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On The Day You Were Born (Plus The Daily Portrait Giveaway)

I’m not the type of person to remember dates & specifics. I don’t count down to my birthday. I don’t make a big deal of our anniversary. And, I barely remember the day each of my girls were born.

I can tell you about every moment from waking that morning to holding my new baby girl in my arms. I can tell you how it felt to welcome each one into our family. I can tell you all about the myriad of emotions that went through me that day.

With Stacia, I mostly remember the day before, as she was born at 2am. Her birth day was a blur of exhaustion & visitors.

I remember feeling overwhelmed—both with all the love surrounding us & the idea that I was now responsible for this tiny person. I remember the serenity of of my time alone with her. I also remember the crushing loneliness that night, when the staff took her to the nursery (huge thanks to my lactation consultant who immediately brought her back & stopped that idea in its tracks).

Brenia was planned, scheduled and arrived exactly as expected—she’s still pretty much like that, actually. I remember the shock of realizing I could love 2 little people just as much. I remember the pride in watching her big sister welcome her to the family. I remember, again, the serenity of those ‘just the two of us’ moments. I remember hoping I could find a way to maintain that now & then, when life is full of the four of us.

Lorelai arrived a little earlier than we anticipated—fast, furious & ready to take on the world. Which pretty much describes whatever she does. I remember everything about the morning I realized I would meet her. I remember the sheer joy of growing our family once more. I remember the frustration & tears when she was kept away from me, for tests & treatments. And, I remember thinking there was nothing this child couldn’t conquer.

I just can’t tell you anything about the day it happened.

Will they want to know, someday? Will they ask if it was rainy or sunny? Will they wish I knew more about the rest of the world? Will they want to know what people outside our new family experienced that day? Will they wonder how their mother could be so completely isolated or unaware?

I’ve tried to compensate with their time capsules—collecting little mementos & highlights of their first year, to be opened when they’re adults—but Milson Road has a way to remember every detail about their special date. The Daily Portrait is a custom-designed piece of art with details about what happened outside your bubble on the day they were born.

Create personalized, ‘on this day in history’ prints to commemorate any special day—birthdays, weddings, graduations and anything else you wish to celebrate. I think it is a brilliant gift for new babies or newlyweds. Each portrait includes a custom frame, mat, engraved plate and free shipping. And, Milson Road wants someone to win one now!

Simply leave a comment here, and tell me how you remember the day you became a mom. You can earn additional entries by:

  • Subscribing to our site by email or RSS
  • Following Daily Portrait and Miscellaneous Mom on Twitter
  • Writing about this giveaway (blog, forum, public Facebook note (feel free to like us while you’re there!)
  • Tweeting about this giveaway: Win a @DailyPortrait from @MiscMom ($165 value)! http://bit.ly/brUGZQ

For your extra entries to be counted, be sure to leave an additional comment directing us to your entry. Only one additional entry per method (i.e. While multiple tweets are appreciated it, only one will count as a drawing entry.) The contest runs until 10/7 at 11:59pm est. One winner will be notified by email on 10/8 and receive a coupon code for a free Daily Portrait. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.


I was provided with a free Daily Portrait, through Mom Select, to facilitate this post, but the opinion is 100% real.

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Article by justheather

Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at Inexpensively.com and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at JustHeather.com. justheather tagged this post with: , , Read 94 articles by

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18 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lauren says:

    well, I’m not a mom yet…I’d love this for my OWN mom though. I think just celebrating your child’s life is a beautiful way to celebrate that day.

  2. Lauren says:

    i follow you both on twitter: shootingstarmag

  3. Sara says:

    How cool is this? I saved the local paper and the USA Today, but The Daily Paper would be a real glimpse into the world.

  4. Carrie says:

    How do I remember? It’s mostly through pictures. I have pictures of my son when he was a newborn on my computer screensaver. What sweet memories! I’m hoping to do a scrapbook with some of his baby pictures one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I remember the day I became a mom whenever I look at my husband. We decided not to find out the gender and he was the one who told me we had a little girl. I will never forget the look on his face.

  6. Kim says:

    I became a mom just four months ago so I definitely remember it! We hadn’t found out what we were having and learning I had a girl was so special. ๐Ÿ™‚
    contestkim25@gmail.com

  7. Kim says:

    I follow you and Daily Portrait on Twitter! @contestkim25
    contestkim25@gmail.com

  8. Kim says:

    I follow you in my google reader
    contestkim25@gmail.com

  9. Amber Porter says:

    I remember it being really cold but I was happy!
    skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

  10. Amber Porter says:

    subscribed in google reader plus feed
    skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

  11. Amber Porter says:

    follow dailyportrait and you on twitter
    skipthelaundry

  12. tina reynolds says:

    I remember being scared too death it was the july 3rd and my water broke and my son was born 5 1/2 weeks early I remember my doctor was going to a 4th of july party. I also have lots of photos and the paper

  13. tina reynolds says:

    i subscribe

  14. tina reynolds says:

    I follow both on twitter @mrstinareynolds

  15. Jennifer Barr says:

    I still remember the childbirth pain…that’s for sure. lol
    We have lots of pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    chevybelair1 at juno dot com

  16. Rebekah Hiskey says:

    I just became a mom 12 weeks and 6 days ago, so I remember it quite well! I had a really hard pregnancy, and a very long labor…but when I saw my son for the first time, all of that faded away. I was in awe of him, that he had come out of me and that he was MINE. Even now, I can remember how hard it was, but I can’t remember how labor or anything FELT. This is a gift from God, if you ask me. It was hard, but I would do it all over again for Landon. Any day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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