Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Birthday Girl---Gillian Grace is ONE!

Dear Gillian Grace,
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday, dear GG!
Happy Birthday to you!

In just a few short hours, at 12:45 p.m., you will officially turn one! As hard as it is for me to believe that a year has come and gone so quickly, it is even more inconceivable for me to imagine our life before you were a part of it. It seems that you've always been with us, and having you as our daughter has given our lives new meaning and filled it with purpose.


While each day is better and more exciting than the one before, it's sometimes hard not to miss the low-key early days where cuddling you for hours was the day's only accomplishment. It seems like only yesterday you were learning to roll over on your own and now, all these months later, you're quite the little steamroller, running over anything in your path.


For twelve months, we have watched in awe as you've grown and changed. No matter the milestone or achievement, your dad and I couldn't be more proud. And though nothing makes us happier than to see you learn and grow, part of me wishes I could keep you a baby for just a little while longer.


I like to think you were born with a smile on your face and have been smiling ever since. Nowadays your laughter echos throughout our house and your non-stop babble fills any silence. You are the happiest baby I know!


It's your birthday, but yet it is everyone that has been blessed with the opportunity to share in your life that has been given a true gift. To know you is to love you and I can't imagine loving you more. As excited as we are for the months and years ahead, your dad and I are simply content here in the present, savoring each precious moment with you!


Happy Birthday, Gillybean!

We love you bigger than the sky,


12 Month Stats

Height: unknown (Check-up tomorrow)

Weight: 25 pounds? (8 lbs. 5 oz. at birth)

Food: You’re now exclusively on table food. You favorites include grilled cheese, cheese quesadillas, and cheese toast. Anyone see a trend? You love cheese anything!!! You also like noodles, pickles, and crackers, but not all at the same time! Applesauce and yogurt are your favorite desserts and you love it when I sprinkle cinnamon sugar on buttered bread or apples.

Words: Mama, Da-da, Baba (bottle), no-no-no, bah (bath), ga-ga-ga (Gammie)

Activities: walking, running, dancing, climbing, hiding

Clothes: some 18 month, mostly 24 month

Diaper: size 4 during the day, size 5 at night

What we're working on: We're still learning to use a sippy cup. Though we've tried a hundred different brands, and I've seen you drink from it several times, you just aren't that interested. I'm hoping the upcoming transition from formula to milk will help with the sippy cup switcheroo!


{I'll be posting party details and pictures all week, but since today is our sweet girl's special day, I just had to do this post first!}



Sara said...

Happy First Birthday to your sweet little girl!! I love her tutu birthday outfit...adorable!!

Christina said...

Happy Birthday, Gillian Grace! You are so sweet and beautiful, I can only imagine how wonderful you are in person! :)

I love her birthday outfit! Have a wonderful time celebrating with her!

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

Happy happy birthday sweet GG! She is just so beautiful and that little outfit is just adorable! Congrats on a beautiful year, well spent! :-)

SassySillySpunky said...

Happy Birthday GG! What a cute outfit she is wearing. So excited to see and hear all about her party from the weekend! Enjoy GG's big day today!!

Casey said...

She is such a doll! Happy birthday to her!

I haven't been around the bloggy world lately so I just now saw your new blog look, I love it, it is sooo cute!

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!!! I hope she has a wonderful day today! I absolutely LOVE her little outfit!!!! That is so precious! :)

ashley said...

She is beautiful! Happy Birthday Gillian! And I'm totally loving that little dress!!!

I'maNolaGirl said...

Oh my gosh, what a sweet post! She will love reading this when she gets older! Happy Birthday GG!!!

Jennifer said...

Happy,happy birthday to GG! It is so amazing when you reach the 1 year milestone. So much has happened and your life has changed so much. Her dress must have been the hightlight of the party...it is so darn cute. That is when I sometimes wish I had a little girl. I am sure her party was great, looking forward to the details.

Rachel B. said...

Happy birthday, GG! She is so cute!

♥ Miss JLA said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet baby girl!!!! She's so precious!

I LOVE everything about this post!!!! EVERYTHING. You're awesome!

Amy said...

happy birthday to her.. I love the new look of your blog... Enjoy your day..

Bethany said...

Her birthday outfit is to.die.for. ADORABLE!!! Hope you have the most amazing time celebrating with your little girl :)

mama k said...

She is absolutely adorable!! Happy Birthday GG! :)

mama k said...

She is absolutely adorable!! Happy Birthday GG! :)

Sarah Ann said...

Yay! happy birthday to her!

liz said...

Hapy 1st birthday, GG! And where did you get that outfit?!?! OMG it's adorable!!

Tracey said...

Happy Birthday G!! Jack sends birthday kisses!


Heather said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GG!!!!! She is such a cutie in her b-day outfit!! Enjoy every moment (not like I had to tell you that)! Loved the pics and can't wait to see more!

The Neffs said...

Happy 1st Birthday!! Precious pictures!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

she is precious is her gorgeous skirt!

happy 1 yr to miss GG and to her momma for bringing her into the world

can't wait to see party pics!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday precious GG from Karen and Jillian!!!!! What an absolute doll you are!

Annie said...

Happy 1st Birthday GG!!

LOVE that little birthday outfit :)

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

She's very cute. Happy Birthday to her. My daughter will be 3 tomorrow (7-21). Cool that their b-days are near each other.

Melissa said...

Happy birthday adorable girl!!

Precious and Pink said...

Happy birthday GG! so pretty in her pink tut!!

Candice said...

Happy birthday pumkin. Adorable girl, adorable dress. Graham did the best with Nuby straw cups...waaaaaaay better than normal sippy cups.

Emily said...

Happy birthday sweet girl!! Hope you had a wonderful first birthday! Cant believe our babies are turning one! I love her tutu and cupcake shirt! so darling! I also love the monthly pictures you did:) Did you do that in photoshop??
What a precious lil birthday girl:)

blueviolet said...

She's just precious in her little tutu finery!

Meant to be a mom said...

Happy birthday (late, sorry:( )
She is such a doll baby. I love love love her b-day outfit. I hope she had a great day.