S: Alexis Arlene Inglee: May 22, 2009 - May 22, 2010
BC: Made, with so much love, for you, Alexis, by your Mom I love you today more than I did yesterday but not as quite as much as I will tomorrow.
FC: Alexis Arlene Inglee May 22, 2009 to May 22, 2010 | A wee bit of heaven drifted down from above- A handful of happiness, a heart full of love. The mystery of life, so sacred and sweet- The giver of joy so deep and complete. Precious and priceless, so lovable, too- The world's sweetest miracle, Alexis, is you. | 05.22.2009 | 05.22.2010
1: Alexis Arlene Inglee The First Year Friday, May 22, 2009 - Saturday, May 22, 2010 | "On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peek in to see you and the night wind whispered "Life will never be the same." Because there had never been anyone like you... ever in the world." * Nancy Tillman from On The Night You Were Born *
2: One week prior to giving birth and feeling good... Still not sure if you're a boy or a girl! | The day before I was induced - Grammy & Papa came to pick up the pets and to wish us good luck.
3: Preparing for Your Arrival: * You were conceived within the first month of "trying" for a baby - late August of 2008 * We picked the name Cade Kruse Inglee for a boy and Alexis Arlene Inglee for a girl * As you were a girl, your name means "defender" or "protector" but we just liked the name * Your middle name comes from your Maternal Grandmother - Arlene Lois * Daddy painted your nursery. We choose not to find out your gender so we picked hues of butter yellow and cornflower blue with cream furniture * We went to two different classes to prepare for birth: a birthing class Mommy did not care for and a baby safety class, both offered through the hospital * Before you were born, you had 11 cousins on the Inglee side of the family and 5 on the Kruse side, all in Colorado. All 4 of your grandparents were healthy and living nearby * I did not crave many food items during pregnancy but moreso had many aversions. I could not stand even the sight of tomatoes or raw meat. I slept a lot but also remained very active with prenatal yoga, prenatal weight and cardio exercise.. I loved ice cream and orange juice * At 4-months into my pregnancy, another driver rear-ended me and I had to go to the ER. At that point, we realized, although you were fine from the accident, the placenta had a condition known as Placenta Previa. This allowed us to have multiple ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy and I had to be monitored a bit more closely. In the end, it did not cause any complications
4: After a relatively easy labor, you were born on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 4:04 pm, weighing 7 pounds, 8.5 ounces and measuring 18.5 inches.. We finally had our baby girl. You were the most amazing creation we'd ever seen. We were in love, instantly.
5: Within an hour of birth, Grammy & Papa came to see you. Mimi & Papa Bear followed shortly.
6: In the hospital, you were an easy baby to take care of. Our nursing staff was amazing and you were completely healthy. You were also a good eater and the best snuggler around. We soon began calling you Buggy. | The dress and bonnet you wore home from the hospital.
7: The flowers friends & family sent | The stork announcement that greeted us from my sorority sisters | One Week Old | Five Days Old
8: For this child, I have prayed, and the Lord has granted my request. 1 Samuel 1:27
9: While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. *Angela Schwindt * Photos taken by Aunt Julie one week after you were born.
