BC: of 2012
FC: Learning About Love | 2011-2012
1: On January 27, 2011, we received the most amazing news ever... we were going to be parents! After only six months of marriage and no place to truly call “home,” we were so excited to take this next step into our lives and had no idea of the joy this new life would bring to us both. When Kayleigh Marie was born on that gorgeous October evening, our world literally stopped and our hearts opened to a love unlike any we had known before. Kayleigh taught us how to find a deeper love we had not yet experienced. This love brought us such joy we decided to do it all over again, and are now excitedly awaiting the arrival of Brynlyn Jade! | "No one will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you are the only one who knows what my heart sounds like, from the inside."
2: It's a Girl!
3: Pregnancy with Kayleigh went wonderfully and in the middle of May we finally found out her gender. Much to everyone’s surprise, we were so excited to learn that our first born would be a baby girl! On Memorial Day weekend, we cut into our special cake to reveal the news to our family and friends. That summer we bought our first house together, showered Mommy with many gifts for Kayleigh and took a last minute camping trip up to Maine with Bowden to hike and explore Arcadia.
5: On October 6, 2011, two days before our due date, labor started. I woke up with some cramps on a Thursday morning but went into work to tie-up some lose ends. After having contractions every 30 minutes all day long, I left work at 4pm and went in for a labor check. The doctors said she should be here by the weekend! I spent the evening resting on the couch, got into bed around 8pm and awoke at midnight with much stronger contractions. By 7am we were on the phone with the doctor's office and after laboring at home for many hours, we went to the hospital and Kayleigh was born at 5:28pm weighing 8lbs 7oz - This is when life really started!
7: Kayleigh was visited at the hospital by Nonna, Poppy, Aunt Jac, Patty and Jean She received some special gifts and Scott even managed to get the game on while she rested.
8: So excited to take our baby girl home!
11: Kayleigh enjoyed meeting all of her family!
12: Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!" - Dexter Kozen
13: Trick or Treat!
14: The ribbons of your love are woven around my heart
15: "Flowers have the sun, children have their mothers."
19: DAD: The Man, The Myth & The Legend
23: As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
24: Kayleigh gets baptised.
26: Holiday Memories Warm Even The Coldest Of Days
27: Family Is The Best Part Of
35: In the Spring, Kayleigh enjoyed her first of many visits to the park, she loved the swing and the slide!
38: First Family Vacation!
39: Siesta Key, FL
41: "Good times are even better when they are shared"
48: Family, Fun, Food and Fireworks
49: "Home of the free... Because of the Brave" ~Author Unknown | Let's Celebrate! | OOOOOOooooo! Aaahhhhhh! Ohhhhhhhh!!!
51: Best Friends!
52: On June 29, 2012, we were so thrilled to find out that our wonderful little family would be expanding once again! We excitedly shared the news with family right away at a 4th of July celebration at Nonna & Poppy’s house. We gave them this picture in a frame.
54: Fun Summer Nights on the Boardwalk!
58: Love/Valentines Day/Anniversary | “Before you were conceived, I wanted you. Before you were born, I loved you. Before you were an hour, I would die for you. This is the miracle of love.”
63: "The more you laugh the longer you live"
64: Hooray For Birthdays | "Our Little Pumpkin" Turned ONE!
65: Look At All These Presents, I Can Handle This
66: Happy Birthday to You | Hooray For Birthdays | It's A.....
67: Baby Sister!!!
69: We were so excited (and once again surprised!) to find out that we'd be welcoming another GIRL into our family! Kayleigh was so excited to learn that she would be a big sister, she showed us all of the things she could teach her like clapping, waving and playing with Mommy's jewelry!
70: In October, Hurricane Sandy hit and we took advantage of lots of time off from work, playing with cousins and trying to stay warm indoors!
72: Bath Time!
73: The best thing about me is you.
75: A season of love and laughter
76: Holiday Memories Warm Even The Coldest Of Days
82: 1 month | 2 months | 3 months | 7 months | 8 months | 9 months | The past few months have been just AMAZING !
83: 4 months | 5 months | 6 months | 10 months | 11 months | 12 months | 2011 and 2012 were very special to us in many ways. Clearly, Kayleigh's presence in our lives has been just the sweetest gift of all. We've been so touched by the love she has given us and the further meaning of life that we so look forward to expanding our family in 2013. Many off the highlights of the past few months have been outlined here and we know that there will be many more like this in the future!