A Short Story: Happy Birthday To My Little Souvenir

Two birthdays this week has got me crazy busy getting things just right for my little girls. After six years, I still can’t believe I have 2 kids with birthdays that are only three days apart.  And to think my doctor wanted my little souvenir to be born on March 7th. Was he insane?  We have a daughter who’s birthday falls on March 7th so choosing our baby’s birthday was not easy.

You may be asking why would we choose our daughter’s birthday? Well since I had major complications with my first child and almost major complications (doctor almost prepped me for an emergency c-section) with my second, our doctor thought having a schedule c-section would be a better decision.  And so we chose March 10th to be our bundle of joy’s birthday.

It started in Puerto Rico (2004), where my husband and I had our ten year anniversary “honeymoon.”  It was our anniversary gift to ourselves and my first time on a plane! We stood a week in Puerto Rico enjoying the sights, the food and the beautiful weather. I also had an opportunity to visit my godmother for the first time in YEARS.  The vacation was perfect.  It was worth every penny.

Fast forward 2 months and I started to feel ill.  My husband thought it was something that I ate but I thought otherwise.  I knew my body and since I did have 2 children before, I had a gut feeling that I was pregnant.  I took a pregnancy test the very next day and there it was, the plus sign.  I should have been happy, right? Wrong.  I was upset. I cried because I was not ready for another baby. We had bills and we just couldn’t afford another child. Also, I thought about my pregnancies with my other two and I couldn’t fathom the thought of going through the same thing.  On the other hand, my husband was ecstatic.  He hugged me so tight and told me everything would work out just fine.  I was in denial, as usual.  I think about the situation we’re in at that very moment – my husband, he thinks ahead.

The day of my scheduled c-section started at 6am.  We arrived at the hospital at 7 am to register and prep for the big procedure. I was nervous on the big day but I was glad I didn’t have to go through excruciating pain to have my baby.  The prep time went relatively fast. At 9:15, our little souvenir was born.

After she was born, my doctor went ahead and did a tubal ligation because I was DONE!  I always said my body is NOT a baby-making machine. My kids destroyed my belly but if you ask me if I were to do it all over again? Yes, I would…in a second! Now that’s true love.

A collage of mi familia.

Throughout her first few years, she was an easy going child with tantrums here and there.  She is the youngest so she’s a bit spoiled.  Today she is six and full of mischievous and lots of energy to spare.  She is one tough cookie and won’t let anyone get in her way of getting what she wants.  She’s a true diva in disguise of a little person.  Sometimes I say she’s little but she acts like she’s 16 years old but don’t let her size fool ya.  She’s a total sweetheart tho’. She’s very lovable; loves to give hugs and kisses at any given moment. She completes our family well.

I am so blessed and happy that we took a trip to Puerto Rico because she is the BEST souvenir anyone could ever ask for.

Happy birthday baby. Mama is proud of you!


  1. Happy birthday to both of your little girls this week! 🙂

  2. Happy Birthday to sweet little V! XO

  3. Aww, I love the story and love the first picture of the second row. They look so happy to have a new baby sister…

    • Thanks C. They were really happy. Now she’s a pain in the butt to them but what little sibling isn’t? Enjoy your weekend!

  4. What a great story. Your daughter will love hearing how she was conceived 🙂

  5. That IS the best souvenir ever! Wow! What a sweet, sweet story of how your last blessing came into being. The photos are just lovely. Your family is beautiful, Lisa!

    On a totally unrelated note, I’ll be in Disney next week (but not for Social Media Moms). Hopefully I’ll see you and some of the other bloggers I haven’t met yet.

    • That’s awesome!! Did you take a look at the schedule? I would love to meet you at Disney. And thanks for the wonderful comment 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  6. Happy Birthday to your little souvenir! Great story chica! And I’ll say it again, how do you have kids! You look like a Teenager!!!! Lo digo con mucho carino.

    Un abrazo,

  7. I m glad to see someone telling the true. Not every time when a woman gets pregnante she s all smiles and marshmallows.

    My mother confessed to me that she tried to get rid of me by drinking a TEA ( she mixed all sorts of weird plants in there). When she was about to drink the deadly liquid, she couldn t stand the smell of it and eventually gave up.

    With that beeing said, I totally understand your reaction and I m proud of your sincerity

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