Mockingbirds and Tortoises

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  1. citizen of the world says:

    She is absolutely beautiful, Jocelyn. Great job.

    And I hated the pushing, too.

    (Ha! The word erification is “cruwl”)

  2. Dorky Dad says:

    Reason No. 1 that I’m glad I’m not female.

    And that’s Reason No. 2 I don’t attend creation-evolution debates (that they’re ultra-stupid and pointless is, of course, No. 1).

    But I’ll second COW’s comment: Heckua job on the kid. You did good. Pat yourself on the back.

  3. Bob says:

    happy birthday to the girl-child, and happy happy to you.

    looks like you did good.

  4. Tai says:

    Way to go for BOTH of you!

  5. geewits says:

    That’s so sweet. It made me remember when my daughter was a little girl and was sweet. Maybe you will get lucky and ages 13 through 19 won’t make you want to go back in time and make different decisions. My daughter will be 24 this year and I am still asking myself, “When is she going to start being pleasant?” Maybe next year. Why not?

  6. August says:

    Somebody pass me Niblet’s Kleenex–– I’m a laughing-crying mess over here.

    Such a beautiful & shining young lady. Happy Birthday, honey.

    Incidentally, when you’ve outgrown that blouse, may I have it?


  7. AmyTree says:

    Awww, what a beauty!!! Happy Birthday Girl, and many happy returns. xxx

  8. Casdok says:

    Happy birthday to a gorgeous girl!

  9. Glamourpuss says:

    Yeah, I remember that post – it made me cry.

    Maybe dropping a sprog the night of a Evolution vs. Creationism debate proves that life doesn’t need no fancy ideology, just acceptance and wonder. Oh, and gratitude.


  10. Claudia says:

    Girl is STUNNING. Well worth the effort, I’d say!!!! WOOT! And “in my downstairs lady flat” – – produced a coffee through the nose snort. God, I LOVE reading you.

  11. SuburbanCorrespondent says:

    I guess you don’t want to hear how wonderful Anna was at that age, now do you? Because she was exactly as you described – poised, compassionate, confident, and my best buddy.

    Sigh. Enjoy while you can.

  12. Moi says:

    Happy birthday to both of you!

    She is one beautiful kiddo.

    Your birth experience sounds like mine, except they sent me home to have effing contractions for 3 weeks.

  13. Her Grace says:

    She’s beautiful and amazing, just like her mother.

    I usually find myself guffawing out loud at least once during your posts, today this line did it:

    “the whole thing being kind of like a recap of the conception”

    Happy Birthday, Girl.

  14. furiousBall says:

    What a beautiful smile she’s got on her face.

    I am very specific.

  15. Chantal says:

    I am all teary. Am I supposed to be all teary? It is a nice teary. I just wish I had a daughter 🙁

  16. Steve says:

    Happy Birthday, Girl. I hope you put a candle each in eight girl scout cookies. You are an amazing girl to warrant such a tribute.

    Also congratulate your mom for introducing some non-fecal and non-bile bodily fluid into her post!

  17. lime says:

    i am not lying when i tell you that there is something very delightful in 7-9 year olds. do enjoy every minute because then they turn into teenagers and that sorta makes you look back at even a horrid labor with a certain wistful fondness for easier days.

    what a beauty you’ve got there. both with that charming smile and the heart of gold she exhibits. well done, mama. happy birthday to a lovely young lady.

  18. boondockramblings says:

    You’re an amazing writer.

    And yes, the pushing sucked.

  19. Mother of Invention says:

    WOW! What a tribute to Girl’s 8th b-day! Sounds like you really lucked out on a fabulous kid. Kids will enetertain you for life!
    A great Creation Story!

  20. chelle says:

    She is breathtaking! Happy Birthday to your girl!! Many all her wishes come true now and forever.

  21. rak says:

    Brought tears. What a rollercoaster this took me on, especially since I am newly pregnant with what will be my first! You scared me but you give me so much to look forward to. Thank you.

  22. kimber the wolfgrrrl says:

    Happy Birthday, girl of quiet and poised resolve!

    (…downstairs ladyflat…. hahahaha!)

