S: Ryan's First Year
BC: Lovingly made by Mammaw Strunk for Ryan's first birthday January 29, 2012
FC: My First Year, Too
3: Once upon a time, there was a mommy, a daddy, and a little boy. They decided that maybe their family wasn't complete, so they had me. ME Ryan Christopher Strunk I was born on January 29, 2011, at 1:29pm, in San Antonio, Texas, weighing 7 lbs 14 oz I was welcomed into the world by my family as well as my grandparents, uncle and aunt, and many other friends. It took a 'village' to get me here, but I came into the world making my presence known to all...... and this is my first year story. | that's right.......
4: 29 weeks | 27 weeks | 25 weeks | 20 weeks | 16 weeks | 12 weeks | 11 weeks | 8 weeks | Mommy and Daddy announced my expected arrival to the Strunk side of the family on the way to Las Vegas...... | about 7 weeks along .... I'm not very cute yet | Mommy's tummy is growing...... I guess really it's me!
5: 31 weeks | 35 weeks | 38 weeks | 34 weeks Christmas Day, 2010 | 33 weeks | At about 30 weeks, Mommy was put on bed rest so I could keep growing....
6: The evening before I arrived..... mommy is really ready to have me. | so much excitement..... | Hello World.... I'm here | January 29
7: They kept messing with me.......LEAVE ME ALONE | finally......snuggly and warm
8: Mommy's arms at last..... | Mommy, daddy and me | Daddy and me | Big brother, Alex's first look at me.....he's gonna be a great big brother
9: The paparazzi arrived to see how cute I was.......that included Gdaddy and Mammaw, YaYa and Pop, Granna, Uncle Mike and Aunt Jenny. It's a good thing I can sleep through anything right now....... | Granna | YaYa | Gdaddy
10: Granna | Mammaw and Alex | Aunt Jenny | Pop, Mommy, YaYa | Pop | Everybody wanted to hold me......it was okay with me | me and the guys
11: Uncle Mike helped my big brother Alex hold me.....
12: After a couple of days, it was time to go home.......Mommy, Daddy and Alex helped me get ready.
13: Home, at last | I love being held..... | a little bit of sleep | a lot of being awake
14: Bathtime | Brothers | YaYa and me
15: Daddy and me | Granna and me | Mammaw, Alex and me watching a movie | YaYa and me enjoying a few moments of quiet
16: Toward the end of February, I was settling into home life......... | I'm more alert now.....see, I even posed | Aunt Jenny and me.....just chillin' | The Strunk boys.
17: I like sharing nap time with my brother | Me and my Great-Grandmother Libby | Gdaddy and me.......good snuggles | Baths are overrated
18: I'm one month old, now, and I am growing like a weed....... | me and Uncle Mike | my big brother Alex trying to kiss me with Daddy | me and Daddy snoozing | Mammaw makes a soft pillow
19: I am much more alert, and every once in a while, I smile..... | my great grandmother, Mimi, holding me | Four Generations Daddy, Me and Alex, Granna and Great Pappaw | Just us guys......Daddy, me and Alex and Great Pappaw | I am soooooo cute......
20: I cannot sit up in a chair yet , but I prop up really well....... | Finally, I am two months old...I got some shots today..... See my bandaids?
21: YaYa to my rescue | still wobbly trying to sit up | and, my, how my expressions can change quickly
22: Me and Alex posing......ooops, my head rolled over...... | My mommy is so comfy.....
23: Brothers, forever | I think Alex likes me
24: April brought more sunshine and more smiles
25: I am growing like a weed | My Great Grandmother Libby and me
26: I'm cuter than the Easter Bunny | It may not be a chocolate bunny, but this binky is still pretty good
27: how do they expect me to hunt for eggs in this car seat? | My first Easter | Alex and me, Easter 2011 | Aunt Jenny, Uncle Mike, Alex, Daddy, Mommy and me
28: May brought many new and exciting things. | I can reach my toes | just wait til I get my hands free...... | Mother's Day in Katy | fun with Mommy...... they say I have 'killer blue eyes and a winning smile'
29: My first dinner at Taste of Texas although I didn't get to eat. It was a dual celebration for Daddy's birthday and because he was going to be deployed to an 'undisclosed location'........whatever that means. | Our first family portrait | My daddy makes me smile | Baby Dedication day at Kingsland, May 8
30: June arrived with plans for a vacation. I don't know what it is, but I'm ready. | Gotta be cool when you're a chick-magnet like me........just saying | Even chick magnets get tired...... | Daddy was always in our hearts and thoughts.
31: My daddy started his deployment training, so he couldn't go, but Mommy, Alex and me went with Gdaddy, Mammaw, Mike, Jenny and great Grandmother to Panama City Beach in Florida. | can't get enough of this beach stuff....
