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Happy Birthday, Maddy!

This isn't the first (2004) nor even the second blog post I wrote about Maddy's birthday... from April 2006:

Oh, what a busy, busy week this is!

Fifteen years ago today, we welcomed Madeleine into the world! Some of us found her to be quite fascinating.  ; )

My labor with her was pretty quick -- and I knew better some of the things I could do to help it along. When the doc arrived at the hospital at about 8:30 and saw me still walking the halls, he mumbled something about having been called too soon, that I wasn't even close if I was still walking. I had a different doc for each delivery, and even though this was our family doctor, he didn't know much about my birthings. Shortly before 10:00, my nurse (same labor nurse I had for Ali -- and she was an elementary school classmate) allowed me to get up and go to the bathroom. Well, that did it! Maddy was delivered a few minutes later by the nurse who was telling me not to push (I had no choice, of course) while DH was hollering down the hallway for the doctor who was visiting at the nurses' station (he didn't make it in time, but did knock about $300 off his bill); the nurse handed me the little baby bundle and said, "Here, hold her; I've got things to do!"

Happy 15th Birthday, Maddy! (My baby...)

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My adventurer! This girl loves nature and the wilderness more than just about anything. She's winding up her latest vineyard gig in New Zealand right now. Viv's finished hers in Oz and is headed to NZ where they'll travel and visit friends for a couple of weeks before heading back to Australia. They'll be home at Christmas, so I'm looking forward to that!

Happy Birthday, Maddy!

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I had a reminder this morning that it's my Great Great Grandmother Sarah Nutting Drake's birthday today, too.

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She'd have been 173. Pictured here ca. 1916 (age 70!), with her grandchildren -- my Grandma Blum and two of her three brothers. I just love her. She scares me to death, but I love her!!

Comments

Kym

What an awesome post, Vicki! Happy birthday, Maddy! And, wow -- I just love the picture of your great great grandmother. What a treasure!
XO

Carole

I love birth stories, thanks for sharing Maddy's. Happy Birthday to your youngest!

Bonny

I love how Maddy entered the world on her own terms, without the doctor present, and the nurse knowing that you knew what you were doing! She has been her own adventurous person since then. April is a great month because of the births of your girls (and great photos to go with the posts)!

Vera

Wonderful post and Happy Birthday to Maddy!! LOVE the picture of your great, great grandmother (it is a bit scary, but a wonderful pic).

Kat

Happy Birthday Maddy! Her birth story brings tears to my eyes - what a lovely memory.

But, that picture of your great great grandma is simply wonderful! She must have been an amazing woman.

Mary

Happy Birthday Maddy - and GGGrandma - what a wonderful April Birthday Legacy you share!

margene

Maddy is quite the woman! I wish I had even a little of her adventuring spirit! You gggrandmother may have been a formidable woman, but I'll bet IRL you'd be great friends!

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