10: Month One included Daddy's First Father's Day and So Much Fun
11: The Big Day * Mommy was induced the evening of Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 9:00 pm and you were born on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 4:04 pm at Swedish Hospital in Denver, Colorado. You were in the 20th percentile. The Midwife who delivered you was Jayne Jones. She was wonderful. Daddy was a bit confused when you came out as to if you were a boy or girl but Jayne confirmed you were a girl. Daddy cut your umbilical cord and they placed you in my arms immediately after. You then were weighed and measured: 7 pounds, 8.5 ounces and 18.5 inches. You nursed within 10 minutes of being delivered. You latched immediately. You certainly were a hungry lil' girl. You had a lot of hair, very dark skin and dark eyes. You were incredible. Your first visitors were Grammy and Papa and next came Mimi and Papa Bear. The rest of our family followed and we also had a few friends come to visit while in the hospital. Your first address was 342 S. Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80209 You did not have siblings but we had a Chocolate Lab named Hank and a Burmese cat named Sophie You slept in our room for the first 6 months of life in the cradle Papa made for you. You LOVED your pacifier, scratch mittens and being swaddled. You also liked the swing. You ate every 3 hours and hated having your diaper changed. You enjoyed walks in Washington Park. Mommy was working as a Catering Manager at Hyatt and Daddy was a Correspondence Manager at Invesco
13: Grand Lake, Colorado: Your First Vacation with the Kruse Family June 2009
15: During your second month you: * went to grand lake for your first vacation with the kruse family * took lots of walks with mommy, Annah & Scout * celebrated your first forth of july * discovered your hands and let us take off your mitties * began to hold your head up * loved being outside
17: In Your 3rd month, you became more and more active. You loved bath time, you smiled and giggled lots and you loved the bath! | This was the last month I got to stay home full-time with you prior to going back to work (part time) at Hyatt. We had a lot of fun days together, enjoying being outside together, gardening, reading books and working on getting you stronger and stronger! | SUMMER
18: Four Months Old! | * You had your first taste of rice cereal and weren't quite sure about it just yet... but you learned to love it! * You began to sleep through the night at 14 weeks (from 7 pm - 7 am) * You went to Annah's cabin and to the Kruse condo * Mommy & Daddy left you with Aunt Julie & Uncle Ryan for the first overnight we'd been away from you. You did great but it was hard on Mommy! * Mommy went back to work (part time) while Daddy stayed home with you, looking for a new job after being laid off * You smiled... ALL the time! | Rice Cereal Time!
19: Your Best Friend, Scout | Always havin' fun together!
21: First Halloween: October 31, 2009 | To celebrate your first Halloween, we took you to the pumpkin patch with Hank. You loved all the animals and picking out our very own pumpkins. We also went over to Mimi & Papa Bear's for pumpkin carving with your cousins and you dressed up as a Ladybug since you are our little Buggy. On Halloween, the three of us, Hank and Sophie carved pumpkins. You were still so small, you fit in one Daddy grew in the garden!
23: At five months, you were smiling all the time! You were able to sit up in your Bumbo (the blue chair) and you loved watching Mommy prepare things around the kitchen. Your reflexes were becoming stronger and you loved to be standing up. Your favorite activities included the Exasaucer, the Bumbo, your swing and being held and/or read to. Daddy was still staying home with you, at this point, while Mommy worked part time. On days we had off together, we would take you for walks, out on errands and to see your buddies. You were also sleeping like a champ!
24: For you are fearfully and wonderfully made Psalms 139
25: We had you baptized at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, the same church Mommy was baptized in and the same church we got married in, on Sunday, November 29, 2009. You wore a gown that has been passed down on the Inglee side through generations and the bonnet Aunt Karen gave you. Everyone from both sides of the family were there and Grammy & Papa graciously hosted a breakfast in your honor before where Mommy read the prayer she wrote (below). As your parents, we hope you choose to walk with Christ through life, Alexis. We will forever thank Him for your life, daily. Dear God: It is with a humble heart that we begin Alexis’ journey into Christianity with prayer. Thank you, God, in all your glory, for taking us through a safe pregnancy, a protected labor & delivery and for blessing us with the gift of Alexis’ life. We praise you for our families, gathered here today as they have been a source of constant strength, support, unconditional love and security. We praise you, Lord, for giving us your own Son so that we may experience all the joys and riches both on earth and in our eternal life. On this day, Lord, we are cementing a promise with you as we take our commitment to Alexis one step further. We pledge to introduce spirituality to her, to lead her and guide her in her beliefs and to provide living examples of what you want for us as Christians. As her parents, please grant us wisdom, patience, compassion, understanding, discipline and never ending love. Like Alexis, we are your children and depend on your direction to raise her. Please God, bless our baby girl today and throughout her life with safety, health and happiness. Please walk along side her, protecting her from harm and providing a life full of your most desirable riches: family, faith, friendship and conviction. It is with joy in our soul and hope on our hearts that we bring her to you in baptism. Thank you a million and one times for our baby girl – Alexis Arlene Inglee.Amen
26: EATING We thought you were having so much fun ... Until you fell asleep!
