Thursday, July 14, 2011

42 Weeks 3 Days

Although in many ways Hannah was a lifetime in the making, in reality she was created in 42 weeks and 3 days.
That's how long I was pregnant with her.

And today Hannah is 42 weeks and 3 days old.
So many things have changed since those first days in the hospital.

In 42 weeks and 3 days I made these cute little feet.  They were a little wrinkly and pretty long, but you have my second toe so you'll probably be able to pinch your siblings under the dinner table.  You're welcome.

Today, at 42 weeks and 3 days old you think it is hilarious when we sniff your feet and pretend they stink {sometimes we don't have to pretend - pee-U!}.  You know that it means it's bath time, and that is your favorite time of the day.  You have a collection of cute shoes but are quickly growing out of your size 4s.  Your feet stomp all over the house, trip over toys you lay strewn about and, funny enough, pet the dogs.  They are very active feet that seem to be growing by the minute and I can't help but wonder how hard it'll be for you to find cute shoes in your size when you're older.


In 42 weeks and 3 days I made your strong and healthy body.  
You weighed in at 9lbs 6oz and were 22 inches long.

At 42 weeks and 3 days old you are as strong and healthy as ever.  You weigh 20 lbs and are 30 inches tall. You're in the 97%+ for height and ~60% for weight.  You have outgrown most of your 6-9 month clothing because they're not long enough and are now wearing 9-12 month clothing.
You've surpassed everyone's expectations by rolling over - in both directions - at 10 weeks, crawling at 20 weeks, walking at 37 weeks and starting to run at 42 weeks.  
You've also lost the conehead you had when you were first born, which was quite impressive for a c-section baby...


Being born at 42 weeks and 3 days made you a great sleeper.
I remember wishing that you were awake more often because I wanted to get to know you and to see your beautiful eyes.  Shortly after I made that wish (around 8 weeks old) I kicked myself repeatedly as you started to have lots of issues with gas pains and your daddy was the only one that could rock you to sleep.  

At 42 weeks and 3 days old I'm happy to announce that you are now sleeping through the night.  It is amazing and it makes me love you even more.  (Probably because its hard to be in aww of the source of your sleep deprivation.  Not impossible, just hard.)  You usually go to sleep at 8pm and wake up at 6am.  Sometimes you still like your 3am feeding, but more often than not you start crying for 'ma ma ma ma ma' just as I'm gathering my bag to walk out the door.  We really are connected - you and I.


After waiting 42 weeks and 3 days we finally were able to look into your eyes, and we noticed that they were blue.  
Expecting them to be green like your fathers or hazel like mine, we kept waiting for them to change colors.

Now at 42 weeks and 3 days old your eyes are quite possibly your defining physical trait (right after "my goodness she's tall!").
They are a beautiful blue color that is just captivating and are framed with gorgeous long eye lashes.  Everyone comments on your eyes.  Everyone.  They really are very pretty.


After 42 weeks and 3 days, you let us know right off the bat that you were going to have some headstrong personality traits.
You knew what you wanted, and you wanted it right that second.

At 42 weeks and 3 days old, you aren't any different.  Except now you have enough core strength to arch your back and whine properly.  I think the 'terrible ten months' is going to be more your style.


At 42 weeks and 3 days I finally met you.

At 42 weeks and 3 days I was able to hold you.

At 42 weeks and 3 days we became a family.

And now, 42 weeks and 3 days later, I can't image my life without you.

You make every day fun,
You make every day an adventure,
and I can't wait to see what life has in store for you.
I love you, Hannah.


  1. I am not a crier Carla but this has me crying! So beautiful! You have captured the love story that is motherhood in this post. I must take the time to write something like this for Elise. Hannah is very blessed to have you as her mother. <3

  2. Seriously, who can read this post with dry eyes?!! Love you both!!

  3. Tears!!!!! This is so beautiful, Carla. You make me so excited to meet my baby girl... Blessings to you and your family.

  4. whoops, should have proofread! was supposed say "such a beautiful post"

  5. Carla you are so S-M-A-R-T! I love your posts! Way to make my heart melt...

  6. I just bawled my eyes out!!! Beautifully written for a beautiful little girl!!!

  7. Alright Carla.. no warning or anything? I'm at work crying my eyes out. I am so happy for you. I love wathing Hannah grow up. I love seeing how you fell into the mother roll as if it was all you were meant to be in life :)

  8. We love the Bubblelush's :)

  9. This was absolutely beautiful... I too am battling infertility...and am currently experiencing my 2nd loss. This gives me the hope, courage and strength to keep trying. Thank you. xoxo ~ Alli

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