Book of Me – Prompt 2: Your Birth

book of meThis is week 2 of a 15 month writing project. This week’s assignment is to write about your own birth. This writing challenge is provided by Julie Goucher from the blog Angler’s Rest.

The instructions are:

  • Do you have any baby photos?
  • Where were you born?
  • Who was present at your birth?
  • Dimensions?
  • What day was it? Time?
  • Did you have hair? Eye colours
  • Are you a twin?

Yegerlehner, Deborah - Birth announcement, 1968

Chapter 2: A Child is born

On a perfect Friday morning, during the late summer in a seaside New England town, expectations were about to be fulfilled. The humidity was non-existent and the temperature was pleasantly in the mid 70s. The predicted high was 78°. A light breeze was blowing off the ocean. The day had finally arrived. Today, they would be parents.

The baby was already two weeks overdue. Thus far no water had broken and labor pains were non-existent. No crazy midnight dash to the hospital required. It was time for an induction. Although they lived in Rockport, the nearest hospital, Addison Gilbert, was just over 5 miles away in neighboring Gloucester. The ride was calm and peaceful with occasional glimpses of the bay.

All day they waited as inductions take time. Dr. Ross was attending inside the labor room. The nervous father, a Methodist minister, paced outside. Perhaps he prayed for a safe delivery. Finally at 7:18 p.m., a nurse emerged, “It’s a girl!” All fingers and toes accounted for. Weighing in at 7 lbs and 11 oz, the baby was long at 22”, perhaps an indicator of her future height. The eyes of course were blue, like all newborns. Eventually they would change to hazel, with flecks of green that changed with her mood. The first hair was dark and was replaced with towheaded locks. Over time, this too would change as well.

Yegerlehner, Deborah - 1968-08

A Girl! How rare! Only a handful on either side of the family combined in the last 75 years. The firstborn child of a new generation on the maternal side, she was a descendant of many generations of New Englanders as well as Hoosier pioneers. Had she been a boy, her name might have been Ian. Her names were chosen from family tradition and her father’s biblical studies: a judge and a loyal daughter, both independent women. A strong indication of the woman she would become.


Massachusetts. State Department of Public Health. Birth Certificates. Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, Boston.

Sweeney Family Collection. Privately held by Deborah Sweeney, Elk Grove, California. 2013.

“U.S.Weather History.” Farmers’ Almanac.  : 2013.

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9 thoughts on “Book of Me – Prompt 2: Your Birth

  1. davidmadison1942

    Very nicely done, Deb. I didn’t remember that the wait had been all day long! We kept the “Ruth” tradition alive! 🙂

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Well, considering you remembered a drive in the morning and I wasn’t born until early evening (and one of my own children was induced), I put the pieces together. 🙂

  2. Mustang.Koji

    What a beautiful write up of your birth!! And I had no idea babies were born with blue eyes! Even Asians?? And it was such a gorgeous day to be brought into this world…!

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Thank you!
      I always assumed all babies were born with blue eyes. It has to do with melanin and exposure to light. I should have clarified Caucasian children, although some Asian and other darker pigmented ethnicities can be born with blue eyes, it is not as common as in Caucasian children.


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