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9/11: The Day I Became a Mother

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Momlogic's Yvette: Giving birth doesn't necessarily make you a parent. 

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My daughter was born on May 6, 2001 at Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side of of Manhattan. After nine hours of labor and 50 minutes of pushing (thank goodness for ample Greek hips and whoever invented the epidural), Christiana made her grand entrance into the world. But that's not the day I became a mother.

On September 11, 2001, Christiana was 4 months old and I was home on maternity leave. My husband Dave, a cameraman, called and told me what had happened less than a mile away, just across the river from our apartment--where our beautiful baby sat in her bouncy seat playing with her stuffed bear.

I grabbed Christiana and headed to the roof deck of our apartment and there I stood, alone with my baby in my arms, and watched as the North Tower of the World Trade Center burned. The gaping hole was huge, the smoke and fire horrendous and I knew that Dave was either down there already or on his way to cover this catastrophic accident. That's what we all thought--it had to be an accident, right?

I stood on the deck with Christiana in my arms and watched the smoke fill the air, praying and wondering what it must be like for those poor people trapped inside the burning building. I watched as a grey plane came into view from the tip of New Jersey. I watched as it headed towards the towers and I silently thanked God. It must be a rescue plane, I thought. They're going to rescue people from the roof, above the fire. They're going to douse the flames so more people can get out

But of course, I was wrong.

See Dave's gripping original 9/11 footage, shot minutes after the first tower was hit, below. 

To find out what happened to Yvette and Christiana next, go to: 9/11: The Day I Became a Mother, Page 2.

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Becca September 11, 2008, 10:59 AM

Beautiful story. So true! I was pregnant with my third child at that time, and remember hearing her heartbeat on the doppler stethoscope at my appointment that day, and just crying (my doctor cried, too!) because of the thought of bringing a child into a world where this sort of thing was possible. I felt like I had to step up my game, as a parent, to raise children who could help contribute to a society where this would never happen again.

Anonymous September 11, 2008, 12:52 PM

If she wasn’t a mother before 9/11 what was she?

Anonymous September 11, 2008, 1:43 PM

duh anonymous, she was a mother but she learned the true meaning of motherhood on 9/11

a. September 11, 2008, 4:23 PM

I thought this was going to be a blog about how a mother gave birth on 9/11… not someone who was already a mother months before then. lame.
it’s a big enough tragedy already without people using it to their advantage (which is done enough as it is!).

Anonymous September 11, 2008, 4:43 PM

I’m a little confused by some of these comments. This article is beautiful and a very moving tribute. (By the way, make sure you read the full version - the shortened version leaves a lot out)

shanna September 11, 2008, 6:54 PM

Seeing this video is chilling…I forgot how horrifying this whole experience was for all of us as Americans. Forwarding this to my friends.

anna September 13, 2008, 1:52 PM

what a touching story. Thank you for sharing with us. I think you have put into words what so many of us felt.

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