6.03.2009

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Twenty six years ago RIGHT THIS SECOND my poor mom was in labor with me.
Her due date of May 9th...

(pausing so you can re-read her due date and think about it for a second)

...had passed. And passed. And passed. And then on June 2nd, things started happening.

On June 3rd, I exited the womb.

I am a nearly-10-month baby.



Every year on May 9th I start my month long contemplation about all of this. Now that I have been through the waiting game twice, I can fully appreciate it. Oh mom. She was so young (only 22!). I was her first baby. She must have been so excited. So ready for me to comeoutalready at any second. "Breathless with a wild anticipation", as Rodgers and Hammerstein would say. An anticipation that lingered all through May, through heat and changing seasons and yes, maybe just a little too long.

But I did come out and here I am (hi!) and I think I was worth the long wait.
(If I do say so myself and I do because hey, it's my birthday.)

Thank you for putting up with all of my nonsense, Mom-- when I was in the womb clinging to comfort, and in high school when things were uh, turbulent, and 8 hours ago at the pool when I was getting sassy about how we were going to get the kids to the car. I love you.

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Yesterday my Facebook status said this:
I just sang a song, very earnestly, to Luke about how my birthday is the second most important holiday of the year. It included much description of how I want to stand on a stage in my new party dress with a flower in my hair singing for everyone amongst the crate paper and confetti. He said none of that will happen. He is squashing my dreams!

Every year it seems I want to do just about the same things on my birthday.

Sushi, Karaoke, a party dress, and to go vintage/thrift store shopping.

Today I bought myself four coffee mugs and a pair of tap shoes at Goodwill. (Yes, TAP shoes. It's my birthday, don't judge.)

1 down, 3 to go.

23 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! I love that you bought Tap shoes ;) Hope today is all you dreamed it would be.
    Blessings, Molly

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  2. happy birthday! you find the best stuff at thrift stores!

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  3. Happy Happy Birthday!

    TAP if ya wanna TAP girl!

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  4. hip hop happy birthday, lovely erin! i was hoping you'd buy those tap shoes . . .

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  5. happy birthday! May today be Looooovely.

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  6. May you have a blessed day. I understand what your mom went through. The same happened to me with my daughter who is 29. The due date came and went. I wound up having a 10 pound baby who was 22 and a half inches long!

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  7. Tap shoes: you are fabulous. And that picture? SHUT UP with your cuteness. I hope today is full of wonder and beauty and loveliness.

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  8. Tap dancing shoes! That's so much fun!
    Happy birthday to yooooou.

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  9. You are so cute! And I agree, you were most definitely worth the wait, but still... your poor mom. Were you at least a fast labor?

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  10. the pic of you on your birthday .. ADORABLE :)
    and that your mom was nearly a month over due .. put my moms week with me and two weeks with my sister to shame !
    hope you have a great birthday hun :)

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  11. Happy Birthday! I am exactly 9 days younger than you. Isn't it weird turning 26. : ) I hope all your wishes come true for today.

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  12. Happy Birthday, dear friend. I am birthday-wishing you through all of these different technological pathways! Have a fabulous day.

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  13. happy birthday : ) and almost a month waiting after a due date... i can't imagine it!

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  14. I'm so glad you got the tap shoes! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I can't wait to meet you someday soon I hope. But seriously, there might be a girl fight between Ivy & Alice over Asher. Tell her to come ready.

    Steph

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  15. I love you and your tap shoes. I'm pretty sure you have a few party dresses. Just put one on at tap around the house tonight :) Happy birthday!

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  16. Happy, happy birthday! You deserve a little tap dancing in your day. And, Luke should step up and take you out for Karaoke and Sushi. I mean really, if he insists on keeping oreos around, so you have to go on crazy sparkling water diets then it's the least he could do. ;)

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  17. I hope all of your birthday dreams came true. Happy 26th.

    I'm not judging you about the tap shoes at all. In fact, I think you're a wonderful, cheery person...and more people should be like you.

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  18. Like I told you, I like it that Papa's handwriting is on the picture most of all (although you were pretty cute)...hope all your birthday wishes came true!! Next time I am eating the homemade strawberry ice cream without cake.

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  19. It was so good to see you yesterday. Seriously, I want to get together sans the chaos of children some time this summer. Many happy congrats on the tap shoes...such a wonderful find for you.

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  20. Happy Birthday! Was just recommended to your blog by @kaitlin2_2 so I will be perusing it for the next few minutes!

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  21. could you be any cuter? Happy birthday!!

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