32: In the condo or on the beach, it was a really good time | Uncle Mike and me | Uncle Mike, Aunt Jenny and me | me and my great grandmother Libby | The last evening on the beach with Aunt Jenny, Uncle Mike and Alex
33: Aunt Jenny helped me write my name in the sand...... | Mommy and me | It's always nice to have a friend like Sophie....
34: After vacation we began moving to Katy, Texas to live with YaYa and Pop while Daddy was away. I was becoming more active and beginning to learn new tricks...... | me and Pop and some quality time
35: My daddy left for another training deployment when I was 5 months old. It wasn't easy for any of us.
36: July was a month of changes...... special times with family and then Daddy was off to Afghanistan for 6 months | Alex and I can play together now | I only sleep when it's convenient.... | We Strunk men | Uncle Mike has a soft arm | Daddy can sleep through anything
37: laughs and special time at the airport before daddy flew off | When DUTY calls.....
38: Aunt Jenny...... rocks | Granna, Alex and me
39: After Daddy went overseas, we lived in Katy with YaYa and Pop..... that means lots of photo ops with relatives | YaYa has a great shoulder to lean on
40: I like unusual places......I guess it's the confinement. | Alex and I like to wrestle | By August I was a little more fun to play with
41: Today I am 7 months old. I dressed up for the occasion and went swimming. | All those restless, sleepless nights.......I gotta catch up on sleep sometime. Might as well be during the day....
42: I think they are all in trouble now.......I can stand in my crib. | A box is a great place to play | Trying to catch me before church is a major effort. | September has arrived and there's no stopping me now
43: oh, the changing faces of a happy baby
44: I'm easier to take places now....Alex is showing me how to drive. IT IS FUN | I still get dirty, but baths are fun, too.
45: The year is flying by. I am crawling everywhere, and now I am pulling up to stand......it won't be long 'til I get these legs moving. | We talk to Daddy on Skype. This is a nice family photo from his side of the world to ours. | I'm trying to find my daddy....where did you say he was?
46: October is here and I am ready for the Halloween season......I look really cute in orange. | so much playing makes a boy tired | The weather is nice....we love to be outside
47: I'm still trying to find my daddy....where did you say he was? | oh, here? | you mean he's not coming home yet? okay then, I'll go get him.
48: I'm almost as big as Alex | my first tooth....no wonder I've been drooling so much.... | I have some really cute Halloween pajamas.....
49: after we went Trick or Treating, we went to Gdaddy and Mammaw's house for a little while | Ready for trick-or-treating..... I am a puppy and Alex is a dinosaur....mommy is a ladybug | Halloween Day
50: we got a surprise package in the mail from Daddy...... stuffed bears dressed in camo... | November gives us lots to be thankful for | The weather is still great and we love to be outside | wagon rides are fun.... | ...and great for napping
51: I found a perfect place to play inside | and I could still play outside, too
52: I have started trying to walk, and I love to climb onto or into things | me and Gdaddy are buddies | The Katy Tigers are still one of our favorite teams | I also like to test my limits | I'm really getting more independent
53: and Alex and I can wrestle without getting hurt
54: Thanksgiving Day | me and Great Grandmother Libby | me and mommy at the Strunk family dinner | I'm walking now
55: I'm getting too big for this placemat
56: December arrives and the Christmas Season is upon us | Santa, will you really bring me everything I want? | I still like confined places
57: posing under the Christmas tree | I think this Mickey ornament is for me
58: now, really, do I have to wear this? | I'm a Ryan-osaurus | It may be cold outside, but it's still warm enough inside for short sleeves.
59: The Christmas train was fascinating and I loved the lights....I also liked undecorating the tree
60: Christmas Day, 2012 | We dressed up in our Christmas clothes
61: What a busy day...while we opened gifts at Gdaddy and Mammaw's, Daddy joined us on Skype | The next morning I tried out my new scooter.
62: Even though it's December, we can still play outside.....Texas is never too cold.
64: January is here now, and I am really busy playing.
65: The bouncy house and the fort provided many hours of fun.....until I discovered the bouncy house was like a giant playpen.
66: I still like strange places | And just before my first birthday, I had to have a procedure in the hospital. It made me very sleepy.
67: Finally, January 29 has arrived. I am 1 year old. | I'm excited .....I have had several cupcakes and celebrations all day long.
68: When do I get more cake? | Wait.......NO HAT
69: ooooo.....pretty light | HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
70: I got some stuffed animals, and then....I got my own remote control.
71: CAKE TIME | It took me a few minutes, but I finally got the hang of it....and boy, was it good
72: I love this cake.......let me get every crumb
73: I think I may be on cake overload......this partying all day makes a boy tired. | Mammaw and Gdaddy were here when daddy got on Skype to wish me a Happy Birthday......
74: And, only one week later, my Daddy came home from overseas. We waited patiently in the San Antonio airport.......
75: And then.....his plane landed. When he walked off, we all were so excited to see him.......
76: What a great way to end my first year.....my family together again.