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Timothy Edward Cole

February 9, 2000 Timothy Edward Cole arrives!

9 lb 6 oz, 22.5 inches long, 7:47PM
A Week and a Half Overdue

June 2002 at 2 Years and almost 5 Months Old

"I make a mess!"

Good thing Grandma and Grandpa had the digital camera, because Mom lost her camera to the budding shutterbug almost immediately

Timmy with Grandma

Grandma points out the bunnies

Riding the antique tractor with Mom supervising

January 2002 at almost 2 Years Old

with dad and kevin
3 Generations of Schraith Men


All pictures from September 2000 that used to be here

All pictures from April and May 2000 that used to be here


Before I was a Mom,
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a Mom,
I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was Mom
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or
forgot words to lullabies.

Before I was a Mom
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on
pooped on
spit on
chewed on
peed on
or pinched by tiny fingers

Before I was a Mom
I had complete control of my mind
my thoughts
and my body
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a Mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth
the joy
the love
the heartache
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much...
before I was a Mom.

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