Daddy, tell me the story about the day I was born.
The story actually starts the day before you were born. You had been in Mommy’s tummy a long time. It was a Monday, and it was very hot. All day long at work Mommy had been feeling sort of bad and had been having some backaches. Then she went into her friend Ms. Kathy’s office and told her how she was feeling. Ms. Kathy told Mommy, “You’re in labor! You’ve got to get out of here! This is brand-new carpet!”
So at the end of the day, Mommy and Daddy went home from work, and Mommy packed some things to take to the hospital, and Daddy took a picture of Mommy in front of the front steps, and then we went to the hospital. The nurses looked at Mommy and said, yes, it’s time for your baby to come out of your tummy. So they put her in a room and Mommy’s tummy started working to get ready for you to come out of it.
That took a long time. In fact, it took all night and the next morning. Daddy went home in the middle of the night and took a shower and fed the kittycats and then went back to the hospital to be with Mommy.
Mommy worked all morning, and then at noon Dr. Tomblin came in to help Mommy and Daddy and the nurses. And it took another couple of hours, but then Mommy pushed and Dr. Tomblin pulled and Victoria swam and then out you came.
And you know what? When they turned you face-up in those bright lights and I looked into your big blue eyes for the first time, I thought you were the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen and I was so happy that I cried and cried and cried.
Yeah, sweetie. Because I was so happy that you had finally come to be with us.
That’s a good story.
Yeah, it is. Good night, sweetie. I love you.
I love you, too, Daddy. G’night. ***kiss***
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That was five years ago today. Happy birthday, Victoria Hamlett Alexander. We love you.