  23. liv says:

    oh, joce! she’s just marvelous. happy birthday, you beautiful girl.

    more specifically:

    1)my downstairs lady flat. (OMG. i almost wet myself.)

    2)sam waterston: worked with him many times. he’s a sweet man, and an amazing director.

  24. jen says:

    she’s the prettiest watermelon i’ve ever seen, hands down.

  25. Calamity Jane says:

    That’s the nicest thing a mother ever wrote about her daughter.

    PS – you’ve got the downstairs ladyflat boarded up now … right? Don’t want evolution thoery dropping in the toilet again ya know?

  26. Calamity Jane says:

    I just read last year’s post – you know I share your pain for The Kid Who Fell. A lovely tribute to both precious children.

  27. the frogster says:

    Well done as always, Jocelyn. And happy birthday to the Girl. I was born on March 11th. Um, I’m older than 8.

  28. rak says:

    On tenterhooks I am! It is a messy ordeal, physically and emotionally, to miscarry. What a miracle that you were to hear that heartbeat when you thought there was nothing left. And she is beautiful 🙂

  29. Diana says:

    Happy Birthday to your stunning Girl!

    Your tales of pushing had me nodding and laughing. I will swear to my dying day that after each push for The Son I was told by someone in the room that it was “almost over” or “One more!” or some other lie.

    Charles disagrees. He claims that it was only said on the last push. So sad when they perpetuate the falsehood, isn’t it?

  30. pistols at dawn says:

    I also dislike conflict…and pregnancy, if we’re making lists.

    I feel like I’d spend all my time complaining about how my kid’s taste sucks. “Teletubbies? Seriously? That is trash and you are lame.”

    So it’s probably good that you got the kid.

  31. Jamie says:

    Damn, woman…you have done it again. Tears and laughter.

    Such a sweet tribute to beautiful little creation!

    And can I say how many times I heard, “Last push, honey! Last push!” Finally, after about 12 last pushes I looked up from behind my O2 mask and said, “Is this really my last push or are you f****** with me?” The Doc replied, “Ok seriously, one more push or we’re going to have to do a c-section.”

    Then I pushed one last push. And he came out. I believe the term is “4th degree tear.”
    I would have rather had a c-section.

  32. susan says:

    Great job on your creation!

    Happy Belated Birthday Beautiful Girl!

    (No, I’m not complaining that the girl part messed up my alliteration)

  33. actonbell says:

    Oh, she’s beautiful! And this is a beautiful post as well, Jocelyn. Not having had a child, I didn’t know about the placenta hell, I must admit.

    Time is speeding up, these days. A bittersweet deal.

  34. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    What a wonderful story, Jocelyn, and your daughter is gorgeous.

    Yes, you created her, but the evolution part is in her most capable hands.

    Happy birthday to your amazing girl.

    When I gave birth to my children, no one was with me but medical personnel, so go easy on your lyingwhore friends and family, please. They were there, loving you and your baby.

    This was another great post. How do you do it?

  35. Minnesota Matron says:

    Pitch-perfect prose. You think the Matron has some tight writing? Look in that cheery old mirror, sweetie.

    Happy Birthday to YOU. The Matron? She gives birthday presents to all her mama friends on the birth days of their eldest. Because it’s not just about that kid.

  36. Dory says:

    I loved this post. LOVED.


  37. Dorky Dad says:

    Hey, uh … I did that flow chart you asked for. Or demanded. Or casually mentioned on my blog a week ago. Anyway, it’s posted now. Just in case you’re totally curious.

  38. Jazz says:

    That’s quite the tribute. She’s absoluely lovely.

  39. Theresa says:

    Girl is gorgeous! Enjoy the peace and quiet now because in a few years a huge line of boys will be beating down the door to be with Girl, and you and Groom will probably spend most of your time beating them off with a stick. Happy Birthday to Girl and congratulations on such a fine creation to Girl’s mum (and dad, I suppose, but since mum did most of the work, she gets more credit). 🙂

  40. SQT says:

    Wow. She sure is lovely.

    My girly will be eight this month.

  41. Claire says:

    You are a beautiful person.

  42. David says:

    I Loved This!
    Thank you!

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