Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Stormed


Two years ago today a storm devastated Louisiana and Mississippi. Rain sheeted down the windows of my hospital room located several states away.

My nurses asked me if the henna covering my belly was a real tattoo as they hooked me up to a pitocin drip.


Waiting for my contractions to build, I watched reporters brave mighty winds
to deliver news of the hurricane. (Wind so mighty!)

I remember thinking,


"Surely we don't need eye-witness storm coverage badly enough to risk broadcasting Mr. Reports-So-Much getting knocked in the head by the roof of the Motel Six."

AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW I WAS IN SOME POWERFUL BAD PAIN!!!!

And then there were, like, some rilly, rilly, rilly good drugs.

And it was allllll gooooood...

And a BABY popped out!

And that baby was a girl!

And, as Velveteen Mind put it, I delivered a little storm of my own.



Happy 2nd Birthday, Rooster!




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The Gulf Coast still needs help.

Since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, volunteers from all over the country have been working hard in Biloxi, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana to help the community pick up and start again.

Since the storm, volunteers have cleared, secured and rebuilt homes, delivered medical aid and essential supplies, removed trees, and even posted temporary street signs. Hands On Gulf Coast and Hands On New Orleans continue the recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Follow the links to find out how you can support their efforts through financial contributions or by traveling to either location to volunteer.



109 comments:

Marmite Breath said...

Happy Happy Happy Birthday Rooster!!

xoxoxox

PS) Jess, great picture of you under the influence.

SciFi Dad said...

Happy Birthday Rooster Girl! May your storm continue to rock your parents' world for years to come.

painted maypole said...

Happy Birthday Rooster.

Thanks for the links to help N.O. and the gulf coast. I wrote a love letter to my current home, New Orleans, over at my blog today.

liv said...

Happy Birthday, Roo! You are a gorgeous girl with luxurious locks!

This year I'm thankful that NO is on the rise. Thanks for keeping the attention where it should be.

Mimi aka pz5wjj said...

Happy Birthday Rooster! Now in the terrible twos for sure!

Lori at Spinning Yellow said...

Cute picture of Rooster Girl, but the one of you is better. When Jane was born a week before her scheduled delivery (planned c-section), my sister laughed and said, oh this is just the beginning of her messing with your plans. She was born with a mind of her own as all little girls should be!

Happy Birthday, welcome to the adorable twos!

Omaha Mama said...

I cried through all of the morning news shows this morning (I'm home sick) and realized what good people there are in the world. I was most amazed by how the stories revolved around progress instead of finger pointing. It was a refreshing change. Great post. Great pic of your girl.

Happy b-day to the rooster and happy birth-a-versary to you!!!

slouching mom said...

Oh, Rooster, happy birthday, sweet girl!

That child is you all over again. I am blown away by her resemblance to you.

Cute pictures of you. I think I like the laboring one best.

Suz said...

What great pictures! Happy birthday Rooster!!

slouching mom said...

PS Amen to your words about Katrina. People forget so easily.

Megan/ Velveteen Mind said...

Happy Birthday, Rooster Girl!

I'm putting together my Katrina post this morning and was planning on linking to the Red Cross, as they were tremendously helpful in Mississippi. I will absolutely add your links, as well. The volunteers are still here on the MS Gulf Coast and continue to amaze me. Every day.

Kyla said...

Happy birthday, Rooster girl!


I love the boa photo. You're all "Haaaay!" ;)

JamesMommy said...

Happy birthday, Lil' Miss Roo!

Thanks for the support of the Gulf Coast. My folks like in AL and got some of it but were really very lucky.

And thanks again for the reminder of the very-cool belly art story. If I'm lucky enough to have a #2, I may steal K's idea. That man simply rocks.

acumamakiki said...

Happy Birthday to your rooster girl, she's so cute. So is the boa photo.

Not The Mama said...

Happy birthday, Rooster!

Thanks for the reminder of all that is still going on in regards to Katrina relief and rebuilding.

We recently saw and IMAX at Fernbank (not sure if it's still showing) about the destruction of the wetlands and how it contributed to Katrina. It was both fascinating and terrifying.

NotSoSage said...

The Perfect Storm, it looks like.

Happy Birthday to you and Rooster.

I'm glad that there's something good to remember from that day.

WILLIAM said...

Happy Mother's day to you.

Jenn said...

I, too, was holding a very tiny and newborn baby in those days of Katrina.

