Sunday, 03 August 2008

BOM Challenge #3

Wow, I have completed the next challenge in the Book of Me Challenge over at Tracy's and it is not too late for you to enter. For this challenge it had to be about the day we were born.

I really had fun doing this and I think it got my mom thinking too about how she was feeling etc. on that day back in 1962.
Here is my layout:

The journalling on the left page reads:
“On Friday 15 June 1962 at 08h00, Michelle Frances entered this world”
said proud and happy parents, Lu and Laura Engler.

Birth weight: 7lbs (3.18kg) Length: 20inches (53 cm) Hair colour: brown
Head circumference: 13½inches (33.2cm) Eyes: blue then turned green

My mom had a good pregnancy and carried me mostly in the front. She was often complimented on how good she looked whilst pregnant with me. My dad took her to “Mother’s Hospital” in Greyville on the evening of 14 June 1962 and she was in labour for 10 hours before I was born the next morning. My mom had a natural birth, I was born on my due date and did not have any Jaundice. As soon as my dad had been told that I was born, he came to the hospital and once he saw that my mom and I were okay, expressed his joy at my birth. At birth I looked a lot like my dad’s mom “Granny Engler” but as I got older there were strong resemblances of my mom when she was a little girl. My mom told me that when she was a little girl she loved looking after other people’s babies and helping to dress and feed them and when I was born, she was so excited that she now had her own baby to look after. I was a very easy baby and slept through from 6pm – 6am from 7 weeks. I hardly ever cried and could be left in my pram or cot for ages and my “Granny Farquharson’s” friends often used to comment to my mom on what a good baby I was. I was always a very healthy and dainty baby. When I got my teeth they came through very easily with no vomiting, crying or upset stomachs. My mom told me that when I was 3¾ months she came to take me out of my cot and I had a tooth! I was breastfed for 9 months whereafter I decided I didn’t want to be breastfed anymore and my mom taught me to drink from a cup.
The journalling on the right hand page reads:
On this day …


In the Gregorian calendar, the 15 June is the 166th day of the year (167th in a leap year)

South Africa passed a bill setting the death penalty for many crimes

Buddy Nobles ran a world record marathon in a time of 2h14:28

The Israeli premier, David Ben-Gurian resigned

WWUP TV channel 10 in Saut Ste Marie, MI (CBS) started broadcasting

The Beatles did their 2nd BBC performance, performing “Ask me why”, “Besame Mucho” and “A picture of you”

China had a brief conflict with India over a disputed Himalaya border

In Lincoln, 3 people were killed and 50 injured when a train from Kings Cross to Edinburgh derailed.

These are the tags:

My discharge card


The things new moms needed to take to hospital

One of the congratulations cards my mom and dad received


Another card

A few more cards

Two telegrams

I really had fun looking up the information to see what happened on that day back in 1962 and I hope my mom enjoyed giving me the information I needed - thanks mom.

Happy challenger signing off ...

3 comments:

Sophia said...

Your LO looks great, well done.

Desire Fourie said...

A fantastic layout. All the cards and documents from the 60's, gives it quite a nostalgic feel. Love the interesting research you did of what happened in the world on your birth date.

The fact that you were such an easy baby has definitely carried through into your adult life where I have come to know you as a no fuss person, easy going who gets along with anyone.

Thanks for sharing this special day with us in such an interesting way.

Cathy said...

Michelle you are so lucky to have your baby records from the hospital... such a treasured memory. Nicely scrapped to for your future generations to see. Maybe I will sign up for Tracy's challenge.. Just not sure when I will get to scrap though.

Thanks too for visiting my blog... feeling much better now on day 3 after my fall.. just have a horrid bruise on my knee.