Sunday, February 8

Happy 40th Birthday, Michelle

Fourty years ago today, February 8, 1969, at 10 am, I was sitting in the rocking chair in the little apartment I shared with your father, in labor. In those days we didn't know if we were going to have a boy or a girl - not like today where you can find out the sex of your baby before it was born. When a baby was born back in those days, it was a surprise.

At 1pm, we left to drive to the doctor's office. The doctor examined me and told me to get to the hospital. A snowstorm had hit the area the day before and he was afraid you would be born in a snowbank. Ha! I knew better and had no plans to lie around a hospital for hours waiting for your arrival, so your Dad and I went back to the apartment to get my suitcase that was packed and sitting in the front closet.

We arrived at the hospital around 3:30 pm. They prepared me for delivery and the wait began. You were born at 7:36 pm and was a sound and healthy baby. Your Dad and I were very proud of you. You had beautiful brown eyes, which haven't changed much over the year, a cute little nose and a beautiful rosebud mouth.

It seems like yesterday that you were born and today you are turning 40 and have two boys of your own; one a teenager and the other almost. I really don't know where the years have gone, so cherish your boys while you have them.

Happy 40th Birthday! May you be abundantly blessed with many more birthdays over the years. ~Love, Mom~


  1. Happy Birthday to Michelle! I enjoyed reading the story of her birth.

  2. Mary, Mary, Mary!!! You and I are so alike. I was in no hurry either to get to the hospital. Altho, my delivery was from about 12 A.M. to when Irene was popping out to see the 4 A.M. And she will be 40 this year also, on April Fool's Day.

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELLE!! Your mom is very special birthday know that. Celebrate together the're "the one" today Michelle!!

    Enjoy the day Mama Mary!!! Your memories are super. I enjoyed you recalling that very day four decades ago. :o)

    And I especially enjoyed your comments today on adult kids at home. You and me....we think alike, don't we?

  3. What a lucky girl Michelle is to have such a neat Mom and Dad. The years just really fly by don't they.

  4. Happy Birthday to Michelle :)
    Our oldest turned 40 on Jan 27. I enjoyed reading your birth story Mary and was thinking back to mine. My pains started at 9 am and I went to the hospital at 3 pm. He wasn't born till 5 am the next morning! It was a l.o.n.g night, but so worth every moment!

  5. Happy Birthday Michelle......... My baby turns 40 in December.........Whew!!!! we are getting OLD as dirt.............

    Enjoy your time with your daughter......

  6. Happy Birthday Michelle !!!

    Hope it's a good one!!

  7. There seems to be a lot of our blogging friends who gave birth in 1969. Happy Birthday, Michelle! I hope you get to be together to celebrate.

  8. Happy Birthday, Michelle. This sounds like a post for "I Remember When"....
    Mama Bear

  9. Happy Birthday Michelle, Enjoy your 40's:)

  10. All too often I have asked myself that same question...."Where does the time go?" My baby girl turns 40 next year. WOW! When she turned 30 I was in Louisiana and called her thinking she would be having a rough day. She laughed and told me she was having a bad day until she started thinking to herself, if she was having such a rough time turning 30, how must I be feeling having a child that

    Wonderful birthday memories Mary.

  11. No hurry to hospital. I had both of my boys quickly.
    There no way I could of went home.
    I was only in hospital-doctor for 13 minute before he was born.

    Coffee is on.

  12. Oh, Mary...happy 40th birthday to your daughter!!!

    (And by the way, even though I had my girls in recent years, we chose to be surprised in both cases!) :)

  13. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. It was an awesome birthday!!!! :O)

  14. Happy BIrthday to Michelle! What a loving tribute to her, Mary! I can see I am not the only one who lives with her memories, and that makes me feel good! My daughter was 44 last December and my son will be 43 in May. The years are flying by, aren't they? I hate to see my children growing older....

    ((( HUGS )))

  15. Lovely memories of your daughter. Hope she had a happy birthday.
    Hugs and blessings,

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