Monday, February 28, 2011

Her BIRTHday...

A year ago tomorrow we left our house at 5:30 in the morning to head on over to Women's Hospital. We stopped by Steak and Shake so that Matt could get a coffee, it was the only place open that early. I had a scheduled induction one week before my due date...this baby was going to be big they told us. We shuffled our way into the waiting area and checked in. I remember this part being very different than last time, guess it was because it was so early, there was only one other couple there.

Once we got settled in our room, all the vitals checked, the glorious outfit adorned for the day, the nurses went to putting my IV in. Wowzers, my veins roll or something, seriously it took 3 nurses and about 4 tries before they finally found a vein that would cooperate. They got the Pitocin rolling and the day began. I must say that I had very high expectations that this birth day would be different than the first one I participated in. Ollie's was long, too long, about 28 hours to be exact and I was a nervous wreck. So about month 5 of this pregnancy I started to think, dream, pray and believe that this day would be different. I wanted music, magazines, texting, emailing...etc.

The morning kind of dragged on the Pit was working my contractions were coming pretty regular, my pain tolerance was much higher this time around. But I wasn't dilating any more than I was at 6:00 when we arrived. So we walked up and down the halls, did "couchy/ doorsies" as Matt called them, walked from the couch to the door. Then I guess about 1:00 right after my family, Matt included decided to eat a delicious gormet (Elizabeth's Pizza) lunch in the room right in front of me. I do think I snagged a chip or doc decided it was time to break my water. I was a bit scared about this because with Ollie the next 30 minutes before my epidural came was some of the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. So I knew pain was coming.

But this time it was different...not too much pain, in fact I think I went about 2 and half hours, contractions increasing but still not progressing. I texted with friends Matt updated the blog, I read Real Simple. We discussed the mere possibility that we maybe just maybe could be having a girl baby...threw out a few names (we didn't know remember) and then I decided I was ready for the epidural. The needle man came in and got me set up. At first it felt like sweet relief, but as the next few hours passed I realized that the pain was increasing and not decreasing. I felt nothing in one leg or side of my body and then much, much more on the other side. I guess it only took on one side. My dr had said we'd have a baby by dinner...I kept wondering what time she ate.

Fortunately pain and all the epidural helped me progress and fast! I remember Matt was on the phone with his brother about 5:20 pm and he said oh I think we'll probably have a baby by 8 or so...wishful thinking, he might have added. I on the other hand felt much pressure in the area that needed pressure to be felt and growled something to Matt like, we're gonna be pushing this baby out by 6 o'clock!

Sure enough they checked me a little before 6 and I was fully dilated! We did a couple of practice pushes and I remember the look on the nurses face like I might be delivering this baby if your doc doesn't hurry up and get back to the hospital. So about 6:05 or so my doc rolled in put on all her gear. And 4 short contractions later...a girl! A sweet baby girl.
Sarah Claire Hannam entered the world at 6:15 pm, weighing 8 lbs and 8 ounces. I shook with adrenalin for about 2 hours. A girl...a sweet baby girl! A sweet birth day. And the rest as we say is blogging history.
Sarah Claire Hannam...we love you oh so much! Happy 1st Birthday sweet baby girl!

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and to give you a hope and a future." Jer. 29:11

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Crafty shots...

More pics...

Tie Dye Birthday Bash!

Words cannot describe how much fun we had yesterday at Ollie and Sarah Claire's big ole birthday bash! Since their bdays are 4 days apart we decided to celebrate them at the same time. Super Duper props to my Sister in Love aka big Sarah for taking all these delicious photos of the big day. She is a rock star.

We tie dyed was crafty and fun...the teacher in me kicked into full gear and had it pretty organized. Thanks to the Hannam family proper for being the tie dye crew! We had a light lunch and lots of chocolate cake! Can't believe my Super O is 4 and my sweet SC will officially be one in 2 days!

