January 12, 2005

The Girl Child Turns Four!

January 12, 2001, my wife and I were at NY Hospital, 65th and the River, and at precisely 10:00 that morning, my wife gave birth to our first child, the Girl Child. Shortly after giving birth, my wife basically passed out and remained passed out for about an hour and a half. That meant that when they finished weighing the little thing, they brought her to me. Now, she was crying her little heart out, not at all happy to be taken from her mother's womb and pushed out into a cold, January morning. But, happily for the Girl Child, I listened to an old nurse some months back at the hospital who counseled us to speak to the baby while in the womb. She said it would be helpful at the time of delivery. So, every night, I used to read to my wife's belly and otherwise just chat to it for awhile. The result was that when the nurse handed me my little wrapped up bundle of shrieking baby, and I cuddled her to my neck and spoke soothingly to her, she stopped crying, let out a little sigh, and snuggled into my neck, totally at peace. It was altogether magical and I sat there with her, talking quietly to her, until the nurses made me give her back to be taken to the nursery.

That was four years ago, today.

Happy birthday, my daughter, and many, many more!

Posted by Random Penseur at January 12, 2005 07:17 AM

A Happy Birthday to the little wonder and a four year's belated congratulations to momma and the very adoring pappa. :-)

Posted by: Jim at January 12, 2005 09:11 AM

Happy Birthday, darlin' girl!!

Posted by: Mandalei at January 12, 2005 09:15 AM

Happy Birthday Girl Child!!!!

What a wonderful, wonderful memory.

Posted by: Elizabeth at January 12, 2005 10:12 AM

Happy Birthday little one!

Posted by: Andrew Cusack at January 12, 2005 01:44 PM

Happy Birthday fellow Capricorn.
Yeah, a cold weather welcome; but I always love the snow. Hope you are having a wonderful day, and may you have many, many more. Till 120 years, all in good health of body, mind, heart and soul.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at January 12, 2005 02:29 PM

A very Happy Birthday Girl Child!!!!

Thanks for letting your Dad share your escapades.

Posted by: Wicked H at January 12, 2005 02:42 PM

Girl Child! Happy Birthday to you!

Thanks for sharing, RP. Great story.

Posted by: Howard at January 12, 2005 04:07 PM

Thanks for all your kind birthday wishes! I spent some time this morning with the Girl Child and told her the same story I related her and she was just fascinated. I suspect I'm going to be asked to tell her about it again.

Posted by: RP at January 12, 2005 04:11 PM

Aw, how incredibly sweet! I'll try to remember that if I've ever got kids.

You are so incredibly lucky to have her and good luck with the next years!

Posted by: Hannah at January 13, 2005 09:09 AM

Oh, Random, I missed it! Sorry!!!

My very, very warmest wishes for a very, very happy birthday!!!

Posted by: Mick at January 13, 2005 03:42 PM

Oh, Happy Belated Birthday, GC! Wow, so close to Mick's daughter's BD too! :-)

Posted by: Amber at January 13, 2005 04:21 PM

A belated Happy Birthday, and many, many happy returns!

Posted by: Mark C N Sullivan at January 15, 2005 12:00 AM
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