The Book of Me, Written by You ~ Prompt 2 ~ Your Birth

I am participating in Julie Goucher's activity:

Do you have any baby photos?
Where were you born?
Who was present at your birth?
What day was it? Time?
Did you have hair? Eye colour
Are you a twin?


I was born in Oakland, California at Samuel Merritt Hospital. The hospital was on the corner of Hawthorne Ave. and Webster Street. It is now known as Alta Bates Medical Center.

I venture to think my mother the Dr. and nurses were the only ones present in the room during delivery. My father may or may not have been at the hospital depending if he was working or not. His occupation at the time was a plastic's laborer. If my father didn’t take my mother to the hospital I do not know who took her. Maybe her mother, or even a taxi is possible I suppose.

I was born at 8:21a.m. on a Friday morning and I am a Virgo. My birthstone is sapphire, which I have always loved, especially with diamonds.

Photo from personal collection of Cheryl Palmer, Ca. 2013

I was born with some brown hair, but not much. I would venture to say I was born with blue eyes and they are blue to this day. I do not know what my size was at birth, but I was probably about average or maybe even small. After I was a couple of months old I became a bit chubby. I know this from pictures I have. 

Unfortunately, I can not ask my parents specific questions because they are no longer alive. It seems to me I may have seen my actual dimensions before, but if so I do not have that information scanned as of yet. If and when I run across that information I will add it here.

I have half a dozen or so pictures of myself when I was a few months old, one of which I have shared here. Of course pictures were black and white in those days.

I was the first child and was not a twin. There are twins in my family however, my father had twin brothers and twin sisters!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

 Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved


  1. Ooh a Virgo...that would mean you are organised yes? I do like Virgos - they are a pleasure to be around - a very calming influence. I like your blog header too - great design.

  2. Oh, how I wish I were organized! I try to be Alex, but there is too much I always want to do! Someday maybe you will have the chance to be around me, then you can tell me if I have that calming affect or not, I would be interested to know! Thank you for the comment about my blog header. I just went to Sweden and actually saw this area for the first time. I will be blogging about my trip.


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