S: Mikayla Ann West * 1st Year
BC: Designed by Kathryn West
FC: Mikayla Ann West | November 24, 2009 | 1st Year
1: For You Created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother's womb. I Praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. ~Psalm 139:13-16
2: I found out that I was pregnant with Mikayla when Chris was in 7 level school for the Air Force in Texas. I waited an entire 2 weeks before telling him. I told him when he got home by giving him a gift with a GA Bulldogs onesie and these baby booties. He was a little confused at first, then jumped for joy at my news!
3: Our first ultrasound of her showed her to be a perfectly healthy baby. I was amazed at how well I could see her heart beating! We were ecstatic! It was such an amazing feeling to see her at only 10 weeks of development!
4: Baby Shower Time! | We all had a great time!
5: Games, Games, Games... | How big is my belly? | Not so good babyfood! | <-- Erin's Sexy Diaper
7: We had beautiful maternity photos taken by our wonderful friends, Ryan and Jessica, of White Rose Studios
8: I had never felt as beautiful and blessed as I did when I was carrying Mikayla! I now understood the feeling of motherhood... complete, uninhibited, unconditional love. She was a blessing from God!
10: The Love between Chris and I only grew during this time. We both felt the awesome blessing that had been granted to us.
12: We Loved you before we knew you
14: Mikayla Ann West November 24, 2009 9:11pm 6lbs, 11oz 18 1/2 inches Gulf Coast Medical Center Panama City, FL | "I loved you before I met you" | The long awaited day has come!
15: Mikayla's 1st photos
19: Father | Anyone can be a | But it takes a Special person to be a | Dad
20: 1st Bath
21: Clean, Comfy, & Content
22: Getting | to
23: know | Her
24: Nana & Papa | Meeting Daddy's Family
25: Great Grandma "Memaw" | Uncle Matt | Great Grandmothers are earth's angels
26: Going Home | We were absolutely exhausted after two nights in the hospital. I had to fight back tears putting Mikayla into her car seat. We were so happy to have our baby going home with us.
27: GettingHome | Once getting home, I couldn't hold back the tears any longer. It was so nice to finally be a Family! We had waited for Mikayla for 9 long months.
28: Mikayla's Nursery
29: When we all got home, the nursery was the most wonderful place we could have asked for. Mikayla loved her room from the beginning, and anytime she was upset, she calmed down immediately after entering the room. This is where we were able to start building our loving bond with one another.
30: Harley and Sadie were very curious about Mikayla especially when she cried. Good thing curiosity hasn't killed the cat yet!
31: Mikayla got to know her family during Thanksgiving. | Everyone fell in love with her right away! So easy to do!
33: Grandpa Don | "Guka"
34: Daddy's Family enjoyed getting to know her.
37: Cute as a Button
38: 1st Month
40: Christmas 2009
42: 2nd | Mo n t h
45: Go Georgia Bulldogs! | Our Lil' GA Cheerleader
46: 3rd Month
47: Meeting Granda's Family
48: Great Grandma Schow
49: 80th Birthday Party
50: Meeting Grandpa
51: Bly's Family
52: Grandpa Bly
53: Great Grandma Bly
54: Mikayla made some of the cutest faces, and she had a funny habit of tucking her thumb between her fingers.
55: Mikayla loved to sit and play in her bumbo seat. She liked to be able to sit up instead of lay on her belly or back. | Uncle Matt | Uncle Mike | Brandy
56: 4th Month | Mikayla's beautiful smile developed during this month!
57: Mikayla's 1st solid food was rice cereal. She "buzzed" her lips and spit it all over me. | When we went out to eat one day, Mikayla decided she wanted my drink. She liked the cold, sweaty glass, and she licked all over it. We couldn't stop laughing.
58: 5th Month
59: One of our favorite things to do as a family is go to Pier Park in Panama City Beach and walk, especially down the pier.
60: Uncle Jon, Uncle Mike & Aunt Erin came to visit in May. | 6th Month
61: when Mikayla played in the water at the fountains. | Another visit to Pier Park, once again, proves to be a lot of fun
62: Fun with Memaw and Nana
63: Mikayla loves her Memaw! | Fun with Papa & Uncle Matt
64: During Mikayla's 6 & 7 months, she started to do the "army crawl". She would pull herself around with her arms and push with one of her legs. | 7th Month
65: During this time, she also started to pull herself up on just about anything she could.
66: 8th Month | In July, we spent some time at the beach. Mikayla loves it outside, so of course she loved it there too.
67: Mikayla had a good time playing in the sand until she planted her face into it. | When Daddy took her out to the water to clean her up, we learned that she hated the water!
68: 9th Month
69: She seemed to like it quite a bit. She was just so cute crawling around in it with all smiles! | In August, Daddy had to go to Idaho for the month, so Mikayla and I went to GA and I made her a tutu to play in.
70: Mikayla loves | her Granda
71: Love comes from a Mother's Heart | God could not be everywhere; therefore, he made Mothers
72: 1st time eating noodles! It was so much fun watching her suck the noodles in, but, oh, boy, was she a mess when she was done. | Mikayla loves her animals, especially Harley! He lets her lay all over him. (Most of the time) | 10th Month
73: Even though Mikayla could stand holding onto things for quite some time, this is the time when we noticed she would stand alone for a good period of time. | This time she was clapping along with the TV without even realizing she wasn't holding onto anything.
74: 11th Month | Mikayla found my Minnie ears from Disney and loves them even though she won't keep them on for long. | She also loves to sit where she is not supposed to :)
75: She wore her pink tutu, and we found wings and a wand to match for Halloween! She enjoyed walking with Daddy.
76: 1st Birthday!
77: Mikayla is one lucky little girl! She got two birthday parties! She sure did enjoy opening her gifts!
78: Before her Nemo party on Saturday, we brought Mikayla over to Nana and Papa's, and cousin Haley brought Mikayla a really fun door to play with. Mikayla & Haley had a lot of fun playing with it together.
80: Mikayla loves Finding Nemo! She had a nemo cake! | Blowing out her candle!
81: Mmm, Mmm, Good! She enjoyed eating her cake! | Happy 1st Birthday, Mikayla!
88: We love you, beautiful baby, Mikayla!