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Cathy: April Fool’s Day 2008-2009

It was no joke when I headed to the hospital at 2 am last April Fool’s Day. By 5:01 am Baby C entered the world. I’ll spare you the gory details, because it’s a year later, so it doesn’t matter. What matters is a year ago, we brought home this:


Sorry pic is blurry, my cellphone was what was handy at the opportunity of the little squidge sleeping with her brand new Daddy, so small and frail.

Now, so many changes later: many developmental stages, many sleepless nights, weigh-ins, vaccinations, teethings, fumbles, new words come and gone while she tries to navigate the physical world and speaks to us in burbled sentences and very clear gestures. We have the pleasure to know this wonderfully funny, perceptive, never blinking, unflinching, deliberate and beautiful girl. A gift at a late life stage, amazed we were even able to have her. She is our joy daily, big and strong, and easy-going.

And if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have connected so strongly with the women involved in this community, wouldn’t have B&M’ed about sleepless nights, naps while nursing, frustratedly typing at my manuscript while she kicks the keyboard. I’ve kvetched so and welcomed much needed commiseration in the past year here. Thanks, fellow moms, no joke. May your ideas turn into beautiful completed creations, get published, galleried and sold and your children grow well.


13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jen #

    Best birthday wishes to little C! Many happy returns of the day!!! Those short folks around the house change our lives in SO many ways, don’t they? Expected and surprising ways. Mine have also led me to wonderful friendships with wonderful women — like those here. One of the many blessings of motherhood!

    March 30, 2009
  2. Cathy #

    thanks, jen! very sweet of you, and yes, very surprising ways…

    March 30, 2009
  3. happy birthday baby c! cathy, that first picture is precious. i’m home with the girls this week for spring break, so after running tons of errands and a trip to joann’s this morning, we have supplies to keep us (um, them…) occupied for the week home with mama. all kinds of painting…

    March 30, 2009
  4. Cathy #

    your week sounds like fun and relaxing!

    thanks, i just wish it were taken with a better camera….

    March 30, 2009
  5. Kristine #

    Right back at ya, Cathy! 🙂

    Happy Birthday, Baby C!!! Both pictures are just adorable…what a difference a year can make, huh? They grow up way, way too fast.

    March 30, 2009
  6. Is it my imagination or have our babies suddenly matured seemingly overnight? I saw a pic of baby C on facebook last week and she did not look that big! I’m feeling the same shock when I look at her that I feel when I see John. Where have our babies gone?

    Happy 1st birthday, baby C!

    March 30, 2009
  7. Cathy #

    thanks, kristine! i am astounded by the difference. i turned to dh the other night and snuffled about it.

    thanks, brittany – i know exactly what you was overnight wasn’t it?! or maybe that’s just the accumulated amount of sleep i’ve had since she was born – one full night. ;P your blog the other day with the curly red head in a swing stunned me, too. to think you were so worried about his muscle tone, etc when he was itty bitty! now look how big and strong he is!

    March 30, 2009
  8. cathy jennings #

    happy birthday little baby c!

    i like the blurry quality of the first photo. it’s dreamlike and very precious, like a memory.

    and she looks like so cute in the second one.

    March 30, 2009
  9. Cathy #

    ah, thanks cathy! that is a much better way to look at it! like a filmy old polaroid! 😉

    seriously, thanks for the perspective, wishes and compliment!

    March 30, 2009
  10. I concur — I thought the newborn image was intentionally soft-focus when I first saw it. You should have taken credit for your creative brillance rather than apologize for camera phone!

    March 30, 2009
  11. Cathy #

    😀 okay, okay! and the weird color tones were on purpose, too!

    thanks, miranda, i needed a laugh.

    March 30, 2009
  12. Liz #

    Aww… I will never believe you that this cutie does anything but be perfect all day long. 😉

    March 31, 2009
  13. Cathy #

    ah, thanks, liz, she’s pretty darn close to perfect. just wish she’d sleep her good chunk after 11pm, intead of before!

    March 31, 2009

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