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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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Growing a Free to Be Family

Growing a Free to Be Family

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When We Were Free to Be

Nancy Gruver

Joe Kelly

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter tells the story of a couple talking in bed the night before their first child was born. They broached a subject that had not come up before: “Maybe one is enough.” They had always agreed about having two children, but with the due date only three weeks away, they were suddenly worried about whether they would be up to the challenge of juggling two careers and two children. They felt overwhelmed by the mountain of unknowns that lay ahead. As it turned out, they did not have to decide about one or two in the end. In those days before ultrasounds were performed during pregnancy, Mavis and Nia surprised the both of them by being twins.

Keywords:   first child, due date, careers, children, mountain of unknowns, ultrasounds, twins

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