Happy Birthday Caroline Grace {One Year Old}!

Caroline Grace,

A year ago you slipped into this world, and into my arms, placed there by heaven. I still tear up when I think back on those first moments that I held you. The moment our eyes locked I was completely transformed. In your eyes I saw total recognition, unconditional love and complete trust. You knew I was your mommy and that I would do anything for you.

In the year that has followed your daddy and I have spent so many moments lying in bed with you, chasing you around, laughing at all of the cute things you do, worrying about every little sneeze and marveling at your perfection in such tiny form. You are like us in so many ways, but at the same time you are so uniquely perfect. You are like your daddy with your love and affection. You are the cuddliest baby there ever was and are happiest when snuggled up on one of us. In other ways you are like your mommy with your busyness, strong bubbly personality and lack of cautiousness.

Our hearts are full of hopes and dreams for you. You’ve brought so much joy and sweetness into this world, to us and to others. Every day we are awed at the transformation of who you are becoming. Your first smile, first tooth, first word, first step – you have taught us to slow down and embrace these moments with you. 

Time has flown and it will continue to fly. I know I’m not the perfect mommy but I’ve tried to give you all of me every day. You have taught me so many lessons, you are my greatest joy and you make me whole and connect me to God.

Thank you for making me a mommy. You are an indescribable gift. Happy birthday, my darling.



Our Year in Review A Full Belly and Happy Heart: A (letter) to you before you arrived. Caroline’s Birth: The (full story) about the day you arrived. Newborn (photo shoot)!First day of school and my feelings on returning to work (post).Our Miracle: The scariest day of our lives. (story)First Pumpkin Patch Trip (post) // First Halloween (post).Our family (photoshoot).First Christmas (post). Big Sister (announcement)!First (Easter)One Year Old!
Weights 17 lb, 15 oz (21%)
27.25 inches tall (3%)
1 Month // 2 Months // 3 Months // 4 Months // 5 Months // 6 Months // 7 Months // 8 Months // 9 Months // 10 Months // 11 Months // 12 Months



  1. Shannon @ Sweet Tea Sippin' on Mayberry
    May 7, 2015 / 11:46 am

    This was such a sweet and touching post. Happy birthday Carolina!

  2. Lindsay Colvin
    May 7, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    Happy Birthday, Caroline! Such a beautiful girl. Happy early Mothers Day to you, mama!

  3. Bekah Walsh
    May 7, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    Awww love this! What a great year. Happy Birthday, Caroline!

  4. Evelina
    May 7, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    She's SOO cute! Happy first birthday, Caroline!

  5. Maran (HeyHawleywood)
    May 7, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    aww happy birthday little Caroline. She is so sweet and I can't wait to see her become a big sister. Where has the time gone??

  6. marisa
    May 7, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Caroline! She is so cute and sweet!!! What a great year for you all, can't wait to see how she does as a big sister!!

  7. Girl Meets Bow
    May 7, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Happy Birthday! Such a sweet post- makes me so excited to be a mom one day! XO

  8. Sara Elizabeth
    May 7, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Happy birthday sweet Caroline!! You have the brightest eyes and the most beautiful smile – thanks to you (and your mommy!) for helping me start my days with a smile too!!

  9. Andrea Nine
    May 7, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    Happy Birthday to your precious Caroline! She is beyond beautiful and love the year in pics!! Enjoy every second!livingoncloudandreanine.blogspot.com

  10. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    May 7, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    Happy 1st birthday sweet Caroline – my little Ellie's birthday twin! And what special girls you are – so glad I "met" your mom through this internet world and we have chatted and compared notes over the past 12 months. You are a true miracle little one and you are a real joy. May you have a magical day x

  11. Liz Joiner
    May 7, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Happy birthday Caroline! She's beautiful Christina! Glad to see you're well, I know you're not posting as much since you've taken some time for you and your family, but it's great to see an update on Caroline, she's changed so much.Liz → {sundays with sophie}

  12. Samantha Jo
    May 7, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Happy Birthday! I read your blog often but never commented before. Our daughters are one month apart I've followed along with your posts through pregnancy and then as our daughters grew! This whole posts makes me tear up because it means my little girl will be a year old so soon!

  13. Katie Stroud
    May 7, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Happy Birthday sweet Caroline!! I cannot believe she is ONE already! Such beautifully written and soul warming post Christina! — if tears were your goal, you certainly achieved them 😉 Thank you for sharing these precious moments of Caroline's first year– your family is seriously the cutest! — xxo

  14. Meghan
    May 7, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Beautifully written, Christina.

  15. Jo
    May 7, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    Happy birthday sweet Caroline! And congrats to you and Matt on year 1! I can't believe yall are about to start all over again already!! It'll continue to be such an amazing year for yall! xo

  16. Jessica
    May 7, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Oh, how time has flown. I remember finding your blog while you were pregnant with your sweet girl. And now she's a year old. Tear! What a year it's been. Sweet Caroline gets more adorable with each month that passes, and I can't wait to see how she does with Thomas! Such a joy:)

  17. meg- made
    May 7, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    Happy Birthday beautiful girl and congratulations to you for getting through the first year. I loved this post, the year in summary and loved that I didn't need to click through on any of your links to find out more, because I feel like through blogging, I've been right there with you celebrating and worrying too!!! Big Birthday love xx

  18. Natasha
    May 7, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    happy happy birthday darling one!!!! sending you BIG hugs today and hoping it's the best day ever… love this recap mama!!! OXOX

  19. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    May 7, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    I can't believe she's one. tanti auguri, caroline!!

  20. Hanging with the Hirsts
    May 7, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Happy Birthday Caroline! She looks so big and old in the first picture! How much fun this year has been and how much sweeter it will be when Thomas arrives 🙂

  21. Kristen {Miss Southern}
    May 7, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    Happy Birthday precious one! She is so cute girl, love the balloon pics!

  22. B
    May 8, 2015 / 1:24 am

    Our little ones have the same birthday! Mine is a little boy – fastest year of my life (and I have a 5 year old).

  23. Liane
    May 8, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Happy birthday sweet Caroline! x

  24. Island Living Midwest
    May 8, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    Aww, she is such a sweet happy baby. So glad your scariest day is long gone. Much blessings for your little girl and your family.

  25. Jillian Manesh
    May 8, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    aww such a sweet post! happy birthday caroline! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  26. Traci
    May 8, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    So adorable!!!

  27. Lisa Odom
    May 10, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    She is so cute! Her little dresses are so sweet looking!

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