The 1st Birthday

Is tomorrow.

My little girl will turn 1 year old.

And I’m starting to get extremely emotional about it.

I like counting her age in months. I like her still being a “baby” and not a “toddler” just yet. I like how small she is. I like how dependent she is. I love the sweet and special girl she has grown to be over the last year, but looking back, I don’t know if I’m ready to move on. I want her to stay this way forever.

A friend of mine emailed me to warn me of the emotions I might feel when everyone starts singing “Happy Birthday” to her that very first time. This had never crossed my mind in all the planning and preparing I was doing. When I let myself think about it, I started crying at my desk. I feel like this past year has gone by way too fast. It is almost unfair how quickly time passes now. And I’m not ready for her to grow up yet.

Is it just me or do other mommy’s feel the same way at this stage? I just feel like the 1 year mark is so huge. A significant milestone – both for her and for me. I am so proud of the little girl she has grown into, but I’m just so sad to have had it gone by so quickly.

This little girl has blessed our lives in so many ways, I cannot even begin to count them all. I honestly don’t know what we ever did without her. She is our heart. Our love. Our baby. Our special gift from God.

How can she be 1 year old already?


  1. I cant believe she is already turning a year old either… she has grown so fast – I love the video. You couldnt have had a more perfect child. I love her so much.

  2. WOW! One already!

    I didn’t get emotional at the party, but I did when I went into her room at 12:29am (the moment she was born) to wish her a happy birthday).

    It will be fun, and she will have so many more milestones along the way.

  3. It is almost a bitter sweet day! On one hand you cant wait to see the little girl blossom into the young lady you have created and on the other, its very hard to let her grow! You will have a great day (and probably wont get upset until after everyone leaves!) But like I said yesterday…as wonderful as these times are, it truly does get better! (even though there are some days I wish Landon was still a baby!) Good luck and HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARYS!!!

  4. Awwwww… sweet girl. Happy birthday.

    I hope you are able to hold back your tears. Cause I cried last weekend when my baby turned one.

    And I look very ugly when I cry. UGLY!

  5. I love the video. I am going to borrow that idea in a few weeks when Presley turns one. Hang in there….tomorrow is a very special day. Not only are you celebrating Karys’s first birthday but you are also celebrating a year of being wonderful parents! Karys is very lucky!

  6. of course, I’m not a mom. But I can’t even imagine how emotional that first birthday would be.

    Happy birthday baby girl!

  7. It’s hard. But, it does pass. Wait until you can’t count in months anymore. That was tough for me.

  8. Jennifer and Haylee says:

    Ok Steph, you made me get upset just by reading this. It is crazy how fast time flies. I was able to hold it together for the party…I had trouble the week before. You will be fine!

    I wish we could be there.

    Happy Birthday Karys! Love, Haylee (I can’t wait for the zoo!)

  9. they grow fast!!
    I tagged you on my blog.

  10. Wish I was there- I hope the party was perfect. Can’t wait to see pics!

  11. What a sweet, precious girl she is!
    Hope she had a wonderful birthday!

  12. I am late but HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your wonderful girl, im waiting on the slideshow to fully load then will watch. I cannot wait to watch her grow.

    I think all birthdays are emotional but the first seems more so, both first birthdays i was a mess . Your right its the going from thinking of your child as so and so months to years. Second birthday was not nearly as difficult

  13. I hope she had a very Happy Birthday, the cake came out great. You are such a good little planner. It goes by WAY too fast. I got goose bumps again watching her slide show. It is AMAZING! Enjoy her each and every day *I am sure you do*

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