And still I sob at what I remember, babies being handed into helicopters from the arms of their mothers, the suffering, the amazement that here, in America, this was happening.

Thanks for the reminder and the call to help. We could all use it, couldn't we?

And Happy Birthday to Rooster.

And also, seriously, you were way too cute in that picture. One of those pregnant people that you just want to smack for looking so great while carrying another. Smack in a good way, ya know?

Christina said...

Happy birthday Rooster! Continue to be a good storm!

DD said...

Happy Birthday to lil Rooster.

I have told several people about the henna art and I am so going to do that if I can get that lucky.

Taste Like Crazy said...

#1 That was an awesome henna tattoo!
#2 I. LOVE. THAT. PICTURE. OF. ROOSTER!

furiousBall said...

What a pretty girl, great picture.

My cousin and her family had a home in Bay St. Louis, MS which was absolutely klobbered by Katrina. They lost their home and everything. They live in Nevada now, not as many hurricanes there I hear.

JoeinVegas said...

OH, I saw the story was starting to talk about big winds and thought you were going in a different direction.
Anyway, Happy Birthday Rooster!!

wordgirl said...

It's a sweet time to be a Rooster Girl! Have a happy day!

Jennifer said...

She is a dolly! Happy Birthday, Rooster!

I wrote about Katrina today, too. I'm so disappointed in our government. But so proud, proud of our people. The links you provided are exactly why: people. care.

Where is the henna belly picture?!

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

Happy Birthday Roo!

Great post Jess!

corgimom said...

Happiest 2nd birthday Rooster Girlie!

Hetha said...

I remember holding and nursing my newborn boy while watching the Katrina coverage and wondering how I could feel such happiness and sadness all at the same time.

Happy Birthday beautiful Roo Girl!

megachick said...

happy birthday to roo,
happy birthday to roo,
happy birthday dear rooster,
happy birthday to roo.

Biddy said...

happy birthday, Roo! we virgo's gotta stick together ;-)

Above Average Joe said...

Happy Birthday, Rooster.The Champ was born 5 days after 9/11. I was sitting in that delivery room watching CNN asking myself, "What kind of hell did my son just enter?"

slackermommy said...

Happy Birthday Rooster!

JayJenny said...

Happy Birthday to The Rooster!

Cat, Galloping said...

happy birthday rooster!

QT said...

Happy Birthday to the Rooster!

The cover of the New Yorker this week has some haunting art called "Katrina: 2 Years Later - Adrift".

My name is Rima. said...

Ilgiausiu metu, Rooster! (that's happy birthday in Lithuanian.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Great photos and Happy Birthday Rooster! Cockadoodledoo!

I can't even hear the name Katrina without being filled with such sadness over those long days two years ago. So, so sad.

Rusti said...

Bon anniversaire Rooster!! (Just wanted to be a little different. I took a lot from my 2 years of French in highschool combined with 2 years in college... almost all I can say fluently is "happy birthday" and "I don't know" - fantastic!) :)

Catizhere said...

Happy Birthday Rooster!

Ally said...

I'm in love with your photoshop skillz.

Happy birthday to your little hurricane girl.

mothergoosemouse said...

I'm still astounded that you managed to sit still long enough for that tattoo. It's incredible!

Happy birthday to Roo, congratulations to you, and peace to the people of the Gulf Coast.

carrie said...

First --

HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY to The Rooster (the little, beautiful hurricane)!

Second --

I know. Brett volunteered in Baton Rouge immediately following the hurricane so we've kept the area particularily close to our hearts since. I was watching the Nightly News on NBC last night where they were reporting from some of the locations from 2 years ago, and it is so sad. You can't believe we live in a country that has done SO LITTLE to help in such a long amount of time.

I could go on and on, but I won't.

Thank you for making it through your hard day to bring that little ray of sunshine into our world. And thank you for the important links.

~JJ! said...

You both have the same face!!!!

Happy Happy Birthday Roo...You gorgeous thing you.

Tabba said...

Happy Birthday Rooster!!!

Thanks for reminding us that there is still much to be done there....I'm going to check out those links.

flutter said...

Happy birthday little girl~!

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

Happy birthday, Rooster!!! I loved the pics of your belly, that is so cool. (And incredibly wonderful that your husband arranged all that!)