27: At 6-months, you ate your very first meal - we gave you was sweet potatoes and you loved it. You also began to sit up, all by yourself, and you love. love, love bath time. Most of the time, Daddy gives you a bath but from time to time, Mommy does or we both do. Your 6-month check up went smoothly - you weighed 15 pounds, 9 ounces and you were 26-inches long. You also celebrated your first Thanksgiving. We went to Aunt Karen and Uncle Jason's house and had dinner with everyone. It was a good day and you napped very well over at their house. You also enjoyed your sweet pea and sweet potato baby food. This year, we are so thankful you are alive and healthy. We love you, Alexis, forever and ever.
29: Like every other month... Seven months came and went far too fast! Your little personality is coming out, just as it has in past months, more and more. This month, you took your first try at the swing set in Washington Park and you LOVED the thrill of going up and down. You smiled and just giggled your head off. You also, sadly, got sick for the very first time. All you wanted was to be held, cuddled and loved. Luckily, your cold did not last too long and we didn't need to see the doctor. We also traveled up to Grammy & Papa's condo in Copper Mountain with Annah, Ben & Scout and took a great hike and went swimming. It was snowy but so beautiful up there. You and Scout had so much fun together and we loved getting away with our two girls. Your love for books continued and as you were crawling (ALL OVER THE PLACE!) and sitting up - you soon discovered your basket of books which would keep you entertained. You also began to pull yourself up to standing in your crib... you just weren't quite sure how to get down. You certainly were proud of yourself though and beyond adorable!
32: I’m not sure why we didn’t take more photos of your first Christmas, Lexi, but perhaps it’s because my favorite moment from that day is one that could never be captured by camera. I turned 30 on December 24, 2009 – one day shy of your first Christmas. You, Daddy and I had the morning to ourselves at our house and then we headed up to Boulder for Christmas Eve service at First Pres and dinner with Grammy & Papa. We woke up Christmas morning at their house, opened a few gifts and enjoyed a leisurely morning with them. Next we went to Mimi & Papa Bear’s to celebrate with all your aunts, uncles and cousins. Again, we enjoyed a nice dinner and opened far too many gifts. You were given quite nice presents a bear sled, hat & mittens, books, a push wagon all sorts of good stuff. Mimi and Papa Bear made you your own porcelain Christmas tree which will likely last far into the future. But it was when I was putting you to bed that we created a memory that will never fade. After hours of being passed from person to person, you and I headed to your Aunt Brooke’s childhood room. Mimi keeps a crib up there and it’s where you nap when we are over at their house. It was time for me to put you to bed so you and I left everyone and went upstairs to nurse and to say our Night Night prayers.
33: I’m not sure if Mimi has the little twinkle lights up year-round or if she put them up just for you that evening but the room was softly lit and on the dresser, a miniature porcelain Christmas tree (like the one Mimi & Papa Bear made you) was glowing. I turned on the radio for some soft background Christmas carols (one of my absolute favorite things about Christmas) and we got comfy cozy together on the bed. Lying there, I nursed you until you fell asleep and in that moment, I could not have wished for a single thing more. You were so peaceful, so full of hope, so incredibly innocent. You fit perfectly in my arms and the love I felt for you as my daughter overflowed into tears as I thought about this, your first Christmas. Thanking God over and over for you, I realized your life was a greater gift than anything I’d ever been given and it is more meaningful then any item could ever be. I thought about how you gave me a gift no one ever had before. You made me a Mommy. I think I stayed up there, just watching you sleep by my side, for nearly an hour. No one noticed I was gone and to me, this was far more powerful and meaningful than anything or anyone else in the world at that moment. Listening to soft Christmas carols sung to celebrate the birth of our Lord as I held my first born carried more emotion then I can even put into words. I was so thankful for your life and so content with where I was in life. I was so thankful that I’d been blessed with the gift of YOU. You will never remember what we did or who we saw or what you were given that day and night. These images and this description will paint a picture for you and hopefully, you will have many, many more special Christmas day memories. As your Mom though, I want you to know, I will never lose sight of just how very special that day was to me and how I hold that memory shared between just the two of us, as one of my very favorite Christmas day memories. I want you to know that moment will forever live in my heart. I love you, Alexis.
