On this day in 1979 our daughter was born at 10:45 PM in Odessa, Texas. Since her due date wasn't until at least May 3rd, she weighed in at 3 lbs, 3 ozs and dropped down to 2 lbs 12 ozs. She stayed in the Nursery ICU the first 30 days, then was moved to an isolette for 2 weeks before being moved to an open crib two weeks before coming home after a 60-day stay in the hospital. That day was May 6th and her maternal grandfather, Richard Robbins' birthday. He and my mother were waiting for us at our house to celebrate. On that day she weighed a whopping 5 lbs, 4 ozs. We had to buy premie diapers from the hospital and doll clothes for her to wear until she was big enough to wear the standard newborn size. Of course her Grandma Robbins made her a couple of things to wear as well.
This is one of my favorite pictures; it was taken on March 28th. I'll never forget the love in her daddy's eyes and him saying, "Won't it be a glorious day when we get to take her home." The nurses told us she recognized her daddy's voice when he came in to visit. She could hear us talking while we washed our hands and put on the hospital gowns and would turn her head and start kicking.
I know it sounds corny, but "you've come a long way baby" definitely applies. We're so proud of her and all she has overcome to be the young woman she is today.
She shares her birthday with her cousin, Katrina. I've posted birthday wishes to her on my other blog, A Nested Family of Robbins.