Saturday, December 19, 2009

Name Your Siblings and Years of Birth

I only have one sibling, a sister. Her name is Ann Whitten Perry. Ann Peyton is named for her. We actually call her "Cookie", though. It was her nickname since birth and it stuck. My Dad said her face was as round as a little cookie!

She was born on July 21, 1987. We are twenty six months apart and she has always been (and will always be) my best friend.

Share a Childhood Picture

This is my first Christmas. I was a month younger than my own baby, Ann Peyton, is now. I feel like I looked SO much bigger than her, though! I was a chunk for part of my life, I guess! Also, I think my Mom (who I will henceforth refer to by her grandmother name, "Minnie") looks like she is channeling Meg from her When Harry Met Sally days, from the top of her poofy hair to the tip of her plaid skirt!

*Ashley, whose whole idea this project was, said that it makes for a lot of great conversations with your family and I have to agree. It also makes for a lot of great scanning opportunities!

Do You Know Any Other Circumstances of Your Birth?

(who was present, who delivered, etc.)?

My mom really adored her doctor, although he didn't have the best bedside manner (he was really old school). About a year before he had been the on call physician when she had a still birth. She had also had multiple miscarriages and the new doctor (who "happened" to be on call) helped her figure out what was causing them and really examined what her former doctor had dismissed. So, he was there.

My dad wasn't in the room. She said it really wasn't a big deal back then, but she is SO modest, I don't think she'd want him in the room if it was today.

One really funny thing, she has told me several times is that as they were "wheeling her back" to have me, she saw the tv on and said "Darn (or some variation) I'm going to miss Johnny Carson tonight". Ha, I like to think I was worth it!

P.S. The earliest pictures of me are when I was already home. My mom says newborns are just not pretty (I mean I was to her, of course) and that she didn't want to take any until they got home. I really didn't think we'd take pictures of Ann Peyton RIGHT after her birth, either (I knew we'd take them in the hospital, just after she was clean). But the nurses told Peyton to grab his camera, and he minded them! I'm glad we have those pictures, now, but I wouldn't want to show them off to anybody else!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Where Were You Born?

I was born at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. Woman's Hospital had just opened and was the place to be. It was where all the cool Mommas were having their babies. But....

My dad, being a wee bit of a Northeast Jackson snob, would not hear of having his first child born in backwards, redneck Rankin county.

Of, course the irony is that I now reside in Rankin county.

The further irony is that his beautiful capital city is, in many corners, becoming more and more ghetto-fied, daily.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What Was Your Day and Date of Birth?

I was born on Tuesday, May 14, 1985.

Not a lot has gone on on the 14th, historically. Just a couple of interesting events:

1607Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.
1939Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five (how completely bizarre; guess it puts a new perspective on being a "young mom", huh?)

To the best of my knowledge, no one super important was born OR died on my b-day!