How I Spent My 24th Birthday

I spent the first hours of my birthday at work in the hospital. My coworkers might have forgotten about it but I don’t mind. I don’t really like the attention and besides, we already celebrated it along with other September celebrants days ago. Anyways, that shift was fun! It was full of laughter over some midnight snacks. We talked until 2 am until a patient arrived.

It was 3:35 am when I was monitoring a soon to be first time mom who’s in labor. Few hours from now, a baby’s gonna come to this world the same day I did: September 30th. Sometimes it feels weird knowing there are millions of people sharing the same birthday as yours. And I always wonder if we’re kind of the same in a way in terms of personalities like horoscope tells us. The baby was born at 7:07 am and it was a boy! I have seen several mothers give birth to babies but witnessing a baby born on the same day that you were born is quite something. It feels special.

It was just another day in the life of a wallflower. I got home, ate breakfast and went to sleep for a few hours since I haven’t slept at all last night. I woke up and I saw my mom with a cake in her hand and some food. I felt so happy knowing she made effort to celebrate it even if it means that she has to go back to her office right away. I ate lunch alone on my birthday. It’s kind of sad in a way cuz years ago, most of my cousins are still here so we would celebrate it together. Now that they’re away in different countries, nostalgia just hits me and it makes me miss them more.

I grabbed my phone and there were tons of heartfelt messages from my cousins, my friends, co-workers, and friends I met on the online world. It was overwhelming. This is what I love about social media. Even if they’re not really here, it feels like they’re here. I didn’t feel so alone anymore.

The rain was pouring so hard and I could never asked for a better birthday. Just the way I’d like to spend it. Cuddled in my blanket, with the rain as my lullaby, I went to sleep again before I woke up and had dinner with my family. More food, cake and a cup of ice cream!

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    Lou Castaneda
    October 1, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I wish I could also do the same, to witness moms giving birth to babies on the same day I was born. Just by knowing the thought that you actually witnessed one is kind of really special. Reading this whole post makes me want to hug you! Celebrating birthdays is not really about the parties and stuff, but it’s always about how you spend it with your loved ones and how you face another year of blessing and gratitude. Happy Happy Birthday, Alissa! Be thankful and enjoy being 24 ๐Ÿ™‚ *Hugs*
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      Alissa
      October 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      I am thankful and I did enjoy my birthday! We had a mini party at work before my actual birthday so it’s all good and I’d rather spend it low key with my family.

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    Kris
    October 1, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Happy Birthday Alyssa! ๐Ÿ™‚
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      Alissa
      October 1, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks Kris!

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    Jae
    October 1, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Wishing you a very happy birthday again, Alissa! Well, I didn’t know it was your birthday until I was prompted by Google Calendar, I think? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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      Alissa
      October 1, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks Jae! ๐Ÿ™‚ and wow I didn’t know google does that

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    Ally
    October 1, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Happy belated birthday! Your birthday sounds like it was a dream! Rainy weather is the best, especially when you don’t have to go anywhere.

    -Ally
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      Alissa
      October 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      It sure is! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a nice low key birthday

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    Shayne
    October 2, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Wow! What an amazing experience that must have been. I like having low key birthdays, but I’m with you. I do miss how they were when I was younger and family was close. Belated happy birthday, Alissa! ๐Ÿ™‚
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      Alissa
      October 3, 2015 at 12:23 am

      Thanks Shayne! ๐Ÿ™‚ I like it lowkey but I just miss my cousins. :/

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    monette
    October 2, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Oooh, you work in L&D. I’m used to seeing moms giving birth too (back in my nursing school days lol) but have no idea how it feels when it’s the same day as your birthday. Happy Birthday btw! =)
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      Alissa
      October 2, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      Yes, I work in labor and delivery unit. Ooh! Didn’t know you were a nurse or maybe I might just have forgotten lol. It feels surreal like when I saw the baby, I was like, “hey there buddy, we have the same birthday!” ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Ochi
    October 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Happy belated birthday, hun! You know what, sometimes I wonder about the same thing because I’d like to think I’m unique but then I get tired from all the thinking so I just tell myself I really am unique! Lol.
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      Alissa
      October 2, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      Thank you! And yeah, we all are unique but it’s weird knowing many people share the same birthdays lol

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    Rae
    October 3, 2015 at 6:29 am

    I am sorry to hear that a lot of your birthday was spent alone, but if all the messages on your phone are any indication, you are definitely loved and appreciated by those close to you! Happy belated birthday!

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      Alissa
      October 3, 2015 at 9:41 am

      No need to be sorry. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a fun birthday and I’d rather spend it just the way I did. Thank you!

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    Janine
    October 3, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I don’t know how it feels to witness a mother giving birth, but I do know how it feels to give birth! And it’s more special and the most amazing feeling you’ll ever feel in your life! Ahhh. Anyway, I wish I was able to spend my birthday just cuddled in my blanket too but I guess that won’t happen now since I already have Zayn to cuddle with. HAHA.

    Anyways… belated happy birthday Ali! I’m happy that you get to spend your day just the way you wanted it. ๐Ÿ™‚ More birthdays to come! <3
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      Alissa
      October 3, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Janine! It must’ve felt very fulfilling when you finally see Zayn after hours of labor. I don’t know what it feels like but based from many moms I’ve seen, it was very painful but it was all worth it at the end.

      And you’re right. I spent my birthday just the way I wanted it.

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