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Thursday, September 19, 2013

September Birthdays...

My 2 girls both have their birthdays in September. Yesterday was DD1's birthday and today is DD2's birthday. Last night had been chosen as the night for the family get together, DsD3 works shifts and has very few nights free and last night was one of the 2 Thursday nights off this month. (DsD1 was in Canberra with a school excursion from Wandoan, so she couldn't make it)
Yesterday morning I made the 2 birthday cakes...the usual Black Forest cake for DD2 and a Red Velvet cake as requested by DD1. I forgot to take a photo of the Red Velvet cake but 2/3 of it was eaten and I sent the rest home with DD1.

Homemade Black Forest Cake...


'Nibblies' platters to start with
 DH is assisted by my brother at the BBQ...it's a family tradition that those 2 always cook!

 Now why do they (DD2 and DsD3) have the laptop at the table???


DH and I don't have any grandchildren yet...but we have little Jimmy Hans :-)

Jimmy with his paws on DsD3 begging for food...
In 2011, at this time of year, I wrote 2 posts about the days on which each of my girls were born... here are those memories again...

On this day 30 years ago...

Thirty years ago was a Friday. My first baby was due on the following Monday. All day that Friday I had the compulsion to clean and I did. The vacuum cleaner didn't seem to be working very well, so I convinced my husband that we should go into the city for late night shopping and buy a vacuum cleaner, which we did! (now how mad/idiotic is that?) We lived only 5km from the city and in those days it was easy to find car parking there...but it's still idiotic lol!

We came home with a brand new cleaner, a Hoover I think, and then I made us dinner. And I remember what I cooked, Steak Diane and a tossed salad. After dinner I went to bed, leaving the washing up, as I was quite tired by then. I woke up at about 5 am with abdominal pains, so off to the loo I went. These pains kept coming back and then I decided to see what the time interval was. Hmmm every five minutes..could it be...could I be...???? Husband rang the GP who said that I should go to hospital. I was there and admitted by 7am and at 10 to 1 in the afternoon, DD1 was born.





This photo has become a family favourite; at first I didn't have the knack of folding the nappy so it was small. That means the nappy came to her knee. The little booties were knitted by the grandma of one of my students.


Still looking back...this time 27 years ago...

On Sunday I wrote about what I was doing 30 years ago. Now I'll tell you about what I was doing 27 years ago on this night. It was DD1's 3rd birthday of course. Mmmm now I can imagine you're thinking...so?  All will be revealed...

We decided that we would just have a small family dinner for E's birthday with just mum and dad, grandma and her god-parents Pamela and Garry. I had 3 more weeks to go till the due date for my second child so was starting to get tired easily. DD1 and I had made some little party hats for the guests and 'Aunty' Pam had made the birthday cake. Little miss went off to bed about 8 and by 10.30 my husband and I were loading the dishwasher and tidying up. I got to bed by 11pm and promptly fell asleep.




A rare photo showing my 'baby bump'; DD1's 3rd birthday
A sharp pain woke me at 1.30am. I sat up and then realised that my 'waters had broken'...oops!! Things were happening obviously. I woke my husband and then went downstairs to my mother's granny flat to first of all tell her what was happening and secondly to borrow a pair of slippers as I still hadn't bought a pair to go in my 'hospital bag'.
We arrived at the hospital by 2am and I sat in a little office giving my details to a midwife; everything was calm and unhurried. Then she said that perhaps she'd better examine me. When she did she said that I was 8cm dilated...hmm I'd read somewhere that that meant I was in stage 2 labour. All of a sudden things weren't calm any more. Normally in those days when you came into hospital, you had to have an enema (yuck) and a shower and change into their gowns...no time for any of that, they rushed me to a delivery suite.

Then there was a problem...my doctor had slipped away for a week's holiday with his family as no births had been imminent amongst his patients.  That's no problem though...the hospital rang his locum, a specialist. But Dr Lee was also on holidays. So his locum (another specialist) came all the way from Wynumn in the early hours of the morning to deliver the baby of a woman he'd never met before. Dr Smith arrived at 3am. Little Miss DD2 came into the world at 3.20 am Thursday 20/09. She was small...only 6lb 8oz but nevertheless healthy. And it was a very easy birth.




Next day when the family came to visit, Miss 3 suddenly looked so grown up! She proudly told anyone and everyone, ' I've got a new little sitzer; her name is Demphaner (Jennifer)', eventually the baby became known as 'Demphy'.

So my girls have their birthdays a day apart; not how it was meant to be at all!

PS I'm glad that I finally  wrote those memories down, because reading back through them now, I realise that I'm already forgetting details such as DD1 and I making party hats together.

6 comments:

Susan said...

gosh - even if #2 had been born later - they would still be close.. Its lovely that they can celebrate together.

Dorothy said...

OMG that cake looks delish !! How amazing that your two daughters have their birthdays so close together - as you said, twas meant to be. I can see why that photo is a family favourite - so cute. Aren't memories wonderful? xox

Maria said...

Happy Birthday to both girls.. Hmm I love that cake.

Tatkis said...

Happy Birthdays to both your girls!

Hugs,
Tatyana

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

A lovely post Maria.

Dee said...

I was born on the September 19th and have a younger sister Jennifer.
My father is March 19, so six months apart