Thursday, May 30, 2013
Seeing What to Expect when you are expecting was a little too much for me. See, I had one ectopic pregnancy that I had to eliminate, I had another stillborn at 26 weeks who I named Serenity Jade and I had a child who lived named Alexis Hoffman who died at 21 months of a failed heart transplant. When JLo received the adopted Ethiopian baby, I felt I had come full circle when in real life, I myself, had given birth to a son of African descent, Loran Oliver Hoffman. The gift of motherhood that was removed from me in 1992 with Alexis' death was restored in 1998, six years later with a 8 lb. 1 oz. boy. The father and I were not together at the time. I realized by watching the movie "What to Expect When you're Expecting," I did not have a companion by my side when carrying my son 9 months. It was me and me alone. I did not have a spouse to complain of about pain or share ideas for the future. I did have a support group in Minneapolis, a roommate and my mother was still alive until almost the end. Then she died 8 days before my son was born and I named him after her. There were many things that came out in the movie which is difficult for a parent who has lost children to watch. I randomly came across the movie on Netflix when I was searching for something else. I enjoyed much of the movie, esp. the male bonding scenes of fatherhood with Chris Rock and the like. It was a worthwhile movie.