A Month of Birthdays — Jill James

Usually November is a month of thanksgiving and Thanksgiving. But, in our house, it is our busiest month of birthdays, with three. My nephew will be 11 on the 16th. My grandson will be 10 on the 26th. My daughter will be 31 on the 30th. Whew! Lots of parties. Lots of good food. Lots of cake and ice cream.

Back in 1981 I delivered my daughter after 6 months of pregnancy. She weighed exactly 3 pounds, 0 ounces. She spent 49 days in the NICU. We had to travel thirty miles one way to see her every other day because we couldn’t afford the gas to see her every day. We have photographs of her first Christmas in neonatal intensive care. The whole family took turns seeing her that day because only 2 people could go in at a time and one of them had to be mommy or daddy. She got stuffed animals from the hospital volunteers that she has to this day. A little pink elephant and a purple pig.

In 2001 we went to see the first Harry Potter movie. We got a call 2/3 of the way into the movie that my sister-in-law was in labor. It was her first child so we figured we had plenty of time to watch 40 more minutes of the movie and then leave. Um, no. By the time we left the movie, got the car and onto the freeway, the baby was here. Oops!! My nephew was born after not even 2 hours of labor. He was almost born in the car on the way to the hospital.

In 2002 we went to see Harry Potter 2. (You would think we learned our lesson by then.) My daughter called half-way through the movie and we left and got to the hospital to find out it was a false alarm. A week later our grandson finally came. (We went and saw the movie again the day after the false alarm.)

So, November is an exciting month in our family. We have lots to be thankful for this and every Thanksgiving Day.

Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance

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About Jill James

Jill is a published author with The Wild Rose Press and self-published with The Lake Willowbee Series. She enjoys reading just as much as writing. You can follow her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Jill.James.author and Twitter @jill_james
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14 Responses to A Month of Birthdays — Jill James

  1. E. Ayers says:

    You don’t look old enough to have a 31 YO daughter! Sounds like you have an exciting, fun packed November. Enjoy all that wonderful family time.

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  2. stephaniequeen says:

    Watch out for those Harry Potter movies!! Loved this post–love babies-being-born stories!
    Thanks for sharing, Jill!

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  3. I have a son and two grandgirls born in November…then there is the grandboy born on Halloween!

    We have a monthly Birthday Bash to celebrate all the family birthdays for the month. It’s hard to get everyone together, but it’s fun when we do.

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  4. It’s funny how family birthdays seem to cluster in one month, isn’t it? Our month is April. Enjoy your November!

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  5. leighmorgan1 says:

    Sounds like Harry Potter is a magical backdrop for your family 😉 Probably good that there won’t be more movies 🙂 Have a wonderful month celebrating your family. What fabulous stories you have. Happy Thanksgiving, Jill.

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  6. Jill James says:

    Thanks Leigh. Yes, thank goodness, no more HP.

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  7. Joan Leacott says:

    We’ve got three November birthdays in our combined families, including my own birthday. But June is the month when we go wild with six birthdays and one wedding anniversary. When I was pregnant, we’d been to one PD James lecture and were looking forward to the second installment the following week. But my son had other plans. He wanted to be born on his due date. No waiting around for him. To this day, he is always punctual. 🙂

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  8. JoanReeves says:

    It is funny how people in our lives tend to have special days in the same month. I’ve got a brother and a son with birthdays in Nov., 3 family members with anniversaries just days apart in Dec. and a whole bunch of Jan. birthdays.

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