S: Natalie's First Year | Natalie Grace Bryant
BC: to be continued.... | 2 | YEAR | nd | Natalie's
FC: Natalie Grace Bryant
1: January 14, 2009, A new adventure begins | Natalie Grace Bryant | Born at 2:52 pm | 1.14.09 | 20.5 inches | 7lbs 4oz | You waited like a good little girl until the 14th to make your appearance. We showed up at the hospital around 5:30 that morning. Around 8am the Dr came in to break my water and they immediately started me on Pitocin. I was around 2cm and all the way effaced. They couldn't get a good read on your heartbeat so they put an internal monitor on your head and I was forced to bed rest from then on. Around noon or so I had already had a shot of stadol that made me loopy. I was talking your daddy's head off. I got the shakes real bad and finally asked for my epidural. It was worth every penny. I could finally relax, sit up in the bed and not feel a thing. Byron kept looking at the monitor and asking "you didn't you feel that" :) I was so relaxed that they had to stop the Pitocin twice because I was progressing fast. I starting pushing around 2pm. Those were the longest 10 second counts of my life! You came out a wailing around 2:50. Your Daddy was a champ. He didn't know who to help after you were born. He kept going back and forth from your station to my bed.
2: Home | You had quite an audience waiting to meet you. Nana, PaPaw, Big Daddy, Grammie & Uncle Nate couldn't wait to hold you. | SWEET | Home
4: You didn't seem to mind your first bath to much. You were very patient with the both of us as we fussed over you. | Bath | FIRST | Your
5: All warm and snuggly after your bath. | 1 week old
6: 2 weeks old 8lbs 11ozs | At two weeks, everything looks great. You had gained about 1.5 lbs. And you have spoiled us from day one by sleeping almost 5 hours straight at night and napping like a champ through the day.
7: READY FOR LUNCH - Daddy and I finally got brave enough to get out of the house. You got all dressed up but of course slept the whole time.
8: in the making | FRIENDS | Best | The start of a beautiful friendship
9: SMILES | Full of | 1 month old | Happy Valentine's Day
10: Our first road trip to kentucky you traveled like an old pro.
11: Tummy time was not something you EVER enjoyed!
13: 2 Months - 11lbs 8ozs - 24 inches Starting to roll tummy to back.
14: 3 | months old
15: You've found your toes and thumb. | "Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories." --Cathy Allen
16: MOTHER'S | Day | My first | - down on the farm - | "Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."
17: You got to meet Aunt Angie and Amy for the first time. We decided to have a cookout at the lodge to accommodate everyone. And the weather was perfect! I couldn't have asked for a better Mother's Day weekend.
18: We got the green light to start cereal. | 4 months old 14.5 lbs 27.5 inches | I think Daddy enjoyed feeding your more than you liked the cereal.
19: "Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." ~Elizabeth Stone
20: DAY | Memorial
21: We were so excited for you to go home and meet Heather, Jason and Kaitlyn for the first time. You two will definitely keep Nana & PaPaw on their toes as you all grow up together. | Kaitlyn, 7 months | Natalie, 4 months
22: You'll eat just about anything except peas and you always end up in the tub from it.
23: 5months Unfortunately it was your first visit to the hospital
24: "children are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation" | Sholar Family Reunion, Olive Branch MS
26: "Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad."
27: Such a | BIG GIRL | - sitting up & rolling over -
28: Nana & PaPaw came down to visit us over the 4th holiday. Maybe next year you can stay up long enough to see some actual fireworks. | 4 | th | of | JULY
29: FIRECRACKER | My little
30: "On this day we place our child in God's care forevermore."
31: I was a little worried you would be to big for your Christening gown but we managed to get it over your head. It's the same gown I wore 30 years ago that MaMaw E made and it has been worn by all the grand and great-grandkids.
32: You can sit on your own with no problem, roll all over the place, play with toys in both hands, and Grammie swears your are starting to rock on your hands and knees. | 6 months old 16.5 lbs 28 inches
33: "Little girls bring such delight with hearts so warm and smiles so bright."
34: SUN | Fun in the | - this little bikini babe is a water bug -
35: JUST HANGING OUT Just shy of 7 months you started crawling and pulling up onto things. You love your walker to chase Bogey around and one of your favorite toys is a pot to bang on while Daddy cooks dinner.
36: A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend | Grammie & I took you to the park for your first time in the swing. It was a little big for you.
37: "No symphony orchestra ever played music like a little girl with her dog." | laughing | 7 months old
38: What a | GOOFBALL | - showing off your gummy SMILE for the camera - | DAY | Labor
39: EVERYTHING | Getting into | You're into everything these days. If we shut your bedroom door you play with the door stopper and try to swallow it. If I'm folding clothes you like to try and open the drawers, or even better the trash can. And Bogey has quickly become your own personal jungle gym.
