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An “Almost” Christmas Baby

An “Almost” Christmas Baby

It was a about a week before Christmas, December 17,1977 and I was nine months pregnant. In the mist of moving into a new house, (not quite finished yet) while keeping three-year-old twins occupied and out of mischief, and finishing up my Christmas shopping, my doctor decided to inform me that we would be having a Christmas baby!

“OH NO! I can’t have a baby on Christmas Day. I have two little ones at home, I’m not through moving, and my shopping isn’t quite finished!” The baby was due on the twenty-seventh. Couldn’t she at least be on time? That would fit into my plan perfectly. But…as you know, baby’s have their own schedules. My doctor agreed to induce on Monday, December 20th if she had not made her appearance over the weekend.

Home we trudged, quickly finishing the move, wrapped more presents, and made plans for my younger sister, Tish, to stay with T  and K during my stay in the hospital.

As hard as I tried, their was no appearance from that baby over the weekend. We arrived at the hospital early Monday morning for the induction. And before noon we had another baby girl – Amie Suzanne.  I didn’t really need that boy after seeing her – black hair, pink chubby cheeks and very vocal! I always said I wouldn’t have anymore after her, but I did. She was a handful.

I was home before Christmas and Amie was snug in her crib in her own room waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve. That might have been the last time she was in her own bed for a while. Yes, I did it all wrong with a single baby. Twins were much easier. She said she was going to sleep with us until she was thirty-three! As my friend, Janice used to say, “She’s a pistol!” And she was.

The twins took to her immediately. She didn’t walk until fourteen months – she didn’t have too. The world – or family – was at her feet, honoring her every request. She didn’t take good naps and slept only when she felt like it.

Amie is thirty-seven today and she still makes her own schedule! (I do believe her four girls have paid her back a bit with the same actions!)

Hope you are having a wonderful birthday!

Mom

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. Aren’t kids great!

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  2. It’s fun to read about your “almost” Christmas”baby. I hope that she had a wonderful birthday.

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  3. Lovely tribute, Elle! And Happy Birthday to Amie!

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