Lateefah Torrence says instead she'll try to be the mom Dalia needs moment to moment. And she says that writing on The Baby Project has not only given her this clarity for motherhood, but also confidence to write.
Lateefah says before she gave birth, she heard all the parents say it is the toughest job in the world. Now she knows what they meant.
Frank Braun, Lateefah Torrence's husband, gives his account of their difficult birthing experience. During one of Lateefah's painful moments, Franks says he realizes that he failed her — and he replays that moment over and over in his mind.
Lateefah Torrence says it took her a long time to write her birthing story because she didn't want to relive it.
The day before she reached 40 weeks, Lateefah Torrence found out she had an increase in her amniotic fluid — and her doctor told her she had 48 hours before they would induce her. Out of determination to avoid the Road of Cascading Interventions, she tried everything possible to get labor going.
Lateefah Torrence says a lyric from the song of her life right now is "ice in my panties and lipstick on the mirrors." Because she wishes she had known how much care she would need to take after a natural childbirth, she gives advice to moms of the future.
Lateefah and Frank Torrence announce the arrival of their baby girl — and the meaning of the name they chose after much deliberation.
Lateefah Torrence says the last time she went to her dentist, she didn't tell him what tools to use or how to replace her filling. The rules seem to change, though, when a woman is having a baby. She's trying to walk the line between annoying know-it-all and clueless mom-to-be.
When Lateefah Torrence asked NPR's audience to help her come up with a name for her baby, she got an overwhelming response.