Thursday, August 21, 2008


I have finally printed my baby photo - here is my LO for BOM Challenge No. 3 - On the Day that I was Born ...

I don't normally use pastel colours but I fell in love with this DCWV glitter paper and it was perfect for my baby LO. I now love this look so may be experimenting with softer colours in the future ... (BTW the blue "line" on the second page is from the glass on my printer - not meant to be there ...)

I found loads of info on the net relating to the day that I was born - what fun - I had to try and make extra space on the right page to include all my journalling so I created a "flip booklet". The first page opens up to reveal the day of my birth and a photo of my mom and I ...

This is what I had to say (after interrogating my mom - tee hee) ...

My mom went into labour with me whilst her and my dad were camping and fishing. My mom says her waters broke late Sunday night and she woke my dad up at 1.00 am on Monday morning. He didn’t believe her as she had been complaining earlier that she wanted to go home and he thought this was her excuse to leave. When he saw the “gushing” waters he drove my mom to a doctor in Vereeniging who told her that it would be safe to travel home to Johannesburg. My mom says that she was in serious labour for about 8 hours and it was a difficult, natural birth. I was born 1 month premature at 7.45pm. My mom says that I had a rosebud complexion and was smooth and wrinkle-free (wish that had lasted …) and that I looked EXACTLY like her. She cried when I was born and said that she felt that she “knew me before I was even born”. My dad arrived at the Hospital with a huge champagne glass filled with red roses and carnations and my mom was the envy of all the other new moms in the ward … It must have been a pretty hectic time for my mom as my brother was only 10 months old at the time and she now had two babies to take care of – like having twins, I guess – you did a great job, Mom!! Love you!!

The next flap reveals an envelope which has two tags in it (titled "Top of the Music Charts on this day ..." and "Babies born in the month of November are said to display the following traits ...") and another bit of journalling "Famous People who share my Birthday" ...

Here is my journalling ...

Top of the Music Charts on this day…

1971 – “Family Affair” – Sly & the Family Stone
1972 – “Papa was a Rolling Stone” – The Temptations
1973 – “Top of the World” – The Carpenters
1980 – “Lady” – Kenny Rogers
1981 – “Physical” – Olivia Newton-John
1983 – “All Night Long” – Lionel Richie
1984 – “Wake me up before you go-go” – Wham!
1985 – “Separate Lives” – Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
1986 – “You Give Love a Bad Name” – Bon Jovi
1987 – “(I’ve Had) the Time of my Life” – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
1992 – “I will always Love You” – Whitney Houston
1993 – “I’d do anything for Love (but I won’t do that) – Meat Loaf
1997 – “Something about the way you look tonight” and “Candle in the Wind” – Elton John
1999 – “Smooth” – Santana feat. Rob Thomas
2007 – “No one” – Alicia Keys

Babies born in the month of November are said to display the following traits…

Have loads of ideas – thousands – have no idea how I’m going to implement them all
Difficult to fathom - sometimes
Think Forward – when I’m in the mood
Unique and Brilliant – well now … of course
Sharp Thinking – I say no more
Extraordinary Ideas - sometimes
Fine and Strong Clairvoyance – I think I see beyond this world at times – spooky …
Can become good doctors – too sympathetic and don’t like blood but am calm in a hysterical situation
Careful and cautious – not really
Dynamic in Personality – so “they” say … (tee hee)
Secretive – I am an open book – have serious “foot-in-mouth” disease
Inquisitive – oh yeah – I have to know everything
Knows how to dig secrets – like the freaking FBI, baby …
Always thinking – brain very seldom goes to sleep - exhausting
Less talkative but amiable – I can talk the hind leg off of any old donkey …
Brave and Generous - Yes
Patient – only when I am not waiting for photos to upload onto my Blog … grrrr. Oh, and in traffic – working on this …
Stubborn and hard-hearted – Can be stubborn but soft-hearted especially for the down-trodden but those who can help themselves, MUST
If there is a will, there is a Way – I can find it …
Determined - Yes
Never give up - sometimes
Hardly become angry unless provoked – Those close to me can push my buttons faster than anyone else
Loves to be alone – I do … I get back in touch with ME
Thinks differently from others – whackjob??????
Sharp-minded – I like to think so
Motivates oneself – not really – I guess only if I want to
Does not appreciate praises – only if they are sincere and I can usually tell if you are not…
High-spirited - YES
Well-built and tough – What do they mean by “well-built”? – Way Curvy? Yup that’s me – Tough? – I can be
Deep love and emotions – very deep
Romantic - Yes
Uncertain in relationships - No
Homely – Homely looking? I don’t think so!!! Have to keep the old self-image up …
Hardworking – when I want to
High abilities - YES
Trustworthy - YES
Honest and keeps secrets – YES, unless you LIE TO ME
Not able to control emotions – I have learnt to control my emotions
Unpredictable – I can be …

Famous people who share my birthday …

William Blake, English Poet, Painter and Engraver, born 1757
Manolo Blahnik, shoemaker (tee hee), born 1942
Anna Nicole Smith, nutcase, born 1967

You may not notice but the bottom border on the left hand page is actually a pocket for a tag titled "World events on this day ..."). This is what I found interesting on this day ...

World Events on this day …

1582 – William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married
1948 – the first Polaroid Camera, invented by Dr Edwin Land, was sold
1987 – An SAA Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean, killing all 159 people on board
1994 – Jeffrey Dahmer, convicted serial killer, was clubbed to death in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate

Hope you enjoy my story ...



Sophia said...

Beautiful LO Tracy and wonderful journaling...

jacqui said...

Lovely layout!!!! Love the papers!

Michelle Ramsay said...

Stunning layout and journalling - very interesting.

Desire Fourie said...

Beautiful layout with a lovely baby feel to it. Love all the inter-active features. Your research are very interesting and your mom's story of how you came to be is very special. I agree with you, what the heck do they mean with 'well-built'. A women is always 'well-built', don't they know this? Thanks Tracy for sharing your big day of entering the world. Feel like I know you inside-out now. Very curious about BOM No.5. Thanks for affording all of us BOM-ers the opportunity to get to know each other on such a personal level.