on october 5th, 2014, my husband and i welcomed yet another spectacular human being into the world. toot! toot! (thats my own horn) since then, we have had the honor of getting to know her a little bit and here follows my account of the person of hannah julie lima:
back when she was the tiniest little thing i've ever seen, i thought she looked just like emily only close to 3 pounds lighter. she was this oddly familiar person always reminding me of my first baby and so skinny! i felt like i'd break her and we actually got to use many of the newborn clothes that barely fit her older sister. both of these things quickly changed.
now she is 6 months+, a much less fragile 15 pounds and completely her own identity both in my heart and in the world of hashtags. its hard for me to find a resemblance now between my two girls. i figure hannah looks just like Ricky's side of the family except with my blue eyes and fair skin. even my mom said, straight out of the womb, that she looked like lisa (ricky's mom).
it's a little unfortunate that with the second you tend to define them by every way they are not like the first. but that is why we have determined that she is such a sweetie. when she learned to smile it was as if she was just waiting for the next opportunity to practice this new skill. all you had to do was look her way and you would be greeted with absolute sunshine. emily was not like this. we had to put in a little more effort for her and if we wanted emily to laugh, forget-about-it! hannah IS ticklish! particularly, the arm pits :). its one of my favorite things about her that she laughs almost every time i change her clothes. it makes the experience, which happens almost ten times a day, less tedious.
- we have confirmed with the doctor that she is, and i quote, "very coordinated for her age"! i say this was great pride that she takes only one swipe to grab a toy where others may take two or three. this is both exciting and sometimes frightening. she was the quickest roller-over in the west, no really, a quick double take and bam- that's not the way i left her! Ricky claims her to be his golfer. (she may not have a choice in that matter).
-along this line, she is so squirmy, wiggly, and bouncing. much more than emily. i both love it and not so much like it. she also does the cutest tilt of the head to the side thing that makes your heart melt. as if she's saying "yeah i know, but how does it look from this angle?" maybe thats a sign of an out-of-the-box thinker. i hope so!
-she is so very contented to talk herself to sleep. what a joy that has made naps for me! i kept waiting for her general "easy" personality to be just a phase. i was waiting for the proverbial "other shoe to drop" and have yet to seen it.
-she has lima lungs. this girl can yell! (currently she is "ay-la-la-la"ing about something or other and its down right loud). my voice does not carry and ricky's family can hardly hear me sometimes. this won't be the case for hannah, who i predict will make her opinions heard.
-her latest trend is to tap, tap, tap her hand when she is excited. i take it as a greeting and its adorable. she ponders her hands a lot (deep thinker).
-sometimes i call her hannah bear because she likes to growl and gurgle.
-oh and she has her own theme song. lyrics "hannah banana" and "cha-cha-cha"
-she has a rare smile where she adds a tiny, bashful, scrunching of the shoulders. this action pushes her cheeks up, producing the most squishy, qum-toothed, cheesin' face i've ever seen. consequently, it is my most cherished smile of hers and i alway savor it and therefore have no photographic proof of its existence.