Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What were you doing 27 years ago on this day?

What were you doing on March 11, 1982? This is me in March of 1982. I am fat and pregnant with my third child. I was 27 years old. Tom and I were poor. We had 2 other children, Seth almost 6 and Emily 3. We lived in a two bedroom apartment in Omaha. Note the awful hairdo! What was I thinking. I had always had long hair and this was the first experiment with short hair. A shag haircut!
This is the early morning of March 11, 1982. I am having my coffee and making a list for my mother-in-law. I am in labor. I am reassuring my oldest son Seth, that mommy is going to the hospital to have our new baby. Those days we didn't know if it was a girl or a boy. He was a little worried about his mommy. Emily was sleeping and Tom went to get his mother to stay with the kids.

This is a lovely photo of me. I spent the morning and a good part of the day in very hard labor. With not much progress they decided to do a Cesarean Section. I was put out and never felt a thing after that! Thank God! Andy was born at 2:46pm. at St. Joseph's Hospital in Omaha, Ne. I spent 5 days at the hospital. I had hemorrhaged into my abdomen overnight, I had to have 3 units of blood the next day, I was on stand by surgery so I never got to eat. Two days later at supper, they brought food to me. Then the doctor came and said Andy had congenital cranial steno sis. He was born without a soft spot on his head and his skull was fused already. This meant that when his brain grew his head would grow long and social pressure would be hard for him. So at age 6 weeks he had surgery on his skull to open the suture line in the skull that would allow his brain to grow and his head to be a normal shape. That is a story to be told another time. I could not eat after that upsetting news.

Andrew is born. He doesn't look to happy. He weighed 10lbs 5 0z. He was one big baby! I did have my one tube tied after this. My babies got bigger every time and I was not going to ever give birth to a 12 pounder!

This is my baby Andrew John, 5 days old getting ready to leave the hospital. He is going home to meet his brother and sister. Andy was a very good baby. I just can't believe that my baby is 27 years old today. Happy Birthday Andy!
Tom and I divorced when Andy was 3 years old. Pete is the only Dad that Andy really knew. Tom has not seen Andy since age 10. He wouldn't know him if they ever ran into each other.
Note: Yesterday, March 10th would have been me and Pete's 20 year anniversary.
I haven't been reading blogs lately, I haven't been feeling well, have been having some cardiac tests this week. I am falling apart all of the sudden. I will try to get caught up with my reading soon. I thought I would do better at posting this month. This is the first one!


Lanny said...

Isn't bringing babies into the world hard?

Tabor said...

This post tells me that you have faced many challenges well. This new challenge will be one more hurdle you will get over. So sorry to hear about your health, but sending you good vibes from the PC.

FlowerLady said...

Loved your post. Sorry you aren't feeling well, and hope you will be feeling much better soon.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Scarlet said...

What a sweet post. I love seeing the progression of the photos and they're beautiful! I even liked your shag cut.

Nicely done. I hope you feel better soon!!

Edie said...

Happy birthday to your 27 year old baby. :)

I am praying for you daily Marla.

You just ended up with a bunch of *enters* at the end of your post. Blogger is good at doing that. Just highlight the *empty* space below your post all the way to the bottom and then hit delete.

Edie said...

I had a shag haircut once too. LOL!

LL Cool Joe said...

I like the haircut too. :)

Wow, how amazing to have to all those photographic memories all the way through like that.

You've certainly had your faith tested over the years. You must be a very strong and capable woman.

I'm sorry to hear you've been unwell too.

Jim said...

Hey now, this is a wonderful story about yourself. So of course I can't do a short comment. (I did a long one too on your newer post.)
First, you were a cute kid when you were 27. I like your hair in the top picture, at the bottom it is messed up.
Secondly, I can add. I won't put my result here, but you are still a respectable age (27 +27 = that). Thanks for telling, I only tell my blogger age (107).


Mrs. Jim has me doing something, I'll have to skip some.

Eleventh, you must have been waking all the other sleeping mothers up. It looks like they had to gag you in that bottom picture to muffle your screams.
BTW, I was in the delivery room and helped Mrs. Jim breath with our last one. That was in 1973.
I remember a lot about that day still.
But it wouldn't be interesting like yours, in fact, it would be down right boring (most of it).

Loving Annie said...

Poor little thing to have to have surgery so young !

I'm crossing my fingers that your cardiac tests come through okay, Marla. You've been through so much stress in the last few months...

Lucy Stern said...

Wow, what a story.... I am glad that everything worked out and that Mama's baby boy is now 27 years old. My youngest, William was 27 years old on Feb 15th...Our boys are very close in age.

Hope you are feeling better.

Heather Trent Beers said...

Hi Marla! I'm here because Paul asked you to visit my blog, and you did, so I decided to check you out, too. :o) I loved the photos and your story. I hope you are feeling better very soon. I will be thinking of you today and praying for you.

Winifred said...

Love your post Marla. Happy birthday to Andy. Sad you couldn't celebrate your 20th anniversary with Pete.

Hope the tests go OK. Take care of yourself.

Janell said...

In March of 1982, I was 7 months pregnant with Jack. (I think I also had a shag haircut.) I remember meeting Andy for the first time at the C. picnic (in
'82?) Your mom was holding him and I sat down beside her and she told me all about his surgery. I thanked God, at the time, that the surgery accomplished what it was supposed to. He was sush a beautiful baby and has grown into a handsome young man!
Your photos are great.

Janell said...

PS Prayers going up for you now that you'll be feeling better soon. Heart problems run in my family - it scares me a to think of you having those kinds of problems.

Mary said...


You must have been worried sick about Andy. It seems to me you've had some tough times. Happy Birthday to Andy. I wish him many more healthy, happy years.

I have added you to my prayer list for your current health problems. Get lots of rest and take care of yourself.


Vishwa said...

So wonderful to read your memoirs. And you remember so much...I can't tell for sure what I was doing so long back on this day :-)