35: 8 Months saw your very first New Years Eve and New Year's Day. We spent them with the Worlands and you had a fun time. You continued to become more and more active, standing every chance you could and cruising all around. Two of your favorite toys included a stand-up musical toy and a round smiley face with a mirror on the other side. You loved seeing yourself nd discovering your expressions. You constantly were so happy and full of excitement - you'd kiss yourself over and over in the mirror. You also very much loved to smile, giggle and play. You began wearing bows in your hair, much to everyone's delight, and Mommy would often buy you tulips to bring color and freshness to your room as it was cold outside. You also gave up bottle feeding - we tried EVERYTHING to get you to take the bottle again but you refused. Luckily, you were still nursing and eating solid food. Stubborn lil' thing...
37: At 9-months, you were on the go! You were trying so, so hard to walk and you were very happy to push your wagon and walking toys all around. We took a fun trip up to Copper Mountain with Grammy and Papa and you enjoyed a dip in the indoor pool. You continued to love books and you would pull them all out, look at them, and scatter them around. You also got your first two bottom teeth! At your 9-month doctor's visit, you weighed 17 pounds, 5 ounces and you were in the 38th percentile for weight. In terms of height, you were 27 inches tall which put you in the 23rd percentile and your head was in the 77th percentile. Smart girl!
41: Over your tenth month, your biggest accomplishment was taking your first steps! After trying again and again, you finally took about 5 or 6 steps on your own to Mommy in the living room on April 15, 2010. You were so surprised and we were so proud of you! You enjoyed Easter and celebrating with family. You also enjoyed going to Scout's first birthday party and discovering new and different things every day!
43: We spent our first Mother's Day just being together, with family. We took a trip to Paulino's Home and Garden store and the three of us planted flowers in the backyard to welcome the summer. We also made trips to see Mimi and Grammy and to spend time with your Grandparents and extended family members. We didn't do anything "BIG" on our first Mother's Day but simply being together is what mattered most to me as you are more of a blessing than I could have ever imagined. You add depth and purpose to my life, you have changed me in ways I never thought possible. The love I have for you, Alexis, is beyond measure and unlike any other love I have every experienced. Loving you is what I do best and the gift of Motherhood is one beyond abundance. You fill my life with happiness.
45: 11 Months! * First Mother's Day * First airplane trip to see Tracy, Alex & Ty in Maryland - you did GREAT! * First 4-day period away from Daddy * First experience at The Little Gym... You were excited to use your legs to climb and explore.... So much fun! * First bubble bath... You weren't sure what to do so you just screamed, laughed and splashed
46: Your 12-month Stats * 18 pounds, 10 ounces putting you in the 13th percentile for weight * 28-inches tall putting you in the 15th percentile for height
47: A year went by in the blink of an eye. We celebrated your First Birthday by taking a bike ride (with your new helmet) in the morning followed by a BIG party at our house with all your family and friends.. In the last year, you have changed our lives in ways we will never be able to describe to you, Alexis.You are so much fun and we love you so incredibly much - Happy Birthday, sweet angel - may you have many, many more.
49: If the moon stays up until morning one day, or a ladybug lands and decides to stay, or a little bird sits at your window awhile, it's because they're all hoping to see you smile... For never before in story or rhyme (not even once upon a time) has the world ever known a you, my friend, and it never will, not ever again... Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born. * From On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman *