Nancy Grace: “Good Housekeeping” June 2008

CNN’s Nancy Grace is on the June 2008 cover of Good Houskeeping with her 6 month old twins, John David and Lucy Elizabeth. Inside Nancy talks about being pregnant over forty, how she got pregnant, her complications, and the love she feels for her babies. Grace, 48, credits her husband David Linch as her rock. “He never left my side. Here’s some highlights:

On her miracle babies: “Oh, I’m so sorry,” [she says, sniffling] “I just…I still can’t believe they’re here, you know? I can’t believe they’re mine and that this is my life. I just never believed this could happen to me.”

On meeting her husband David Linch: “After I lost my fiancé, it seemed like it would be better to always be alone than to risk being hurt again,” she says. “So I felt being a wife and mother just wasn’t going to happen for me. I thought God had closed that door and given me my career instead. But then someone came into my life, and I realized: This is worth the risk.”

Read more highlights after the jump

On not talking about how she got pregnant: “On behalf of women everywhere who have gone through fertility treatments, it is my firm belief that what happens between your legs is nobody’s business but your own. Let me say this: They are my children. They look like me and my husband, and I can only hope that they get the best of our qualities.”

On carrying twins: “It was just such a roller-coaster ride, from the very beginning,” she says. “First, right after I found out it was twins, I had an ultrasound where they couldn’t find the second heartbeat anymore.” She shudders at the memory. “For over a week, I had to go around thinking that there was just one of them, and I was heartbroken. Then at another appointment, all of a sudden, they found the heartbeat again. I just ran home and e-mailed David, ‘Our twins are back.’ It was so incredible.”

On being over 40 and pregnant: “I just wasn’t prepared for how much a pregnancy in your 40s knocks you on your butt. It was one thing after another,” she says. “At one point, in August, I thought I was going into early labor…while on vacation with my mother on some tiny island off the coast of Florida. I was in the back of this rural ambulance, on a three-hour ride to the nearest hospital. The driver was named Elvis, and I remember lying there thinking: This is not happening. I am not about to give birth in the back of Elvis’s truck.”

On her babies being delivered two months prematurley due to complications: “I remember the doctor said to me, ‘How does November 4th sound for a birthday?’ And I was so out of it, I just looked at him and said in disbelief, ‘Is that today?’” [after delivery] “The babies were in the NICU at one end of this big hospital, and I was at the other end. I was so weak that when the phone rang, I’d turn my head and stare at it: I couldn’t even summon the strength to pick up the phone. They’d wheel me over to the NICU, and I just felt so helpless. John David was only there for three weeks, but Lucy, they had to do CAT scans and stick these things in her eyes for tests, and she would cry this weak little cry…. It was just horrifying,” she says, her voice breaking. “And I don’t want to take away from how wonderful it was to bring John David home, but I couldn’t help but feel like on the day that we did, Lucy was still there, begging me not to leave her. That’s really how it felt.”

On being a tough professional vs. being a mother: “Here’s the thing,” Grace says now. “To suggest that you can’t be both a mother who is completely in love with her babies, and a professional who is tough and tenacious, is ridiculous. If anything, now I feel even more passionate about fighting for victims. Now it gets to me so much whenever we cover a story about a child who has been harmed or a baby who has been abandoned that the camera has to cut away from me because I need a moment to pull myself together. It makes me angrier than ever.”

On the love she feels for her twins: “When I first heard it was twins, I was honestly a little put off,” she recalls. “I thought, How could I possibly take all that love I was planning to give to one baby and split it in two? I worried I’d be giving them each 50 percent. But now I realize: You don’t have to split your love — you just grow more. Your heart just gets bigger and bigger.”

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Source: Good Housekeeping

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