40: Well you made it 8 long months without any major bruises until you decided to nose dive into the end table. You cried a little bit, but I think it made you mad more than anything. No worries though, by the next day it was just a sliver of a bruise. No harm done. I'm sure it's the first of many. | 8 months old
41: Happy birthday Daddy!
42: Move over Bogey, there's a new dog in town and his name is mulligan
43: 9 Months - 18.9lbs and 29.5inches
44: PUMPKINS | Pickin' | - Nicholas-Boyd Farms -
45: It was a little chilly but you enjoyed being outside, seeing the farm animals, playing in the pumpkins, and watching all the older kids.
46: The cupcakes were a big hit. Kaitlyn turned hers upside down and ate the cake part and you dove right into the icing and squished it between your fingers. | 1 | Kaitlyn's
47: friends | "Cousin to cousin we'll always be, special from the same family tree."
48: We actually missed your first Halloween, but Nana took a few pictures for us while we were gone. I don't think you did much trick-o-treating since you can't walk or talk yet, but you enjoyed handing out candy to neighbor's kids.
49: HALLOWEEN | trick-o-treat | First | - my little flower's -
50: NATALIE? | Where's | You are pretty sneaky. You'll go into the kitchen and play around on the bottom shelf of the bakers rack, inching closer as you play with Bogey and then, just as I wasn't looking, you made a mad dash for the stairs. You were fine until you realized we were behind you and you turned and let loose. Thank goodness I was there to catch your little butt. | - on the stairs -
51: You are so close to walking. Your balance has really improved, you love holding on to our fingers and cruising around the house or yard, and you've even managed a step or two before falling down. | months old | 10
52: DAY | Turkey | Kody 3 weeks Jackson 3 months | We made it to three different Thanksgiving dinners, and I think you ate at all three of them. You got your first taste of mashed potatoes at Granny's and loved them.
54: months old | 11 | FINALLY...It's official, you popped your first tooth at 11 months. It's was one of the bottom middle teeth and boy were you cranky.
55: DADDY'S LITTLE WILDCAT - You really didn't have any choice but to be a UK fan. But now with a new coach, it's fun again! Your jersey is a game day must, and whenever Wall dunks the ball you and Daddy always high-five. Actually you are the only kid I know who will sit on Daddy's lap and listen to the Coach Cal show online. | Go Big Blue! | C-A-T-S
56: A little girl is sugar and spice and everything nice, especially when she is napping.
57: Queen of the | BEDHEAD
58: HALLS | Decking the
59: You didn't mind the real Santa at all, but weren't to sure about the stuffed guy. You poked and pulled at him. Maybe you thought it was suppose to talk to you because you finally sat in front of it, jabbering to him. You mostly just wanted to unpack the boxes.
60: For a girl who has no problem picking up bugs or playing in the dogs bowl, you didn't want anything to do with the snow. Maybe it was all the clothes you had on. We had to layer a lot because we weren't exactly prepared for this. Oh well, there's always next year.
61: Let it | SNOW!
62: Merry | CHRISTMAS
63: The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy all wrapped up in each other. | family
64: We also celebrated PaPaw's birthday. | Your first Christmas was a good one. You were up and ready to go at about 5 a.m. We opened gifts at Grammie's first before heading to Nan and Granny's. | You & Grammie opening gifts
65: BEREA | Christmas in | Granny Dot, Nana, Nat & Daddy | Azlynn, Camden, Kaitlyn, Brayden, Nat & Eli
66: It's been an amazing year watching you learn to sit, roll, stand and walk. Changing from a baby to a sassy little lady. You love to laugh, chase the dogs and snuggle in Daddy's lap. From bottles to sippy cups, no teeth to five, this year has flown by – I can’t believe you’re one. Thank you for making us parents and being such a great daughter. For all the blessings, smiles and joys you bring to us, Happy 1st Birthday Nat. We love you and cannot imagine our lives without you. You have added more love to our lives than we could have ever imagined. Love Mommy & Daddy
67: 1 year old 19.4 lbs 31 inches | A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the and promise of the future. | hope
68: - my baby girl turns 1 - | NATALIE | Happy Birthday
70: We decked out the lodge with as much pink as we could possibly find for your first birthday party. You received all sorts of toys, clothes and even some money. You started out a little slow when it came to smashing the cake. I don't think you cared for the icing on your hands at first, so you dove into it head first, no hands. And the rest is history...