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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Adventure 14: Introducing Reise Danielle, The Hattori Ohana is Now Complete!

If I finish and post this before she's a month old, then I'll be a monkeys uncle.  I'm officially the happiest one armed bandit, as the other one is filled with a bundle of joy.  It makes typing and numerous other activities feel impossible, (showering, peeing, brushing my teeth, eating, and even changing my clothes can feel like I'm in a marathon race by myself), but trust me, I'm not complaining.  Here's baby Reise's story:

Granddad, (my Dad), arrived on February 25th at 8pm.  We drove to the airport to pick him up and I was SO EXCITED to have him in Maui with us.  My bets based on the size of my belly and how great I still felt, were that Reise would come late and I would have to be induced.  Dad was exhausted, (as you can imagine flying from the east coast and then having a two hour journey on the winding Hana Highway in the dark to follow), so we all went right to sleep.  I couldn't wait to show Dad our sleepy little town which only requires a walking tour to cover all the bases, so we went for a walk the following morning around town and to the beach.  When we got back home, I said the unthinkable and something that I have not said this entire pregnancy, "I want to take a nap".  He had no objections and took one himself as he was still recovering from jet lag.

Exactly 8 minutes in to my nap I felt a familiar pain, (from our 6 months scare)... and then another one... and then another one... and so I texted Jun to see when he'd be home and he said soon, but I kept the pains a secret as to not get him too excited since he had been wishing she'd come everyday since the safe 37 week mark. What I did tell him when he got home was that I thought I was experiencing Braxton Hicks, but started timing my contractions just in case.  A few minutes later I wondered if I had peed myself just a bit, (like pregnant women do when they sneeze or laugh or cough or think...).  I was completely convinced that it was just Braxton Hicks as Jun tried to talk me into going to the hospital after I'd "wet" myself, (which was actually the beginning of my water breaking).  He was having trouble convincing me to go when Lono stepped in to make me a believer.  I was changing my pants and Lono walks over to me... smells my pants, (which he NEVER does), then just stands there staring at me for eternity with a more concerned and concentrated look on his face.  That's when I knew it was the real deal and told Jun to load up the truck and told Dad we were going to the hospital.  Dad was a life saver and stayed home to care for the dogs as they would have spent two days in the back of the truck in the hospital parking lot waiting for Reise to come.  I'm not sure how we would have managed without him and we were lucky he had made it just in the knick of time, (literally).

Let's make a long story much shorter... The contractions lasted for 12 hours, I pushed for two and a half hours and Reise Danielle Hattori came out healthy and just a' screamin' at 11:03pm on February 26th.  She was 19.5" long and weighed 6 lbs. 11.9 oz.  Jun watched and was grateful he did... He said every man should experience it and it was one of the most amazing things he'd ever witnessed and I believe he was in awe for days to follow.  I'm not sure I could have watched even if they had offered, but they did have me watch the moment she came out and then placed her perfect little self on my chest which was followed by tears and joy and two nights in the hospital with her lying next to me on my hospital bed sleeping and eating and bonding until we were released on the 28th in the morning.  Then it was back home to meet Granddad and our boys.

Lono and Koa were SO EXCITED and curious to meet her, but have been loving and wonderful.  Dad is just the best with babies, so she happily stays in his arms and sleeps each day.  We had to go back the following day AGAIN to Kahului for her first pediatrician appointment, and then back to Kahului yet ONE MORE TIME two days later because a nerve in my back is messed up and is BY FAR the absolute worst pain I've had in my life, (a real TEN)... I would do labor twenty times over rather than have this pain.  It's slowly getting better, but there is no real fix than to just let it do its thing and hope it gets better quickly.  I can say that for me, pregnancy, labor, and the recovery from labor itself were WAY easier than what I had every expected.  It seems everyone who has been there before wants to scare you with all their stories and give advice on the "right way" to do things, (and I know they are all just trying to "help"); but for me, almost none of it rang true.  I truly believe it is just different for every mother and my best advice to expecting mothers is to just go into it with an open mind and a lot of optimism.  So besides the nerve pain, by the time I came home from the hospital I had ants in my pants and was ready to clean and hike and go to the beach.  Laying in bed for those two days was torture and every time they tried to put me in a wheelchair to transport me at the hospital, (like right after delivery), I told them "No thank you... I've been laying down for hours, I think I'd rather walk".  They looked at me like I was a mad woman and asked me if I was sure, but Jun just smiled because he knows me.

