Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Do you know where you were 32 years ago today?

I do.

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!

5 comments:

Polly said...

Hahaha...I don't even remember making that skeleton. Fun picks, Mom. Love you!

Dorothy said...

Wow! I love the historical photos! :) Happy Birthday, Polly!!

Sarah Maughan said...

I love the photos! Looking at you and polly in the first photo is like looking at her and rebecca now! How wonderful! Happy birthday dear Polly!

Katie said...

Happy Birthday to Polly!

And thanks for the fun pictures, Mom. Bryan and I had lots of fun looking through them. :)

But I have a question. What on earth is Kendra wearing? A blue metalic jumpsuit?

Lisa C said...

I just had to chuckle when I read the title on this post. 32 years ago I was a tiny little embryo in my mother's womb.