Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Halle!

Halle was due November 17, my mother-in-law's birthday. At 30 weeks gestation I started feeling really strange. I suffered from severe cases of vertigo. After seeing several doctors they decided it was blood pressure related and sent me to bed. I was on bed rest for 10 weeks. Half of the time I lived at my mom's and the other half she spent at my place. I gained 55 pounds.

My doctor told me to call the hospital on Nov. 14 and see if I could come in to be induced. I was SO ready to have the baby. I called and they said, "There's no room at the Inn. You can't come in today, we're too full. Try again tomorrow." about tears. I didn't care if there wasn't "room at the inn", I was having that baby the next day or else. Lucky for all the hospital staff there was room and I delivered Halle around 8pm on the 15th.

Halle was stuck and the dr. tried to use the vacuum thing, but Halle had too much hair and it kept slipping off. So he ended up having to use forceps. Her shoulders caught, but eventually we got her out. There was meconium in the water so they quickly showed her to me and then whisked her away to suction her out and make sure she didn't swallow or inhale anything. She was perfectly healthy and weighed in at 8 lbs. 6 oz., nice and chunky.

Over the months her growth just tapered off until she was a teeny tiny 4th percentile one year old. She was the cutest little thing ever. And what made her even more cute, was her big spit fire personality inside her tiny little body. This girl has always been able to hold her own. She walked at 10 months after showing no signs of even wanting to. One day I just glanced over and there she was toddling across the room. She's been going strong ever since.

And now my tiny firecracker is 8 years old! She's still on the tiny side but her big personality hasn't changed a bit. Halle is such a creative spirit and enjoys all things crafty. She's particular about how she likes things done and can't rest until its to her specifications. She LOVES babies, any baby, and would kiss on and hug them all day if the other mommies would let her. She's also limber as a rubber band. (Something she did NOT inherit from me.) She can whip out the splits like nobody's business. Halle is all about having fun. If is isn't fun, it isn't worth her time. (Something I'm afraid she did inherit from me.)

I love my little Halle Loo. Our family would not be complete without her. Along with that firecracker personality she is the sweetest most sincere child you will ever meet. Happy Birthday baby, hope it is a wonderful 8th year!


Wendy said...

What a sweet girl. I hope she has a wonderful birthday!

Nichole said...

AWWWW! what a great mom! happy birthday Halle~~you picked a great party theme I'm going to totally copy you for my birthday...

Anonymous said...

OOOooohhh, sweet, sweet baby. Where does the time go? I like how you ended with a picture of her with her hands full of chocolate. LOL

becky ward said...

that was so fun to read. happy birthday to halle! how can you not love her!?

Miki said...

OH, I always feel such a kinship with this girl, although I must admit, she holds her own on being able to do the splits like nobody's business. Man, some girls' "got it" and some girls don't (that's me being the "don't" thank you very much). You go girl! I can't wait to see her use that talent on the cheerleading floor someday, that is, if she's still into that by then.

Happy Birthday Halle. Your earrings look great, and I love your bubbly personality. Fun doesn't fall far from the tree it seems, and you're going to have a lot of fun with that little personality of yours. I'll be watching from a distance, and cheering you on in my heart (with no splits however....oooch, you can do those).

Jennifer P. said...

I remember her that tiny! And how STUBBORN she was as a baby :) (and how she routinely beat the snot out of Ethan!--ha!ha!)

What a beautiful, smart, funny young lady she's grown into!

Happy again Halle!