After menopause most women are content, if maybe a little sad, knowing they don’t have to deal with painful period cramps or long, difficult childbirths anymore. But not Lina Alvarez.
Despite going through menopause at 42, the 62-year-old Spanish doctor is pregnant again.
Alvarez already has two sons: a 10-year-old and a 27-year-old with special needs. But she knew she wanted another baby. Only most doctors said no.
“Some years ago I met a gynecologist who agreed to help me if the tests were OK and they were positive so he planted an embryo.”
The chance of success was low: only 6 percent. But Alvarez is now eight-months pregnant with a little girl she has already named. The girl, she says, is growing normally, and she currently weighs 4.4 pounds.
So what motivated her to have another child?
Due to a doctor’s error, Alvarez’s oldest son’s head was damaged resulting in his current condition. It also ended her marriage. Alvarez is his primary caregiver and must attend to him at all times.
“For years I cried every day because I could not face my son’s disease. He had to be in hospital twice a week,” she said.
But her pregnancy has lifted her spirits.
“I am happy because I am living now my reward for so much suffering. It is a miracle.”
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Grandparents walk in
Dutch photographer Marry Fermont loves capturing the emotions of family members as they first meet newborns. Here, see a grandmother's expression as she enters the hospital room to see her new grandchild.
The talented photographer wrote that the first-time mom in this photo gave birth without any fuss to baby Daphne. In the background, you can see the proud grandma, who was also a delivery nurse.
These grandparents were beyond thrilled about the birth of this tiny new relative. We're so glad this moment of pure excitement was caught on film.
When this baby boy met twin girls for the first time, he clearly doesn't know WHAT to think--and his obvious confusion will crack you up.
Meeting Twins Confused
Just look at that bewildered expression! In the hilarious video, which has been viewed more than 24 million times, you can practically hear him thinking, "Wow! There's really two of them!"
This little girl's visit to the hospital to meet her new brother started off so sweetly, and we love the new big sister's shocked face when she finally lays eyes on him.
Watch the video to see what the adorable tot just can't stop saying. It'll be nearly impossible for you not to smile (or squeal, like she does!).
At this young girl's must-watch first meeting with her newborn sister, she first smiles as the baby began to do what babies do best--cry.
And when you watch the video and see what the gentle big sis does to soothe her, you'll swoon!
New Grandma Shocker
And in this great clip, a woman thinks her daughter is merely giving her an anniversary gift, but when she opens it up, she sees a bodysuit for a baby girl which says "Grandma's Little Girl."
If you think Grandma's reaction to that present is big, watch the video to see how she nearly falls down when the next surprise comes out.
Moment of Awe
The Internet recently had the pleasure of watching Eva Goeb get the surprise of a lifetime--she was now a grandma, thanks to a new baby her son and daughter-in-law had adopted.
Grandma Surprise 2
Never mind enthusiasm over a newborn--we don't think we've ever seen anyone THIS excited over anything at all! Watch the full video; her elated response will bring you to tears for sure.