Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy First Birthday, Brynn!

Well, Mommy and Daddy were tempted to do the traditional activity of getting cake all over your face; but since you hate anything in or around your mouth, you would have probably be really mad at us for it. So, since it's your birthday and not ours, we decided to do a few things you would like instead.

You'll have to forgive us for our rough signing skills, but this one is for you:


Also, since your immune system is still compromised and lots of bad diseases are going around this year, we decided not to have a huge party with all your friends. Instead, we just decorated and played with you:


Daddy sometimes got more excited about your presents than you did:

But you seemed to think these new pajamas were pretty cuddly:

You weren't quite sure what to do with your halloween socks,

but you were fascinated by your new vibrating zebra:

You also had a lot of fun with your balloons:


And, as always, your hands and feet were your favorite friends:


Overall, you seemed pretty pleased with your first birthday party.

Even though they couldn't come to celebrate with you, people that loved you were still thinking of you. Some gave you kisses through the phone onto your cheek since you couldn't hear them say "I love you," and others sent you images like these:


Auntie Tatia sent you a crisp $10 bill, which we're still deciding if we should put it in a bank account for you, keep it as a keepsake for when you're older, or buy something for you right now with it. Gratefully, this decision won't be as hard as other decisions we've had to make for you!

We love you, Brynn. And as the memories of your first year fade for you, we hope you always remember our love in your heart.

To everyone else: thanks for your well wishes. We think Brynn had a great birthday!

Love, Matt and Natalie

15 comments:

Little M and Baby G said...

Happy Birthday Brynn! You are an amazing little girl and I'm so happy to have met you and your mom.

Alida B. said...

SHE MAKES ME SMILE SO MUCH!!!!!!! (I think I tell you that like 200 times a week!)

Skip, Stephanie, Emerald, Calvin, and Zachary said...

Wow, a year already?! She is such a joy. Hope you guys had fun celebrating your beautiful baby girl! Happy birthday Brynn from Zachary and the rest of his family!

Cori Henderson said...

Oh! I hope she had a wonderful birthday! She is getting so big! I love those pictures.

Paul, TiAnn, Kalispell, and Brinnley Finn said...

Happy Birthday Brynn! You are so precious and beautiful, and your smiles are the best. What a beautiful video and it sounded like the perfect birthday party.

Amy said...

She's so beautiful. What a touching first birthday tribute! Thanks, as always, for sharing the miracles in Brynn's life with us!

Lori said...

What a great birthday party! The best kind is always with family. :-)

Heather said...

I am really bummed we couldn't be there for the birthday celebration. I am taking ASL next semester so then I can watch that video again and hopefully understand more of it. I cried anyway though. I still remember the day I found out Brynn was born....I was thousands of miles away in Jerusalem wanting only to be back with you guys, but it all turned out wonderful and now Brynn is one year old!!! yahoo!! I did catch that Matt told Brynn "Grandma is coming to see you," I wish Mitch and I could come over Thanksgiving too. Unfortunately as newly weds we can't quite afford to come visit yet, but we will come soon! (plus mitch needs to do more research in Independence) i love you and miss you!

The Lingo Family said...

Happy Birthday Brynn!!

Linae said...

Natalie, you and your family are beautiful! happy birthday brynn!

Linae

Lyndsay said...

Such a SWEET birthday message! Happy first birthday, Brynn!

Pieces of me... said...

sHE IS such a beautiful little girl.... While looking at this post I just wanted to hold her! Happy Birthday Brynn!

Matt, Tommi, Mattie, & Tayson said...

She has gotten so big! She is beautiful! happy birthday baby Brynn!

Traci said...

So fun to see your Brynn growing up. She's adorable. Loved your video. You both are amazing parents. Happy birthday, Brynn!

Andrew said...

Great video and Happy Late :-)Birthday. (I already know it, but I just noticed your blog today (Dec 13, 2009).