Also, thanks for remembering the folks still suffering in the wake of Katrina. It's a worthy cause.

jen said...

happy birthday rooster girl. and her mom and dad and brother too.

and yes, always...you keep your eyes on the light.

Lawyer Mama said...

Happy Birthday, ROOSTER!!

Love the drunk OTJ picture. Fabulous!

And thank you for reminding people about NOLA.

Jackie said...

Happy, happy birthday little Roo!

motherbumper said...

Happy happy happy birthday Rooster Girl!

I remember watching the Katrina story unfold while I sat in my home, sweaty and 8mths preggers. Thank you for keeping such an important story alive.

Amy York said...

Happy Birthday, Rooster!
Great pics, btw :)

Rachel said...

Happy Birthday to the Rooster. And thanks for keeping Katrina on the agenda.

There's a beautiful article on the front page of the Times Picayune (www.nola.com) today about all the people who helped in one way or another. So many! If anything good has come out of this tragedy, it's the spirit of volunteerism.

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

Love this post. Roo is FREAKING CUTENESS IN A BOTTLE. Your should seriously market her.

And also, Painted Maypole and Ambassador have some really nice posts up from the heart of NOLA.

Amy said...

Happy birthday, Rooster!

ali said...

happy, happy birthday miss rooster!

Mrs. Chicky said...

Happy Birthday Rooster!

Does this make her the perfect storm?

Sue at nobaddays said...

And I forgot to add that I have a similarly drugged out picture of myself: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveandsue/878687384/in/set-72157600967409192/

moosh in indy. said...

Happy BIRTHDAY ROO.
I have a coconut cake for you, from scratch and everything.
We'll eat it for you since you're kinda far away.
Keep giving your mom hell. That's how we like our two year olds.

Little Nut Tree said...

Happy Birthday Roo x so weird but I remember exactly what I was doing this time 2 years ago..!

I'm a Mom!..? said...

I can't believe it's been 2 years - so many people still recovering!

Happy Birthday to the little one.

Shauna Loves Chocolate said...

Happy Birthday, Rooster!

Wonderful tribute you did to the Gulf coast...

Mrs. Schmitty said...

Happy Birthday Little One!

Katrina said...

Happy b-day Rooster!

Imagine being named "Katrina," having in-laws that hate you and them having to hear "Katrina" ohhhh a million times these past 2 years. Makes me giggle a little. heeheehee

shuey6 said...

And did you name her Katrina???

Happy Bday dear Roo, happy Bday to yooooooou!!!

pinks & blues girls said...

You look waaay too calm in that first picture. Are you sure there were no drugs involved in the making of that photo?

Jane, P&B Girls

jakelliesmom said...

Happy birthday, little Roo.

jeanie said...

Man, doesn't that Rooster look like Mum!!!

Gorgeous - and always a way to remember the anniversary now.

Happy birthday - and happy daughter-mother anniversary to you!

Craze said...

Happy Birthday Rooster!

Gotta love good drugs!

Oprah is doing a show on the devestation in NO.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

HAPPY #2! I am astounded by how alike you look in those two photos! Holy cow! Too cute. (p.s. I looked back at the Henna belly of yours...OH MY GOSH! that was amazing!)

Lisa Milton said...

Happy birthday Ms. Rooster. You are a doll - lucky mama, lucky girl.

Mandy said...

Happy 2nd birthday, Rooster!!!! She's such a cutie!

Paige said...

Yay, Roo!

See you Saturday am.

In the meantime, thank you so much for reminding your readers not to forget one of America's greatest, most culturally rich cities. There is so much to do there yet...so much to do...

Mamalicious said...

Happy Birthday Roo! God loves a girl who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to demand it!

kristen said...

Happy Birthday! Love the post--and the pics!

KC said...

Yay Rooster! Thank God for pregnancy drugs, that's all I can say. I mean, the numbing kind.

Attila The Mom said...

Awww, happy birthday to the little one!

Pgoodness said...

Happy Birthday, Rooster!!

NoMommy said...

Happy Birthday, Rooster!

I love the way you tied the two events together, Jess.

Major Bedhead said...

Happy Birthday, Rooster!!

That's a great picture of her - it looks like she's hanging on to the sides of the frame, trying to bust out.

Serina Hope said...

I hope that Rooster girl had an awesome birthday. Two years ago I was 7 months pregnant with Princess H when Katrina came through. We lost power for two weeks. I have never been so hot in my life. Thank you so much for encouraging people to help out. I know that my state, Mississippi, and Louisiana have a long way to go before recovery is over.

