I don't remember hearing anything behind me, but for some reason I just knew she was there. I turned around and saw my beautiful little girl walk in the door. She was dressed in a pink bunny outfit with little red sandals. Her hair was fixed in several little braids and ponytails. Her forehead had a huge bandage on it (and stitches) from a recent fall. She had a sucker in her mouth. And her eyes were fixed on mine:) I took one step towards her and she walked across the room right into my open arms. No kidding. She accepted the baby doll I had in my arms and sat down on my lap. I remember being afraid to move too fast for fear of scaring her away. I fought back tears with everything in me. I was finally holding my baby girl. Mom was snapping pictures, but I wasn't even aware of it. Haylie had made her way in there and was immediately at my side to meet her sister she had wanted for so long.
I can't even begin to put into words what it felt like to finally have her in my arms. I could compare it to when Ryker and Haylie were born and the doctor placed them on my chest. Seeing my child for the very first time in person:)
Our Hannie has been a little ray of sunshine in our lives. She literally walked right into my arms and never looked back. Hannah accepted everyone in the family with open arms, and is happiest when she is being held. She is a total snuggle bunny:) As I have talked about before, Hannah was incredibly delayed when she came home. She was described to us by her caregivers as "unable to learn" "deaf and dumb" (no kidding that was a quote...grrrr). Well folks, I have some news for ya. Hannie didn't get the memo. Someone must have forgotten to tell my little girl that she's "unable to learn" because she has been learning and playing catch-up for the past 12 months. Stubborn she is......OHHHHH the stubbornness. She would much rather just go through life without using her sign-language and still get everything she wants, lol;) She understands everything we sign but we still have to encourage her to sign herself. It's coming though. She has come SUCH a long way and learned so much. She loves most food, baths, Monsters Inc, ipad, phones, playing outside, swimming, being tickled, being held upside down, playdough, books, and swinging. She hates cheese, hairbows (but wears them anyway, lol), getting her hands dirty, sleeping, being told "no", and Mama leaving. She is absolutely amazing:) I am positive that I will never know how I deserve to be her Mama......but I am so thankful that I am. She is a beautiful blessing to us. So today we celebrate her very first Gotcha Day Hannah-versary:) Here are some of my favs from her first year home:
Here are the photos taken today for her Gotcha Day!!
Happy Hannah-versary to my sweet baby girl:):)