This is a picture of my son on November 4, 2008—about ten or eleven weeks old. January 3, 2008 was the first time I saw an ultrasound image of my son—he was 7 weeks in utero. It was a beautiful and exciting day, seeing him, knowing this new life was growing inside me. It seemed a lovely parallel as I listened to President Obama’s speech following the Iowa caucuses breathing new life into this country. I was in tears—and not just from the hormones.