July 4, 1976 was your first holiday but I am saving this place for Christmas.
[Page Title: “My First Holidays”]
You were 8 months old and you were in awe. On the 27th you got the croop and bronchitis and spent 11 days in the hospital.
Gifts: Raggedy Ann, dress and leotards [tights], two squeeky toys, and a teddy bear (at the hospital).
Santa was played by Butch’s brother Bill.
Mom also wrote about Christmas Eve in the baby diary:
December 24, 1976: Just got back from Gramma Dobbins. Took a picture of your dad and his girl got real mad. Gean got you a Raggedy Ann.
Later – Everyone was fussing over you saying how cute you are. Bonnie got you a little dress and leotards and she got Grannie [Memaw] and Mom a juice set. It was after midnight when you went to sleep so I’m tired. I was going to watch “The Blue Bird,” a Shirley Temple movie, but you have really worn me out.
I love you, good night.
In addition to all this, I’d just like to mention that the plastic Santa suit with the beard made of quilt batting is so trés 70’s. Way to go, Uncle Bill! 🙂