Happy Birthday to Ellie and Jenna!
Today you turn 10 years old. WOW. No more single digits. 10 years ago this morning, with my stomach protruding more than you can imagine, I drove myself to the hospital thinking you’d be in this world in a few weeks. A short time later I was informed that 12/19 was the day, and a c-section would happen right away. Your dad left a meeting and rushed to the hospital. Other relatives followed.
After some tugging and pulling, I heard you, Ellie, screaming at the top of your lungs. Though you were born at 35 1/2 weeks, there was no doubt your lungs were fully developed. Moments later, more crying. This time, it was you Jenna, with a completely different sounding cry. Your first cries were the most beautiful sounds I had ever heard.
I was so happy that day, and 10 years later am so proud of both of you. Each of you bring so much joy, laughter and smiles to me and everyone you encounter. Ellie, you are kind, smart, creative, artistic, and helpful. Jenna, you are so witty, funny, loving, clever, and giving. You have “hearts of gold” – and I am so lucky to have you as my children.
For something fun for you, as well as my blog readers, I wanted to share some of the technology that was in our home when you were born, 10 years ago on December 19th, 2001.
- Our computer was connected to the Internet for dial-up. We had a separate phone line just to get online.
- Dad and I shared a computer at home. Imagine that now. We did have separate email through AOL.com.
- We had a fax machine hooked up in our home office. Do you even know what that is?
- We watched movies on a VCR. We didn’t get a DVD player until soon after you were born.
- HDTV was something we had seen in California on vacation a few years before, but we wouldn’t get it at home for a few more years.
- We didn’t have Digital Cable, so no On Demand movies or DVR.
- We listened to music on CDs. There were no iPods yet.
- You couldn’t get email on cell phones. There were Blackberries, but they didn’t have phones in them yet.
- Most cell phones did not have cameras.
- There was no such thing as sending a text message.
- We had no idea what “Social Media” could possibly mean.
- There was no YouTube. If we tried to watch a video online, it would probably crash the computer.
- Photoshop 7 was the latest way to edit pictures.
- The word “blog” did not exist.
- I photographed you with a film point and shoot for the first year of your life.
- And no MCP Actions either.
I hope you enjoyed reading what it was like before you were born.
Ellie and Jenna, you inspire me, motivate me and are everything to me. Always remember how much I love you.
To the readers of this blog, think back ten years. What has changed in your world? Join me in wishing Ellie and Jenna a happy birthday by sharing interesting things you have seen happen since the day they were born.