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Birthday Girl

I remember 23 years ago today very well.  I had my first baby – a baby girl we named Ashlee Renee.

It’s funny how some events in our lives we never forget no matter how much time goes by – or things happen to us – good and bad – as a mom – I will never forget the day I delivered both of my babies.  And the first baby is very special.  I remember feeling very ill prepared for the task ahead.  I remember being very emotional.  And I know that was normal – and still today I feel the same when I think about those days.

My labor was not text-book at all.  I was admitted to the hospital because I was a favorite of my doctor – and I think he took pity on me not having any air conditioning in our home.  We lived in New Castle, PA – a VERY hot a muggy summer!  And since it was cool and comfortable in the hospital – and I was having some signs of labor – he let me check in.  At first I was happy – in no real pain and left to watch TV or play games with Greg – talk on the phone to relatives and just relax.  My sister thought it was really unfair that I had no pains and was dilated – but I was pretty happy about it ☺  My mother told her, “they will come”  and so they did – after they had to break my water.

5 hours of labor later – our baby girl was born – 7 lbs 10 oz.  And they put me in a room to try to get some sleep – she was born at 2:27am – and I did not sleep the rest of the night.  I had sent Greg home to get some rest – but then called him back first thing in the morning – and tired though he was – he actually came back!

That very day Greg locked his keys in the car – he’s never done that before or since – so I know how befuddled he was!  Being a first time parent was certainly taking its toil – and the excitement was more than he could handle!

We look back at those early days of parenthood and laugh at some of the silly, crazy things we did – and poor Ashlee was our experimental child – so I know we did many things wrong with her – I’m just so glad she didn’t hold it against us – and in spite of us – she turned out beautifully!

Blessings on my married daughter of 23 – may the next 23 be even more wonderful – filled with parenthood and many other precious memories!

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  1. Our oldest, our son, Gareth, turns 23 in October. Our oldest daughter, Cara, turns 21 in October too. Good grief…where did the time go? It seems you spend most of your parenting years wishing that they would “just grow up” and then later regret that they grew up so fast! Oh, brother…we are so messed up. I’m afraid I was not much help to Kelly during the births of any of our children, except for perhaps for Colin. Fortunately, she had very good friends that were right there with her.

  2. My precious first-born is turning 10 in a few weeks and I can’t believe how fast the time has gone! Like you I find myself remembering the events those days leading up to his birth and how crazy, head-over-heels in love we were with that precious little angel that we’d been blessed with. Sometimes I think it’s amazing any of us survived that first year with little to no sleep and blundering along trying to learn as we went. Happy birthday to you and your beautiful, look-alike daughter!

    • Thanks so much! It’s been great following your blog and reading all about your adventures – and our children are a big part of our adventures, aren’t they?

  3. How cute. Great pictures!

  4. How cute…great pictures!

  5. What a beauty our baby girl is – and it’s all because she looks like her mother!
    I remember quizzing Ash when she was little and asking her, “who’s girl?” to which she would reply to my delight, “daddy’s girl!”

  6. Happy Birthday Ashlee! What a beauty she is! Looks like her mom!

  7. Happy Birthday, Ashlee! Boy, Cindy, it’s pretty apparent who this one belongs to. 🙂 Those eyes. . . they’re yours. Today is also my little sister’s birthday. And I think I saw something about Sandra Bullock? Looks like it was a wonderful day to be born, eh? Oh, and you don’t look much different in current pictures than you did when Ashlee was a baby. Just ain’t fair!!! LOL

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