Happy anniversary, a few days late…

Birthdaycake I’ve never driven a “mom minivan” or worn the “mom uniform” (despite looking rather matronly for a number of years). My schedule isn’t governed by school functions and extra-curricular activities. I’m often seen with my husband, but without the kids. There may be people who know me and don’t even realize that I’m a mom. But even though I’m not on active duty these days – one child is out on his own, and two others are part-time – I’m still who I am. And at this point, I’ve been a mom for about as long as I’ve been an adult, and over half my life. I’m celebrating my 25th anniversary of motherhood this month, and I have to thank the person who made that possible.

My son’s actual due date was July 4th, 1984, but he didn’t express much interest in showing up that day, and he’s always been one to do things in his own time. Four days later he decided he might be ready, but he was too big to make it out without help (I’m 4’8″ and small-boned, and this was an 8-pound, 12-ounce baby), so he was delivered by C-section at 10:11 on Monday morning, July 9th, after 21 hours of labor. His father and I didn’t know who coming, so we had names ready for either a boy or a girl, so that we could greet him or her properly. When we first held the baby a few minutes after the delivery, I told him, “Hello, Christopher Scott. We’ve been waiting for you a long time, and we already love you very much.” (Had I known that Christopher would turn out to be one of the five most popular boys’ names that year, I might have held out for something else. One of his best friends later on was actually another “Christopher Scott.”) Then he left for the nursery with his father, and I was down for the count while they finished the surgery. I don’t remember seeing him again till the next morning, and then the adventure began…

Please read the rest of this post at the Los Angeles Moms Blog, where it posted last Thursday, July 9 – the 25th anniversary of my son’s birth and my induction into the ranks of motherhood.

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  1. I wasn't sure what the anniversary was for at first, but now I totally understand. I read the rest, but I feel more comfortable commenting here. :). Hope your son had a good birthday!

  2. Anna – Thanks for reading the whole thing, and for your kind words. I think I may have the hang of this "mom" thing by now.

    Kathy (Bermudaonion) – Ultrasounds weren't routine yet, so we had to wait and see :-). But I'm not sure I would have wanted to know, anyway.

    Nan – Thanks for reading!

    Mike – I can see why you might not want to comment over on the Moms Blog :-). I think his birthday was OK; he had to work, but they took him out to lunch.

  3. Wendy (Literary Feline) – Thanks. And speaking of belated, I still haven't sent out his gift :-). BUT…he'll be coming out here in a couple of weeks to see some friends, and we'll get a couple of days with him too. If I wait too long, I can just give him the gift instead of mailing it :-).