Hannah Irene de Gaston

Born January 25, 2005 at 3:49 AM

     David wrote January 25, 2005:
Our sweet little baby girl is here!!!

Hannah Irene de Gaston was born on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 03:49 am in Melbourne, Florida. She weighs 6 pounds and 14 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. She has a little bit of light brown hair, and typical baby blue eyes. She has my detached earlobes...none of the kids have Melanie's attached lobes. Hannah also has a big mouth that makes lots of noise. Not as much noise at Matthew now makes, but quite a bit for a wee baby.

After a whirlwind 6.5 hour labor (at the hospital anyway), she was here in our arms. Hannah was a very angry newborn, kicking, screaming and grabbing at anything around her. That makes sense since she was a very energetic baby in the womb. Her Apgar scores were a 9 and 10, like I said, no lack of vigor at birth.

Melanie bravely tried to have a more natural childbirth. She was doing fabulously on just some basic painkiller stuff up until about 20 minutes before Hannah was born. The pain was obviously intense because she was crushing my hand and almost screaming. But there was no time to get an epidural since Hannah was dropping as fast as can be.

Our little Hannah is a very cute girl. I took lots of pictures of her, developed them at Wal-Mart in one hour, and then left them at the hospital. So this email won't contain pictures. Sorry. I tried really hard. Tomorrow I'll get the pictures sent off.

Melanie and Hannah are scheduled to come home on Thursday so that Jonathan, Matthew, Rachel and I can continue to nurse them back to health.

Here is a picture of Hannah Irene de Gaston in David's hands at the table with Alexey, Polina, Jonathan, Melanie, Matthew, & Rachel on July 18, 2005 at the David de Gaston's Littleton, Colorado home. 05  7 18  Hannah, David, Alosha,Polina,Jonathan,Melanie,Matthew,Rachel,Zoya at dinner red40pct  P7183000

Hannah playing with trains at the de Gaston family reunion at the Hilton home. The picture was taken in September, 2005, when Hannah was 7.5 months old. 05  9 __  Hannah, 7m2w playing_with_trains, Hilton's

Hannah at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado. The picture was taken in June 30, 2011. 11  6 30  Hannah at Garden of the Gods [W1094C].jpg