S: Amanda Rattray's First Year
BC: Made with love by: Amanda's mom
FC: "Where there is love, there is life." -Indira Gandhi | Amanda Rattray's First Year
1: Once upon a time, there was a happily married couple named Peter and Nikki. They enjoyed their life together very much. After a few years of marriage they realized that something was missing from their lives. They wanted to expand their family. So they prayed to God and asked him for a baby. Eventually God answered their prayers and Nikki became pregnant!
2: Peter & Nikki were thrilled about the pregnancy! It was so hard to keep it a secret. On October 10, 2007, we saw the baby's heart beat for the first time on the ultrasound. A little hand waved at us and we were overjoyed to see the baby's quick movements. They told us we were 13 weeks & 4 days along and the baby measured at 7.54 cm That night we proudly announced to our friends and family that we were expecting a baby.
3: Over the next several months your mommy's tummy grew bigger and bigger! | 37 weeks | 32.5 weeks | 34 weeks | 34 weeks | December 2007 | January 2008
4: On April 10, 2008, mommy went into labour at 3:00 pm. We went to the hospital at 6:30 pm, but we were sent home. The baby was not ready yet. | Your Birth Story: | Mommy's tummy kept getting bigger and bigger until one day you decided you were ready to enter the world.
5: The next morning we went back to the hospital. We knew it was only a matter of time. We had an excellent intern doctor and nurse by our side for most of the day.
6: Baby | Our sweet Angel
7: Amanda Danielle Rattray Born April 11, 2008, at 5:14 pm Weight 3.165 kg (6 lbs 15.5 oz) Length 50.5 cm (19.88 inches) | Dr. Buie missed the birth by 15 minutes! Dr. Jones was there to delivered you.
8: April 11, 2008
9: Peek | Grandma & Poppa Rattray were in town for your birth. They were your first visitors!
10: You had many visitors come to meet you at the hospital. | There was much excitement regarding your arrival. Auntie Donelda drove all the way from Vernon to meet you! Auntie Claire also came to the hospital with baby Evan.
11: We spent one full day at the hospital before we were allowed to go home. You had your hearing tested and the nurses gave you your first bath!
12: Welcome Home Amanda! | First ride in your car seat | So precious | All snuggly in your blanket | Snuggle with Grandma
13: "It's so cold out here!" | Your first day home | Getting burped | Cutie Pie | Proud parents
14: Your First Week at Home | We had a house full of guests to celebrate your homecoming. Grandma & Poppa Rattray and Auntie Donelda were all there to welcome you home. We enjoyed a nice spaghetti dinner and then everyone took turns holding you. It was a very big day for us as we were now a family of three!
15: Granny Judy was our next house guest. She stayed with us for a whole week to help us get settled. It took a few days for mommy to get the hang of things and figure out what your cries meant. Granny was a big help and she enjoyed spending snuggle time with you!
16: You held mommy's finger on the third day and you were grasping hard by day five. On the fourth day you were awake for a longer period of time and enjoyed looking around and making facial expressions. Granny was really impressed with you too as you were stretching your arms and legs and doing your exercises! | Your First Week at Home | Booby Snack
17: Chris & Paula came by the house to visit you. They got you beautiful pink socks and a digital picture frame.
18: april (first month) Amanda's appearance seemed to change on a daily basis. She quickly filled out and her complexion was clearing nicely. Amanda really enjoyed her bath time and loved to splash the water. She quickly took to a soother and hardly spit up at all.
19: Cute as a button
20: 6 weeks old | may (month 2) Lots of sleeping and starting to "coo". This is what you did during month two! Aunty Michelle and your cousin Emily flew in from Saskatchewan to see you. They spent a week with us and really enjoyed getting to know you.
21: While they were here, Grandma & Poppa Witzke came to visit you too. We had a nice family gathering out in Abbotsford where you met your Uncle Doug and Aunt Shirley. Everyone took turns holding you. | The "baby whisperer"
22: May | 2008
23: Vancouver Aquarium | Watching the dolphins swim by
24: Peek | a | boo
26: Baby Shower | Baby Shower | Baby Shower | Baby Shower
27: Baby Shower | Baby Shower | Baby Shower | Baby Shower
28: First Playdate | Your daddy and Uncle Jaybe have been friends since your dad went to university. Mommy and Auntie Dar are friends now too. Charlotte "Char-Char" Allanson was born exactly two months before you and the two of you became really good play mates.
29: Hush Little Baby | june (3rd month) | Grandma & Poppa Rattray came to visit for a few days in June. They had tickets to a dinner theatre so we had fun watching their dog Pip. You really liked Pip and she liked you too.
30: 2 months old
35: june (3rd month)
36: At the end of June 2008, you and mommy drove up to the Okanagan for a family visit. First stop was at Granny Judy's house in Peachland. You slept almost the whole drive there! Mark, Michelle and Emily stayed there too. We spent an afternoon with your Auntie Grace where you met Michaela & Avery. Then we stayed at Grandma & Poppa Witzke's where we celebrated your very first Canada Day. It was nice to be with family, but mommy sure missed your daddy! Grandma & Poppa helped out with burping & baths. Over all it was an excellent trip. We even went to the beach with Auntie Donelda, her kids and Mr. & Mrs. Knox. | june (3rd month)
37: july (4th month) | Happy Canada Day (July 1/08)
39: Play Date at the Park July 11/08 | Three months old today! We met Auntie Claire and Auntie Dar at Ron McLean park for a picnic & play date with Char-Char, Audrey, & Evan. You guys enjoyed the water and sunshine. It was a fun day.
