Hello there, from inside the Hamrick family cocoon. We are loving our time off, focused on getting to know our precious gift from God.
I have spent very little time online and it’s been nice to have no responsibility outside these four walls, however, our family is beginning to think forward to our real life in Texas.
I am writing a very detailed journal of our 1st week that I will share later but I wanted to give a quick update of our past week (and one day).
Friday 22 January – Mama was induced due to high blood pressure. The good thing was, during her labor her blood pressure went back down to normal, meaning it wasn’t preeclampsia. For mama’s sake, I am very thankful! That meant there was no need to rush Anna out any faster than a normal induction.
Saturday 23 January – 7:08 am, Anna was born. We met our daughter for the first time at 9:39 am and took her to our own hospital room to meet the brubs and Nana and Papa at 10:08 am.
Sunday 24 January – Anna was released and we came home to our Portsmouth house, reunited at last!
Monday 25 January – Daddy and the bigs went to a skate park and Parker, Anna, and I went on a walk around the neighborhood along the water’s edge. (The place we rented is on the water.)
Tuesday 26 January – Anna had her first well-baby visit. She had only lost one ounce since we left the hospital! Doing great!
Wednesday 27 January – Anna got her first at-home bath! We videoed! Anna had her newborn photo shoot with a phenomenal photographer! I will be promoting this lady soon! I hope her business in this area grows. It’s so hard for a Military Wife to establish her business at each duty station.
Thursday 28 January – We stayed home and snuggled until our visit with the mama. This, for me, was one of the hardest days… I was nervous and sad. I hurt. I cried. And I was the one receiving the gift. Please, my friends, pray for this young lady who has blessed our family immensely.
Friday 29 January – This was the day that the mother officially signed papers in the presence of a judge saying that we are going to be Anna’s family. Lots of feelings and emotions, and I’ll write about them sometime, but let me say that it was about two hours later that it hit me: that she was OURS! That she had officially benergy entrusted to us. That the mama had made it official and that we were Anna’s forever parents. Again, my heart breaks at the exact same time that it rejoices!
30 January – Matt took two boys shopping (some of our kids love to shop as much as he does) and I kept two here. Anna and I went on a 4.5 mile walk and then we went on our first official date! Carrabbas was our destination… but then we discovered an 80 minute wait so we redirected to Cook Out! BBQ sandwiches and Peanut Butter Milkshakes! Our next stop was Barnes and Noble… it wasn’t what we had in mind for our date, but we were together. Daddy and his girls!
31 January – today. We’re heading to Richmond to meet with Michelle and Riley. Matt was Michelle’s youth pastor many moons ago and now she’s a mama! Can’t wait to get together!
Anna is perfect in every way! Thanks for your prayers and the love you’ve shown us as we’ve grown our family in this super special way.