Sunday, August 16, 2009

It's a Birthday!

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It was forty years ago and I was not in Woodstock, New York. I had been in the hospital since the evening of August 13, in labor. Too much labor to send me back home and not enough labor to deliver a baby. In fact, my doctor was in a golf tournament, so he was in no hurry to come back to the hospital. Finally, early Saturday morning, August 16, my doctor's partner was doing rounds and couldn't believe I was still in labor. They were giving me what was called "twilight sleep". Not enough to knock me out, but enough to keep me quiet. He immediately ordered an x-ray (no ultrasounds in those days) and found out that the baby was laying transverse or totally on her back facing up. No way I was going to deliver this way. An immediate c-section delivered a healthy 7 pound 1 ounce girl that we named Erika Susan.

Erika and I had had a long journey. She was our "made in Germany" baby. I flew back to the states when I was 6 months pregnant. The Trout was to follow a month later when he got out of the Army. My flight arrived late in New York and I missed my connecting flight. Okay, so here you have a small town kid, very pregnant and stuck in a New York airport overnight. So what to do? I found a bench in the ladies restroom and slept there overnight. Figured I would have less contact with people there and I could keep this unborn baby safe. I was a wreck. It was definitely a growing up period. It was one of the first times in my life I started using the theory that I have followed since. "What are my needs and what are my wants?" Needs always come above wants. It just has to be that way.

So, this is a picture of our first born, Erika, who turns 40 today. She has blessed us with two beautiful grandchildren. I wish you a beautiful day, Erika, and may the years that follow be as fruitful and fulfilling as possible and may God always watch over you.


  1. Happy Birthday to Erika! I'm an August 16 baby also, although it was 54 years ago...

  2. Anonymous7:21 PM

    Happy Birthday Erika! Two of my daughters' birthdays are August 15 and August 17th. And, my Oma Zuber was born August 16th!!! So, your mom did what I tried to do 2xs but I kept missing Oma's birthday. Have a good 40th year. Gunther is enjoying his 40th year too. CZB

  3. Happy Birthday to your DD -- what a story . . .

  4. Susan. Sit down. You are not going to believe this. I was another cool cat who was in labor during Woodstock. My daughter was born on the 16th as well. Talk about 6 degrees of separation :-).

  5. A very Happy Birthday to your daughter!

    Wow! What a brave girl you were. I bet you're still just as brave. :0)

    That fire looks cozy too!

  6. What a lovely story. Happy birthday to Erika.