Mr. Hunter you are 6 months old today! Half a year, old boy! I can't believe it. It seems like only yesterday that you were still in me.
(I had only known about you for about 4 weeks, you were the size of a kidney bean!)
(your dad and I hiking 4 days before you were born)
That was such a fun day. It was a beautiful Friday afternoon and your dad and I thought it might be the last time that just the two of us went hiking together so we went to one of our favorite spots just before sundown. Actually, we were hoping it would be the last time we would hike just the two of us because we were so excited to meet you and hike as a family! But I didn't really think I would get to meet you so soon, I wasn't feeling too much action and thought you might come a few days late.
Fast forward to Monday when I went in for a routine check up and Dr. K listened to your heart rate and looked at my fluid levels and thought maybe you should come out a little sooner than planned. I was scared to death, but super excited because I was finally going to get to see your face!
(that was my last meal and I could only eat a few bites because I was so excited)
Your dad, grandma and I camped out in that room for the next 30 hours playing 'Words With Friends' (it's like Scrabble and if you're anything like your dad and me you'll love it when you grow up) with Rachelle, eating Jolly Ranchers (you'll love those too) and watching Tremors (if you have any taste you will hate that movie but because you come from the Dietrich's and Hawkins' I have little hope you will miraculously have good taste.)
By 30 hours that room got pretty boring and you were ready to come out anyway. In fact, you were trying so hard to come out that my body tried to push you out but my pelvis would not accommodate your huge noggin. The doctor was making fun of it yesterday at your six month appointment because it's still quite large for your size (95th percentile head size when the rest of you is in the 50th or 75th percentile.) But Dr. K made the decision that it was time for you to be born, so...
(they took you right out of my tummy and you're sitting on it in this picture)
Remember how I told you that you were so ready to come out that my body tried to push you. Well, normally babies born by c-section aren't all squished up looking because they just come straight from the belly. Unfortunately, your lack of patience (you're definitely our child) and trying to come out too quick made you a little scrunched and gave you a ridiculous cone head for the first few days.
(You even had a little raspberry sized mark on your head for the first few months because you got so squished)
But even with that conical head you were still the coolest little human I'd ever seen. And when I finally got to hold you I never wanted to let you go.
And look at you now, you're growing so fast I forget sometimes how little you were. Everyday you amaze me. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me!
(No more cone head, just my perfect little man.)