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To Chloe, On Her Birthday

by - Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Our little Chloe is one year old today! Incredible. I've tried to write this post a few times but I’m not even sure what I want to say. There’s so much about this year that I want to remember. Even the hard and trying times - the getting up every two hours, the first illnesses, the endless breastfeeding, the poop explosions, and the freakouts (yours and mine) – I want to remember it all. But I realize that I need to let some part of that go, to make room for new memories.

You’ve made us grow in the best of ways, Chloe. You bring out the fun and playful side of your dad and you’ve taught your mom to be nurturing and patient. How can that be, a tiny little person changing the trajectory of our lives so much? I still look at you and am amazed that you’re ours. What a privilege it is to watch you discover this world. Do all parents get to experience this? How lucky are we! You are such a big girl now. I can’t look at you today without getting a tear in my eye. I have loved becoming your mom and watching you become you. So today is a celebration for you but its also a celebration for me and your dad… we’ve survived, we’ve grown, we’ve become a family.

Thank you for that sweet girl.

Mom & Dad

Chloe at 1:

  • has taken her first steps alone (yesterday!) 
  • is smiley and friendly loves to play peek-a-boo 
  • is a fish in water 
  • can throw a ball overhead one-handed 
  • loves broccoli and cauliflower and quinoa 
  • is petite and will forever be rolling up her pantlegs, just like mom 
  • would rather sing than babble 
  • isn’t sleeping through the night 
  • loves when Lolo and Lola babysit her 
  • knows where her eyes, head and nose are 
  • likes hanging out with the big kids 
  • prefers to feed herself 
  • can drink out of a cup without the sippy 
  • lets us know when she has to do #2 
  • has 8 teeth 
  • does not like to be cuddled tightly 
  • loves to dance with her dad 
  • is a baby no longer!

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  1. she doesn't sleep through the night? oh sad. She is so cute though- my daughter is turning three the 14th. I love April birthdays!

  2. This is so lovely. Happy Birthday to Chloe (who is absolutely adorable) and congrats to you two for so gracefully making it through year one - baby, renovating and all!

  3. Happy birthday to Chloe! And happy birth - day to her mom and dad as I know what a special day it is for you too. Congratulations!

  4. I still let my parents know when I have to #2.

    What a sweet post of my favorite blog baby. Happy Birthday, Chloe!


  5. How sweet - Happy Birthday to Chloe! :)

  6. So sweet! Definatley got a tear in my eye reading that one. My daughter turns 1 on the 19th so I really relate! Happy birthday to your sweet girl.

  7. What a sweet post. Thank you for sharing some of her milestones with us this past year. I've enjoyed reading about her. Happy Birthday Chloe!

  8. Happy Birthday beautiful Chloe! Have a great time!

  9. Happy birthday, cutie-pie! <3

  10. Caroline1:15 PM

    Thanks for the beautiful thoughts on your daughter's first birthday.

    Happy Birthday, Chloe!!

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  12. Wow, that went so fast! Happy 1st Birthday to your sweet little doll.

  13. Julia4:26 PM

    Chloe and I share a birthday :)

    I didn't sleep through the night at that age either (I kinda don't want to tell you how old I was before that happened, lest I scare you!), and I was informing anyone who would listen that I'd done #2 (a bit of good news - I was potty trained at 18 mos :D).

    Such an adorable little girl, and such a lovely home.

  14. Chloe says "da da da da" which means Thank You for your birthday wishes!

    Kathleen - LOL!!

    Julia - Happy Birthday!

  15. Anonymous7:19 PM

    Waah! So beautiful. Happy birthday to Chloe and congratulations on her first year to you and Handyman. She's a very lucky girl to have you as her parents.

    Shoot she's cute!


  16. Happy Birthday, Chloe! She's a cutie!

  17. Congratulations & happy happy birthday!

  18. I just started following your blog...lots of great ideas and your little girl is adorable. I have a 19 month old little girl too (20 months tomorrow). Reading today's post made me all teary eyed. I can definitely relate. Parenthood changes your such a profound way. Happy 1st Birthday Chloe!

    p.s. I love your bathroom reno. Who cares about the haters on Apartment Therapy!

  19. How sweet. Happy birthday, Chloe!


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