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Happy Birthday, Kate!

This isn't the first (2004) blog post I wrote about Kate's birthday, but close (2005) and it's a little more interesting:

It's Katie's 20th birthday today. Twenty years ago today, I woke up at a little after 4:00 a.m. I started writing numbers down on a piece of paper (which I still have):  4:19, 4:25, 4:29, 4:35 -- 5:17, 5:23, 5:30 -- 6:53, 6:57, 7:03, 7:10 -- some of these were written in DH's hand, some of them have numbers following them, signifying duration, I think, and a couple of have the words "very mild" written after them. There's one line that reads, "Shower 3 or 4." Yep, it's a record of my contractions. They pretty much started off at 5 +/- minutes apart and stayed that way all day. I sent DH to work, and called my doc (the only person I know from Saskatchewan) to see if I should wait and keep my regularly scheduled appointment that day or just come in whenever. I kept track until 11:24 when I left the motel. I drove myself -- in a manual transmission Subaru, hitting the clutch between contractions -- the 15 miles to DH's workplace so he could take me to the hospital. At 10:00 p.m., I finally gave birth to a 6 lb. 10 oz., 20" redhead. Happy Birthday, Katherine!





Oh, that's right! We were between houses/closings and were living in a motel! Rusty (aka, DH) visited on our "tour of homes" when we were in Oregon three years ago. That was something... you do what you need to do, eh?

Kate has about another week in Portugal, then she's going on "vacation" in Scotland with her friend Shannon. After that she has gigs in NYC and in LA, and she'll land at home for a while in mid-June. You do what you need to do, eh??

Happy Birthday, Kate!



Was the day called Earth Day then I wonder, a wonderful springy day for giving birth, to continue the earth logic of “keeping-it-all-going in the usual way?
Such freckles!


Birth stories are always a marvel to remember. Happy Birthday to Lady Kate!


What a marvelous story, Vicki! And such poignant memories. Happy Birthday to Kate! May she have a wonderful day and an even better year!


Those BIRTH-days are so clear in our minds, y'know??? Happy Birthday, LADY Kate. Thanks for sharing your memories, Vicki! XO


I have a piece of paper with very similar numbers on it from 26 years ago. Happy Birthday, Kate!


oh geez, birth stories STILL make me tear up - thank you for sharing this one ... and that lovely daughter of yours with us for so many years. Happy Birthday Kate!!


I consider it a privilege to have watched your girls grow into women and become fabulous human beings! Good job, Vicki (and Rusty)! AND, Happy Birthday to Kate!

Robin F

Happy birthday Kate! Vicki thanks for sharing this wonderful story and all your wonderful blog posts. My girls love the hear "The story of the day you were born" every year on their birthdays.

Honore Francois

What a treasure you’ve shared! Thanks and here’s to Kate and many, many more birthdays!

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