S: Braden Michael Kalinowski Volume 1. Our beautiful boy, welcone to the world!
1: I've been dreaming about you a lot lately and I still can't believe that I'm carrying you inside me. I've never imagined that my tummy would get this big. It's all so surreal... You are very active and you give me and your daddy such happiness whenever you make your presence known. You never fail to amaze us with your kicks, punches and somersaults. You've become so strong. Sometimes you shock me with your movements and it's so sweet of you to "tickle" me on the side. We are very very excited to see you...
2: Daddy & Mommy
3: Boy meets girl
4: A brand new little baby boy, to fill our hearts and lives with joy
5: Braden Michael Kalinowski
6: Your mommy as a baby
7: Your daddy as a baby
8: 7 weeks | 18 weeks | 12 weeks | 23 weeks | 28 weeks | 31 weeks | 33 weeks | 35 weeks | A grand adventure is about to begin
9: "You're gonna miss this, you're gonna want this back. You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast. These are some good times, so take a good look around. You may not know it now, but you're gonna miss this." - Trace Adkins | 42 weeks | You were late!! | 38 weeks
10: Daddy being silly building your room
11: What are little boys, made of? Frogs and snails, And puppy dog tails, That's what little boys, are made of.
13: Your room!!
14: Braden's Baby Shower April 3rd, 2011
15: Getting set up!
16: Let the shower begin!
17: spoiled baby
18: friends and family
19: smiling faces
24: time for cake!
26: present time!
37: Lots of presents | Daddy hard at work!
42: May 30th, 2011 Around 4 am ...
43: ...we head to the hospital!!!
45: Grandma and Grandpa "Patiently' Waiting
46: You're Finally Here!!
47: Braden Michael
50: NICU at HVHC... aka the hardest week of our lives
52: Transfered to Westchester Medical...
55: you get to come home!!
57: Grandpa sent a surprise all the way from England!!
60: Dear Braden, It seems only yesterday we decided we were ready to have a child. Now we've reach the point where you could be here any day. I won't lie, I'm completely terrified. Nights are spent wondering if I'm going to be good enough. My days are spent counting your kicks and wondering if you know how much we love you. It is amazing it is to feel your feet pressed into my sides. There is so much in this life that I want to show you., so much I want to share. I keep thinking of the lessons I've learned and what will be the best way to teach them to you. I want you to feel like you have it all even if I can't give you all the material goods you'll want. The first thing I want you to learn in this life, is that it's okay not to have it all. The most valuable thing a person can have is personality, followed closely by friends you can count on. If you ever make friends that try to change who you are then it's time to leave them and find ones that appreciate you for you. Not the image you create for their benefit. I might not always be the best mother. Someday I won't even come close. I'll get mad at you when I'm having a bad day. I'll forget your best friends name, I might let you watch to much TV or eat to much junk food. There are hundreds of things I could do wrong. I just want you to know that even when I'm drowning in all the things I'm not doing right I'll still be trying. I will spend the rest of my life trying to ensure that yours is the best it can be. I'm not perfect, its something you'll learn. Your daddy isn't perfect either. We are still the closest family you have and we'll do our best raise you right. To teach you the differences in right and wrong. Even if sometimes you might not think our approach is right. We will always give you the reason for the lesson not just the point. If you ever have to wonder why your in trouble it's a sure sign we're doing wrong. You are blessed to have the grandparents you have because they love you with every ounce of their hearts, Let's start with my daddy and mommy, yes I call them daddy and mommy still. My daddy is a very hard working man who does everything he can for his family even if it means he has to live very far away. It's hard at times but we know that it's for us and for a better life. He is so excited for you and you can thank him for all your Met's outfits and most likely all the 49ers gear. He taught me a lot and I could never give him back what he has given me, but I love him with all of my heart just like you will love your daddy. He will take you camping, to baseball games, fishing, aquariums and zoo's. He can teach you everything you want to know about computers but if Mac's still exist never bring them up or Apple products, but you will learn. Just know you have an amazing man as your grandpa and I'm glad you can have him as well.
61: Now to your Grandma. Where should I start with my mommy, well the first thing that pops into my head is loving and caring. Your Grandma is by far one of a kind and can make anyone laugh with some crazy joke of hers. She is a little crazy but thats what makes her amazing. You will never be bored with grandma even if it's going to the store or driving in the car. She has many blond moments and is very clumsy, so don't be shocked to see her fall over when standing still. She is very giving and will spoil you just like grandpa but you must be behaved and that is one thing that you will realize when you grow up. She is a very strong person and will stick up for her family no matter what. You are lucky to have a pretty cool grandma that will kick butt for you and you will see that being born into this family is a blessing. Your daddy's parents are amazing people as well, I can't write about them like my own parents since i don't know them like I know mine. What I have learned is that they are very strong people to go through what they have gone through and one day you will learn about it all. Your daddy respects women and is an amazing guy, this is in part of how his parents raised him. They will also take you on trips and tell you stories like your other grandparents. You fill their hearts with happiness already and you aren't even here yet. Because of you they are always checking up on me to see if i have food or if i need to go out when it's bad weather because mommy hates driving in bad weather. Your grandma likes to do arts and crafts and make things so you will have a great time playing with her. Grandpa likes to be outside and you will probably learn a lot of things that i could never teach you , things i don't even know! You have one uncle , my brother. He is awesome and when he can i know he will love to spoil you. He loves music , that is his passion. He listens to some crazy music though, metal mostly. I will never understand it! If you grow up and love metal i know who to blame . He is also like my daddy and is great with computers. I apparently got your grandma's brains because me and computers don't belong. He is very loving and always means well. He is the best brother anyone could ask for and even when we were growing up we were very close. Daddy and your uncle get along very well and have become brothers in their own way. When you get old enough to leave us it'll break my heart to watch you go, but I'll smile through my tears with the confidence that by then I'll have taught you all you'll need to know to make it out in the real world. I might have to let you learn a few lessons the hard way but for the most part I think you'll do fine. No matter what happens, I'm here for you, I love you, and I promise I'll do my best to be the kind of mother that makes you proud to have a place you can call home. Forever with love, Your Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox