August 6, 2010
A first for the first
People have followed my life all my life. I mean, ALL my life. PBS cameras taped my birth, and I attended my first press conference at 3 days old - I yawned through the entire thing. My baby face appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and stories appeared in many newspapers worldwide, including The Boston Globe, where I now work on its website. I don’t have a baby book - I have five volumes of newspaper headlines and VHS tapes from television announcements worldwide. Now, nearly 29 years from my birth as the first test-tube baby in the United States, I have my own baby. When the phones started ringing a few weeks ago, I knew I had a choice: Either write about it myself - though I’ve been uncomfortable about my celebrity - or have someone else do it. My family and I have often joked about what the headline would read, with fears of “Test-tube baby has test-tube baby” in bold black letters across the top of a page.