40: Each day you grow and develop. Mommy and daddy just love your smiley face! You are not a shy baby when other people hold you. We enjoy hearing your cheerful coos. | july 2008
41: July 25th we had Uncle Aaron, Aunt Mary, Meghan & Alex come stay with us for a few days. Uncle Dennis, Aunt Cheryl & Aunt Daphne also came out to meet you and have a visit with the rest of the family. | Family Visit - July 2008
42: CAMPING | Scotch Creek Shuswap Lake
43: When you were 3 1/2 months old we took you camping at Scotch Creek Provincial Park, one of our favorite campgrounds. You were born a camper - you just loved the outdoors! The Gamages, Posellas, Metiviers and Rattrays were all there. It was nice for the parents to spend time together & also for the kids to connect and play. The kids enjoyed having a baby along this year. They all adored you. | august (5th month) | bumper boats what a BLAST!
44: enjoying time at the park | hanging out at the camp site | bonding time with auntie | playing with your rattle
45: Scotch Creek | wall climbing | loving the fresh air | BBQ - Yummy! | Provincial Park
47: Four months old A nice visit at Grandma & Grandpa Rattray's before we head back home after our camping trip. It was a nice sunny day and it was great to kick back and relax and just visit with family. Granny Judy came over and spent the day with us too seeing she lives so close to your Grandma & Poppa. August 15th you had your four month shots. You whimpered a little bit but did not cry. Dr. Buie even thanked you for not crying and said you were growing and developing just fine! 50th percentile for height and 20th percentile for weight. 12 lbs 15oz, 61.5 cm length, and 41 cm head diameter.
48: Queens Park Petting Zoo | with Evan and Maya | hot summer day | baby goats
49: august (5th month) | 1st time in high chair Aug 17/08
50: Baby Girl | september (6th month)
51: Our little sweetie pie | Mommy's B-day
52: Having so much fun with the play gym | Lullaby and goodnight
53: We love to watch you play and listen to you squeal | Daddy's all dressed up for a wedding! | You started having a tough time with teething mid September | September (6th month)
54: October (7th month) | swim lessons!
55: October 8th you tried rice cereal for the first time. You were not sure at first, but then ate it with no problems! Next was butternut squash October 17th you got your 6 month shots at Dr. Buie’s office. You didn't cry when you got your shots. Weight 6.320 kg, (14 lbs 15 oz), 63.5 cm length, 42 cm head diameter. Dr. Buie said you were a smidge on the light side, but that you were progressing nicely.
56: Aldor Acres Pumpkin Patch
58: We had a Frightfully good time on Halloween
59: These Are The Moments I Live For | Trick or Treat - Give me something good to eat!
60: November (8th month)
61: Happy Birthday Daddy!
62: November 24th (7.5 months) you found your balance and sat without falling for the first time. You looked out your bedroom window and something caught your eye. Enough to distract you to sit long enough for mommy to take some pictures! Mommy cried she was so happy! At 7.5 months you ate your first meat meal with turkey in it (jarred food). You loved it and kept opening your mouth like a little birdie for more. | November 2008
64: december (9th month)
65: Poppa & Grandma came down to help us decorate for Christmas. We also celebrated Poppa's birthday. We loved seeing your reaction to the x-mas lights. You were blowing raspberries for us non-stop!
66: Christmas 2008
69: December 12th (8 months) we took you to the curling rink where you learned to clap for the first time while cheering for daddy! Dec 13th you cut your first tooth! December 24th we took you to the doctors to get weighed and measured. Height 70 cm, 44cm head circumference, and 15lbs 15oz.
70: Christmas dinner at the Allanson's house. The Brittons were there for dinner as well. It was a fun evening for all.
73: The winter after you were born we saw the most snow we've seen in years. Record snow fall for sure. | We drove up to the Okanagan the day after Boxing day. We spent a few days at each of the grandparents house visiting. We managed to visit all your aunts, uncles & cousins. Quite the feat for a 10 day visit!
74: january (10th month)
75: febuary (11th month) | Grandma & Grandpa Rattray came down for a visit. We celebrated Grandma's birthday and had some fun out in the sunshine as it was so mild!
77: Amanda's Baptism | March 1, 2008 | Welcome, precious little child, So fresh from God above, Baptized today in Jesus’ name, Held in His arms of love. May angels guide your tiny feet And bring you smiles to wear, And may our Heavenly Father Always keep you in His care.
79: A baby is a miracle sent from heaven above, to touch our lives with wonder, to fill our hearts with love.
82: March (12th month)
85: Daddy's Little Girl
87: Happy 1st Birthday | Amanda!
88: Wishing you everything happy for your birthday and beyond! | Amanda's 1st Birthday
89: 1st year portrait pictures taken on Mother's Day 2009