S: Our First Year with Reece
FC: Reece Cohen Collier
1: Reece, We can't even begin to express how much we've enjoyed watching you grow and learn for the past 12 months. That once teeny tiny baby sleeping in our arms has now become a happy, walking, jumping, babbling baby boy who is so curious about the world around him. We pray every day that God will show us how to be good parents - ones that will teach you right from wrong and what to expect from the world as you grow. We want to show you how to be an admirable young man who is honest, dependable, respectful, funny, and most of all, a humble man of God. We wish so much for your life, Reece. We hope that you know that we will always be here for you, no matter what happens. We feel so lucky and blessed that God chose us to be your parents. We love you more than words can express!! Mommy and Daddy
2: We're having a baby! | We found out that we were pregnant with you on June 27th, 2010. The first people we told were Uncle Adam and Joyce because they were visiting us in Tennessee! We were beyond thrilled that you were growing in my belly! | Your first picture!! I was only 7 weeks along - but you can see the "yolk sac" that nourished you. You looked like a little blob :) Daddy said in the bottom picture, that it looked like you were holding a balloon! | We went back to the doctor when I was about 12 or 13 weeks a lot for more tests and another ultrasound!! We were so surprised at how much you had grown - you actually looked like a real baby! Although it was too early to see if you were a boy or a girl, Mommy had a strong feeling that you would be a little boy :) | 12w2d | 7weeks | 5weeks | 12w2d | Dad called this picture "The Punisher"
3: We went for another ultrasound when I was 20 weeks and 2 days along. It was the "anatomy" ultrasound and we got some 3D pictures of you! They told us you were perfectly healthy! | We also found out for sure at the ultrasound appointment that you were indeed our little BOY!! | At almost every ultrasound appointment that we had, you had your little hand in front of your face, like you were hiding from us :) | Another 3D ultrasound - it's amazing how much detail we could see of your sweet little face! I was 30 weeks and 5 days along. This was the last ultrasound we had before you were born.
4: months of | 15w3d | 17w4d | 21w | 28w | 28w | 29w3d
5: 33w1d | 33w1d | 21w4d | 25w1d | 21w4d | 29w3d
6: When we were in Newport News for Thanksgiving, Donna and Sabrina threw me a baby shower! It was my first baby shower and I got a lot of cute baby clothes, diapers, and accessories. One step closer to being ready for your arrival! | I brought my fetal heart beat monitor and everyone took turns listening to your heartbeat :)
7: The very weekend before you were born, we went to Big Stone Gap for a baby shower thrown by your Nonna! It was at her church and all of her friends helped decorate, made food and desserts, and brought tons of gifts!!! We were so blessed to receive so many things we needed before you arrived!
8: February 6, 2011 | 8:50 am | 18 inches | 5 lbs 12oz | The day you stole our hearts
10: I had been having contractions for weeks. They had finally calmed down on Saturday night when we went to bed. I woke up at 1:58am to very painful contractions that did not stop. After 2 hours, I decided that it was time to head to the hospital - especially since you weren't due for another month! When I got to the hospital at 5am, I was 6cm dilated. I got a wonderful epidural and you were born shortly after - at 8:50am on Superbowl Sunday! Despite being born at 35 weeks and 4 days, you were perfectly healthy. We are so blessed!
11: Your birth was a very exciting time in our family's lives. You are the first grandchild for each of your grandparents, except your Granddad. They were all here after you were born, as well as Uncle Adam, Joyce, Keith, and Donna. Grammy stayed with us for 2 weeks after you were born, then Nonna came to stay for a week. After that, your Aunt Sabrina visited for a few days and then we made the long drive to Newport News, Va to introduce you to your great grandparents. You are loved by so many people, Reece!
13: 10 days old
14: 1st | days at home... | 1st
15: 1 Month Old
18: Baby's First
19: E | A | S | T | E | R
20: You may have been little at birth, but by 3 months you had plumped up quite a bit. Our little chunky monkey! Your smile melts our hearts. You're little personality is starting to shine!
21: 3 Months Old
22: When you were almost 4 months old, you went on your first vacation to Destin, Florida. You rode on an airplane for the first time and did great. We had a wonderful time with the whole family - both sides. You loved the pool and your new float. You also started sleeping through the night while we were there. | Your First Vacation
24: First solid food!
27: 6 months was the perfect age for your first summer! You were able to sit up by yourself and enjoy the world around you. We went to the lake and the beach - turns out you're our little water baby!
28: First Family Trip to Nags Head, NC | You were such an enjoyable baby. You loved to be outside and go places. You started sleeping through the night at 4 months, and gave up your "bink" when you were 5 months. You loved to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and always smiled with the "Hot Dog Dance".
30: 7 months old
31: You love bath time. You love your bottles, and milk always makes everything | better. You love to stand up and jump. You love eating puffs, especially | when you can pick them up all by yourself. You're taking 2 naps a day for 1 to | 2 hours. You are starting to babble and say "DaDa". You're army crawling.
32: Reece's First HALLOWEEN
34: 9 Months
35: We spent your first Thanksgiving in Newport News, Va. Your great grandparents loved spending more time with you! You had your first cold while we were there. At 9 months, you had 4 teeth - 2 on the top, 2 on the bottom!
36: Baby's First | Christmas
37: You loved Santa!
38: 10 Months
40: I'm 11 months old
41: You're crawling on your knees instead of your belly. You're standing alone and "cruising" along every piece of furniture! You enjoy playing with your toys and exploring new areas of the house!
42: My 1st Birthday Party!
44: On your first birthday, we wanted to do something special! Mommy took the day off to spend with you. You had some of your | favorite foods for breakfast and lunch - strawberries, oatmeal, and Daddy's homemade pizza. When Daddy got home from work, Granddad came over and we all went to Coolato Gelato for ice cream! I ordered you "birthday cake" flavored gelato, but you liked Dad's chocolate the best!
47: Happy Birthday, Boogie!