We have a heartbeat, someone in the delivery room said loudly, but A.J. Pollock‘s memory of that and a lot that happened in the moments before and after is hazy. Under the best of circumstances, the birth of a child is disorienting for new parents: pain for the mother, a feeling of utter helplessness for the father, their uncertainty swirling underneath the running conversation among the doctors and nurses that is so practiced and loaded with medical jargon that it sounds like a different language.
But for Kate and A.J. Pollock, there were also complications. A premature arrival, by three months, amid a looming concern about COVID-19, which had been declared a global pandemic the week before Kate went into labor. Maddi Mae Pollock was born at 3:06 p.m. on March 19, 2020, weighing one pound and six ounces.
We have a heartbeat, a declaration of hope amid all those fears. “The whole time I’m thinking like, ‘What is a one-pound baby going to look like?'” said A.J. Pollock, who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is in his ninth year in Major League Baseball. “And she came out and it was shocking how small she was.”
Kate Pollock recalled, “She was delivered, kind of put on…