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Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Triple Whammy...a.k.a the Holy Trinity of Distraction

First off, I tend to do things in threes: Three daughters, (I myself am one of three kids...a middle child of two middle children), usually three WIP's at a time, three cups of tea a day, that kind of thing.

So, it should come as no surprise that each year, I get to end my year with a triple whammy:

Christmas (which I love)

My anniversary (which is a blast)

and my third daughter's birthday (which also happens to be New Years Day).

That's right, folks, eleven years ago I had the first baby of the New Year for the city I lived in.

Imagine, if you will, TV reporters in your room at 3:00 a.m. interviewing you for the 6:oo a.m. News...

Reporter: So, Mrs. Thomas, (awkwardly looks at the HUGE bundle in my arms) is that your first ten pound baby?

Me: (Did he really just say that...???) Let's just say it's my last ten pound baby...(awkwardly laughs...does not make eye contact with camera).


Yes, eleven years ago on New Year's Eve, I was in labor and at 12:46 a.m., my little (not-so-little, actually) Cali was born.

So, um, the writing I get done in the week between Christmas and New Years looks like this:

















not so much.

But, next week, when I get to go back to work, then I'll have time to write...


yeah....sure...


hrh

Happy Birthday, Caledonia.

16 comments:

Susan R. Mills said...

Well then, Merry Christmas, Happy Anniversary, and Happy birthday to Cali! Oh, and Happy New Year!

Solvang Sherrie said...

A new year baby -- how cool! Enjoy the rest of your holiday :)

Sarah said...

Merry Christmas, Happy Anniversary, Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday to Cali!

I hope you're enjoying it all :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

That's awesome, Shelley! Enjoy the third of your triple whammy holidays, and Happy New Year! :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wow, you really do get down with celebrations this time of year! As for a 10-pounder--whew. You are more awesome than I already thought. Are you playing in the No-Kiss fest? I hope so. Happy, happy, happy (that's triple) New Year!

Catherine Denton said...

I've always heard that the first baby of the year gets perks. Hopefully you got a pack of free diapers or something for birthing a ten-pounder!

Kelly H-Y said...

What a fun week! That hospital birth story ... oh my ... it had me laughing! Happy New Year!

Megan Petty said...

I always thought it'd be neat to have a new year baby. I had hopes that my oldest daughter would be one but she didn't make her appearance until a couple weeks later. How cool that you actually got one! I love her name by the way.

MG Higgins said...

I was a 10-pound 8-ouncer, which my mother never let me forget. (I guess I was late--didn't want to make an appearance, which says a lot about me.) Anyway, happy celebrating!

storyqueen said...

Susan-Thank you! And a Happy New Year to you, too!

Sherrie-It was an awesome way to start a year.

Sarah-Thanks! Cali will be so happy she has so many birthday wishes.

Shannon-Happy New Year to you, too. Do you go back to school on Monday as well?

Tricia-10lbs, 3 oz....and three weeks early! (The other two were big, too, but not 10 pounders!) Can't decide about the no-kiss fest..I think I have a scene, if I can find it....

Catherine-funny story about that, actually...someone stole all of the stuff, claiming they were collecting for the New Year's baby...got nothing, except a private hospital room (who wants to share with the reporter magnet?)

Kelly-yes, funny now, but then...What???

Megan-My husband named her...she was either going to be Summer or Caledonia, depending on what he thought when he saw her. At 10 lbs, she was definitely Caledonia!

MG-Big babies are the best!! (I have forgiven Cali...but it was no picnic!)

Paige Keiser said...

Happy New Year Shelley! I just realized my new, updated links on my site did not include yours - argh! It's been added now. :0) Wishing you a writers-block-free year in 2010!

Katie said...

Aww so sweet! Happy New Year Shelli!!!!!!!!

Katie said...

Ooops... I meant SHELLEY! I spelled ur name wrong.

Catherine Denton said...

Even without your books, you have the best stories!

Dawn Simon said...

Happy anniversary, happy New Year, and happy birthday to Cali!

What a great way to end and start each year!

Jackee said...

Ha! That made me laugh. I can relate in a small way to the baby thing, but it was for the Valentine's baby and sans the cameras in the room... Okay, so not similar at all then...

But, hey! Thanks for the add and I love your blog!