FC: Brooklyn Merjave
1: Mommy and daddy decided in April 2010 that we wanted to have a baby together. Mommy struggled so much because she thought she couldn't have anymore kids.
2: They were pretty excited about having a new baby. Bubby wanted a baby brother and sissy wanted a baby sister! | So we talked to bubby and sissy about having a baby because we knew that it would affect them as well.
3: On November 1, 2010 Mommy got her positive pregnancy test. She stood in the bathroom waiting for that line to show up, when it did her knees became weak and she started crying and screaming for daddy! Daddy didn't believe it at first so he made mommy take more tests to make sure.
4: Because Mommy already had bubby and sissy, she started to show pretty fast.Of course at first it was mostly bloating but mommy was still proud of it because she knew it was all to help grow you into a healthy baby!
5: Mommy and daddy did lots of research while mommy was pregnant. We wanted to do the best we could for you. | With that research we decided to cloth diaper you. Not only was it better for the environment but it was also better for your little tushy! That's what sold mommy and daddy on them. We didn't know if you were a boy or girl when we ordered the diapers but mommy tried to get them gender neutral!
6: Mommy had a hard time eating anything for a while because she had really bad morning sickness. Her meals didn't always make sense but she always made sure to eat so you could get your nutrition! | By December mommy was starting to show more and more, Now at 2 months daddy had to buy her some maternity clothes because her clothes were already getting too tight.
7: Aunt Stella and Uncle Augie bought you your first Christmas Present before you were even born!
8: We finally get to find out what you are!
9: February 14, 2011 We finally get to see Miss Brooklyn Nicole Merjave!
10: Mommy had so much fun decorating your bed and putting your clothes away, she couldn't wait to get all of your stuff ready for you!
11: This is from our trip to St. Augustine. Mommy and daddy got pictures in front of a big Mill wheel. Daddy, bubby, and sissy got to be silly and put on Masquerade masks. Then we ate some yummy New York style pizza. Daddy said it tasted just like the pizza he would get in New York. Then we went to the Wax museum and took some more silly photos!
12: Aunt Stella picked out a really cute duck cupcake cake | We had so much fun! | Aunt Stella and Mary did an amazing job!
13: You got lots of clothes and neat stuff, mommy had a blast looking at all of your stuff!
14: Shopping for you was so much fun!
15: 5 Months | Getting bigger and bigger!
16: Easter time... Bubby and sissy made an Easter egg for you too but we couldn't get a good picture.
17: Grandma sent you gifts too... | ...Some pretty night clothes... | ...And your car seat!
18: 7 months May 2011
19: It's finally get closer to your due date! Mommy was getting so sore and ready for you to be here! | You finally dropped... it wouldn't be long now before you joined us!
21: June 27th, 2011 Daddy came to bed around two am this morning. Mommy woke up to go to the bathroom and realized she was in labor. She let daddy get some sleep before it was time to go to the hospital. Mommy sat up counting contractions and playing on the computer until 5am. Finally she woke up daddy and said it's time to go. Sissy was staying the night with her friend and bubby wasn't happy about waking up that early but we finally made it to the hospital by 7am. Grandma and Aunt Stella was there waiting for us. Mommy got set up in her room and hooked up to the monitors. Mommy's midwife, Alice, arrived and broke her water. There was maconium staining but Alice said there was no need to worry. Mommy didn't have any time to get any medicine to help with the pain because you were so ready to come into the world. At 10:10am you were born naturally and daddy and Aunt Stella were so excited to finally see you. Mommy was too, she couldn't wait to hold you.
23: ... Aunt Stella was the 4th person to hold you. She loved watching you be born and felt and instant connection with you. Grandma finally got to hold you after they moved our room. | We were all so excited to finally hold you in our arms! Daddy got to hold you first, then mommy, then bubby got to hold you. He was so excited to see you and instantly fell in love with you...
24: You are such a loved baby, we were all so excited to finally have you with us.
25: We introduced you to Casper and Angel your first day at home. They had no idea what to think, Casper just smelled your foot and Angel was afraid to get close to you but eventually she warmed up to you. You didn't get to spend much time with Angel though, she passed away on October 15th, you were 3 months old.
26: Mommy loves taking pictures of you and holding you. You were always so peaceful.
27: We gave you your toy for the first time at only 2 weeks old, of course you couldn't reach it but it was still cute. You loved getting baths from the very first day. Mommy was excited about giving you a bath as soon as your umbilical cord came off!
28: No one could get enough of holding you!
29: That 1st month went by so fast, you smiled for the first time.
30: You're growing up so fast...
31: ...2 months already!
32: 3 months in a glance
33: Well, we've gone from pregnancy to you at 4 months. We've come to a complete year and I know we all can't wait to see where the next year brings us!
34: Daddy's good luck charm
35: My dearest Brooklyn, In the 5 months that you have been in our lives, you have been such a blessing. It's been a wonderful gift to be able to watch learn how to do things for the first time. You were truly my miracle. Since coming into this world you have made me a much better person and a better mother. I try to do my best and give you the best that I can. I know when you become a teenager chances are that we will fight and you will get mad at me and your dad, but I want you to know that your father and I love you so very much and we only do and say the things we do because we are only trying to protect you. I can't wait to watch you grow into a beautiful woman. You are an amazing daughter! I love you.