Sunday, January 11, 2009

Through the Years...4 Years of Big wee one

Alrighty, here we go again...another monster post. We are going to take a ride through the life of Big wee one. I didn't feel like whipping out all 20-30 cds full of pictures from her first year of life (yea, crazy picture mom!), so Big wee one and I picked out some pages out of her scrapbook and then I took some pictures around the house and then finished with going through pictures on my external hard drive...so we have a mish-mash of memories :-) Some quality is good, some not so great, but they are still memories to show. And we are off....

We're Pregnant! We found out we were pregnant with you on May 1, 2004...our 6 month wedding anniversary. This was the first ultra sound picture we had taken of you, and boy did we fall in love at first sound of the heartbeat:)
Oiy! Look at how HUGE Mommy was!! Yes, I did gain 40 lbs with you and, Yes, I did the awful "mom" cut right before I had you! Looking at these pictures just blows me away, I was HUGE! These were taken a few days before I was induced, and I was about 2 weeks past due at this point, no wonder I'm so large and in charge.Yeah!! You were born! January 11, 2005 at 7:11 pm was the day that changed our lives forever! You were so beautiful and perfect, no funny cone heads or weird birthing marks, just pure beauty.There were many moments like this one below in the following 7 months or so. I still think you look cute, and so tiny! Look at that hair :-) You were just a month old here, and not shortly after we moved from King of Prussia, PA to Chambersburg.Growing up takes lots of practice...like sitting :)We didn't get too much use out of this jeep walker, but I love this picture of your little feet dangling. Around 5 months.This was just a silly face that you started making around 5 months.We made it to 6 months! You and brown bear were best friends even back in the day.Your first trip to the beach. I loved this bandana on you and you LOVED being at the beach.We took these pictures while were at the beach. I love how your littles are poking over the bottom of the picture.You were so amazingly sweet as a baby. Yes, you only wanted to be around me, but as you can see you LOVED to be around me and you loved to laugh and smile.I started setting up little photo shoots for you when you were tiny, and this was my "angel" shoot. You were about 7 months old in these photos.Nine months old. Full of energy and just about ready to walk full time! I just think this page is so sweet. We used to sit outside and wait for Daddy to get home every day from work, and this was one of those days.Another photo shoot...your first Christmas is right around the corner. Wow, I can't believe your first year has flown by!You are 1! What a busy year you had...your first trip to the ocean, your first plane ride to TX and a mega drive down to see Aunt Jessica & Unlce Nick, all in your first year. At your birthday party, you didn't want any parts of having cake, so I don't have those usual first birthday pictures of smashed cake in your face. Just these pictures of you with a little bit of cookie smudged on your chin. We found out you would be having a little sibling on New Year's Day 2006. Needless to say the next 9 months went by so quickly!In May of '06 Grandma got married to Grandad, and you of course were adorable through-out the event! You loved running around outside and playing with Daddy. I love this picture of the 3 of us together and your little sister in my tummy.You love to jump! On everything! These pictures were taken right before Mommy had your baby sister. Gosh, you were so full of energy, no wonder I only gained 11 lbs with your sister, I was busy chasing after you all the time.The first time you met your little sister. Love at first site...you adored her from the moment you you touched her and I knew a beautiful friendship would form between the two of you.This was the first nighth all 4 of us were home together (sorry it's blurry). I was so nervous you were going to be jealous or act up, but that wasn't the case at all. You were so concerned for Little wee one and wanted to help me with everything. Here, we are reading a book before heading to bed.You always wanted to hold Little wee one and kiss on her. Little wee one's face makes me laugh because she looks distressed, and you can really tell you are giving her a major love squeeze.We signed you up for dance class and you started right after Little wee one was born. You did pretty good. You were shy and didn't really participate too much, but it got us out of the house for our own special time together and you looked so stinking cute in your leotard.Daddy's girls.You and Mimi have a very special bond together. You love to play over at Mimi & G-pa's house and you are definitely spoiled (well, you both are!). In October of '06 we headed on a GIANT family vacation. This was the first time that most of the family had seen you since you were a tiny Big wee one...and the first time that everyone met Little wee one. We had a great time spending some time away with everyone celebrating Great Grandpa's birthday.I like this picture of the two of us together, taken at Grandma & Grandad's house during Thanksgiving '06.Just having some fun outside...your face is hysterical in this picture.Typical you, dressed up in some fashion, this time with a cool headband.Christmas 2006...your second Christmas and this means that your birthday is right around the corner. Two years old and totally into anything princess and everything girly! The many faces of you! In March of '07, we took a group trip to Bald Head Island with some friends...we had an AWESOME time, so much so that we headed back in the summer with Mimi & G-pa. There were 4 moms and 9 kids 4 and under! Here you are all running towards the beach shortly after we arrived.Of course I had to get a picture of the two of you sitting on the beach together.All of the kids, luggage and Julie the day we headed home...we have some great memories from this trip. Look, we are back in Bald Head and it's August of '07. It was steaming hot and so beautiful! You loved the huge light house, you kept calling it Cinderella's castle.You have always loved the water, and with the ocean being so warm and the beach being so quite you had an amazing time playing and splashing.You aren't smiley and happy go lucky 100% of the time, sometimes you look sad like this picture. So so sad. Well lookie here, it's Christmas again! And right after Christmas means it's your birthday again! Wow 3 years old and totally a stinker. Little did we know that three was going to be such an "interesting" and difficult year for us. You love to play in the snow and Daddy loves to play in the snow as well. Together you two are some funny cats! I'm not sure what is going on here, but you think it's pretty funny!We spent a lot of time at Daddy's lacrosse games over the last couple of years. You were being so silly at this game, that I had to take a picture of you acting goofy.You are such a happy girl when all of the stars are lined in a perfect row :-) Pretty cute as well.This is your school picture from your first year of "school" at Mother's Day Out.You love to spend a lot of time outside playing. You are probably at your happiest when you can be outside running around like a wild woman.Fancy girls all dressed up! Another GIANT family vacation, except Daddy couldn't come with us because of lacrosse.You took dance again this year and LOVED it! You danced in your first recital and did an awesome job! You were one of the only ones in your class that actually danced...we were so proud of you!We skipped a few months and got to your birthday party! You girls are some barbie loving girls, well most of you anyway :)Playing with your awesome new barbie house...do you think you are thrilled or what?This is you today. Today you are 4. This is what it's like to turn 4 :-) You have a couple of tattoos, a big stamp on your forehead, and your arm and a bandaid on your thumb. Four is awesome! I can tell, we aren't even a full day into being 4, but your attitude has been getting better and better for the past couple of weeks. We love you and can't wait to see what this 4th year of you brings us!

4 comments:

Dena said...

Happy Birthday Riddy!!!

I can't believe how fast it all went. Mine turns 4 in March and it just seems so crazy to me. I will say however that 3 has been "rough" over here and I am hoping for a new leaf come four.

You pictures made me teary. I loved it.

AmyB said...

Hooray for 4! Please explain to me though how you only gained 11 pounds with LWO?!

Jenny said...

Another great post! You are one rockin momma! She is such a beautiful little girl. I loved looking at all the pics.

Lexie said...

Such nice memories...I just love looking at pics of her sweet little face. Four is Fantastic!