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TidBits About Donna #2 One Sigh Too Many

I was ecstatic when I learned I was pregnant with my daughter.

I did not know she was a girl until the moment of her birth. Back in the day — the gender of your baby was always a surprise. The beginning of my pregnancy was rough. I couldn’t keep anything down to the point that I was dehydrated and feeling pretty rotten.

The older woman, Elinor, (She was probably 50. What did I know about old when I was 20?) who worked in the Registrar’s Office of the University of Rochester with me, told me I was always sighing, “Oh Dear!”

One day, one sigh too many landed me in Strong Memorial Hospital. The emergency room doctors insisted I stay the night. I thanked them for their “hospitality” and declined their offer, but they were an insistent lot. They gently explained that if I did not stay, to hydrate, and stabilize my condition, I would lose my baby. I stayed.

For three days and three nights, I stayed though their accommodations were not the most accommodating and their cuisine was lacking. Red jello — YUCK!

But for many infants today, it’s a good thing I stayed. That baby girl, who was born to me on August 21, 1970 at 2:51 PM, is now the first person many babies see as they make their entrance into the world — into the hands of my daughter, Kiersten.


January 10, 2010 - Posted by | Anything Writing


  1. What a lovely little story. I’m thankful you listened to the doctor, even if you had to endure red jello, as I couldn’t imagine life without my wonderful niece.

    Comment by Sanner | January 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. I am so glad you stayed! Thank you – and now I can’t wait for the birth story!!
    I’ll be checking every day!

    Comment by Kiersten | January 15, 2010 | Reply

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