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I interviewed Veronica Littles, my mother, in person at our home. While talking to her, she was very excited to talk about her life and all that she has learned and gone through. Even when talking about serious moments, she did not let them interfere with the present, and used them as lessons she has simply learned. My mother has long black hair, with dark brown eyes. She wore a blouse with white jeans. She always dressed nice, occasion or not. She smiled throughout the entire interview, laughing, positive and very energetic. This snapshot of her life was very important to her as her doctor was always concerned with her pregnancy given how small she was. She had only gained 10 pounds while she was pregnant. So, this was a very scary moment but as she reflected, it was funny to her because there was nothing to worry about despite all the things everyone said. Her baby was going to be fine.

In early spring, Veronica woke up early in the morning and went to do her usual morning routine. At the age of 23, she was in her 8th month of pregnancy. As she was getting ready, she noticed her baby was not moving. There were no sharp pains. No kicks.

Veronica placed her hand on her stomach, anxious, and her stomach was ice cold. It concerned her but she continued.

Around the afternoon, Veronica still felt no movement. Her belly was still unusually cold. Since it had been several hours since she first noticed this, she started to panic. She decided to call the doctor, but she first sought reassurance from her mother.

She called for her, and her mom came downstairs.

“Mom, I haven’t felt the baby move since this morning around 7. Is that normal? My belly is so cold, is that normal?”

“Has this happened before?” replied her mom, “Are you in any pain? Did you do anything physically straining?”

Veronica replied no to all her questions. Her mom decided to touch her belly and felt how cold Veronica really was and she started to panic as well.

Veronica went to her phone and immediately dialed the doctor. Her mom scrambled and got Veronica’s purse and car keys from upstairs while she called the doctor.

When on the phone, Veronica explained what she has been experiencing and the doctor replied without hesitation to come to the ER immediately. And he stated he was going to have a team with a wheelchair waiting for her at the entrance.

He asked, “How far are you from the hospital?”

Veronica desperately said, “10 minutes.”

“If anything happens on the ride over, call 911.”

Veronica and her mom both left right after the call. Frantic. Hearing those words from the doctor made her very anxious and her fears started setting in. The car ride felt long, and she was getting more and more worried.

When they arrived, a nurse was already waiting for her, and took her straight to the ER to get an ultrasound.

They found the heartbeat!

The doctor came in and said, “Oh, your baby is just sleeping! A very deep sleep! She’s healthy.”

Veronica let out a big sigh of relief. She held her stomach and just took in that everything was fine.

The doctor asked, “Have you overdone any activities? Such as walking or cycling?”

Veronica thought back and realized she walked 3-4 miles the day before with her mom. She thought to herself, “Oh my gosh, my baby was probably just exhausted!” She laughed and thought to herself that her daughter will be born soon and that she would soon be able to hold her and see her.

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I interviewed Veronica Littles, my mother, in person at our home. While talking to her, she was very excited to talk about her life and all that she has learned and gone through. Even when talking about serious moments, she did not let them interfere with the present, and used them as lessons she has simply learned. My mother has long black hair, with dark brown eyes. She wore a blouse with white jeans. She always dressed nice, occasion or not. She smiled throughout the entire interview, laughing, positive and very energetic. This snapshot of her life was very important to her as her doctor was always concerned with her pregnancy given how small she was. She had only gained 10 pounds while she was pregnant. So, this was a very scary moment but as she reflected, it was funny to her because there was nothing to worry about despite all the things everyone said. Her baby was going to be fine.

Tags: mother, pregnant
Decade: 2000s
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Recorded by Akira Littles on June 2, 2020
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