Every parent feels like their child is a rare, unique snowflake. One in a million. They are all correct, of course, but I do believe some are more unique than others. Zoey is an amazing combination of genetics and luck and random chance that blows my mind. I give you: a list of reasons why Zoey should buy a Lottery ticket the day she turns eighteen:
1. Ulnar dysplasia (odds: one in 100,000)
2. Left-handed at birth. Although this changed after we did surgery on her left hand and then stuck it in a cast for weeks, she remains quite ambidextrous and I’m convinced her brain is still hard-wired like a lefty. (odds: about 10% chance. No history of it in our families.)
3. Hazel eyes. Zach has hazel eyes and (we discovered after Eleanor was born) a recessive blue-eyed gene. I have brown eyes with a recessive blue-eyed gene. For Zoey to have hazel eyes, Zach would need to have passed a hazel gene (50 – 75% chance. We’re not sure.) and I would have to pass on the blue-eyed gene (50% chance). (Overall odds: I have no idea how to do that kind of math. Less than 25%?)
4). “Outie” belly-button. (odds: unknown, but definitely less than having an “innie.”)
5) Breech at birth (Odds: 3%, or only 3 out of every 100 babies, remain breech at term)
6) Conceived on birth control (odds: those pills are 99.9% effective folks. 99.9%. Leave it to me to be the 0.1% And yes, I was taking it EXACTLY as directed, down to taking it at the exact same time every day. I am a nurse, after all).
Odds of having ALL of the above in one child: mind blowing.
Zoey, you truly are my one in a million baby, and I’m so glad you are exactly the way you are.