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February 23, 2011

16 Years Ago…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 4:55 pm

This is me, 16 years ago at this time:

My last quiet afternoon in that rocker, surrounded by lovable kitties.  At 5 am on February 24, 1995, my water broke.  Hubby was at work on the midnight to 8 am shift.  He had a pager – cell phones were not terribly common at the time.  I called the pager, he called me back almost immediately.  He was in the middle of an arrest!  But he got home quickly, and we were soon off to the hospital.  Meghan, my older daughter, wasn’t born until just before midnight on the 24th going into the 25th, although her official birthday is listed as 12:15 am on the 25th.

Ready for her ride home from the hospital:

 One of her next rides in the car?  She wants to go to the RMV for her learner’s permit on Friday, her actual birthay.

 Where has the time gone?


  1. Memories, memories. I’m guessing the time went wherever my short-term memory went, and my vision, and my hearing, and . . . you don’t want to know. Happy birthday and happy memory day. Driving, eh? Memorie, memories . . .

    Comment by Gerry — February 23, 2011 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

    • I’m still trying to figure out how I got old enough to have a daughter this age. 😉

      Comment by Karma — February 24, 2011 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  2. Aw, what a sweet post, Karen. Congratulations to you and Happy Birthday to Meghan. You haven’t aged a bit, but she sure looks a lot different. 😉 Sad how quickly the times goes, isn’t it? Enjoy the day and re-living all the wonderful memories of the best, but hardest, 16 years of your life.

    Comment by Andrea — February 23, 2011 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Andrea – but I have the feeling some of the harder days are still to come… prom, graduation, college.. ay, yi, yi!

      Comment by Karma — February 24, 2011 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  3. If only we could keep them little a while longer….
    Happy Birthday to Meghan!

    Comment by thedailyclick — February 23, 2011 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

    • But not too little! I wouldn’t want to be the parent of a toddler all over again! 😉

      Comment by Karma — February 24, 2011 @ 9:00 am | Reply

      • Nope, me either! Around 3 or 4 years old would be great! They’re potty trained, and they just say the cutest things at that age 🙂

        Comment by thedailyclick — February 24, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

      • 5 years old is even better – kindergarten! Ahhhhh! 😉

        Comment by Karma — February 24, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

  4. Aw, how content you look! No matter what age she is, she will always be your baby.

    Happy Birthday, Meghan! The best is yet to come! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — February 23, 2011 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  5. Oh I remember that picture of you. I love it. How did this happen? She was born yesterday!! You look so pretty!

    Comment by patricia weldon — February 23, 2011 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

    • Ha, ha, only a mom would say how her fat, round daughter looks pretty! LOL

      Comment by Karma — February 24, 2011 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  6. Sweet sixteen! Happy Birthday to Meghan!

    Comment by Becky Sue — February 23, 2011 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

    • Let’s hope that 16 is indeed sweet! 😉

      Comment by Karma — February 24, 2011 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  7. This is a lovely post, Karen. What a ride YOU’RE in for now! Just kidding…I hope your ride isn’t bumpy at all. I can remember being so nervous when the kids would take the car out. Even though they were good drivers. Smiling your way, mom. It’s both wonderful and sad to watch our babies grow up.

    Comment by Kathy — February 24, 2011 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy. Yes, I’m sure the next 6 months or so will be very interesting as she learns to drive. I can just imagine myself being panicky the first time she takes the car out on her own.

      Comment by Karma — February 24, 2011 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  8. Awww, the kittehs!
    Good luck on the test tomorrow, Meghan!

    Comment by renae — February 24, 2011 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

    • Those were good kittehs! Beau and Phooey. Ralph might have been in there too before Craig grabbed the camera.

      Comment by Karma — February 24, 2011 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  9. They grow up so quickly, don’t they? Such sweet pictures and memories.

    Good luck to you and to Meghan. Mostly to you. I’ve been through the learning-to-drive times with two teens so I know what it’s like. 😉

    Comment by Robin — February 25, 2011 @ 8:00 am | Reply

    • Sigh… too quickly. I can’t help thinking about the day she leaves for college and how lost I’ll feel.
      Her father took her to the RMV this morning for her big rite-of-passage, the learner’s permit.

      Comment by Karma — February 25, 2011 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  10. Happy Birthday to your daughter and happy special day to you!!! The sixteen years must have flown by. I’m glad you stopped to remember and write the day it all started!

    Comment by plainmama — February 25, 2011 @ 10:23 am | Reply

    • Thank you Amy. It’s funny but I have a very strong memory of riding to the hospital that morning and thinking that it would never again be “just the two of us.” A milestone of going from being a couple to a family.

      Comment by Karma — February 26, 2011 @ 8:56 am | Reply

  11. Happy Sweet Sixteen to Meghan!

    The time does seem to fly by, each day so long in the living but the years speeding by somehow… Life will be getting even more interesting now with another driver in the house! My oldest is 35. Each of these milestones seem to give us time to reflect on the journey. I have a magnetic button with a saying on it: “The First 40 Years of Parenthood are Always the Hardest” My father thought it was very funny!

    Comment by Barbara Rodgers — February 26, 2011 @ 8:19 am | Reply

    • So true Barbara – about the long days but speeding years. It seems my perception of time passing gets faster the older my kids get! There were days when they were toddlers that I thought better days would never get here! 😉 I’m 41 – I’ll ask my mom if she agrees with your button!

      Comment by Karma — February 26, 2011 @ 8:53 am | Reply

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