I would like to say that Maui Memorial exceeded my expectations completely.  Our labor and delivery was intimate, (just Jun and the FANTASTIC nurse and myself until the last push with the doctor there).  I took no classes and just winged the whole ordeal, which was a good decision for me.  Jun counted out my pushes and the nurse guided us.  (Shout out to my husband for doing an amazing job... I was able to joke around with him and the nurses until that final push where I finally let out some noise).  They served Jun and I a special congratulations dinner and the whole staff were wonderful.  Reise was a dream in the hospital, she "latched" right away and will be a breastfed baby, she barely cried ever, and with all the medical scares we had of her being at risk of Downs Syndrome, we just are forever grateful for her wonderful health.  Until the very last push, her health was all I could think about and I was terrified.  She came out with a head of hair and an INSANE amount of strength.  Dad said, "No one will ever believe me when I tell them she did a full on sit up at a week old!"

What adventures has Reise had so far, you may be wondering?

Well today she is 8 days old... With Granddad, Jun, and myself, baby girl has gone to Red Sand Beach, hiked halfway to the Hana Cross, hiked part of the Kings Trail at Waianapapa, and just today she got to watch her Mommy and Daddy stand up paddle at Hamoa Beach.  She LOVED the beach...  and in a lot of ways she is just like me... fights naps, is happiest outside, and likes going on hikes, car rides, and trips to the ocean!

Here are a mix of phone and camera pictures of her that I've taken over the past week and some today of her with her boys that love her so.  Thank you all for all of your love and support!!!

Koa LOVES her and is always trying to smell, kiss, and
love on her.  He's our other baby and a Curious George.

My last pregnant belly picture and my last day at the
beach before her arrival.

One of the first Reise photos ever.  Insta-love at the hospital.

Right after she arrived home... Lono REALLY wants to say "Hi!"

Granddad and Reise sure do love their naps.
He is the "baby whisperer".  We are so
happy to have him here!!! :)

Daddy is already teaching his baby girl to call him anytime.
I see a protective Papa and a Daddy's girl in the future. :)

Lono gets in his share of Mc'Lovin's.

Chillin' with her homies.

They love their naps!  They saved me a spot in the
middle at least. :)

Another precious nap with her Daddy... So peaceful!

Big yawn... Soooo sleepy.  (See Lono by her side?).

She is such a strong little booga!  She did a full on
sit-up today and has no problem throwing her
weight and head around... Must be her
strong genetics.  ;)

From her/our hike near Waianapapa yesterday.  She
slept the entire time!

"Don't mess with our baby sister or else..." ;)

Dad, Reise, and I's hike halfway to the Cross.
I snuck this shot because Dad hates cameras. :)

Well hello big beautiful bright eyes!

Morning coffee and a napping baby after her breakfast.
Moments like these make me happy.

I have just one more shout out to make to my husband... Jun has been incredible... I mean the absolute BEST husband and father.  From house chores, to diaper changes, to making breakfast and dinner, and caring for our boys... not a single complaint from him and we often battle over tasks trying to help each other out.  Having both he and Dad here makes me one lucky girl, and their goofy and fun attitudes makes them a riot to be around.  I'm a lucky girl and I swear that I'll never take that for granted...

So let me and Reise know you dropped by, (soon enough she might just have her own Adventure Blog... ya never know!).  Also, there's a lot of things I'm proud of these days, so I that is to come in the next Adventure.  Of course I'm proud of our little munchkin too.  :) 

Love and Hugs,
Danielle (Q.B.)


