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Happy Birthday!


Nineteen years ago today, I called my mom as we sat down to dinner and told her that it was time -- I'd need her to come and get Katie & Ali!  We were just finishing up when they arrived and I remember that she was amazed at how calm I was and in no big rush.

I was walking the hall at the hospital when the doctor arrived.  He asked how I was doing and commented that I must be doing okay if I was still walking around.  He hung around at the nurses' station while I chatted with Barb, my labor nurse, in my room -- she was a classmate from junior high and the same nurse I'd had with Ali.  She let me get up to go to the bathroom and by the time I got back in bed, I really felt the urge to push.  Barb said, "No, don't push!"  Rusty called out the door and down the hall for the doctor.  I said, "I can't not push!" and Barb caught the baby, wrapping it quickly and handing it to me.  My third baby girl!  And then the doctor arrived!

Happy Birthday, Maddy!  19!!  I love you so much.

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We had a nice birthday lunch with the family today.  I made Crispy Smashed Roasted (Purple) Potatoes and fresh asparagus, Rusty grilled turkey burgers outside (the rain stopped just in time), and mom brought ice cream cake.  It was a great time, with lots of laughing!

And I was able to get a few photos.

Thus ends birthday season at our house!



Birthday season indeed! Happy birthday to all of your girls: they are so beautiful! It shows in your photos how proud you are and how much you love 'em.


Happy Birthday to Maddy! Fantastic photos of your girls, Vicki.


Happy Birthday, Maddy!


Fantastic photos - congrats to you and happy birthday to her!

Mary Beth

What's not to like about a girl named Maddy? All the best to you and your pretty daughter, all grown up!


What a birthday season - happy birthdays to all the gorgeous girls!


You have the most beautiful girls!!Happy Birthday, Maddy. You have the best mom!


Birthday season, indeed! Happy happy to all your girls!


Awww....your daughters are beautiful! What a cute birth story.

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