Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day 1975

February 14, 1975 marked the last day in 20 or so years that Lloyd and I celebrated Valentine's Day the way it is supposed to be celebrated. On that day 34 years ago our third child and second daughter, Amy Luellen, was born and Valentine's Day became instead Amy's Birthday. As with all my kids, she was 2 weeks late arriving, but I didn't mind. We already had an almost two and almost 3 year old at home so we had plenty to keep us busy while we waited for Amy to put in an appearance.

Hers was a very easy birth. I had never heard of an epidural back then so of course I didn't have one - natural childbirth all the way! And we didn't do routine ultrasounds back then either so we didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl. It really didn't matter at that point because we already had one of each and this third one was a tie-breaker. What really moved me to tears during labor and delivery was when I was hooked up to a fetal monitor and for the first time I heard my unborn baby's heartbeat fill the room. It was an amazing and emotional experience for me. After the standard 5-day stay in the hospital (such a lovely rest) we went home and Amy became part of our daily life.

Her name, appropriately, means "beloved". We didn't know it at the time, we just liked the sound of it, but it made us feel good when we learned that we named our Valentine baby so well. Her middle name, Luellen, is also my mother's middle name.

Amy, at 18 months, with Lad

Amy at 4-years old.

Amy in Elementary School

She has grown into a remarkable young woman - wife, mother of 3, registered nurse, and nurse instructor. She's a beautiful, loving, peaceful, compassionate woman. I'm proud to call her my daughter.

High School Graduation

Amy and Curtis, August 10, 2001

Curtis and Amy with Sydney, Aidan and Mackenzie

Amy today at her 34th birthday party.


Anonymous said...

hmm...not every husband receives a new baby girl as a Valentine's Day gift...pretty special

sara said...

love the little foot sticking out

Erica said...

What a wonderful tribute to your daughter on her birthday.

Debbie Y. said...

That is a Valentine's gift that keeps on giving. Yeah, I would celebrate it as her birthday from then on, not as Valentine's Day, but she would have gotten sick of all the Valentine's type birthdays I would have had for her.

Amy is such a beautiful lady, just like her mother.

JQ said...

"love the little foot..." Sam can testify, that's EXACTLY what I said.

Amy said...

I will have to go back and look for the "little foot" as I missed it somehow. Thanks, Mum, for the nice tribute. I do feel bad about forever altering your's and Dad's Valentine's Day but, if it makes you feel better, Curtis' is now ruined as well. Lol!! I didn't realize mine was the first heartbeat you heard. As a middle child, it's nice to know I was "first" for something. Is there a way to save this entry? I guess I could print it, right? Love you Mum.

Mike said...

Is the double-heart cake pan still around? If so, who has it now?