When I Grow Up

Grandma Kc wrote this on August 2nd, 2014 19 Replies

This is a special memory from my own childhood.

I think by about 5th grade I had decided that I wanted to become a nun. It wasn’t that I had any great calling from God. It was because of my mother. For as far back as I can remember I heard stories of the pain and suffering she had gone through in childbirth. Both my birth and my sister’s had caused her to be in labor for 4 or 5 days. She’d had terrible reactions to the drugs and she had almost bled to death.

I have always hated pain so there was no way I was ever going to have a baby.

The problem then was I wanted to have children. I loved playing with little kids so I came up with a plan. I would become a nun, one of the orders that ran orphanages! Then I could work there and have all the kids without any of the pain. I was in 8th grade when I decided I didn’t really want to be a nun. Maybe I could just adopt!

When the time finally came, childbirth was a piece of cake. My mother wasn’t amused. I was in the hospital for 50 minutes before my amazing daughter was born, part of that was waiting for the doctor to get to the hospital! I had natural childbirth and it was wonderful experience. I remember every moment of it, especially today. Today is her birthday.

Jenna at 14 months old

Happy Birthday Jenna!

19 thoughts on “When I Grow Up

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Happy Birthday to your wonderful daughter! I had to laugh about wanting to be a nun because I certainly had those thoughts while going to Catholic school. But, those nuns were so grumpy and mean I decided that wasn’t a calling I wanted to answer. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am with you on that one Judy! I had a couple of great nuns as teachers over the years, but most of them were just mean! And mean is the perfect word for them!

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  2. An Enchanted Cottage

    Oh, I LOVE this post! What a beautiful picture of your daughter! The years fly by, don’t they? Do you know that at one time I wanted to be a nun, too? I went to parochial school PLUS my aunt was a nun. I loved your story. And I always wanted to have twins so I would only have to go through pregnancy/childbirth once. Of course things didn’t work out that way, but they seldom do, right?
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Donna

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is funny how many of the women I know wanted to become nuns at some point – and then gave up the idea! And as for having twins, you should be glad that didn’t happen as I heard labor for them is twice as hard! It was a wonderful weekend, thank you. I hope you have a great week, too.

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  3. sarah christian

    A wonderful “When I Grow Up” story. I thought it would be a good title and collection of illustrations to do a book “When I Grow Up” about many of the possible choices or dreams children can have in this day and time. Happy Birthday to Jenna! Thanks for the share! Keep writing!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think a collection of illustrations done by you titled “When I Grow Up” would be amazing! There are so many more opportunities today than there were when we were young, especially for girls like Little Sarah! Thank you for your kind words!

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  4. Sandy Siegel

    We are all so glad you did NOT choose to be a nun! The world would be much emptier without Jenna and of course, if not for Jenna – we wouldn’t have Amara!

    Happy birthday to my beautiful niece, Jenna!! xoxo

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I can’t even begin to imagine my life without Jenna or without Amara and I really can’t imagine my life as a nun! Glad I changed my mind.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      There have been many times I wish I had the chance to have a second child just to see if it would be that easy the second time around. Now I should also add that Jenna was 4 weeks late. This was the early seventies and they didn’t induce if you went a day over your due date. My OB said the baby would come out when it was done and as long as both of us were doing fine we should wait. So while it took forever for her to decide to come, she didn’t fool around when she got ready! Should also mention she was 8 lbs. 13 oz. I also smoked while I was pregnant, it was 1973 so don’t judge me too much. This was just about the time they said that smoking would cause premature births and low birth weights – I joked I was glad I smoked or who knows how big she would have gotten and when she would have come out!

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  5. Launna

    Happy Birthday to your Jenna… 🙂

    I didn’t have 4-5 day labor but it wasn’t a piece of cake….It was hard but I did it a second time.. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I wish I could have done it a second time to see if it would be equally as easy. I’m really glad if I only got to do it once I got the best daughter ever out of it!

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  6. KImberly

    Love that picture-precious. I didn’t have 4 days, but my mom was in labor three with me and then a bad forceps delivery. I was a very scary looking baby. I thought labor was just plain awful at only twelve hours. I’ve said since that it was probably a good thing it wasn’t much fun or I would have had a dozen.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      A forceps delivery would have been very scary! One of the good things about Jenna being born so quickly is that her head wasn’t misshapen. The only vermix she had left on her was in the creases of her elbows. That was what convinced the doctor that she really was overdue.

      I can easily imagine you with a dozen or more – and you would have loved it!

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  7. Joyce

    Happy Birthday to the lovely Jenna! She is beautiful!
    LOL on your wanting to be a nun story! I never really wanted to – but I remember standing up and telling sister, “But I’m not going to get married, I’m going to be a nun!” when she asked me to think ahead about what I would do if one of my children did something wrong. I just told her that to be a “brown-noser” – in the term of that day! Got to be very good in that area – it was a survival skill in those circumstances!

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