S: Lily Kate Smelley
BC: Dear Lily Kate, You have brought unspeakable joy to our lives. We never could have imagined how such a tiny little girl would have the ability to bring such big changes to our world. You are a precious, special gift from God. We have enjoyed this first year with you and we love you more than words can express. Love, Mommy and Daddy (2009)
FC: LILY KATE SMELLEY
1: A new baby is like the beginning of all things, hope, a dream of possibilities.
2: Lily Kate Smelley | 10.22.2008 | 5 pounds, 6 ounces | 18 inches | Rex Hospital, Raleigh, North Carolina
3: FIRST MOMENTS
4: Although she was due to arrive on November 4 (election day), Lily Kate had not been growing like Dr. Holton would have liked. Due to Intra-Uterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), Kimberly was induced at 38 weeks on October 21. Lily Kate was later delivered by emergency C-Section on October 22. She shares her birthday with Janet and Andy's wedding anniversary. | "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:13-14
5: Kimberly Collins Smelley is loving on her little girl. (October 24, 2008) | Ready to meet our little girl!
6: Dr. Holton | Mimi | Daddy | Nana J and Pa Stanky
7: After three days in the hospital, Lily Kate is ready to come home.
8: Lily Kate likes to sleep in short spurts all through the day. Her favorite place to sleep is with Mommy on the couch. | She eats about every 3-4 hours and prefers to take a bottle. Diaper changes and baths don't make her happy right now!
9: LKS | Papa Doc | Uncle Chris | At just 5 pounds, 1 ounce, Lily Kate was barely big enough to fit in her carseat to come home from the hospital
10: Mumsey can't get enough of her first great-grandchild | Grandmother Collins meets Lily Kate for the first time at Thanksgiving
11: Four Generations (Isabelle Collins, Marlene Collins, Geneva Young, Kimberly Smelley, Lily Kate Smelley)
12: ________________ | 10.20.08
16: First Christmas for the Smelleys with new grandbabies, Caedmon and Lily Kate | Christmas in Nashville
17: HOLIDAY VISITS | Kimberly Collins Smelley is laughing at Lily Kate's funny faces. (November 27, 2008) | Mary Katherine Pool | Katie Carter | Mable Sensabaugh
18: Susan Pool | Lily Kate's first smile was for Mumsey, Mimi and Mommy on Christmas Day
19: Bama keeps a close eye on baby
20: DADDY'S GIRL
21: Kimberly Collins Smelley is really energized today because Lily Kate slept through the night last night! (November 26, 2008) | By the end of December, Lily Kate is getting one long stretch of sleep each night (5-6 hours). She is also smiling, cooing, and loves bath time. She likes to be held - by anyone! She does not like tummy time and is not happy on her tummy. | 3 weeks - Takes notice of toys on mobile 4 weeks - Fascinated by the TV lights (football!) 6 weeks - Stops crying for every diaper change, Holds head up 7 weeks - Goes to church (Providence Baptist, Raleigh, NC) | MILESTONES
22: Sweet Dreams | We put socks on baby's hands to keep them warm
23: Daddy's Reading Buddy
24: BATH TIME! | 11 weeks - Slept through the night... 9 hours! 12 weeks - Enjoys the floor gym and bats at the animals 13 weeks - Lily Kate is ticklish!
25: PLAY TIME! | 15 weeks - Mimics Mimi by sticking out her tongue 16 weeks - Bursts out in laughter at Daddy making faces 17 weeks - Grasps the rings on a toy
26: DADDY TIME!
27: WITH MOMMY AND DADDY
28: EASTER 2009
30: The Miracle Blanket | Lily Kate was sleeping 8-9 hours each night until she outgrew her swaddle sleep sack, then started sleeping only a few hours at a time. Thanks to the "Miracle Blanket," she slept 12 hours the first night!
31: 4 months - Squeals when happy, Plays peek-a-boo, Loves the exersaucer, Smiles at reflection in the mirror 5 months - Giggles! Rubs eyes when tired and sucks on thumb when very tired, Pets Bama, Rolls over
32: First Sippy Cup & First Solid Food
33: 6 MONTHS | Lily Kate begins to respond to her name, she finds her toes, and she purrs like a cat and makes noises like a pigeon
36: Daddy's Graduation from Southeastern Seminary Wake Forest, North Carolina
37: Graduation Trip to Ridgecrest, NC
39: COOLIDGE PARK, CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
40: MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA
41: Lily Kate's first family vacation to Myrtle Beach. She is just learning to sit on her own and is easily knocked over by the waves. She likes to be in front of the air conditioner in the condo and feel the air in her face.
42: Growing Like A Weed
43: Laughing with PA Stanky | Hiking at Gatlinburg
44: Lily Kate absolutely lights up when Daddy walks into the room! | Favorite Foods Cereal Applesauce Peas Sweet Potatoes Peaches Green Beans Squash Pears NOT Prunes... those had disastrous results
45: 9 Months | Favorite toys: Baby's 1st Doll - Lily Kate really likes playing with her hair. She also likes her measuring spoons and toy octopus. 9 months - Holds bottle for entire feeding, Makes the "Da-Da-Da" sound, Looks at books
46: Lily Kate gets popsicles in the bathtub. The cold helps with the teething pain.
47: 11 Months | 10 Months | Lays head on Mommy's chest Learns to crawl First tooth Makes "B" sound Waves "bye bye" to Ms. Artie in church nursery | Makes the "Ma Ma Ma" sound Mimics Daddy making raspberries Plays with Bama (and her bone and rope) Pulls up to sitting (while pulling all the bibs out of the basket)
48: Lily Kate's 1st Braves Baseball Game | With Jason, Bethany & Kaydin Salyer
49: Trying to raise a Vols fan!
50: BABY DEDICATION
51: Joel's parents drove up to Chattanooga to share in Lily Kate's Baby Dedication. Pastor Robby Gallaty prayed over Lily Kate during the service.
52: "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD and on his law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:1-2
53: FIRST TRIP TO THE PARK
54: Just before Lily Kate's first birthday, she was diagnosed with Strep Throat, which is very uncommon in babies. Over the next three months, she would go through three rounds of Strep, then contracted the Swine Flu (H1N1), Croup, and then Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease.
55: My little cutie is turning one year old this week!
57: Our Little Stinker