So I have REALLY done a bad job with keeping Hannah’s blog updated. My last post was after Hannah’s finalization and here we are 2 days shy of the 2 year anniversary of her finalization.
So much has happened over the past 2 years. Hannah had a great first birthday that was all pink and gold down to a princess crown and tutu. I was able to get some great photos of her at the park and at home for a cake smash session. Shortly after she turned 1 she got her tonsils and adenoids taken out due to her obstructive sleep apnea. Starting in January 2018 we were working on Hannah taking all of her formula by bottle to get her off of the feeding tube. She had to go 3 months without taking anything by feeding tube and her tube was taken out in June. Her stoma never closed up so they ended up closing it when she had another surgery for sleep apnea. In October 2018 Hannah got really sick and spent 2 week at Vanderbilt. She had a small bowel obstruction but they tried to see if it would go away on it’s own for a week and then they finally went in for surgery and it was determined that surgery was the only way to repair the blockage. I’ve got to tell you this Mama was not a happy camper that her baby had to suffer all of those days being so miserable when they should have done surgery days sooner. When they went in for surgery they repair an umbilical hernia that she had. Since then Hannah has been fairly happy and healthy. Now she is running all over the place and definitely keeping us on our toes. We have added swimming lessons to her already busy therapy schedule and she seems to be taking to the water very well.
I think that is a pretty big recap of everything in the grand scheme of things. I’m going to try to start posting regularly again. Follow us on instagram @nothingdownabouthannah for the most updated information on what Hannah is up to.
A day we thought would never get here finally arrived. After a little over 8 months Hannah is forever ours. As happy as we are about this day we also take a step back and think about our wonderful birth mom, with this being the last step in the process and potentially being a sad day for her.
During the finalization process we were joined by both of the Grandmas, Allen’s Grandma, and our friend Erin. Everyone was shedding tears of happiness. The judge said all adoptions are special, but ours is even more special because of adopting a child with special needs. He said he commended us on doing this and how he felt us adopting Hannah was definitely in her best interest. He said he sees so many bad things each day in court and usually leaves taking that with him, but not today he said, it would be a happy day for him.
We finished the day celebrating with some of our closest friends and family at a local burger restaurant where we rented out the top floor. We are so truly blessed to have so much love and support during this entire process and the love and acceptance everyone has for Hannah.
This day would not have been possible without the help of a great non-profit the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network. We will never be able to thank them enough for their help in making us a family of 3.
I have been a little bit of a slacker with doing an update with all of the GREAT things going on right now.
Towards the end of April Hannah had a swallow study done and did great. We were told we could start with tastes of baby food and after one day of tastes she was ready to really eat. She didn’t do the best at first with taking bites, but in less than a month she is eating a least 2oz of baby food a day and is getting better with the process and coordination required for eating. So far we have tried sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, bananas, apples, green beans and peaches. She absolutely DOES NOT like peaches for some reason. Everything else she will eat, though I think sweet potatoes are her favorite at the moment. Right before taking her first bite, she looked very excited.
She is progressing so well with Early Intervention and Physical Therapy. They say each week how she is doing great and seems to be so much stronger than the week before. She has gotten to where she really loves to stand, supported of course. Her rainforest jumper and her exersaucer are two of her favorite things to do and are helping to really strengthen her legs. Her rolling over is getting better, but that is the biggest thing really holding her back to being right there with where typical children are at her age. We know those delays will increase as she continues to age, but we look at this as a positive in our book that she is doing so well and is so high functioning.
Here are a few videos of her at therapy or playing/working at home:
Trying bananas part 1
Trying bananas part 2
PT on 4/17
Today we celebrated our first Easter as a family of three. We didn’t do anything from the Easter Bunny since Hannah is only 7 months old, though the Amazon fairy frequents our house. Maybe next year we will do a small basket for her. We definitely want to do the cute Easter stuff but also want her to know the true meaning of Easter, that Christ died for us then rose from the grave.
We started the morning going to church, where we got to show Hannah off to a few people that had not yet met her. We’ve had so many prayer warriors for our adoption and for her health for the past 6 months. My Mom, aka Zma, bought Hannah a beautiful smocked dress that she wore to church today.
After church we went to see Great Grandma, who enjoys spending as much time with Hannah as possible. She had a little bunny and a cute card for her. We surprised her later with some Easter prints so she can show off Hannah at the doctor, pharmacy, hair dresser, and wherever else she goes and talks about our little cutie.
We came home and changed from our dress clothes and enjoyed a little bit of family time just the three of us. We went over to Grandma’s where Hannah got snuggles from her Great Granny, Aunt, and cousins. The amount of love they show her is oh so sweet. Great Granny made her a beautiful blanket that was hand stocked and her cousin made her a bunny. We watched the older grandkids hunt for eggs. It’s always a fun time getting all of this part of Allen’s family together.
We took some photos of Hannah on my professional camera and has them printed for all of the Grandmas. Hannah’s Easter Pics
We tried taking a family photo after church, but Hannah wasn’t having it.
After we got home from seeing family at Grandma’s Hannah and I got some snuggles in where she did some Tummy Time on me.
We hope everyone had a great Easter!
Allen and I met for the first time at a Nashville Sounds game, so they’ve played a very special place in our hearts. We bought game worn jerseys at a charity auction for our engagement photos and a game worn jersey for the guest book at our wedding. My wedding gift to Allen was season tickets. We even took pictures on the field for our adoption announcement, so the Sounds are a pretty big deal to us and we plan to share that same love for baseball with Hannah.
Tuesday, April 11th was the first home opener, so of course we had to take Hannah to the game. Little did we know the weather would not be on our side. The gates opened and the rain seemed to be gone, oh were we wrong. Hannah was decked out in her baseball outfit, looking cute as ever, so she definitely was getting lots of attention. We were even asked to do an interview with one of our local news stations to talk about our excitement for the game and us being super fans. The rain started again and after an hour and a half delay we decided to go home. We may have missed the actual game, but there will be plenty more opportunities to take Hannah to games this season and show her off.
She definitely was not feeling taking a family photo.