Friday, February 25, 2011


One, two, three, FOUR...
Oliver Clayton Hannam, I am not sure that we could love you any more!

You bring us joy and laughter and fun and an oh so sweet love for life!
You'll always be our baby, Olls! We love you so much!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Slipped away...part 2

I got the priviledge of spending about 24 hours with these lovely ladies from my small group this past weekend. We hit the road to Seagrove, NC and then ended up at one of my ultimate favorite B and B's the Blair House.
Thank you Sammie for showing off our guest quarters. We relaxed for a while in the afternoon before heading to the big ole town of Albermarle for a Sushi/ Thai dinner. It was excellent! We stopped back by the Food Lion for some after dinner treats and then the PJ party began!
One of the best parts of the Blair House is that every room is a suite, so we hung out in this room till wee hours of the morning watching Pride and Prejudice and enjoying the gas logs and reading every magazine we had brought and borrowed from downstairs...just b/c we could. So fun to get to know these ladies should head on down to the Blair House, sadly the innkeeper/owner said this might be their last year open due to rough economy these days! So thankful to get to slip away.
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First class party...

This was the smile I got from Sarah Claire on Valentine's Day when I came to assist her teachers in their party. Of course she wore her V-day onesie!
Look at all those cuties dressed in red. Addison and Sophia are twins, Henry (the 7th, seriously,) Kyle, Braedon, Grace all had a grand time eating iced cookies, cheese cubes and cheese puffs. Most of them having sugar for the first time. Ahem, our daughter on the other hand was a pro at this.
By far the class fave was the cheese puffs! Its been so fun to see these little tikes turn into toddlers so far this year. Can't believe this little girl will be ONE in 8 short days!
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the circus...

We headed to the circus at the coliseum the night before Valentine's day with some friends. Sorry these pics aren't the best. Overall, all the Hannam's had a great time. SC danced and danced and really seemed to enjoy the show. Ollie liked it as well he just kept asking for the seals...sorry pal, no seals this time.
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Slipped away...

Wowzers, I've been MIA on the blogging scene. Life just goes fast around here, we work hard and play hard in between so rarely do I get a moment to sit and type. But tonight...I am! A few weeks ago my parents came up to keep the kids for us so we could run away together for a weekend. It was much needed and so much fun...and oh so relaxing. We headed away to Galax, VA to Fiddler's Roost cabins..again. We went there about a year ago right before SC was due to make her grand appearance. These cabins are super and very reasonable.

It's amazing to spend un-interrupted time with your sweetie...these moments are few and far between lately. I highly recommend a weekend away with the one you love!
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentines...eve!

Here are the rest of the pics of the Heart day sweetie...promise to post pics of Ollie soon!

Happy Valentine's Day!

"And these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE." 1 Cor. 13:13
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Monday, February 7, 2011


A valentine's smile and her brother's Thomas toothbrush, gotta have a prop...or a distraction if you will!

Speaking of teeth, her 8th tooth popped through last week and her 1 year molar in the back is making its way to the surface as well, fun times!

Speaking of ears...little SC was diagnosed with her 5th ear infection this weekend which has deemed us a trip to the ENT in a few weeks. We were hoping we could make it through the winter without needing ear tubes...we shall see what the dr has to say. Oh the joys!

Speaking of speaking...this girl can say hi and hey and wave bye bye...excited to see what words we will hear in the next little while.

Speaking of eating...SC will devour almost anything you put in front of very different from her brother! She even likes olives!
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy February!

It's the month of love people! My mom sent this uber cute onsie for Sarah Claire for Valentines day...we had a "photo shoot" in the yard this weekend. There were so many adorable photos of this little lovey. I can't wait to share them all. February is a big month...the countdown is on to Feb. 25 when the Ollister turns 4, then only 4 short days later his little sis turns...1 year old. Whew, so hard to believe! Ps..yes that is a ladder...not to many good props in our back yard.
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