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This is now…

How fast a year goes. 365 days, 52 weeks, 8760 hours…blink and you’ll miss it.

Tomorrow my baby, my last baby, will be a year old. It’s difficult to put into words how unaccepting I am of the fact that she is already one.

When Fussypants was a baby he did everything early; walked, talked, got teeth, you name it and he was ahead of the curve and I didn’t mind because he was my first. I didn’t know any better and was excited and proud when he did each new thing.

And now, I am excited and proud when Little Miss does each new thing but it’s also bittersweet. Because this is it. This is the last time I’ll watch my child learn to crawl, my child cut that first tooth, my child find their feet for the first time.

Every day is a milestone, some more momentous than others, but each day is filled with firsts.

I know that there will be many more firsts down the road for both my children and even for myself and my husband (not looking forward to the teen driving and dating years), but the baby stage is a favorite of mine because it’s full of wonder.

Little Miss is sweet, mellow, happy and she rarely has a bad day. She’s just cool like that. Because she is so easy, I am truly enjoying each moment. And because she is my last baby, it’s more noticeable to me that she’s growing up quickly.

And there is nothing I can do about that. 365 days, 52 weeks, 8760 hours…blink and you’ll miss it.

Happy almost first birthday to my baby girl.

Photos taken by the incredibly talented Carrie B of Carrie B Photography and my dear friend. She made me feel beautiful when I was just weeks away from giving birth and feeling anything but. She told me at the time that the pictures were “not for now but as a reminder for later”. And she was right. Looking at these a year later brings back fond memories of the anticipation and joy I had knowing I was creating a life and about to have a girl. Looking back on these now also makes me thankful that I can see my feet.



  1. Happy birthday to your little girl! It’s so true about the accomplishments of the “last” child being bittersweet and how differently we feel about them than we did our first.

    • Gingerbreadmama says:

      Thank you. I am trying to remind myself to enjoy it more than be upset by it but it’s so hard watching them grow up so fast!

  2. Coreen,

    What a beautiful story you’ve written. My first turned a year old in March, and I can’t believe I waited this long to have a child. I had no idea, how much joy they bring in to your life. Congrats on two beautiful children and a wonderful family. I hope that you you have many more days of enjoyment!

  3. Such sweet pics! My “last” baby just turned one also…so sad.

  4. It goes by so fast! I’ve written something similar for LMW’s 2nd birthday coming up in less than three weeks.

    Beautiful photos. Beautiful family.

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