S: Our First Year with Lilliana
BC: You are a princess in my heart, and I care for you so much. I love the fondness in you eyes and your tender little touch. I looked at you when you were born, and knew then straight away, that I would be forever here to watch you grow and play. You bring to me a heart of joy, and memories so great, and a powerful sense of fatherhood that no one can debate. I watch you sleep and dream of things that I can only wonder. That innocent look upon your face just makes my heart grow fonder. I see you run and jump and shout and calling out my name. No love that I have ever known could ever feel the same. No suffering or tragedy nor deeply seated pain could ever over shadow the bond that we retain. And so my little princess before you go to sleep, Remember I am your daddy and I am yours to keep.
FC: our first year with
1: My beautiful baby girl, you are my world. Your first day, at birth was the first of the rest of mine on earth. Your eye's so brown, just like mine, are like a thousand crystals reflecting the sky. Like pearly gates passage to your beautiful mind, and no one can deny a smile once caught in their shine. I could never deserve you, only thank God your mine and always be here for you, one step at a time. Your my silly sweet heart, sunshine on a rainy day. Your every laugh ever laughed then caught in a jar and displayed. Your personality is sassy at best, I'll tell you, "No" and you'll smack me a couple of times then lovingly lay your head on my chest. How could I be mad at you, why even try, to say you didn't have daddy wrapped would be a lie. Time after time, while God made you in mommy's belly, I'd worry late nights, 'til a small voice would tell me...don't worry, you'll be a good daddy for Alexa I promised God I would even if it killed me. I only hope that when your grown and start living on your own, you'll know it to be true...mommy and I tried to raise you right and take care of you. We loved you since you were new, all the way through, and continually do. I love you so much baby girl Love, Daddy
2: August 28, 2009 | Florida, 2006 | Prom, 2006
3: Daddy proposed on December 24th 2008 | Mommy said Yes!
4: On September 18th 2009, Mommy and Daddy found out Mommy was pregnant. Her first doctors appointment was on September 23rd. We got to see you on ultrasound for the first time. You were very tiny. Mommy was due May 12th 2010. | Ultrasound
5: On December 14th we found out you were a girl! | In every ultrasound you had your arm up next to your head. You always seemed to be hiding! | Mommy's belly was growing....and covered in a very itchy rash called the p.u.p.p.s rash. It was not fun. | Every time we had an ultrasound you were always head down.
6: Given by Aunt Jill, GiGi and Grammy
7: Aunt Jill threw a baby shower on May 7th 2010 and GiGi and Grammy threw another one on April 11th 2010. We got everything we needed and so much more! We are very lucky to have such amazing friends and family.
8: Alexa | s
9: Nursery | Grampa worked very hard to finish the room that would become your nursery. He built a window seat and a changing table into the wall. He painted the walls pink. Nanie and Grampa bought you a pretty green crib that matched your bedding and all your decorations in the room. It was the cutest little girls room ever!
10: May 4th, 2010 | 9:11 p.m. | 20 1/2 inches | 7 pounds and 12 ounces. | life is not measured by the breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breathe away...
11: "I knew I loved you before I met you."
12: The doctors told us that you had an infection and had to stay in the hospital for an extra seven days on i.v. antibiotics. It was so hard to see you with the i.v in your arm but you were a trooper. All the nurses and doctors were really good to us. The week went by fast with all our visitors. While we were in the hospital Mommy celebrated her first mothers day and birthday. | Cooley Dickinson Hospital Delivery Room 3
13: Baby Girl Battey | Very proud Grammy and Grampa | Nanie | looking like your daddy
14: & | After you were born | came to see and hold you.
15: This Certifies | This Certifies | This Certifies | Tiny Hands and Tiny Feet | Tiny Hands and Tiny Feet | This Certifies
16: 1st Day Home
17: May 12th 2010 was a cool and rainy day when we left the hospital after being there eight long days. It was so nice to finally be home. Guinness was very excited that we were home and he loved you.
18: Rub-a-dub-dub... | This was your first bath. It was the day we came home from the hospital. You did not like being naked in the water. You screamed the entire time. | First Bath
19: ...baby Alexa in the tub | You liked Daddy to bathe you. As you got older you splashed and laughed the entire time.
20: 1 - 2 months | You love being outside! | You are doing a great job picking your head up! | We went to see Dr. Kenny at Northampton Area Pediatrics. You are growing right on track and weighed 9 pounds and 6 ounces and were 22 3/4 inches long on June 5th 2010.
21: May-June2010 | You figured out your days and nights, letting mom and dad sleep all night!
22: You are very curious and happy! | 2 Months
23: 4th of July picnics and cookouts
24: 3 & 4 Months
26: Your first family vacation was to Emerald Isle, North Carolina. We went with Grammy, Joe, Vanessa, Bryce, Jaimie, Z, Raemon, Nanie, Grampa, Charlie, Sarah, Katherine, Noreen, Johnny, and The Josephs. We all had so much fun | Emerald Isle
27: 1st | Vacation
28: Someone wonderful, new and sweet. Has come to make our life complete. | September-October 2010 | You could sit on your own at 4 1/2 months. You toppled quite a bit though. | You love tubby time!
29: 4 - 5 Months | Always Happy
30: 5 Months
31: Alexa's 1st
32: October 31st 2010 Our Lady of The Hills Parish | Baptism
33: Your Godparents Mike Cesario & Erin Fleming | Amen
34: November-December 2010 | At 7 months you got your first tooth, it was on the bottom. | You said your first word, "DaDa" at 7 months and it was your favorite word for many months.
35: 6 - 7 Months | For thanksgiving 2010, we went to Aunt Carin's house. You ate your first Thanksgiving dinner from the food processor. You loved every bit of it.
36: We decorated the Christmas tree in the beginning of December! | Santa brought you a play tent, cozy coupe car, lots of toys and clothes! | The birth of Jesus Christ made all of this possible...
37: On Christmas Eve we went to Carrie and Tim's house to open to be with the Nugent Family. | We also went to the Shippee's house with the Battey Family. | You enjoyed the paper more than the presents! | On Christmas morning we opened presents at home, then went to Grammy and Grampa's house for a while and then celebrated with The Cronin Family!
39: Christmas | 2010
40: 8 Months | January 2011 | You weigh about 19 lbs now. | It snowed a ton this winter! | You love your walker. You get around very fast!
41: You like when people sing to you! | You love watching DaDa and Grampa plowing! | You had your first swim lesson with Auntie Hannah at JFK pool. You loved it!.
42: 9 - 10 Months | February- March 2011 | You finally started saying "Mama" at 9 months. But not until after you were saying doggy and kitty.
43: We found out that you have Kidney Reflux and didn't feel good often. | Your first Valentines Day and first St. Patrick's Day. | You started crawling at 9 1/2 months. You never made any efforts because you could get around in your walker so well.
44: April 2011
45: 11 | Months
47: Our first year with Alexa Marie
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