Archive for August 27th, 2007

Please welcome Mimi, a.k.a. my mom, as today’s guest blogger.

Monday Memories – Thursday, August 27, 1970

It’s hard to believe that it has been 37 years since we brought home our first born – our first little Bundle of Joy (a.k.a. Baby BookMama).  Although the Bundle was tiny – 5 lbs. 3 oz. and only 18 inches long – she definitely was a joy. I remember when the nurse first brought her to me (in those days, mothers stayed in the hospital at least five days and we never saw the babies right away) – she was all swaddled in the typical hospital receiving blanket and she smelled so good. I immediately unwrapped her and gave her a total motherly inspection – yep, ten fingers, ten toes, and the cutest little button nose anyone ever saw – and then I looked up at the nurse and said, “What do I do now?” Didn’t take long for me to figure that one out!

Bundle was probably the best baby in the world. She never cried – instead, when she was hungry or needed something, she just kind of squeaked. She kept to a wonderful schedule and was probably sleeping through the night by the time she was six weeks old. In “those days” it was perfectly all right to put your child in a playpen so that you could get some work done. I would put her in a playpen by the window, give her some BOOKS and some toys, and she would be quite content. If the kids and dogs next door were out – that was an added bonus.

Bundle never got to be the only child for very long. When she was 13 months old, we were doubly blessed with twin girls – Btwinny and Firsttwin. So much for peace and quiet.  And when Bundle was six, Junior was born.  (Had Junior been our first born, he might have been an only child!)  From that point on, things were pretty chaotic!

All of our children have been a joy – sometimes more joyous than others and we could fill a book with their stories – but there IS something about the first born……she’s the one we learned from, sunk our teeth into, did the trial and error bit, set the standards with – her siblings can all thank her for that! (or not!)

And so, Baby Girl, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We love you.

“I don’t remember growing older, when did they?” *

* thanks to Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick

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Thank You, Jolene!

Today is my birthday. I got a few birthday cards – three or four – and I didn’t even deserve those, since I’m not very good about sending out cards myself.

But the nicest card I got was one from Jolene. She took the time to e-mail Tim and get our address so she could send me a card in time for my birthday. I was tickled when it arrived. Thanks, Jolene!

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Today’s happiness (so far – it’s early yet!) is having Big Brother sneak upstairs (with Tim’s help) at 12:01 a.m. because he wanted to be the first person to tell me happy birthday today.

Scared the bejesus out of me, of course, but it was very sweet. Then he crawled in next to me and slept with us. (Without kicking me, rolling on us, sleeping across us, or anything else!)

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