S: Alexander's First Year
BC: There are two great gifts we can give our children.. One is roots and the other is wings.
FC: Alexander's First Year
2: _____ | Everyone has a story and yours starts here!
3: Letter from the author, your gma What a year this has been since you have come into our lives! Your Dad and Mom were ecstatic when they found out about you on the first of October 2012. The days between that day when you finally arrived on June 7, 2013 were filled with joy and anticipation. They knew you were a boy from the very beginning! Once it was confirmed, you became known as Baby Alex. Mom and Dad's little man On a beautiful Friday morning, you arrived! When you decide to do something, whether it be rolling crawling, or walking or just being born, its time. Nothing rushes you. That you get from your Mom! You have become strong and determined with each little step along the way. I saw it watching you go from sitting to standing in the middle of the room. That you get from your Dad. The best part of this year was watching my daughter, Kristina, and my son in law, Chris become your Mom and Dad. The love and joy you brought to their hearts made their transition to parenthood an easy one. Not that everything was easy-there were a few sleepless nights and colicky days, but not many. I knew this year would pass in the blink of an eye...and so this is my story of your first year. I want them to remember this year during all the time of joy and pride as well as frustration, and growing pains of childhood. They will need it! The best part of being a grandparent is not what they say...that you can give them back. Its knowing to treasure the big moments and they are all big moments. They know not to blink!
4: Labors of love | You probably won't remember your nursery like this. Your Mom and Dad built those shelves in your room. My friend Rose painted the tree and the birds. I made your quilt and the bird mobile We had it all ready in the beginning of May. All we had to do is wait, and wait , and wait...
6: This is what your Mom and Dad looked like a couple hours before you were born.
7: This is what love looks like.
8: Your Mom and Dad couldn't keep their eyes off their little miracle.
9: This is the day gma time began. Your Dad called me at 6:00 in the morning on Sunday after you were born. You had kept them up all night and he was wondering if I could just come up and hold you while they slept. What a precious memory that was!
10: You came home on a Sunday. I couldn't stop taking pictures of you. I knew you wouldn't be tiny for very long. Your Mom and Dad didn't get much sleep those first couple weeks. Come 6 am, it was gma time. Swaddle time and back to sleep. I couldn't get enough.
11: Your cousin Henry came into the world nine days before you did. Grandma and Grandpa were over the moon!
12: Your Dad celebrated his first Father's Day! | You loved books, especially when your Dad read them to you.
13: Your Mom and I took you on your first trip to the mall. That was the day you met your new buds, Brody and Julian. The three of you were the new kids on the block-the three amigos.
14: Your first photoshoot
18: And you started to grow and grow...
19: Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart --Winnie the Pooh
20: One Month | You found your smile!
21: We found ours!
22: Two Months | You started to like tummy time, well maybe a little. With a lot of effort, you raise your head. You started grabbing at your toys.
23: And soon it was time for my Thursdays with Alex.
24: First Colerain football game!
25: Labor Day at the Barbaras
26: Three Months | You started sitting in your chair
27: Your beautiful blue eyes, just like your Mom
29: You were an angelic child on your baptism day. | Baptism
32: Four months | You began learning how to roll from tummy to back
34: Five Months | You started to sit in your high chair and eat cereal | Loved your toes!
37: You almost slept through your first Halloween. You will have more more to make up for it.
38: First babysitting gig at the Barbara fun house. Brody and Maggie tried very hard not to lick, but you survived!
39: Look how overjoyed you look on the Elmo airplane!
40: Six Months | You started sitting up by yourself by rolling around until you were upright.
41: Every Thursday we would sit on your quilt and I would spread all your books around. Five Little Monkeys, Pat the Zoo, and Good Night Moon were our favorites. Of course, Tootsie was always trying to get in on the fun!
46: Seven Months and just like that you were crawling and exploring your world
48: Books were always before nap time, but when you woke up, it was nursery rhyme time. Before you would get out of bed, we sang This Old Man-you loved the Knick-Knack- Paddy- Wack.
49: Sometimes, we just would be silly
51: Eight Months You are waving by by. As you crawl away. you always sit down look back to make sure i am around. We made up our own song when we sat on your quilt reading Brown Bear. Alex, Alex, what do you see? I see a blue bird looking at me
52: Nine Months
53: March Madness You loved to go to Willies with Grandpa. You kept watching all the TVs
55: It became harder and harder to take a picture of you. This was one of my favorite poses until.... whoops! I forgot what little boys do with their diaper off!!!
58: Ten Months You were able to stand up without holding on. First steps!
62: Eleven months of joy | You started to walk at ten and a half months-by eleven you were a master. Two teeth appeared!
64: Look at that this little man with his first haircut!
65: These will always be my most favorite moments in your nursery. Books, games of peek-a-boo, and playing with toys came right before nap time. | And then off to dream land
66: This is the little boy who greets me every Thursday morning with a smile.
67: Time for Dance Party to Farmer and the Dell!
69: The story of your first year ends on Sesame Street, "sweeping the clouds away". A party is planned and your Mom has been working so hard on all the decorations for her little boy's party that will start your second year I cant wait for all that is to be in year 2. The biggest question is--- Will you be Alex or Zander? Will you have blond hair or brown hair? Will you be able to say gma? We may have to change it to G. Your great grandmother was GG. I kind of like G. I know one thing for sure. I love you all the way and back again.