Hannah-The Name Says it All

It’s been a long time since I have written in my blog. Sometimes life just takes over, and I feel almost like I am just hanging out in the water, and then the waves come and just toss me all about.
Last year, I wrote about Katelyns story. And I said Hannah’s story was for another time. Well since her birthday was last week, I think this is the perfect time.
After we had Katelyn, we knew we didn’t want to wait too long to have another. I have a twin brother, but we have a sister that is six years older than us. Patrick, my husband, has a sister that is 8 years older than him. We wanted our kids to be closer together. But with it taking so long to have Katelyn, we weren’t sure when to start. Like I said in another blog, Katelyn was a great baby. She was very laid back. She would sit in front of the tv at 6 months old, and watch Backyardigans. So that really helped our decision along.
At Katelyn’s first birthday party, I pulled my best friend aside and told her we we going to start trying for baby #2. We knew it could possibly happen quick, but really thought it would take awhile. Katelyn’s birthday is in March, and by May, we knew we were pregnant.
We were so excited. And at that point I knew God had a sense of humor. As we started telling people, the response was mixed. People were shocked but happy. And we got a lot of, “So soon?”
I remember people who didn’t know me that well would ask things like, ” What are you going to do?” What did that mean? I’m pretty sure I was not the first person to have kids almost two years apart. And I will admit I was a little nieve and just thought it was no big deal.
I had a fairly easy pregnancy with both girls. So Jan. 7th, I went in to have Hannah. Just like Katelyn, she was two days overdue. Two of the hardest things were being away from Katelyn and then the spinal headache. There is no other headache that compares to a headache due to the epidural. They had trouble with my epidural due to a curve in my spine. I had Hannah on a Wed., and had a headache from that Wed., until Sunday. A never ending, horrible headache.
As I was being discharged from the hospital on that Friday, I remember the doctor told me to go home and lay as flat as possible as much as I could for the headache. I laughed out loud. I had a newborn and 21 month old. Was he serious?
Well I quickly learned my girls were vastly different. Hannah cried a lot. She had acid reflux and colic. So from afternoon to night, she cried. She was probably 4-6 months old before I got to sit through an entire night service at church. I found myself more times than not, in the nursery, just my two kids and I. I’m not going to lie. Having two in diapers, and two so young was tough at times. But at the same time I loved it. I knew no difference and just did it.
Hannah has taught me so much. And every day her and Katelyn show me time and time again how different they are.
They have switched roles somewhat. Hannah is now more like me, laid back, go with the flow kind of person. She’s like her daddy in that she can make quick decisions and stick to them. It amazes me in their differences, but also just when you think you have them figured out, they change.
Hannah turned five last week. I still can’t believe my baby is 5. Some days, I feel like she should still be in an infant carrier. Or as a toddler running away from me at Wal-Mart and having to be caught by employees.
Hannah makes me laugh every single day. She is so funny and doesn’t mean to be. She gives the best hugs, and that smile of hers gets her out of a lot of trouble. She is brutally honest at times. I cringe when I hear her speak to people at times, because I don’t know what’s coming out of her mouth. When she’s sick or in trouble, she wants her mama, but she’s a true daddy’s girl. Her favorite thing to do is cuddle with him or sit in the floor and play. At 5, she still doesn’t really have an attention span for tv very long. She loves music, and loves to sing. While Katelyn is a dramatic girly girl, Hannah is fine with jeans, t-shirt and ponytail. She’s left handed and sucks her right thumb. She’s very sneaky. She’s boy crazy. She has two nicknames, Monkey and Hannah bug. I call her monkey and it fits her perfectly.
There is never a way to truly describe my girls in a paragraph or two. They, along with my hubby, are my blessings. On my worst days, I look at those little blonde headed girls faces, and all is right with the world. I am truly in awe that God chose me to be their mommy. It’s a big responsibility, but one I wouldn’t have any other way.
So this is a little about Hannah. This is not even what I meant to write. But oh well. My prayer is both my girls will grow up to love The Lord, have a servants heart, and to always seek Him.

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