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Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Introducing Addison Faith Hall!!!

Alisa and I are proud to announce the arrival of our much-awaited little angel, Addison Faith Hall!!! Addison made her entry into the world on Tuesday, December 30th just past noon (right in time for the nurse team to go on lunch break, as they put it). She weighed in at 7lbs 1oz and at 19 in long. She is a beautiful baby girl, and we can't wait to share her with every one of you!

Baby Addison has her own sense of timing (like both of her parents), as she kept us waiting through 40+ hours of active labor! Alisa passed her mucous plug on Sunday night around 8pm. She had no luck sleeping through the night as contractions started to build in duration and intensity. She woke me up at 3:30am on Monday, and we began to document the contractions. She woke me up again at 4:00am because I was snoring in the middle of a contraction (not a good idea). I had a pot of coffee ready by 4:15am! After coffee, I was awake enough to break out our Childbirth Guide from the classes we took back in November.

The journey continued downstairs for the next few hours, back labor pains more frequest by the minute. I can't tell if her pain here is from labor or the fact that I thought it was a good time to throw on the movie "The Last Dragon" and munch on some cheese toast!

At about 9:30 on Monday morning, Alisa and I were concerned by the lack of fetal movement and increasingly tough contractions. We called the doctor, and they decided that they would squeeze us in within the hour, just to make sure all was well. The car was packed to about 50%, and we decided to go ahead and throw everything else in the minivan "just in case". We arrived at the doctor's office and discussed the lack of activity. They showed great concern, and medicated Alisa with a drug called Coca-Cola. This ancient herbal remedy, Coca-Cola, did the trick and Addison was movin' and shakin' in no time! Doc decided on an ultrasound as a final check to see if everything was OK, and SUPRISE...Mommy's water had been broken for an undetermined amount of time!!! Doc's game plan was, "Let's go have a baby". He walked us over to delivery, checked us in around noon, and the fun began.

I would not have dared take a photo over the next 4-5 hour period. We'll title this period in time as "Pre-Epidural".

Late afternoon, an anesthesiologist that looked like Clint Eastwood plus 10 years and some scrubs, brought the goods. This is "Post-Epidural"! ...and on the 8th day, God made the Epidural!!!

Alisa went into "Warrior-Mode"! Overnight she worked hard to continue the dilation process, with the aid of a little pitocin! One of our favorite doctors, Dr. Little of Huntersville OBGYN, made the call around 5am to hold off on a C-Section and continue the slow journey toward a vaginal delivery. At 8am, Dr Hildebrand (I now forgive him for being a UNC-CH grad) pronounced that Alisa had finally reached 8cm and we would proceed with the task at hand. Our favorite nurse, Tricia, helped Alisa work her way to the full 10cm. Another favorite, Doctor Sharawy, rolled in around 11am to finish the game! On Tuesday December 30th, at 12:05pm, Addison Faith Hall took her first breath and became our new best friend! Weighing in at 7lbs, 1oz.... The babyweight champion of the day... Addison Faith Hall!!!

After some skin-on-skin with her favorite Mommy, Daddy grabbed his little angel for a teary-eyed photo!

Mommy did soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good, I can't even tell you how proud I am. Here they are, what a moment!

Jason Alexander previously opened the "poop-door" with little Sam's blowout! I thought I'd show you my first diaper change, a very proud moment in Daddyhood!

An amazingly beautiful baby girl...

An amazingly happy family...

And the "passing of the human torch", the beginning of a mad game of "Grandma Olympics"! Michael Phelps has nothing on these proud Grandmothers!

Addison was ready to come home on Thursday at noon, the greatest way ever to start our New Year! Once home, Daddy got jealous of the skin-on-skin time with Mommy, and took to the couch for some hair-on-hair action!

And Mommy did the rest! My wife and my daughter! My love is so much greater than I ever imagined!

Love to all who prayed and wished-well for this glorious miracle. We love you all, and will look forward to seeing you soon!


The Halls

Congratulations!!! What a cute little girl you have.
stheinz   Friday, January 2, 2009
Congratulations! Alisa, you don't even look pregnant in that 2nd photo.
Wow! 40+ hours of labor! You all deserve a nice long rest.
YammaSue   Friday, January 2, 2009
What a beautiful story! Alisa looks amazing and Addison is absolutely precious. Congratulations to your entire family.
Michelle Schibuola   Friday, January 2, 2009
Congrats!!! Addison is gorgeous, as is Alisa...she does not look like a woman in labor, that's for sure! The hair on hair photo cracked me up!
Jules   Friday, January 2, 2009
Congrats you guys! It's the greatest blessing!! :-) We can't wait to meet Addison. Alisa, you're amazing enduring 30 hours of labor.
the Vinkes
Melissa Vinke   Friday, January 2, 2009
oops I mean 40 hours.. definitely don't want to miss those last ten hours!
Melissa Vinke   Friday, January 2, 2009
Great first blog! I expect one of these daily for the next year. You can do it and in the end you will really enjoy looking back at your daily log of Addison.

