S: B R A D Y W E L L S J O N E S T H E F I R S T Y E A R
BC: B R A D Y I S O N E | We can't believe it's been a year and that your first birthday is already here! We have enjoyed this first year with you more than you can possibly know, and we cannot wait to see the next chapter of "who you are" unfold. We love you, Brady!
FC: B R A D Y | T H E W O N D E R O F T H E F I R S T Y E A R
1: Little Man Brady Bear Little Brother Brady Boo Trouble T-Bone Jones Brady Boy Buddy Big Guy | How will you possibly ever learn your name? You are loved by so many people, and almost all of us have made up an endearing nickname just for you. You have brought so much joy and life and happiness into this family. Though it's only been a year, we can't imagine our world without you. This year has flown by, but we have enjoyed and appreciated each step along the way. In these short twelve months, you've grown from a sleepy, cuddly newborn into a walking, babbling, smiling baby boy, and we love you so very much.
2: WELCOME TO
3: THE WORLD
4: Your Birth Day | December 16, 2009 4:14 PM
5: You were delivered by Dr. Pamela St. Amand at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. You were 19 inches long and weighed 7 lb, 4 oz. You were sweet and handsome and tiny and cuddly and on that day and on every day since... you were perfect & you were loved.
6: little brother | a v e r y l o v e s h e r | v e r y m u c h
8: we are in love
9: We are smitten. We can't get enough of you. We are completely taken by how perfectly you fit in our arms and, more importantly, in our hearts. We are so happy that you are here. You are so special.
10: ready to go home
12: y o u r Nursery
13: w e l c o m e h o m e
14: you are one week old
16: December 24 was a big day for you - your first trip to church and your first Christmas Eve. You were the best Christmas gift any of us could have wished for. | Christmas Eve
18: your very first Christmas
19: you were loved on quite a lot this day. you slept. you observed. you met more of your extended family. you slept some more. santa was good to you and sister was too. merry christmas, baby boy. we are so happy that you are part of our family celebrations now. there are many more to come!
20: Mama's FAVORITES
21: month ONE
22: first | smiles
23: the first smile is mommy's favorite baby milestone, by far. and you do it well. all it takes is a little eye contact to make you start grinning away. you melt my heart, you happy boy.
24: more firsts | Valentine's Day | Mardi Gras | trip to the zoo
25: & more lovin' from big | sis
26: Mama's FAVORITES
27: month TWO
28: brady's sip 'n see | February 20, 2010
29: SHOWING YOU OFF When you were just about two months old, Mommy's closest friends threw us a party in Beaumont so that you could be introduced to lots of people who were very sad that we moved away before you were born. You were passed around, kissed on, and adored over as you peacefully snoozed the afternoon away. Everyone liked your "little man" outfit, and many commented that you already dress like Daddy. You are loved. | Our hostesses: Jenny, Karen, Jenn, Celia, & Danae
30: we | celebrate | your B A P T I S M
31: s t . p e t e r ' s u n i t e d m e t h o d i s t c h u r c h k a t y , t e x a s f e b r u a r y 2 8 , 2 0 1 0
32: m r . e x p r e s s i v e
33: you have so many endearing little expressions. i love them all, but the wide-mouthed grin is my absolute favorite. it has already earned you the nickname "mr. smiley" from people who know you mostly from pictures. thank you for always being a willing photography subject, my expressive little one.
34: Mama's FAVORITES
35: month THREE
36: blue eyed boy
37: I can't get enough of your big blue eyes. They sparkle and shine as you take the world in. | March 2010
38: your first vacation | surfside beach, south carolina | surfside beach, south carolina | march '10
39: What an exciting week we had - your first plane ride, your first trip to the beach, and your first swim! You were so happy in the water. You kicked your little legs and scooped your arms through the water. You also got to spend some time with Grandma, Papaw, Aunt Kathryn, and Uncle Phil and got to meet your cousin, Evelyn, for the first time. You were a perfect traveler, my little beach bum.
40: h a p p y
41: e a s t e r | a p r i l 4 , 2 0 1 0
42: Mama's FAVORITES
43: month FOUR
44: the discovery of your tongue | ...and your toes | a p r i l - m a y 2 0 1 0
46: welcome S P R I N G
47: After a very long & cold winter (by Texas standards, anyway) we have relished spending time outdoors this spring. You are so laid back as you watch Sister play & take in the scenery around you. It is as if you are calmly taking notes in preparation for joining in very soon. And you will. You have been on your first picnic, had your first train ride around Hermann Park, & gummed your first popsicle. Spring has officially sprung.
48: YOU LOVE TO SWING.
