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Dear Austin,

One year ago today, you were born and you changed my life forever.  This past year together, we went through a multitude of ups and downs.  It was a huge learning process, you trying to figure out how to cope, survive and communicate in this massive world, while your grandparents, Daddy and I were trying to figure out your every needs and wants.  Life will always have its ups and downs, you should remember that.

As of recently, you’ve really expanded your appetite.  You absolutely love eating noodles and meat and the reason you learned how to “sign for more” was for those amazing puffs that once you pop, you can’t stop.  You also have learned how to drink out of a straw cup, but you still prefer the bottle since it requires less work for you.  The cutest part is when you know your about to be fed, you open your mouth like a little birdie and reach your hand out to grab the bottle closer to you, then you stare into my eyes and turn me into mush.  You are able to stand and walk while holding on to something and we’ve even seen you stand by yourself for a few seconds at a time, so we believe that standing on your own and walking will be soon.  But we’ll always be here to hold your hand, you should remember that.

A few months ago, you would let anyone hold you, but lately you’ve developed some separation/stranger anxiety.  We believe it’s just a stage that you are going through because we know you truly love being around people.  It might just require a little more hand holding right now but we don’t want you to be afraid of meeting new people and trying new things.  Although, selfishly, it does feel good that you will keep crawling back to Mommy and Daddy.  We’ll always be here for you, you should remember that.

And though this is bittersweet for Mommy, you should be proud of yourself that you have now graduated from taking weekly/monthly lion mat and Mickey pictures.  Although, I wouldn’t put it past Mommy if she made you take some more of these from time to time.  ;)  But here it is for you to see, your growth in the last year!!

When you were just a wee baby, you pretty much fit in the belly / white parts of the lion mat, and look at you now!  Your so tall your head and feet are hanging off!  And you’ll hardly even lay still for a picture anymore since you’d much rather be crawling and standing!

Here you are with your monthly sticky bellies to track your growth next to Mickey.

 You started off pretty similar in size to Mickey and look how much bigger you are now!

I love it when we can make you belly laugh and giggle.
I love when I can hold you like a baby and rock you to sleep.
I love it when you snore in your sleep.
I love seeing your faces as you try new foods.
I love your little toes and feet.
I love when you reach new milestones.
I love seeing the world through your eyes.
I love you, forever and always.



31 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Lyosha
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 1:23 am

    I almost cried myself! he grew so big! time flies!

  2. Et tu, tutu?
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 2:47 am

    SO adorable! He has the cutest smile. Happy birthday, Austin! Great name. ;)



  3. Karen Davis
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 4:10 am

    the happiest of birthdays to Austin!!! :)

  4. Jennifer
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Aw how sweet! Happy first birthday to Austin!

    xo Jennifer


  5. Meegs
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Aw, this is wonderful. Happy Birthday Austin!!

  6. Ms. Megan
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    aaawwww!! He is getting to be so big!! Happy birthday Austin, you dapper little fellow!!! :) xoxoxo

  7. Amanda Cobb
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Awwww, super cute pictures!!! Happy birthday to your little guy. :)

  8. lisacng @ expandng.com
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    He’s so cute! Happy first birthday to him! And love your dedication to taking a monthly photo of him in 2 places! WOW!

  9. Katie
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    happy birthday to austin! he is so cute!

  10. Holly
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    Woo happy birthday to your sweet little boy! He’s grown up so much! :) He’s so handsome.

  11. Amanda {at} Royal Daughter Designs
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Austin! What a cutie pie he is! He always looks like such a happy baby!

  12. Cindi
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    What a sweet post, Sandy! I love when you write letters to Austin! It’ll be fun for him to look back on when he’s older! I know is bittersweet watching them grow p, but I promise it’s such an amazing adventure seeing them grow into the person they’ll be!!!

    Happy Birthday Austin!!!

  13. Mimi
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    awwww, this is really beautiful, sandy! when i have a baby, i will take a page out of your book and take tons of pictures to document my baby’s growth as well. i hope to be as wonderful a mom as you are. :) happy birthday, austin! :)

    <3, Mimi

  14. Cindy
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    He is so grown up now!! I hope he had a great day exploring and learning. :)

  15. Marisa
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    This is beautiful, Sandy! Austin is a lucky little boy and it’s so wonderful that you have these monthly photos of him to show how much he’s grown in one year. Happy Birthday to your sweet son!


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    Dec 28, 2012 @ 7:28 pm


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  17. Ilene @ Much Love, illy
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    i cannot believe he is already a year old! happy birthday, austin! you are so blessed to have a ridiculously awesome mom! love you both! :)

  18. Chelsea
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 12:08 am

    awww happy birthday to Austin! He just keeps getting cuter!

  19. steph
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 1:16 am

    Austin truly has grown a lot! It is amazing to see the side-by-side pictures from month to month!!! Happy Birthday!

  20. Katie | FashionFrugality.com
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Oh my goodness, cuteness overload! :) Happy birthday to your sweet baby!

  21. Krysten
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Happy belated birthday Austin!

  22. sooki
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    Awwww Happiest 1st Birthday Austin!!!! LOVE the photo series!!! <3

  23. Coco
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 1:03 am

    Oh happy birthday little cutie!!
    Let me know what you figure out for the party favors dilemma :-)
    Kisses Coco
    New post – last in 2012 at Coco et La vie en rose http://www.pinktopping.blogspot.it/2012/12/end-of-year-followers-harvest-and-blog.html

  24. Lisa
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    It has gone SO FAST! Happy birthday, Austin!

  25. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Congrats on this great milestone of Austin….HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO!!


  26. Miki
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 3:14 am

    Happy birthday, Austin! ;D Oh, my! I can’t believe it’s been one whole year already!

    Have a wonderful NYE and an amazing 2013! ;D

  27. Georgianna
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 3:14 am

    Happy Birthday, Austin!!!! Thank you to your lovely parents for sharing your life with us!

    And Happy New Year to the entire family!!!



  28. sofia
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    Love the pictures of your baby. ADORABLE!!

    Have a great New Year.




  29. Mandy
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    He is so sweet! Have a wonderful new year!!!!

  30. Jen
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    Happy happy birthday, Austin!

  31. skippee
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Totally made me tear up! You are such an amazing mama. Love you both!

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