S: C O O P E R B R A D L E Y A L L E N 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: C O O P E R | 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 | 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 26, 2006 9:28 am
5: You were delivered by Dr. Deborah Sherman at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. You were 19 1/4 inches long and weighed 7 lb, 8 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 | e m m a 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: Mama's FAVORITES
17: month ONE
18: first | smiles
19: 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.
20: more firsts | Valentine's Day | Indianapolis Colts win the Super Bowl
21: & more lovin' from big | sis
22: Mama's FAVORITES
23: month TWO
24: Cooper's sip 'n see | February 20, 2010
25: 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: Dynasy, Krista, and Marianne
26: Your first Vacation | Indianapolis, Indiana | surfside beach, south carolina | march '07
27: 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.
28: we | celebrate | your B A P T I S M
29: s t. a n n e ' s c a t h o l i c c h u r c h b e a u m o n t , t e x a s j u l y 1 5, 2 0 0 7
30: Mama's FAVORITES
31: month THREE
32: h a p p y
33: e a s t e r | April 8, 2007
34: Mama's FAVORITES
35: month FOUR
36: Visit to Grandma and Grandpa Coopers
37: 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.
38: blue eyed boy
39: I can't get enough of your big blue eyes. They sparkle and shine as you take the world in. | June 2007
40: YOU LOVE TO SWING.
41: 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
42: month FIVE | Mama's FAVORITES | smile
43: time to play
44: Destin, Florida
45: August 2007 | 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.
46: 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!
48: 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.
50: Mama's FAVORITES
51: month SIX
52: 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!
54: These are a few of | yellow ducky | bouncy pony | bottles from big sis | jumperoo
55: 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
56: The Children's Museum of Houston | o u r a d v e n t u r e s a t
57: 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
58: r a i n y d a y f u n | july 2010
60: a t l a n t a | g e o r g i a
61: 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.
62: Mama's FAVORITES
63: month SEVEN
64: d o w n t o w n Beaumont | j u l y photo shoot in | j u l y 2 0 1 0
65: 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.
66: Mama's FAVORITES
67: month EIGHT
69: 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.
70: man on the move
71: 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 07
72: the children's museum of houston | on your own terms | exploring
73: september 2010
74: Mama's FAVORITES
75: month NINE
76: 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
77: fort bend county fair | surfside beach, south carolina | sept '10
78: Mama's FAVORITES
79: month TEN
80: Pumpkin | little
81: 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 0 7
82: 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!
84: Mama's FAVORITES
85: months ELEVEN & TWELVE
86: 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
88: your very first Christmas
89: 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!