Irshlas said...

Thanks for showing Biloxi some love. It was my hometown. I lost everything. It's nice to know someone still remembers. I couldn't bring myself to write much about it today. It's like picking a scab off of a wound. But thanks, for remembering it's not just another day to some of us.

And happy b-day to the Rooster.

PunditMom said...

Happy B-day to the Rooster Girl! And thanks for pointing us to those sites. PunditGirl has been very focused on the storms and asked me the other day whether Katrina or recent Hurricane Dean was worse. "What if they both were storms together?" she asked.

Oh, I thought, let's not even think about that.

Also, BTW -- can I get some of the "meds" you were on in the party hat pic! ;)

Damselfly said...

Glad to hear something wonderful happened on a day that seemed so dark. Happy birthday, Roo!

Damselfly said...

PS Did you really wear that getup in the hospital?! :0

Jen M. said...

Happy birthday, Rooster. And something is in the air with Katrina - I know it's been two years. I wrote about it, too. It's amazing how massive the work ahead still is to rebuild the communities that were destroyed.

allrileyedup said...

that was awesome of you to put up this post, and a great picture.

Shannon said...

Happy Birthday to Rooster!

And great reminder to all of us that the rebuilding efforts are still ongoing.

urban-urchin said...

Awww happy birthday little girl. And that picture of you in the tiara- priceless.

Catherine said...

Happy Birthday Rooster!

I went into the hospital on 8/31 to have a baby. At that time the levies hadn't broken, or maybe the city wasn't yet flooded out. We thought our baby's middle name would be Katrina, since husband's family is from AL and hurricanes and all that. And then. And then the rain stopped. And I watched CNN for 20 hours a day for three days straight. It was heart breaking. Still is.

GHD said...

Happy Second birthday, Rooster!

What a cutie... just like her mama. I love the tiara and boa :-)

Loralee Choate said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

And as one mother who seemed to think it would be a great idea to have ALL her kids in the death-grip of summer, my condolences on having the last trimester at the tail end of the summer!

Nancy said...

LOVE the henna tat.

Such an adorable photo of the Birthday Girl!

Rock the Cradle said...

The boa. LOVE it.

A very happy birthday, my dears, for both of you!

Bon said...

happy late birthday to your beautiful little storm.

mamatulip said...

Happy Birthday Rooster!!

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday, Roo!

Love the photos.

About those reporters in hurricanes -- a reporter friend of mine called in the midst of one in Florida (forget which one now) and asked whether I thought she should get in a Humvee with the photographer to ride out what was at the time predicted to be a Category 5 storm. I told her that insanity wasn't typically contagious and I knew her to a perfectly sane person and -- are you FREAKING kidding me?!

A Humvee?

Get thee back to the Motel 6. Gah!

ewe are here said...

Happy Birthday, gorgeous Rooster!



And it's appalling how long the recovery effort is taking post-Katrina. Appalling.

April Sims A & E said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

mcewen said...

Yes there's been a lot on the radio about the anniversary. Didn't mention yours though.
Best wishes and many happy returns of the day

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday Rooster!! Hooray for 2! ;) Have fun OTJ, it only gets better from here. :D

Lotta said...

Wow what a birth legacy the Rooster had. I just read a Star magazine until it was time to push out Gracie.

EE said...

Ah...Happy Birthday, Rooster!!!!

blooming desertpea said...

Oh noooo, I'm late for the party - as usual, duh! Anyway, happy birthday rooster. Which reminds me - I was in labor with my son on Lady Diana's funeral - it was to cry for, in the very sense of the word ... lol

Hey, you have a great sense of humor, love it!

Annie said...

Belated Happy Birthday to the Rooster!

If she's anything like my own two year old daughter - you can count on plenty of storms ahead - and it's great :) (most of the time!)

WhatWorksForMom said...

Little Storm is so adorable. And she is so lucky (as are you as her hairdresser) to have such awesome hair!

And the henna? You are one hip chic.

Kevin Charnas said...

Sending that little cutie-pie some awesome "Happy Birthday" wishes!!

cinnamon gurl said...

Happy Birthday Roo! (Do you sing "Like a Hurricane" to her?)

kittenpie said...

Wow, that belly was FANTASTIC!
Of course, not nearly as fantastic as that little girl...

Staci Schoff said...

Oh she's precious!