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S: Alice

BC: © Mummy & Daddy 2011

FC: Alice

1: Alice Marie Hanna Date: Sunday 2nd May 2010 To: Steven & Rachel Hanna At: Queens Hospital, Romford Weight: 811g (1lb 12ozs) Time: 16:39

2: Ultrasound 1 & 2 We had our first ultrasound scan on Christmas Eve. We waited to tell your grandparents we were expecting you until then! Our favourite part was your hand moved and it looked like you waved at us. | It was exciting to hear your heart beat for the first time. The first scan was a little bit early so they asked us to come back two weeks later, so they could complete the necessary tests. Your due date was confirmed as 13th July 2010.

3: Ultrasound 3 It felt like a long wait for this scan, at 22 weeks. We were excited to see how much you had grown. Everyone was happy with how you were growing. We found out we were having a baby girl. Mummy felt she was having a girl; Daddy thought it was a boy but was happy that God had given us a daughter !

4: The Story of Your Birth We were delighted when we found out in October; we were expecting you. The pregnancy had been smooth. Mummy had no morning sickness and had continued to teach full time. We were happily planning for your July arrival. We were seeing the midwife regularly and Mummy's blood pressure was rising. The midwife team kept a close eye on Mummy and on the 28th April they decided Mummy's blood pressure was too high so they send Mummy to the hospital to be checked. The doctors felt that Mummy needed to be kept in the hospital and they monitored both of us. Each day they discussed sending us home but one of the tests would have them concerned so they kept us in. On the 1st May Mummy had a surprise 40th birthday party planned for Daddy. I told Daddy it was important for him to go. After the party I called him and he realised I was not very well so he rushed back to the hospital.They got me stable and sent Daddy home to get some sleep . A few hours later he got a call from Mary, the midwife to say he had to come back to the hospital. On Sunday morning, the consultant, Celia Burrell decided the best thing was for you to be born. So at 16:39 on Sunday, 2nd May 2010, you were delivered by emergency cesarean section. We give God the glory for the miracle He gave us!

5: The first few days.....

6: You were born at 29 weeks and 5 days. When you were born you were admitted straight into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). You were placed in an incubator to help keep you warm. You were breathing on your own but were | on CPAP to help keep your lungs open. You had a feeding tube in your mouth and lots of wires attached to you to help the doctors and nurses monitor how you were doing. Mummy and Daddy came to visit you everyday!

7: We would read you a story, the Bible and sing songs to you everyday. We always said to you "Mummy loves you, Daddy loves you but Jesus loves you even more.! | We helped look after you as much as we were allowed... We changed your nappy, checked your temperature, and in time feed you, your bottle.

8: Why We Love Alice © Daddy 22nd May 2010 (and some ideas from Mummy!) | We love you sleep for ages We love your tiny feeds We love your care in NICU With all those many leads! | We love your little feet We love your little toes We love your little fingers And we love to see your nose! We love the way you cross your legs We love your folded hands We love your phototherapy We love your sun-bed tans!

9: We love your little stretches We love your deep blue eyes We love you all the more because We love your tiny size! We love your micro nappies We love your greenish poo We love your fine lanugo We love everything you do! | We love your little legs We love your little chest We love your little CPAP hat But your tongue we love the best! We love you came so early We love your green house cot We love it when we hold you We love the bonus weeks we got!

10: We did not get to hold you very much in the beginning. We would always reach in and touch your little hands. You would grab our finger!

11: It took you a long time to start having breast milk. You stayed at 0.1mls for a long time but once you started digesting milk you had lots! | They called you a swiss watch b/c you were steady and conisistant!

12: You spent 4 weeks in the high dependency part of NICU before being moved to middle of the ward. On 11th June you moved to special care. | The day after Father's Day you were transfered by a special neonatal ambulance to King George Hospital. It was your first trip outside.

13: While at King George Hospital you were transfered to a cot. You were 10 grams short of going into a cot when you decided to poo everywhere so you were moved early! | You spent 12 days at King George Hospital before being discharged. Mummy spent a night in the hospital with you to prepare for you coming home!

14: We were delighted to bring you home on the 2nd July. After fighting to get your car seat in the car, we went to Nanny's to surprise her. We snuck in and sat on the sofa and waited for Nanny to come home. We surprised Grandma and Grandad later on via Skype.

16: Bath Time.... | You love your bath and cry when you have to come out!

18: My 1st Christmas | Daddy built your very 1st snowman!

19: We went to St.. George's for Christmas lunch. | You were a shepherd for First Steps Christmas Party

20: Activities I enjoy...

21: You loved to stand and hated being on your tummy! | You even used Mummy's mobile to phone Eddie!

22: The Grandparents | Grandad and Grandma came to visit in September for a week; Grandad came again in November. Both returned for a week at the end of December.

23: Nanny faithfully visited you in the hospital. Once you came home, she would often look after you.

24: Father's Day | Father's Day we celebrated at the hospital . Mummy took Daddy out for lunch and then we came to see you!

25: Mother's Day | You and Daddy took Nanny and Mummy out for a pub lunch. We had a lovely roast lunch on the actually day!

26: My BIG Friends

27: My Little Friends

28: My Family

29: My 1st Easter

30: My First Birthday | We

31: The Royal Wedding 29th April 2011 we watched the Royal Wedding with Nanny. HRH Prince William married Catherine Middleton

32: My Nicknames -Little Lady Sweet Pea Cheeky Monkey Monkey Moo Little One

34: My Baptism

36: Alice visiting her Great Nans

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