Monday, June 20, 2011

Welcome Hannah Marie Brewer!

While many people in the ATL were heading (or getting ready to head) into work, Tammy and I were checking in at Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs. We were expecting a baby girl before lunch time.

Hannah enjoys her last few hours in Tammy's belly.

It's funny how nervous I used to get before each baby. While I was still a little on edge that nothing crazy happen during THE EXTRACTION, the rest of it felt routine. We strolled into the hospital together as if we were just there for a regular check-up. Then, we cracked jokes and killed time in a small room until Tammy's uncle showed up to give her epidural.

Tammy carries babies low and sideways and, as a result, usually receives a lot of comments from random strangers about how it looks like she's about to pop--or that she must have a really big baby. This time around even Tammy was starting to think she might have a larger than normal baby, and she was right. Enter Hannah Marie Brewer!

Hello, Hannah Marie!

The pretty little girl is also a chunky little girl. Since Tammy was getting a C-section, she had a blue screen up between herself and the rest of the room. As she told it to me: "I felt her pull out and then heard everyone say, 'Whoa!'"

We all said, "Whoa," because Hannah was 9 pounds and an ounce at 20 inches in length. Her cheeks were so chubby that aunts and grandmas were lining up throughout the hospital to pinch them (poor girl!).

Hannah's two oldest brothers (Ben and Jonah) are up in Ohio until mid-July, but they were able to check out pictures of their little sister on Facebook. Her other two Georgia brothers (Reese and Will) were able to visit the same day.

Reese and Will with baby sister. So careful.

Reese waited outside the nursery until Hannah was transported to our room. He said, "I'm not leaving until she does."

Will seemed to toggle between excitement and unease with Baby Hannah--until she made it back to the room and he saw how excited Reese was. Will is a little Reese shadow, so if Hannah's good for his brother, then she's good for him.

Two excited brothers!

Tammy's recovery has been great, and she's tough enough that she walked the floor three times on Friday. By August, she'll probably be doing crunches and kickboxing, because she rocks like that.

Tomorrow, we hit the pediatrician's office. He'll likely tell us she's a normal boring baby and to cut her fingernails. Tammy and I love our pediatrician (Dr. William Moneit). When we were considering moving last year, we both actually talked about how we would miss having him as a pediatrician.

Anyway, I'm getting off track.

Hannah Marie Brewer has officially joined our family, and she's been an absolute joy. She sleeps well, seems very laid back like her brother Will was, and is very, very cute! What a wonderful way to experience Father's Day weekend!


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Anonymous said...

Welcome, beautiful Hannah Marie! Thrilled for you all. Girls ROCK! :) Congratulations!

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Thanks, De!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! She's a beauty. :D

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Robert! What a lovely Father's Day gift indeed. All the best to your whole family!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! Congratulations and best wishes. She's beautiful.

~Amanda Hoving

Elizabeth Johnson said...

She's beautiful! Congrats to you all!

J. R. McLemore said...

Congratulations, Robert! She's a beautiful baby.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

She is gorgeous. Congratulations! Does she keep you up at night?

Glynn said...

Congratulations, Robert - what a beautiful baby!

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins said...

Congrats! So wonderful.

Devin Niall said...

Congratulations!! :D

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Thanks, everyone! We took Hannah to the pediatrician yesterday, and she's doing great. Plus, she seems to be taking after her big brother Will by sleeping a lot and not crying. Of course, this has us worried that when she's two she'll be running around the house with a bucket on her head and saying, "excuse me," each time she hits a wall.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Congrats to you and mom and welcome, Hannah Marie!

Kathleen said...

Congratulations! Oh, what joy! (Both my babies were that size, too!)

Pat Carroll Marcantel said...

What a blessing--a girl a girl to round out your precious family. One more girl and you'll have as many children as I did. Congrats!

Joanna @ Zeb Bakes said...

Congratulations from me too!

Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M.Ed. said...

Congratulations Robert and Tammy! She is beautiful! Great pics with her brothers.

May you all grow in Love and Light.

Blessings, Linda

Anonymous said...

I'm, so glad everything went as planned, and congratulate you and your family. Enjoy her every moment - the time goes by too quickly.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Congrats on having so many wonderful children!

God bless, Anne Marie, proud aunt of 10 - all from one sister!! - and loving it! :)

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Thank you, everyone!

Brian K said...

Congrats stud. Even I am in line with the aunts and grandmas to squeeze those cheeks. :-)