Today is Emma’s first birthday. I can’t believe it. It’s been quite a journey, that’s for sure. A wonderful, emotional, joy-filled rollercoaster. I’ve been scared to death (whoever made up the term “died a thousand deaths” had children). I’ve felt that I was going crazy from lack of sleep. I’ve spent countless hours blogging the journey and hounding Google, looking for information that would make raising this demanding little baby easier. Ha! If anything it almost complicates it. Mom blogs saved me – hearing it from another mom’s mouth, that I’m normal, was the best medicine. It’s all been worth it!

Two years ago, before Emma, I had a quiet life with my husband and a clean house. Okay, I’ve never kept a perfectly clean house (clean but not always uncluttered), but in comparison… it was clean. Now there are cheddar cheese goldfish on the kitchen floor. Toys in the living room. A crib in the nursery slash computer room. Everywhere you look you see evidence of a baby living here, and I LOVE IT. I don’t know how I lived such a boring life before Emma was born! ;-)

So for those of you who weren’t here following Emma’s journey from newborn to one-year-old:

Emma was born with her daddy’s red hair and had blue eyes from… well, we don’t really know where, but my grandma has blue eyes. :-) But nobody in the family has blue eyes and red hair! Her eyes are changing somewhat but they’re still blue without a doubt.

On the day she was born – or rather night since my water broke at about 10 p.m. right after I got into bed – we had to drive one hour to get to the hospital. I worried the entire time, contractions steady, that I would go into labor en route. Thank you, Lord, I didn’t! We made it there and it actually took me at least 10 more hours before Emma was born.

I had plans. So many plans. I brought one of those birthing balls to bounce on because I had heard it helped with the contractions. I planned to sit in the big jacuzzi tub they had. I didn’t want pain meds right away, I wanted to see how it went. But as soon as I got there and sat on the bed, I knew there would be no way I could sit through those contractions for hours and hours. I thankfully accepted an epidural, and felt no guilt. lol

Emma was born and the adventure began!

And now… now she’s one year old.

We celebrated her birthday party last Saturday – it was a blast! Another wonderful thing about having kids is the magic on holidays and birthdays is back. :-)

And now I know you’re dying to see some photos so without further ado…

The Birthday Girl!

I couldn’t resist these faery wings found at a party store – so cute and only $5!

Cupcake time! Eating in front of the birthday girl – how rude!

Time to open presents! Aunt Kristy made this lovely monkey taggie blanket for Emma – isn’t it the cutest thing ever? If you want one of your own, check out her Etsy shop!

My mom made Emma this crocheted dolly which fits in its own little crocheted purse!

Okay, NOW it’s cupcake time!

This was her expression while everyone was singing happy birthday to her – it was SO funny! She was totally embarrassed!

Then she proceeded to eat her cupcake like a little lady – she ignored the cake part entirely and took licks of frosting from her fingers.

Then daddy blew bubbles for her.

First balloons, first bubbles, first cupcakes, first birthday. It was a wonderfully fun day.

Sorry this post was so pic-heavy! I love photos, though. I can’t help it. :-) And this is a special occassion I wanted to share with you all!

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10 Responses to Happy First Birthday, Little One!

  • Happy Birthday Emma! She’s a beauty.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  • Oh she is just so cute!

    I really can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. I’ll be writing a post like this in just a couple of weeks. It’s hard to believe that my baby is now 1 year old.

    You know out of all the pictures I had seen of her, I didn’t know she had red hair. Peyton’s has a tint of red…My mom’s a redhead!

    Thank you for sharing all the pictures. I haven’t been around but a couple of months, so its nice to see the pictures from earlier.

    Happy Birthday Emma! You can tell your momma is one proud lady :)

  • Happy birthday, Emma!


    I love all the pictures, they are great and tell a wonderful story. Her party look so fun.

    I’m torn on what we’ll do for Lily’s first birthday. All of our family live in other states so besides a couple of friends we are all alone here. Is a bigish party worth it for 5 people. I kind of think so. :)

    Because of Lily I’m so looking forward to holidays.

  • How sweet! Doesn’t have fast they grow bring you to tears? My little is turning one on the 27th of this month and though I am enjoying now, I’m going to truly miss when she was baby.

    You daughter is so adorable! Tell her I said Happy Birthday :)

  • Too cool! Happy birthday! I don’t have a little one, and I don’t remember my first birthday, so I can’t really share much… but I love birthdays! Definitely never stop taking photos… We have a ton of baby photos around the house and then there seems to be this abyss in my life where no pictures were taken until high school lol I think the last picture I can find before high school was from when I was 4.

  • Thanks, everyone! :-)

    Crystal: I know! Sometimes it’s evident she has red hair and sometimes it’s not. We don’t have FLAMING red hair but reddish so maybe that’s partly it. I’m not sure how red she’ll be though. :-) I’ll be looking forward to your first birthday post!

    Jinxy: It’s definitely worth making a big deal out of her birthday! I was kind of iffy myself, but I’m SO glad I did something special! They love having all the fuss made over them, believe me. :-)

    Ellybean: I miss Emma’s baby stages already, too. But we’re having a lot of fun right now. :-)

    VABookworm: LOL – “Abyss in my life” – love that! I have a few of those, too. I’ll try not to stop taking pictures… now that I think of it, there are some pictures (between about 14 and 16) that I wish HADN’T been taken. Those were awful times. LOL And my mom was always cutting my bangs herself. WHY?????

  • ahh adorable! Happy Birthday!

  • L- I’m so excited for you and your JEF! Which btw, since the bib was not perfect, my mom and I are working on getting it perfect next embroidered gift. :) I cannot wait to meet my own little girl!! – MJ

  • I was not following your blog back then when this actually happened…but Emma’s eyes in that first pic – beautiful! And I never thought Emma and Isaac looked alike until I just looked at those pictures. That last picture- she has an expression on her face I’ve seen in some of Isaac’s pictures! How much fun to be able to compare their parties and pictures and happenings through your blog.

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