<p>I'm the mother of two fabulous human beings. Corey is 15, has a wicked sense of humor and a tremendous heart, which counterbalances his teen 'tude and the effects of ADD. Madelyn is four... months, that is. She was the surprise of a lifetime. I have felt a daughter waiting for me since I brought my son home from the hospital, so I'm beyond ecstatic to finally meet her. Yeah, she's the greatest baby in the world, an excellent communicator (why bother with crying when yelling gets the job done that much faster?) and she's always smiling. Even if she's crying, she'll try to smile back at you... I'm pretty sure I was older when the bliss that is laughter through tears came to me.</p> <p>I am also Tom's wife. You know, there was a special glow around our relationship throughout my pregnancy and the first few months of Mad's life. I knew it wouldn't stay quite like that forever and I was right, but even without the anticipation or the relief and joy and sense of accomplishment and newness swelling around us, I still look at him and wonder how I got to be the one he chose.</p> <p>Aside from that, I run a work experience program for high school kids with developmental disabilities. Thank goodness I love my job and the people I work with, because I have been dreading returning to work after having Mad. Someday soon I hope we can work it out that I can be home more.</p>
Stories by Shan Sweda
My husband and I have been together for nearly eight years and married for two. We’ve discussed having children together. Sometimes I felt...