Happy birthday, Allison

Today is a historic day:  It’s my daughter Allison’s 30th birthday. Also George Washington’s. This means that I am the mother of a 30-year-old.  And yet I’m so young.

I’ve been on the road for nearly a week to attend the Education Writers Association conference in New York, then a family wedding in Florida and now hospital visiting in Baltimore, where my stepdaughter faces surgery tomorrow — and possibly the premature birth of her daughter, who’s 30 weeks along.

Allison wasn’t premature, but she was very, very sick at birth and spent two weeks in the intensive care nursery.  Those early days when the doctors thought she wasn’t going to survive were hell. Allison turned out to be a very strong person.

I hope my stepdaughter and her husband don’t have to go through that. But they’ll cope with what comes.

Update:  The surgery is over and the baby remains inside! Take your time, kiddo.

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  1. Happy birthday, Allison. And, congratulations to Joanne. 🙂

  2. Northof49th says:

    Cangratulations to bothof you. Sounds like strength and tenacity are in the genes. Positive vibes and best wishes to the whole extended family. Please update us in due course.

  3. tim-10-ber says:

    Happy Birthday to Allison! Joanne, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Joanne,

    Thanks for sharing your news and your daughter’s birthday! Happy 30th! A momentous time…

    I hope and pray that the little one and your step-daughter do very well. I wish the very best to you and your family.

  5. I’m glad the surgery is over and things went well.

  6. Here’s hoping for continuing good news on the surgery/baby front.