  1. She's absolutely beautiful! I'm glad all of your previous anxieties are over.

    1. Thank you Brandi! My previous anxieties were silly... I mean it's one day vs. a lifetime of baby. :) Xoxo

  2. I'm speechless..Reise is so beautiful and I just wanna cry because I'm not there with you guys :( Hopefully she doesn't grow TOO much before I see her but she will..they always do ;)
    The pictures are amazing and Reise does have big beautiful eyes! She is absolutely precious and I'm so elated that she's so strong and healthy.
    I love you guys and I'm very proud of Jun for jumping right into the Daddy role..Chris did too. I think it all just comes natural to us moms and dads ;)

    1. I wish you were here too sis! Yep, Jun is doing a fantastic job... He feels bad I think because he can't feed her! We are SOOOO HAPPY she is healthy... I mean I can't even describe the feeling and the relief. All 10 fingers and 10 toes and a cute little smile that probably amounts to just gas. ;) We love and miss you TONS!

  3. What a beautiful family!! So happy for you all.

    1. Mahalo Diane! I saw your pictures from your trip and they are FABULOUS! It looks like you had an amazing trip! I miss seeing you and the girls! :)

  4. That was wonderful and brought a tear to my eye, that I am not able to give you a big hug. Reise is beautiful like her mom. I am glad your delivery went well. Miss all of you so much. Cant wait to meet Jun.
    Love to you all, Michelle

    1. I take "long distance" internet hugs, so I feel it! ;) Thank you so much and we miss you tons! Jun can't wait to meet the family and I'm so happy he got to meet Dad here. Love you!

  5. What an absolutely gorgeous baby!!! The pic of Reise and your dad, she looks like a porcelain doll. Congrats on an easy birth experience and a beautiful, healthy baby!!! ♥

    1. Thank you Christina! We are SO HAPPY! And yes, I feel so lucky for such an amazing birth after all that fear I had conjured up. ;) Your daughter is so stinkin' cute too! XoXo

  6. Wow Danielle, I teared up reading this... You never fail to amaze me with your open heart and mind and beautiful writing and amazing, inspiring gratitude and way of looking at the world. And your photos Do Not Even Look Real, they are so wonderful! Those pictures with the dogs... she's going to treasure all of these so much when she grows up. I'm so happy for you, and so glad it was easier than you expected, and I can't wait to meet her! Love you tons and tons.

    1. Thanks love... It means a lot coming from an amazing writer as yourself! You will have to come back soon and meet her. September we will be visiting the East Coast it looks like, but our next trip should be to the West coast and we'll definitely have to stop by so she can meet her Auntie Ariel, (has a great ring to it!). ;) The dogs and her are pretty cute... I love our little ohana... and seriously, labor was not all it was cracked up to be, (in a good way!!!). I miss and love you oodles!!! Xoxo

  7. love it!!! I've been patiently awaiting pictures of the little bundle of joy for months now... and she is even more beautiful than I could have imagined... good job momma!!! I look forward to more adventures with the Hattori family

    1. I was JUST talking to Dad about you before you commented! He was asking about all of my old friends and we were doing the "where are they now?" and of course, you came up! I'm glad you enjoyed Reise's introduction to the world, and I cannot believe how much she has changed all ready... just you wait and see what a few weeks can do! Thanks for keeping in touch pretty lady and MAAAAAYBE I will see a Wilson baby in the near future??!! ;) MWAH!

  8. What a beautiful life you live! I have scrolled up and down to look at your pictures at least 10x's each time I've looked at this blog and they just make me smile every time. My favorite of all is of your glimmering smile at Reise in the hospital bed... so warm and precious. I'm so happy that you have such wonderful men in your life as Jun and your Dad, and that you're easing into motherhood so naturally. Reise is going to have one amazing childhood, and she's lucky to have you preserving her story so that she can relive it later in life. Sending all my love to you and your family! Hope to meet her soon. ♥xoxo♥

    1. G- WIZ!!! Do you know how much I cherish our friendship? I don't think you do because it is a WHOLE WHOLE LOT! During this crazy time first month, your mail has brought me all sorts of smiles and happiness. I CANNOT WAIT to have you come back to Maui so that we can hang out and you can meet your little hapa niece and Jun and Koa, (the rotty). And Lono says he misses you and wants to see you too... and of course you know I miss you tons! =] And you are right, Dad and Jun are the best... I am SO fortunate to have such amazing people in my life! Make sure you read the next blog... I have a special shout out going in there! Can you get a PT job here? PLEEEEASE?!! =) Love you lady! I'm very fortunate to have you in my life too! Xoxo


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