I was shopping with my mother-in-law at the Galleria Mall in Glendale, California. It was about noon. I was pushing my daughter, Julia, age 2 1/2, in a little umbrella stroller.
We cut our shopping excursion short because I was beginning to have some labor contractions. My mother-in-law didn't drive for health reasons, so I drove the 3 of us home, and I went to take a nap. When I woke up an hour or so, I was definitely in labor.
When my husband got home from work, we drove to the doctor's office, about 30 minutes away. I wanted an out-of-hospital birth, and I had found a doctor in Azusa, California, who had his office set up with several birth rooms.
We were thrilled to welcome a beautiful little baby girl...back in the days before ultrasounds that revealed the gender ahead of time. She was so tiny, only 5 lb 10 oz, but healthy and wonderful.
We named her Polly, after my great-grandma Polly Tarbox.
Polly has always been a joy in my life. She currently lives in a rural town here in the Northwest, where her husband teaches high school and she is a stay-at-home mom to their three active children. Polly has a wonderful craft and family blog, but as you can see from the photos below, she was involved in craft projects long before she became a mom.
That's Polly on the right, at age 23 months.
Polly is on the left, helping her younger sibs make a Halloween craft in 1989, when she was 10.
Here they are with the finished skeleton, made from paper plates and brads.
Happy 32nd Birthday, Polly!