Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday

My first baby 1971


I have to tell you that I am extremely annoyed with 'someone'. This was a lengthy post describing my first years of motherhood back in the 1970's and how times have changed and the whole entry just up and disappeared. Except for the comments. So thanks to all that commented. And for those of you who missed it, I'm sorry!

28 comments:

  1. I agree with you, Paula, we may have more technology now, but motherhood is not easy no matter what age or what we have available to us. It is trial and error, but it is so very rewarding.

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    1. MOST of the time it is so rewarding. But when things go wrong there is still a lot of guilt for the mothers of our world. And sometimes a mother can do everything right and things can go wrong!

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    2. Paula, I totally agree about raising children - I have always said that raising a child is like walking through a mine field - some of us make it to the other side without major explosions, and some of us don't.

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    3. I couldn't agree with you more....I wish you could have read my post. I have no idea what happened to it. I put the picture back just so I would have something with all the comments.

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  2. You forgot to mention that many of us smoked through our entire pregnancies. Nobody told us we shouldn't. Our doctors smoked, we could smoke anywhere, even on airplanes and in the hospital. I remember nursing my daughter while smoking a cigarette. If she ever get's cancer it will definitely be all my fault!!

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    1. I quit smoking the day I found out I was pregnant with Danny...then started again the day I brought him home from the hospital..Real smart, huh? Same with the baby that was stillborn...smoked all through my Justin pregnancy and all the time I nursed him. You are right....we didn't know better. Now we do!!

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  3. Dear Paula, I haven't written to thank you for all of your support or to tell you how much I appreciate your blogs. I know I will be going through the same things you're going through now -- and I can feel your words in my heart. Just wish that we could sit down over a cup of tea. I didn't have children but I do remember how many cocktail parties the pregnant women drank at in the 70's !

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    1. Nancy, I DO understand exactly where you are and it S.U.C.K.S I would love to sit with you for tea. Know that I am there in spirit. Hugs!

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  4. A lot has changed. Much, but not all, of the progress is for the better.

    When I was growing up, while our house was being built, we lived in a little rental house that was heated by a floor furnace. Never before or since have I had a better-feeling, warmer heat that that. I remember standing over it and letting the warm air blow up my night gown. My slippers had marks on the bottom from the warm grate that covered the furnace. Thanks for bringing me that pleasant memory today!

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    1. The only problem with that floor furnace is that it did NOT heat the whole house. Our bedrooms upstairs were freezing in the winter and like ovens in the summer. I remember mom covered bricks with flannel. We put them on the floor grate during the day and took them to bed with us at night....so warm!

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  5. What a host of memories you've aroused -- both fuzzy warm and bittersweet. My own son was born in December of '69, and I sure remember those cloth diapers and rubber panties. Let's not forget those gawd-awful diaper pails .... eueueu!!!
    Your mention of the 'pumpkin seats' brought to mind a potentially life-threatening incident. I was happily strolling along campus swinging my son's carrier back and forth when the little bugger came flying out and landed safely a few feet away (thank God!) on the soft grass.
    How far we've come!

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    1. I was married the first time in December '69. Yes, now I remember...they were called pumpkin seats. Danny took a nose dive out of his once when I sat it on the kitchen table and turned away for a half-second.

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  6. I had my first baby the summer of 1979. No air conditioning. I remember waking up hot covered with sticky milk. I used disposable diapers but I had to fold a diaper to fit a 5 lb newborn once babysitting. must have been 6 fold thick in front. We were told to always have babies sleep on their bellies. now moms are told the opposite. And no epidurals either. I hardly knew anyone who had a C section and now 4 out of my 5 grand babies came that way. We had baby buckets for newborns but they are not sold any more

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    1. That is right about the babies sleeping on their tummies. Mine did. And you are right about C-sections. Doctors convenience, I think!

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  7. We didn't find out what we were having with either of our kids and I decided no epidural either...I was afraid it might hurt them and we had worked so hard to get pregnant. I was Earth Mother to my friends my age - the moms a bit older just rolled their eyes! Thankful for all the new safety features for our little ones. But I loved sitting between my parents in the front seat and I always wanted to hold my babies on long trips - so I sat in the backseat and left my poor husband alone to drive and listen to me describe their every movement!!! Love, Love, Love your pictures!!!

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    1. THank you Lisa. I look like such a baby, don't I?

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  8. Great post. Somehow I was content with the three or four stations we got on the television and now I can't find a thing to watch with infinite opportunities. I do like the technological changes, but I still like to go to the movies and see them on the big screen.

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    1. I agree that we are spoiled with so much to watch on TV. I think if we went back to three or four stations I would get so much more accomplished each day

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  9. Cripes, you were barely out of childhood yourself. Growing up quickly as a young Mother, and i'm sure much if it was "seat of your oants" but we do seem to make it through (perhaps ignorance was bliss!)

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    1. It was a different time back then. That's what we did after high school. Got married and had babies. I'm glad I had them young. And even more glad that I had my mom to help me

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  10. I adored this post. This line in particular: "If you wanted to talk on the phone you stood near it. " It made me laugh out loud (for real). I remember the avocado green wall phone with the rotary dial that my gramma had in her kitchen....till the day she died. She never saw the need to get one of those "new-fangled pushbutton phones". She would have thought cell phones incredibly silly. I can hear her now....why in the WORLD would you want to carry a TELEPHONE in your POCKET???!!!! Thanks for the memories.

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    1. You are welcome Lisa. It is amazing even to me that we can carry a phone in our pocket and instantly be connected to people all over the country.

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  11. It is amazing how quickly technology, medicine, and the way of life changes. Thank you for sharing about having a baby in the 70s! This was very interesting!

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    1. It has certainly changed quickly over the years. Thank you for visiting.

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  12. What a lovely post, it made me think back and wonder what I was doing that year. I was in love, it didn't work out and in early 1972, I left Princeton for California, where I have lived since then. Having seen all the doctors, patients, and workers at UCLA lately with their necks bent, their eyes focused on their various phones and devices, I am so glad to have spent most of my life without all that stuff. Maybe that's why I see and photograph so many pretty clouds.....

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    1. I agree. I often wonder what people did before they buried their faces in a cell phone. Do you think they actually talked to each other?

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  13. I loved your original post. Sorry that Google's version of blogger has bitten you, too! Something is going on with it and it's edited interface.

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    1. Yeah it sucks. I guess I should start keeping copies of my posts so I can put them back up when Google decides to edit me.

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