Parenting can be a challenge, but imagine if you had a baby and did most of your parenting with your feet. This mom has met that challenge head on, and her story is an inspiration to those of us who feel, at some point in our parenting lives, that we can’t.
Sarah Kovac was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, a condition that results in limited use in the affected person’s limbs. In Sarah’s case, she has underdeveloped muscles and bones from the base of her neck to her fingers, and as a result has amazing dexterity in her feet and flexibility most of us could dream of. Makeup, eating, driving, drawing — it’s all done, and done well, with her fabulous feet.
She met her husband online and agreed to meet him at a local ice cream shop, and the stars aligned. She said that his acceptance of her was complete and pure, and was indeed true love. They were married a year and a half later in paradise and began their lives together with happiness.
Along came Ethan
Sarah was excited to discover she was expecting a baby and despite misgivings from folks who questioned her decision to have a child, she was sure that she and Adam would make great parents. Her pregnancy was uneventful, but daily tasks started to become difficult towards the end as her big belly impeded her feet from reaching up high. However, her birth was quick and easy, and Ethan was a healthy baby who thrived and grew.
In response to CNN asking viewers to submit stories from families dealing with disabilities, Sarah uploaded a video of how she changed Ethan’s diaper with her feet, and she was contacted by producers the next day, and was eventually the top story on CNN.
She was encouraged by friends and family to enter a contest, which she won, and booked a meeting at a conference with a writer’s agent. She signed with the agent who gained Sarah two offers from publishing companies — one of which, Abingdon Press, she accepted. Her book is due out September 2013.
Sarah continues to inspire confidence in her child and parent the best way she knows how — from her heart and through her faith. She said, “I want him to grow up knowing that I trust him, that he has every reason to be confident, and nothing to fear.”