Part 1: I thought for the first Month of Monday Memories I'd go back to the Birthdays of my children. Each day as unique as my children. My oldest Marissa, is now 12, but I remember as if it were yesterday. I had just gone for my checkup and the doctor had said not to expect any surprises this weekend, my daughter wasn't anywhere near ready to come out!! It being Valentine's weekend, my husband and I teased what if she came early and was born on Valentine's Day!! She was due March 3, so we still had two weeks to go! My baby shower went fine, except I started having contractions and everyone kept telling me the baby was dropping. That night my 3 yr old nephew, as children do with such innocence asked me, "Can the baby come out and play?" That night I had contractions and couldn't sleep. It's now Valentine's Day, and around after lunch my husband asked me if after he gets back from the gym, what movie we were going to see, and where we were going for dinner? I told him, "I think it's time TO GO!" Off we went. By now it's around rush hour traffic in So. Cal. and I wasn't about to have my baby in traffic!! We got to the hospital around 4:30 and my daughter was born at 5:45. It's truly amazing how they come when they WANT!!