Vanessa Bryant Celebrates Daughter Capri Kobe's 1st Birthday: 'Named After Her Dearly Missed Daddy'
"God Bless you sweet princess," Vanessa Bryant said in honor of her youngest child turning 1
On Saturday, the proud mother of four, 38, shared a heartfelt birthday tribute to daughter Capri on Instagram as the little one turned 1. Vanessa posted a loving throwback photo of herself and Kobe cradling their baby girl, whose middle name is a namesake for her basketball legend father.
"Happy 1st Birthday Capri! Mommy, Daddy, Nani, Gigi and BB love you SO much!!!" Vanessa captioned the post. "God Bless you sweet princess. ❤️ Capri Kobe Bryant a.k.a. 'Koko-Bean' named after her dearly missed daddy, Kobe Bean Bryant ❤️."
Vanessa went on to post a smiling photo with all three of her daughters, as well as another shot of the birthday girl smiling in front of her festive birthday cake, which was shaped like the castle in Tokyo Disneyland!
"Happy 1st birthday Capri! We love you so much mamacita," her proud mama wrote, before going on to explain the sweet story behind the cake. "Natalia had the original Disneyland castle, Gianna had the Walt Disney World castle, Bianka had Disney Paris and Capri has the Tokyo Disney Castle cake."
When the couple welcomed baby Capri last June, the Los Angeles Lakers star announced the happy news on Instagram, writing: "We are beyond excited that our baby girl ‘Koko’ has arrived!! #bryantbunch #4princesses #blessed."
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Kobe, 41, died on Jan. 26 alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Since the tragedy, the family has marked several milestones without their late loved ones, including what would have been Gigi's 14th birthday on May 1.
"Happy 14th Birthday Gigi! ❤️" Natalia wrote on Instagram at the time. "I miss your smile everyday but I know you’re always smiling down on us from heaven with daddy. I LOVE YOU. 👼."
Vanessa also marked her own birthday on May 5, with her daughters throwing a sweet celebration for their mom. Natalia gifted her a birthday card, in which she wrote, "You are strongest person I know and I am so grateful to have you as my mom!"
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Mother's Day was another bittersweet day without Kobe and Gianna. Vanessa commemorated the holiday by staying at home with her girls.
The sisters gave their matriarch a special book, titled Why I Love My Mom. "I love you so much @nataliabryant, Gianna, Bianka and Capri! Thank you!" Vanessa wrote on her Instagram Story.
The month of May also saw the graduation of Gianna's eighth-grade class, which Vanessa marked with a touching photo and congratulatory message: "Congratulations on your 8th grade graduation Gigi. I love you forever and always. I’m so proud of you. ❤️, Mommy #classof2020," she captioned the photo of the middle school diploma covered in white flowers.