent the ensuing weeks in much the same way as most who have a newborn in the home—sleeping only intermittently, reading books on how to care for our infant, and changing ...