Vanessa Bryant's past few months have been bittersweet. She went through so many celebratory days without her husband and Gianna by her side.
Having to face the world without your loved one is a challenge. No matter how much you anticipate that day, you are never prepared enough to live without them. But in the case of Vanessa Bryant, she did not think her life would be turned upside down out of the blue. The death of her husband, Kobe Bryant, and her daughter, Gianna Bryant shocked her just as it shocked the world. Today, she is the backbone of her family, supporting her children and filling the voids left by the demise of Bryant and their daughter.
According to People, the family celebrated the first birthday of the youngest daughter, Capri. The proud mother took to social media to wish her baby girl a very happy birthday. She even took the opportunity to remember her late husband during the special occasion. Posting a picture of the throwback couple cradling Capri, the mother wrote, "Happy 1st Birthday Capri! Mommy, Daddy, Nani, Gigi, and BB love you SO much!!!" She then added that their baby girl was named after her daddy. "God Bless you sweet princess. ❤️ Capri Kobe Bryant a.k.a. 'Koko-Bean' named after her dearly missed daddy, Kobe Bean Bryant ❤️. We miss you SO much Gigi and Daddy," said the 38-year-old.
She also posted pictures of their celebration along with the three daughters. One picture showed Capri in front of her birthday cake that was shaped like the castle in Tokyo Disneyland. Vanessa captioned it saying, "Happy 1st birthday Capri! We love you so much mamacita." She added, "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," alluding to the story behind the cake.
Vanessa previously shared that their youngest daughter shared a resemblance with Bryant and Gianna. She shared a picture of the baby girl wearing a pink outfit that belonged to her late sister and wrote that she looked just like her daddy. In another video, she said, "My Koko Bean. She looks just like my Gigi with her daddy’s eyes," according to People.
In addition to the birthday, the week also marked the first Father's Day without Bryant.
The grieving mother took to Instagram to honor her husband and remember the kind of father he was. She wrote, "Happy Father’s Day to the BEST daddy in the world. We miss you so much. We love you forever and always. Love, Nani, Gigi, BB, Koko and VB ❤️😘@KobeBryant #BestoftheBest #GirlDad," according to People.
Vanessa doesn't talk about Bryant's love for his children much. It was during the memorial service held at the Staples Centre where the loving wife stated, "Kobe was the MVP of girl dads or MVD. He never left the toilet seat up. He always told the girls how beautiful and smart they are. He taught them how to be brave. He had a tender heart," according to the Los Angeles Times.
It has been about 5 months since the tragic deaths of the legendary NBA player and his daughter, who died due to a helicopter crash along with seven others in Calabasas, California. Since the loss, the family has celebrated several milestones without Bryant and Gianna. April and May were bittersweet for the family as they celebrated Vanessa and Kobe's wedding anniversary, Gianna's birthday, and Vanessa's first Mother's Day since the loss.
Recently, the mother of four had spoken in support of the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act. This act ensures all helicopters carrying six or more people with a Terrain Awareness and Warning System, which is a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder to will ensure the safety of passengers.
"I strongly urge that the United States Congress pass a federal law that would improve the safety of helicopters operating in this country. I believe there is a chance that Kobe and Gianna would still be alive today if their helicopter had been equipped with the safety equipment required by this pending federal legislation," she said. "I believe that these safety measures will save many lives," added the mother.