I'm really glad everything went smoothly, even if prolonged. The best things in life come with patience. Can't wait to meet the baby chica soon. Take care you three!
Denny Deaton   Friday, January 2, 2009
WOW... 40 hours of labor an back labor at that. She deserves a medal! Or at least a gorgeous baby. Congratulations!!
girlcarew   Saturday, January 3, 2009
the love of a new life, a new beginning, the greatest feeling one person can have. what joy you both have brought to this world!!!!
what joy addison will bring to ours. absolute congrats!!!!!
love and peace,
the kings.
J. King & Family   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter! How wonderful!
Jenn   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Bill Pearch   Saturday, January 3, 2009
What a wonderful start to 2009. Welcome to the world Addison. Love to all.
dlegette   Saturday, January 3, 2009
A beautiful love story, congratulations.
dannie   Saturday, January 3, 2009
What a precious gift! Thanks for sharing! Congratulations!!
Good News   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Congrats you two on an amazing bundle of joy. Maddax cant wait to get his hands on his new and much younger girlfriend! We cant wait to meet her. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. PS The avetts called, they want their beard back!!!!!
Krissy, Justin Maddax   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Thanks for sharing your story! I am glad to see/read that you are doing well and have a healthy, beautiful girl. I wish you all the best!
Megan P   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Congratulations on your new angel, what a wonderful gift she is! Enjoy every moment!!
Jan   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Congratulations!! What a beautiful baby girl!!
BrOwN EyeD GirL   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Congratulations! She is beautiful! Glad everyone is healthy and happy.
Spike   Saturday, January 3, 2009
What a beautiful story and a very beautiful baby. Congratulations!
franklins   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Another Humzoo baby!!! What a wonderful way to start the new year!!! Congratulations!!
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Love the play by play! Marcus should move on to books now! Addison is so adorable, we hope you are resting enough!
Susan Vanous   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Good luck and she is beautiful.
Larry & Janet   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Emmy Ann   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Congratulations! Addison is absolutely beautiful!
Carrie   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Addison, you are one lucky "adorable" little girl. You have come at the right time and have been given the most deserving parents. Remind your Dad to keep up this terrific blog! I can't wait to get my hands on YOU! Congratulations to "Addison's mom and dad".
Great Aunt Pam   Saturday, January 3, 2009
We loved the story about how Addison made her grand entrance. As new parents ourselves, we have such a fresh appreciation of the miracle of life. Congrats on the transition from "couple" to "family." Addison is gorgeous!

Travis & Kate (and Mason, too!)
The Richards from Florida   Saturday, January 3, 2009
Congrats! Addison is beautiful. It's great to keep up with you guys from this blog. Marc and I have enjoyed Marcus's humor. He's a character. He has done a great job with all the updates. I've told most everyone you've had your baby. I can't wait to meet her. Call me when you can.
Sandy and Marc
Sandy Lewis   Sunday, January 4, 2009
Love the story! We wish you the best! Can't wait to meet her.
Justin and Wrenda
Wrenda Slaymaker   Sunday, January 4, 2009
She is beautiful! Can't wait to meet her! Congratulations, you will be wonderful parents.
niki   Sunday, January 4, 2009
Congratulations! She is beautiful. Thank you for sharing her birthday with us!!!
WillnBek.com   Sunday, January 4, 2009
What a joyous event and as everyone is saying, what a beautiful baby girl. We are so happy for you. Gerald & Peggy Greene, Lake City, Florida
Gerald & Peggy Greene   Monday, January 5, 2009
Congratulations!!!!! Thanks for the wonderful pictures and blog. She is beautiful.
Randale   Monday, January 5, 2009
Congratulations, and we welcome Addison to the Wolf Pack Family.
BeanCounter37   Monday, January 5, 2009
What a wonderful way to start your New Year - on the sofa with this precious little girl...I'm sure there will be many more naps during 2009.

Alisa, you looked great! What a CHAMP!!!

Love to all!
Charles and Sharon Maney   Monday, January 5, 2009
Addison is truly a beautiful blessing. I plan to come and visit the next time Grandma Pat is in town.
Gloria in Durham   Monday, January 5, 2009
Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl. This is the beginning of a new, exciting & wonderful phase of life!
Susan Sechter   Monday, January 5, 2009
Marcus, love your sense of humor! You all did a great job, but Alisa gets the credit! Everyone looks wonderful. You made me smile. CONGRATS!
Shanny nanny   Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Addison is BEAUTIFUL and Alisa, you look fabulous for 40+ hours of labor! We can't wait to see y'all. Congratulations. Love and miss you! Auntie Susy, Uncle Jeff, Sarah and Jeffry :)
Sue Moffitt   Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The pictures and the story are breathtaking! Enjoy every moment of this new life! She's a beauty!
ChinaCalling   Friday, January 30, 2009
just wait till shes 18. she Will ask for those car keys for the mall 24/7!
Tommy Boy   Sunday, December 27, 2009
nice one guys iv just had a daughter shes 3 mounths her name is rosie.
curtis   Monday, June 14, 2010
Hi Halls, Congrats on your miracle ! The child is very beautiful. Pray to God to bless you with all the good things. The series of photos bring back so much of hope back to life. Goodluck ! – Santosh, India
Santosh   Sunday, March 13, 2011
Those pics are cute and some are not pretty to look at but my name is faith hall too your baby is so cute though but if I was eating chocolate on the pic were you were cleaning her diper I would've threw up but the baby is so cute.
faih hall   Friday, December 6, 2013
that baby U.G.L.Y. osrry
sydney you dont need last name   Friday, December 20, 2013
i mean sorry
sydney you dont need last name   Friday, December 20, 2013
Lol hair on hair action :)
Mel   Wednesday, December 26, 2018
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