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Four years ago this morning was the most important time of Gillian's and my lives. That's when we welcomed Alethea Olivia Cenedella into the world -- a little girl with a big Italian name, henceforth known as ALLIE-O ...

She arrived on this earth with a big heart and a big will to live.

She was a big strong baby, but she was born with her lungs full of meconium and had to be rushed across the hall away from us so that an emergency natal team could try to clear her airway. We didn't even know if Gillian had given birth to a boy or a girl. I ran over and couldn't hardly make out our baby's little body through all the doctors and nurses, who were busy intubating her and pumping out her lungs.

I finally just called out: "Is it a boy or a girl?" "IT'S A GIRL," one of the nurses yelled back as they continued wortking on her. I went and told Gillian, but I put on a smile and did not tell her just how bad things looked over there.

Soon they had her in a little plastic NICU bubble with a tube down her mouth and they were leading her away to the NICU. We were terrified.

The doctors wouldn't let Gillian go meet her baby for hours, partly because Gillian had gotten a fever during labor and they were afraid the slightest germs could get Allie really sick. They finally let ME go meet her like 5 hours later -- it still breaks my heart to think of her down there in the glare of the NICU with machines hooked up to her and wires and tubes...

When I arrived I reached my hand in to her little plastic bubble and she grabbed my pinky with total strength. She opened her eyes and looked at me... I saw everyone in my whole family and Gillian's too in that tiny, fragile little face...

One of the NICU doctors who had worked on her said to me then that they hadn't been sure she'd make it. But she said Allie was really strong and brave and she really wanted to make it.

Finally Gillian got to meet her soon after that, and even though it took a couple days to get her out of the NICU and back home where she belonged, she has been nothing but an amazing kid. And her favorite Allman Brothers songs are Soulshine, Blue Sky, and Jessica. (She'll get into the blues later... we all do! LOL)

{{{{ HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY ALLIE-O! }}}}

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Back where it all began... Allie at 1 and a half yrs old

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Riding on the Wonder Wheel at Coney Isl;and with TheDaddyMan and her Mama Gigi

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This Christmas at home.

[Edited on 1/31/2007 by ThePeteMan]

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 10:55 AM
What a wonderful story. God bless your family.

And Happy Birthday ALLIE-O...

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 10:56 AM
Happy Birthday Allie-O!

Beautiful story Pete. Had a similar experience myself. I know how that feels. Glad it all came to a very happy ending. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful young lady.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 10:57 AM
Man, kids are great! Every day is such a treat. I hope Allie-O rocks the house today.

Good man, Pete. Good man.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 11:04 AM
Absolutely Beautiful. You have a wonderful, loving set of parents Allie-O. Great story Pete.


Happy Birthday Allie-O!!!!

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 11:05 AM
What a beautiful little (but not for long) girl you have Pete! Happy birthday to her. I have an Ally-Mo who just turned 21. Girl children rock the daddies worlds (once they pass through the teens). When does she get to do her first Beacon show?

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 11:10 AM
From one January baby to another...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLIE-O!!!! Have yourself a wonderful day!!

Pete, she's adorable. I know you're proud of her. And I know the feeling!! See you in NYC.

 

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What a beautiful little (but not for long) girl you have Pete! Happy birthday to her. I have an Ally-Mo who just turned 21. Girl children rock the daddies worlds (once they pass through the teens). When does she get to do her first Beacon show?


Hey Alan! I'm not sure about the Beacon, but I intend to take her to a shed this summer, maybe PNC Bank... we could sit up on the grass, have a picnic, then catch the Brothers. I think she'll love it.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 11:16 AM
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When I arrived I reached my hand in to her little plastic bubble and she grabbed my pinky with total strength. She opened her eyes and looked at me... I saw everyone in my whole family and Gillian's too in that tiny, fragile little face...


oh pete that is about one of the most beautiful things i think i've ever read here. thanks brotha!

Happy Birthday Allie-O!

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 11:17 AM
happy birthday to a very sweet child...........

 

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When I arrived I reached my hand in to her little plastic bubble and she grabbed my pinky with total strength. She opened her eyes and looked at me... I saw everyone in my whole family and Gillian's too in that tiny, fragile little face...
Pete, this brought tears to my eyes. Thanks so much for sharing the entire story and the pix. Allie-o is beautiful!!!

Happy Birthday, Allie-o!!! Enjoy life and remain forever young!

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 12:22 PM
She's a sweetie Petey ! Happy Birthday to your dear daughter Allie-O . !

 

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She's a sweetie Petey ! Happy Birthday to your dear daughter Allie-O . !


She's one of the better reasons that I found to go through all that stuff you've been worrying about... IMHO.

[Edited on 1/31/2007 by ThePeteMan]

 

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My eyes are moist.Glad you all got through that difficult start.Four is a great age.I've loved my daughter and all the different things that come with different ages,but 4-6 just seemed to be extra magical times.

Shea Stadium in 1st picture?

She's beautiful,Pete.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLIE-O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Just adorable !!! Happy Birthday Allie - O !!!!!
 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 01:09 PM
She's precious!! Happy birthday Miss Allie-O!!

 

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Happy Birthday Allie - O !!!!!

From way down South in Dixie !!!

 

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Happy B-Day!

 

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And remember to thank your wife.


 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 01:18 PM
It's Allie's bithday Pete, but the gift is all yours! Happy birthday to Allie-O!

 

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happy birthday..

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 05:20 PM
Wonderful story Pete...God Bless Allie-O...

...and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

 

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