My baby is almost One.

One year ago today I looked like this


No wonder people asked if I was having twins. That is one big belly :)

Two days later, I looked like this


My sweet baby boy is going to be 1 in two days. ONE people. My baby. My last baby.

This is hard for this Mama. I love when my babies gain independence and we can play together, but I also love being pregnant, giving birth and having new babies. *sigh* I love it all.

I am going to celebrate this boy on Saturday. Birthdays are a huge deal to me. I love birthdays. I love having a day set to celebrate one person. To make it their special day from the moment they wake until they moment they fall into bed exhausted from the fun. We let the kids choose where they want to go to breakfast with Dad, and let them choose every other meal of the day. For my kiddos with summer birthdays, we go swimming or to the splash pad if they want. It truly is their day and they know it :)

First birthdays are a REALLY big deal to me. I am sure it has to do with Emma – not being able to ever do her birthday except at the cemetery. I love to celebrate my babies and this huge milestone they have reached.

This little guy is no different.

Photo Credit: Leilani Rogers

I am so excited for Saturday, my Elliott’s first birthday. The celebration started a month ago when I designed his birthday invitations and started sending them out to his friends (and my friends, and aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents).

It looks so much better in person. This is the result of my crappy scanner!

Oh yes, my baby is one. Look at  how much he has grown and changed in the last year. I always know it goes by fast and I try so hard to slow it down. But I can’t. And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Him growing up is bittersweet. I want him to grow and experience and gain independence. But I also want him to always be my baby. I want him to always love me and always find comfort with me.

While I know that it won’t last forever, I will take it while I can. On Saturday we will have friends over, eat good food, watch Elliott demolish a cupcake, laugh, smile and celebrate this sweet boy who makes our family complete.

Photo Credit: Leilani Rogers

What do you do for birthdays in your house?

This is a sponsored post from Hallmark as part of the Life is a Special Occasion campaign. I am so thrilled to be working with this fabulous company this year and to have the opportunity to share ways to make everyday occasions  special.
For the latest on Hallmark deals and ideas, be sure to sign up for their newsletter, you just might see me there from time to time. Hallmark provided me with birthday invitations and adorable plates with Elliott’s picture! You can get great items for your children’s birthdays, holidays or other special occasions on their website.

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  1. Mom says:

    This is also bittersweet for me…I have missed SO much and never before have I felt that I have missed milestones in the lives of my children or grandchildren…do me a favor, huh??? Save me a card with those great pictures..I love and appreciate the way you are keeping us alive in his life with SkyPe-thanks, honey! Love you-

  2. lisa says:

    Happy Birthday Elliot! I am so bummed that I wont be heee to celebrate with ya’ll but Anthony and the kids will do a great job representing the Mo’ family. Kiss that sweet joy for me…..

  3. omystars, I loved lovin’ on that sweet baby today. Miss you already!

  4. happy birthday mama! I agree, I’m a NUT job about birthdays. At any age. p.s. he is painfully cute! and i love the invite!

  5. Oh, precious!! Around here we are just family-celebrators and I usually make a big batch of Italian beef sandwiches with fun sides and we just hang out!


  6. AmazingGreis says:

    ONE, already! Such a cutie!

  7. Liz says:

    Happy Birthday (to the both of you) such a great post!

  8. Bridget says:

    My last baby turned one in January. It is truly bittersweet.
    So glad he had a wonderful birthday!

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