Happy birthday, Penelope

And just like that, we have a one year old on our hands.

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A year ago today, I was at the hospital, snuggling with the newest member of the family. Me and p

We made it through a challenging 24 hours of active labor together, a room full of nurses sharing our joy, and the biggest smiles on their faces to see such a giant baby.

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I got to see the my best friend become a dad for the second time,

Tom and p 2

and it was the day Liv finally got to meet her sister, whom she’d been very anxious to greet. I’m not sure my heart will ever get used to the explosion of feels when I see these two together.

Liv and p2

We were all together, the way it was supposed to be. <3

009 baby girl p sneak peek photography by jacquelynn buck

Penelope’s birth day began a stream of events that made this year very challenging, but I find myself separating these situations in my memory. Like, “Yeah that was terrible, but we got through it, and look at her now.”

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First birthday 15

Reflux, schmeflux. 

They say time flies. They don’t lie. Today, I’m feeling many of the same emotions I feel on each of Liv’s birthday: overjoyed to see her growing, but wanting to bottle the moments that pass so quickly. I know we’re living the “good ol’ days” right now, and I’m soaking it up.

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Happy, happy birthday, to a bright, sweet, joyful little star. We love you more than you know. 

I’m so excited to celebrate her birthday today, and also for her party this weekend! I’ll be back with another post soon, but in the meantime, it’s time to take these girls for some birthday fun.



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  1. Happy Birthday, Penelope!!!

  2. She’s adorable and beautiful. Happy birthday, Penelope!

  3. Happy birthday P! Are you going to do a photo with her on each of her birthdays like you do with Livi? Too cute! Can’t believe are beautiful both of your girls are!!

  4. Happy birthday, Penelope!!

  5. In all her photos she sparkles! So much love <3 <3

  6. Happy birthday P! She has such an amazing smile. I can’t believe it’s been one year already!

  7. She is beautiful! So is Liv! Time flies so quickly – enjoy the day. Happy birthday P!

  8. Happy birthday! She’s such a beautiful girl!

  9. Happiest Birthday to the sweet little babe! She’s completely adorable! <3

  10. Happy Birthday P! Also, your posts stopped showing up in Feedly as of about twelve days ago. : (

  11. Your post brought tears to my eyes- Happy Birthday sweet Penelope!! All the best to your lovely family 🙂

  12. Happy b-day P! What a lovely post for a sweet little girl. <3

  13. Happy birthday P! My son turns 1 next month, and it has gone by so quickly! It’s been fun following her growing up this year. 🙂

  14. milania dela cruz says:

    Happy birthday Miss P!!! you are such a sweetie pie!!!

  15. Happy birthday beautiful Penelope!!

  16. So adorable. Happy Birthday Sweet P!! 🙂

  17. She is such a sweet and beautiful little girl! Happy Birthday to P! And thank goodness all the tough times related to her being born are over for you, my friend! 🙂

  18. Happy Birthday P!! She is too precious, that smile and those bright eyes 🙂 Happy day to you too Gina!! You and the Pilot made some beautiful kids and have a fantastic family

  19. Happy 1st Birthday sweet little P!!!! Enjoy your day!!!

  20. Happy Birthday! I sure all your smiley pictures!

  21. Happy Birthday Sunshine!

  22. I can’t believe P is a year old already! She looks absolutely adorable in her sparkly skirt & head full of hair…and as always…that infectious smile! Happy Birthday P!

  23. Happy Birthday to Penelope! Those pictures are adorable!

  24. What a cutie!! Happy Birthday, Penelope!!

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