BC: ON TO YEAR NUMBER 2
FC: GAVIN'S FIRST YEAR
1: lOVE AT FIRST SIGHT | DATE: March 27, 2009 | HOW MANY WEEKS ALONG ? 19 weeks | HOORAY! IT'S A BOY!
2: REMEMBERING THE JOURNY AND JOYFUL EXPERIENCES OF THE BIRTH & LIFE OF OUR BABY - GAVIN NELSON BRIDGER | DATE_______
4: HOPES & DREAMS | MOMMY'S WISHES FOR ME | From the moment I knew you existed, I loved you! I would need a thousand pages to say how much you mean to me and all that I wish for you, but really it's pretty simple: I wish that you are happy! I wish that you know how much I love you and that I always, always will; I wish that you love and will be loved throughout your entire life; I wish that you never think of yourself as less than perfect - you will always be perfectly you (and perfect to me); I wish that you can always see the lighter side of things and make fun a priority (life is not a practice run!); I wish you are able to appreciate all that you have,, that you know the value of friends and family and they know the value of you. I Love You Baby Boy!
5: DADDY'S WISHES FOR ME | I wish that you will have a long, healthy, happy and fulfilling life surrounded by people you love and who love you. I wish that you will have patience and perspective. The perspective to always see the broader picture, to never get caught up in the short-term negative and the patience to keep your perspective through these inevitable periods. Also, to have perspective to maintain humility and respect in all of the good times I know you will have! I love you more than I've known the ability to love someone even existed. I wish that your mother and I can provide you with the guidance to become a man who can confidently fulfill your own wishes in a manner that you can be proud of. Mostly I wish for you to find true happiness throughout your life, the kind of happiness that we have found with you coming into our lives! I Love You Gavin!
6: YOUR BIRTH STORY | CHOOSING YOUR NAME | Gavin Nelson Bridger - Mommy had 'Gavin' picked out way before she even knew you existed! and Daddy liked the name right away too! Gavin has Scottish origins and means "White Hawk/Little Hawk" - and you certainly were little when you arrived! Your middle name, Nelson, came from Daddy's grandfather. - Poppy Bridger's father. | WEIGHT: 5 lbs 8 ozs | MEASUREMENTS | BIRTH DATE: August 13, 2009 | BIRTH TIME: 6:58 p.m. | LENGTH: 19 inches | August 13, 2009
8: First portraits
10: MEMORABLE MOMENTS
11: We | We had lots of visitors your first few weeks: Nanny and Poppy Black, Nanny and Poppy Bridger and Uncle Blair. They all couldn't wait to meet you!
12: MEMORABLE MOMENTS
14: FIRST HOLIDAY | We also spent the night in Freeport to do some shopping. In Boston we went to the New England Aquarium, took you on your first Brewery Tour (Samuel Adams), enjoyed walking through Boston Commons. It was a great trip and you were a great traveler! | BOSTON - NOVEMBER 2009 | We took you to your first NHL game - Boston vs. Montreal. You we mesmerized by the all the people and the scoreboard. You stayed awake the whole time. Montreal won in overtime! Yay!
15: Mommy and you flew to Edmonton and met Nanny Black there. We had a two week visit with Uncle Gregor, Aunt Rachel and your cousins Abigail and Mackenzie. Daddy was in Las Vegas, so he flew in for the weekend to see you. We had a great visit! Abby loved helping mommy and reading to you and Uncle Gregor tried to convert you to be an Oilers fan, when we took you to your second NHL game! | EDMONTON - NOVEMBER 2009
17: FIRST CHRISTMAS
18: MILESTONES | FIRST FOOD - JANUARY 2010 | First Bath in the big tub! | _____________________________________________________________ | First ride in a sled!! | First "Big Boy" Pajamas!
20: Great Nan Woolridge's 90th Birthday
21: On a beautiful March day we walked to the "Sugar Bush" and you had your first taste of maple syrup. You really, really liked it and we knew you would have a bit of a sweet tooth! | A Trip to the Sugar Bush
22: MARCH 2009 - 7 MONTHS
24: Summer fun! | _____________________________________________________________ | Trip to Newfoundland
25: 9 1/2 Months | Your first word was Mom, but it took a while for Daddy to agree it was really your first word! Your next word was "WOW", which you said a lot!
26: MEMORABLE MOMENTS
27: Fun in the Sun!
28: FIRST BIRTHDAY | Happy Birthday Gavin! Your first year has been full of many wonderful memories. You have grown and learned so much! You just love having fun and laughing!
29: We had a great first birthday party at home with lots of friends. It was "A Very Hungry Caterpillar" theme. Just like in the book, you were such a tiny guy when you arrived, but in the first year you grew and grew and grew . You are an amazing little boy that we are so thankful we have been blessed with! We love you baby boy!