49: Just after you turned four months, we put you in a swing for the first time. You were one happy kid. You giggled & laughed & smiled as your eyes clearly pleaded, "more, more, more!" Since that first day, there have been many trips to the park, and there are sure to be many more! | a p r i l - m a y 2 0 1 0
50: month FIVE | Mama's FAVORITES
51: time to play
52: month FIVE | More FAVORITES
53: I love this age. The number of photos from this month are proof of that. You are so expressive & inquisitive. It doesn't take much to make you happy. You will soon be mobile, so I know that my days of easily capturing your big grins & gorgeous blue eyes are numbered. For now, though, I'll keep snapping away.
54: sanibel island
55: june 2010 | You weren't a big fan of the beach this time around. That's okay! You were happiest in the water and in the air conditioned cabin out of the relentless Florida heat. We had a great vacation, and it was good to spend time with Pops, Jojo, and Jessi.
56: sister & brother | Your relationship with each other grows stronger each day. You constantly watch your big sister, & any attention from her instantly brings a big smile to your face. She is so proud when you master something new, & she is enjoying you more and more now that you are starting to "play." You two are going to have so much fun growing up together!
58: our very own Swing Set | Because you and Avery love to swing so very much, we decided we needed a swing set for the backyard. You were both so happy when Daddy got it put together. We love to go outside after dinner and enjoy time together as a family while you and your sister swing and play.
60: Mama's FAVORITES
61: month SIX
62: h a l f a y e a r . | How is it possible that half a year has already passed? Time does indeed fly when you're having fun. And having fun, we are. You are such a happy baby. You are laid-back, care free, and high on life, Little Man. I am putty in your little hands when you look up at me with your big blue eyes and flash me one of your wide mouthed grins. In six little months, you have jumped into our hearts and we are forever changed for the good. We love you!
64: These are a few of | yellow ducky | bouncy pony | bottles from big sis | jumperoo
65: your favorite things | (at the ripe old age of six months) | push car rides | (with your arms out wide) | Sophie the Giraffe | big boy baths | oh, how you love Sophie the Giraffe
66: The Children's Museum of Houston | o u r a d v e n t u r e s a t
67: We spend most of our time in an area called the Tot Spot. You love all of the mirrors and all of the new toys. You are so inquisitive as you take it all in and watch the older children play. You are ready to join in, and very soon, you will. | June 2010
68: r a i n y d a y f u n | july 2010
70: let freedom ring
71: your first 4th of July
72: d e b o r d i e u | s o u t h c a r o l i n a
73: j u l y 2 0 1 0 | Three beach vacations in your almost seven months of life - you're living the dream, my boy! Of the three, you probably enjoyed this one best. We vacationed with the Johnson family near Georgetown, South Carolina. You loved the cool Carolina breezes, the sand, the pool, and all the attention you got being the only boy in a house with four little girls.
74: Mama's FAVORITES
75: month SEVEN
76: d o w n t o w n Beaumont | j u l y photo shoot in | j u l y 2 0 1 0
77: While Mommy tries really hard to take good pictures of you, there are other people who are able to do a much better job. In mid-July, our talented friend, Emily Lockard, met us in downtown Beaumont to take pictures of you and Avery. It was a very hot July evening, and you did not have much patience for posing, but we got some good shots, nonetheless.
78: Mama's FAVORITES
79: month EIGHT
81: splish, splash, time for bath | august 2010 | You love bath time. Especially with your big sister. And even more especially when there's lots and lots of splashing. Bath time is normally Daddy's domain, but sometimes I just can't resist your wet, drippy eyelashes, so I have to come visit.
82: man on the move
83: You learned to crawl! You especially love to follow Avery and Lucy around the house. You pull up on anything you can reach, and if there's a foothold to be had, you try to climb. You love electrical cords and power outlets. You keep us very busy! | a u g u s t 2 0 1 0
84: the children's museum of houston | on your own terms | exploring
85: september 2010
86: Mama's FAVORITES
87: month NINE
88: This was the first trip to the zoo during which you actually noticed the animals. You seemed to like the monkeys best. You enjoyed riding the carousel, and you held on like a pro. You were so tired by the end of our adventure that you fell asleep in the wagon on the way to the car. | f i r s t f a l l t r i p t o t h e | Z O O | s e p t e m b e r '10
89: fort bend county fair | surfside beach, south carolina | sept '10
90: Mama's FAVORITES
91: month TEN
92: Pumpkin | little
93: Your first trip to the pumpkin patch! How exciting it is for us to start these little traditions with you. It was getting close to bedtime when we visited one evening in early October, so you were a bit sleepy but very inquisitive nonetheless as you climbed over & around all of the pumpkins. Later at home, we let you loose with finger paint for the very first time. It was fun - & apparently tasty, too! | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 0
94: halloween | happy | You made an adorable Peter Pan on your very first Halloween! | You were a good sport about wearing your costume, and you loved watching all of the older kids trick-or-treat. Our holidays are so much more special now that you are here to celebrate with us!
96: Mama's FAVORITES
97: months ELEVEN & TWELVE