23 years ago today “Just-in time!”

I gave birth to my very first baby….he was so little (7lb 15 oz) 21″ long. We were going to name him Paul Edward (his dad’s middle and grandpa’s middle name), but, when I saw him for the first time I knew that was not his name! He left the hospital with the name of Justin Michael – and his daddy agreed! Justin was one of the most special gifts I could have ever received. I remember when he was born, my cousin Michelle would say “he was born “Just-in time!” lol. He sure was, because I was in labor for that boy over 36 hours and still ended up in C-section! But, he was sure worth all that pain!

Justin was a joy (and still is!) to have. He was a happy baby – even when he would have his dad and I awake in the middle of the night – thinking it was time to play! I am so proud of my son and who he has become. He went through 4 years of university, obtained a degree in Computer Science with a Math minor, met the girl of his dreams his Sr. year of H.S. and recently married her!

I have a couple of memories I want to post here today…I’m not sure Justin will remember them, but I know some people will! Justin had a knit blanket and he loved the fuzziness of it. One of his favorite things to do was suck his thumb and hold that blanket under his nose. I remember my Aunt Marlene threatening to “charge” Justin for the cotton he would pull out of her box (she was a hairdresser) so he could rub it under his nose while sucking his thumb!

Another memory that involves a blanket! We talked about this just recently on my trip to my Aunt Ann’s house to buy my dress for Justin’s wedding! One year I went to visit my Aunt Ann and took the boys with me (and my mom). Justin was left with my uncle while us girls went out for a bit. When we got back we were told how Justin was running away from my uncle with his blanket dragging behind him through the yard! That must have been a sight and I sure wish I could have seen that one!

That is Poppa above with Justin in my very favorite photo of him and has been on my refrigerator for years. My dad and mom (Poppa & Momma) had a farm when Justin was little. He was scared to death to go in the barn because he was afraid of the cows poop hitting him. Poor little thing. LOL

So, for my boy, whom I love dearly and think of every single day, that I love to still get hugs and kisses from, I hope this birthday is your happiest as you start a new phase of your life with Kristina. I will leave you with one of my favorite photos of Justin & Kristina’s wedding day. It was one of the last photos taken and it is of them looking out at the sunset at the end of the day. To me, it signifies them looking out to their future. Happy Birthday Justin! XOXO


  1. Anonymous says

    How time flies… I can remember Justin and his blanket also. He was so cute and cuddly. I can remember Justin and Chris coming to Potsdam to visit tucked always in a blankie. Happy Birthday Justin! I wish you many sweet ones to come. Love, Amanda

  2. says

    Happy birthday to your baby!!! Funny, my first baby weighed exactly the same, however I was only at the hospital 20 minutes…. Yikes! 36 hours?!?! Justin sounds like a wonderful boy & I’m so happy you are blessed with him. It’s no surprise that he’s great given that you are such a loving mama.

    xoxox Amy

  3. Anonymous says

    Happy Birthday Justin! I am really starting to feel a bit on the old side! Lol! I remember the first time I saw you and your Dad was standing guard to be everyone washed their hands before we held you! Oh, I did decide that day that you did come “just in time”.
    Have a great day fella!



  4. says

    LOL, oh Michelle, the reminder of Dana making sure everyone washed their hands…what a protective daddy he was. He was only following thru with the “dr’s orders”. LOL That was funny!

  5. Nicole Jackson says

    This was such a special thought. It made me tear up. What a great tribute Shelby. Happy Birthday Justin! I will be sure to give your baby a call today too! :)

  6. says

    What a beautiful post for your son! Happy Birthday to him. That last photo made me a little teary–you summed it up beautifully.

  7. says

    I have tears in my eyes, what a great post. Thanks for the great series of pictures of how he has grown. The last picture really did me in. Happy belated Justin and your mom is a pretty awesome lady!

  8. Anonymous says

    HoneyB and Justin…….. Hope you had a great birthday. You were and are very sweet. I wish for you great blessings, just as you are to this family. Even though you did use up a lot of cotton. Hehehe Auntie

  9. Anonymous says

    Hi Justin and HoneyB…..Happy Birthday to you Justin and hope your life is blessed in every way. You were born right after my Gregory and you all are growing up so fast that it makes us Moms just a little sad that you don’t need us in the same way (but we will be there for you), no matter what. All my love to you Justin on your birthday and always, Love, Aunt Ann

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