Carolyn McPhaul, 45, becomes first-time mother
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) - By the age of 44, Carolyn McPhaul had accepted that she would never be able to have a child.
She had no idea why she couldn't conceive. Making matters worse, she was diagnosed with a liver disease that required a transplant and 20-30 pills a day post surgery.
"I thought having a baby was out of the question," McPhaul said. "I was happy with my stepdaughter."
But despite her medical history and side-effects from her medication, a routine visit to her doctor revealed some surprising news: McPhaul was pregnant.
"A gynecologist called and told me I was pregnant," she said. "When I found out, I was already two months pregnant."
Her son Christian is now three months old and healthy as can be. He's a surprise that McPhaul calls her little miracle.
"Having family members with kids, I've always treated them like there were my own," she said through tears. "Now i just have one to call my own."
With Christian, mother's day has taken on a whole new meaning for McPhaul, making her feel complete with a gift she thought she'd never get.
"It's like I'm in the moms club now and I know how mothers feel," she said. "It's joyful. I just love it."