Monday, July 14, 2008

Fun Monday Birthday

IamwhoIam at Dungarees Ablaze is this host for this week's Fun Monday, and it's all about birthdays! This was tough for me, as my husband's 50th was incredibly special, and upcoming? Well, guess who is gonna hit the big 4-0 in September? Yeah, just don't tell anyone - I'm gonna try to still pass for 35.

To be honest, since I was abandoned within days of my birth, I have no idea when my actual calendar birthday is.

The most special birthday was the day The Offspring was born. I went into labor around midnight, Christmas Eve - I remember it distinctly, b/c I was just SURE I had gas that needed to be expelled. And I would wake up each hour, trying to expel it. All Christmas Day, I was in hard labor, as I was frosting five dozen sugar cookies that I had made the night before. Finally, after the contractions were about 5 minutes apart and we had returned from celebrating Christmas at Roger's family's home, it was time to have a baby. Nevermind my OB/GYN who kept insisting I was having Braxton Hicks false labor - I knew better. This was it. My doctor slid into the room, just as I was pushing her out. It was an easy delivery, all natural, no drugs, and though it was painful - I had the luxury of being the only patient in labor that night.

Click here for photo - Blogger is being difficult. At 3:21AM, on December 26th, 1993, I met the only person that I know for sure is related to me. My precious little girl. I had always wanted just one child and always wanted a girl. In this day and age of sophisticated ultrasound equipment, we had decided NOT to find out the sex of our baby beforehand. So I was ecstatic that SHE had arrived! And the look she gave us? It was incredible. She was full of wonder and life and spark - eyes big and checking out her new world.

She was the most precious gift I've ever received, and I treasure all the moments we continue to share. It's a birthday I treasure...and will never forget.

Sorry about the lack of photos! BLOGGER and I are NOT getting along tonight!

26 comments:

karisma said...

Oh these birthdays are for sure the best ones for every mama! I remember each and every one of mine! Mind you the wonder at the birth of your first cannot quite be matched.

Hootin' Anni said...

What a very memorable Christmas day too!! Wow...frosting cookies while you're going through contractions?!!!

Just....well, wow!!!

SwampAngel65 said...

Well you for sure have extra special Christmas/Birthday memories! My oldest was born on New Year's Day, and I was in labor for HOURS!

Jan said...

Great b'day tale. I agree all that labor is worth it. I chose to do it twice, and chose to do it no more.

Mary said...

A beautiful memory, for sure and the photo of the two beautiful ladies is perfect. Enjoyed my visit.

Blessings,
Mary

M@ said...

Hey, look at it this way, Tig. You were apparently abandoned by exceptionally good looking people.

M@ said...

And then you were taken from the wild and raised by white people.

ChrisB said...

What a wonderful present to get your hearts desire. The photo is lovely and a memorable birthday indeed.

susan said...

I love that photo, you both look so sweet.

Not to change the subject, but $3.89 a gallon? I just got Costco gas for $4.29!

Sayre said...

Gorgeous photo, Tigger! That was the best present ever, wasn't it? My son was born on our 4th anniversary and I always looked at him as my best gift.

Kila said...

Awww... So glad your dream came true.

(I also get much more excited about my kids' birthdays than my own.)

Bond said...

What a great picture....you have certainly changed in the last 15 years...

hulagirlatheart said...

What a great birthday..and Christmas present! Great story.

storyteller said...

What a lovely birthday to share. We all understand about Blogger & photos because most have experienced the frustration first hand. The link was a great idea and worked just fine. What a lovely photo of you and your ‘alert’ little one!
Hugs and blessings,

IamwhoIam said...

Some people don't understand the treasue they gave away - and you Christmas baby what a gift.

I had to check out all the family shots I like the casual ones

Jo Beaufoix said...

Oh what an amazing day for you, she was adorable. That first moment when your eyes meet is just perfect isn't it?

Irish Coffeehouse said...

A very special day indeed! And a great picture too!

Alison said...

great picture and what a wonderful Christmas present!!

Tiggerlane said...

karisma - yeah, including the wonder of, "How the heck is THAT coming out of THERE?"

hootin' anni - I'm a tough cookie, LOL! And hubby can't forget the kiddo's b-day.

swampangel65 - what a way to ring in the New Year - did you scream for champagne?

jan - once was enough for me...sure does pay, tho.

mary - thanks - and good to see you here!

m@ - should my adoptive parents be offended? And you know what they say...

chrisb - best present ever! She's at camp now, and I miss her.

susan - that was long before I turned to the dark side. And honey, don't EVEN get me to ranting about gas...

sayre - thank you! Totally the best - how can you top those precious gifts we've received?

kila - me, too! Even though I know each one means she is closer to leaving home.

bond - yeah - I used to have thick hair. The kid made it all fall out.

hulagirlatheart - thanks! She's the best.

storyteller - I hope I haven't reached Blogger's limit - I've heard rumors...

iamwhoiam - thanks for hosting! And thanks - sadly, I wish I could tell my birthparents that I made it okay.

jo beaufoix - thanks! And she didn't scream until she looked at my husband.

irish coffeehouse - thanks so much!

alison - many thanks - best present in the world!

C said...

That is awesome. I can relate. I only have one child and he's a boy just like I always imagined.

Pamela said...

You're correct -- birthing a daughter is probably the most precious gift I ever had, too.

(all 3 of them)

Bond said...

You have also matured and that has given you new beauty

Claudia said...

AAAAWWWW!! that is so, so....wonderful, and touching. sigh..

swampy said...

Just flew by to give you a hug. You are such a positive inspiration when you post these stories.

Molly said...

But the link to the picture of you and the Christmas baby is beautiful. The birth of children are the best birthdays. The doctors arrived late for the births both of our babies.

Tiggerlane said...

c - I honestly think there is no greater thing in the world than to be a parent!

pamela - you are fortunate to have done it thrice - though I'm sure God knew that I wasn't up for the task!

bond - that just makes me blush!! Thank you!

claudia - thank you - I'll try to keep the mushy posts down to a bare minimum from now on.

swampy - thanks for the hug! Been missin' ya!

molly - somehow, it's good when the doctors aren't there to interfere much - isn't it?