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One Year Ago Today…

There were so many emotions….

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Nervousness, excitement, and a whole world of pain.

I never could have imagined the love I felt when I first saw you.

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Or when I first held  you in my arms

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Or the first time you smiled at me

cooed,

and giggled…

Or every morning when we snuggle in bed. Every time you wake up from a nap and I missed you so much, even though you were only asleep in the next room

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If it were even possible, you manage to get cuter and cuter every single day. And we manage to fall more and more in love with you each moment that passes.

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You are so smart,  sweet ,and such a lovely little menace. You are so beautiful. You bring a smile to every face you meet, and joy to every person that meets your big brown {sometimes hazel} eyes.

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You know how to make your mommy and daddy both feel so special.

You are our angel.

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Our Weezy.

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Our sweetheart.

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And a little menace

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Mommy loves you more than words can describe

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Happy first birthday to my magnificent baby girl!

May the 4th be with you Winking smile

We say how we can’t imagine how we ever got through our days without you in them.

Thank you for making our lives so complete.

Now let’s go celebrate!!!!!!!!

{photography by Ashley}

{maternity shots by Angie}

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40 Comments

  • Reply Lisa

    Awe, I love this—You and Ella are just beautiful! You are both so lucky to have each other, and seeing your little “story” here just makes me remember how incredibly amazing life really is. I think more people should take a moment or two to reflect on how they got to where they are, what they’ve been through–it is so awe-inspiring!

    Happy Birthday to Ella!!!

    May 4, 2012 at 6:44 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, lovely!!!! Yes we are very lucky…especially me 🙂

      <3

      May 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply nicole

    aw what a sweet post!
    happy happy birthday to ella!

    May 4, 2012 at 8:19 am
    • Reply laury

      thanks, Nicole!!!

      May 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Awww I got so choked up reading this post! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA! What a doll! You are an unbelievable mom Laury!! 🙂 Such a great role model 🙂

    May 4, 2012 at 8:34 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Erin!! You are so sweet! I hope you enjoyed your birthday celebration!!!

      May 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Julie

    What a beautiful tribute!!! Can’t wait to celebrate!! Love you guys!

    May 4, 2012 at 8:46 am
    • Reply laury

      Love you, Jul!! Can’t wait!!!

      May 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Lisa@Healthy Diaries

    Happy Birthday Ella!!!
    I cannot believe an entire year has passed already!!
    Ella is such a beautiful little girl and it’s so great that she has a family that loves her so much!!

    May 4, 2012 at 9:23 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks Lisa!!! Have a wonderful time at your shower this weekend!!!

      May 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Kristi Rimkus

    It’s amazing how quickly they grow. People always say they grow up too fast, and speaking from experience, they do. Happy birthday to your little darling!

    May 4, 2012 at 9:42 am
    • Reply laury

      It sure seems like it does go fast!!! I couldn’t believe it when my nephew turned 3..and now Ella is already a year! It’s unreal!!! Thank you, Kristi!

      May 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply kaity

    happy birthday ella! man does time fly! enjoy

    May 4, 2012 at 9:43 am
  • Reply the delicate place

    awww laury! i got a little teary reading this! i adore the b&w photo of you two! hahaha are you a star wars geek?! i am not but nate is lol. i just cannot get into sci-fi for the life of me. hope you have a spectacular weekend! yay it’s not supposed to be cold for us this weekend!!

    May 4, 2012 at 10:12 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Melissa! I was teary writing it! I can not believe she’s 1!!!

      And no, not at all hahaha. I don’t even think I ever saw the original Star Wars all the way through. Maybe when I was like 8? But everyone was saying this last year when she was born!

      May 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Paula

    Awwww, so sweet! Happy birthday, Ella, you are truly loved!

    May 4, 2012 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Happy birthday, Ella! And a happy mom-i-versary to Laury!!

    May 4, 2012 at 11:43 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you so much, Julie!!! <3

      May 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Maria@healthydiaries

    There is NO way Ella is one!! I remember I started reading your blog when you first announced you were pregnant and it seems like it was just yesterday! The video of her laughing at Daddy is too freaking cute. I love her little giggles!

    I hope the party you’ve been planning goes off without a hitch!

    Happy 1st Birthday Ella!

    May 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply laury

      I know, right??? It’s insane!!! I love it though! Such a fantastic time!!

      I hope your party goes well also!! I am sure it will be amazing!

      and thank you!

      May 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Lori

    It can’t be a year since she was born. wow! Happy birthday Ella!
    Lori

    May 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Lori! It flew by!

      May 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Aunt Rose

    Laur- this made me cry at my desk!
    Ella is so gorg and such a joy and I love her SO much!!
    Can’t wait to celebrate the ball of cuteness this weekend.
    Aunt Rose

    May 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Shanna, like Banana

    I am in love with this post — it made me teary eyed. I remember being on baby watch for you 1 yr ago and being so happy to read your birth story. And here we are 1 yr later listening to giggles and seeing a beautiful little doll of a girl who looks like her mamma. So very sweet.

    Happy Birthday Ella! xo

    May 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Shanna!!! It’s so crazy how time flies!! Before you know it the bean will be one too!!! xoxo

      May 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply jen

    Happy birthday ella! what a great post! have a great weekend!

    May 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    Aw, what a sweet post. I love the pictures!

    Happy birthday to Ella!

    May 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    the sweetest post ever!! Happy Birthday Ella!

    May 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Absolutely adore this Laury! You and Ella, as I say in basically every post, are gorgeous. And she looks more like you each time I see a new picture!! Such a sweet post. Happy 1st birthday to Ella!

    May 5, 2012 at 12:48 am
  • Reply Brittany

    Ohhh my gosh this is ADORABLE!! Happy birthday to her!

    May 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Susan

    Beautiful photos and photos. Happy Birthday Ella, hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating xx

    May 7, 2012 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Kat

    happy bday to your gorgeous daughter!! Im so happy God has blessed you with such an amazing gift :):)

    May 7, 2012 at 9:32 am
    • Reply laury

      Yes, I am so blessed…thanks, Kat!

      May 8, 2012 at 12:27 am
  • Reply Alisa

    Congratulations and happy 1st to little Ella! My how time flies. And that menace picture is too, too adorable.

    May 7, 2012 at 11:23 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you , Alisa!!!

      May 8, 2012 at 12:27 am
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    Awwwwhhh!!! Happy Birthday Ella! <3

    May 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm
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