Happy Birthday, Pilot

I can’t help but think of birthdays a little differently now.

Sure, it’s a great day to celebrate the people you’re close to, but at the same time, I find myself thinking of the nervous anticipation and excitement their parents must have felt. I now know what that feels like, and it’s incredible.

So today, I’m also thinking of my MIL and FIL, who brought this guy into the world:

Us 2

Who would have thought that the same guy I was swooning over at Starbucks would still be making me swoon 7 years later?

Who’d eventually become my best shenanigan buddy,

Tom turtle



puppy daddy,


and eventually, my birth coach and father to our baby.

Liv and tom

(I can’t believe how much Liv has grown since then. That smile…)

Days like today are just a little extra reminder of how lucky I truly am, even though I look around myself and am grateful everyday.

The fam4

(photo by Silhouette Babies in Tucson)

And to my MIL and FIL: you raised one heck of an amazing man.

Happy Birthday Brain/All of the other ridiculous nicknames I have for you/Tom <3

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  1. So sweet! Happy birthday, Pilot!

  2. Happy Birthday to your hubbs!

  3. This is so sweet! You are definitely one lucky lady! Happy birthday to your hubby

  4. Happy Birthday Pilot! That is an adorable pic of the 3 of you! My husbands birthday is tomorrow..yay October babies! πŸ™‚

  5. Adorable post! I’m sure motherhood truly does cause you to look at so many things in life differently than before. So sweet! Happy Birthday to your hubby!

  6. <3 Too, too sweet. Happy Birthday, Pilot! Hope your day is filled with shenanigans galore!

  7. Happy Birthday, Pilot! That last picture is precious!

  8. Happy Birthday to the Pilot!

    It’s my husband’s birthday today, too! πŸ™‚

  9. Happy birthday to the Pilot! Hope you guys have a wonderful day!

  10. Happy Birthday to the Pilot! Such a sweet post!

  11. Aw, I love this! Happy Birthday Mr. Pilot, and thank you today and every day for your service to our country!

  12. Happy Birthday Tom! Looking at your family and the joy and love that radiate from each picture remind me of my boys and the love I have for my husband.

  13. Happy Birthday Pilot!

    It’s my husband’s bday today too and you pretty much summed up all of my feelings in your post πŸ™‚ Enjoy celebrating as a family!

  14. I love the love story y’all share! Beautiful! Happy birthday to the pilot!!

  15. Love love love the pictures. So sweet. Enjoy the day together.

  16. Such a sweet post <3 Happy birthday to your hubby! It's my bday on Friday and my fiance's a few days after … yay bday week! πŸ™‚

  17. This is so cute! Happy birthday Pilot!

  18. Happy Birthday to the Pilot!

  19. What a sweet post! Happy Bday Pilot!

  20. Happy Birthday to the Pilot!!

  21. Aww what a sweet post! Happy Birthday Pilot!! I hope you guys have a nice day celebrating. How old is he turning?

  22. Happy Birthday Tom!

  23. It amazes me how your posts like this one literally get me choked up — like I feel it in my throat, my nose gets tingly, and my eyes *almost* water. I think it’s because I relate to you in a lot of ways – and my boyfriend reminds me of the Pilot in terms of his seriously-amazing-guy qualities – and feel just a couple years behind you in terms of marriage and babies, and so I read posts like this and see my likely similar future…and it makes me so happy. πŸ™‚

    HBD to the Pilot!

  24. Happy birthday, Pilot!

  25. Happy Birthday, Pilot!!! Have a fabulous day!!!

  26. Happy Birthday, Pilot! Beautiful post, you are so blessed!

  27. Ah that picture of him and Liv is too cute for me to handle! Have a happy birthday, Pilot – you deserve it!

  28. Gush. Happy Birthday to your hubs πŸ™‚

  29. Ah, love the family pics! And LOVE that blue dress you’re wearing in the first photo.

  30. Happy birthday to the hubs!

  31. What precious, precious photos! You’ve snagged yourself an awesome friend, husband, and father. Enjoy!!

  32. So so so sweet!!!

  33. I had the biggest smile on my face throughout this whole post πŸ™‚ You are so blessed!

  34. Beverly Aragon says:

    Sending happy vibes to the entire family as you celebrate the Pilot’s special day. πŸ™‚

  35. Happy birthday Pilot!! We have the same birthday :-p

  36. Happy birthday to the Pilot!! I love this post πŸ™‚ You guys are so sweet and really an inspiration. And that picture of the Pilot with Liv in her carrier… oh my goodness. It is just perfection. Hope you all have a great time celebrating!

  37. Happy Birthday Tom! My youngest sister’s bday is today too; you two scorpios!! Is Liv walking; precious pictures.

  38. So sweet wishing you guys many many many years of happiness!

  39. Lovely post. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a genuinely happy family. Happy Birthday, Tom!

  40. Happy Birthday, Pilot! My daughter has the same birthday. Katie turned 16 today.

  41. Happy Birthday, Pilot. πŸ™‚

    I knew there was a reason I liked him (besides the whole fighting for our country thing)

    All the best people were born/married today. πŸ˜‰ (it’s my birthday and my grandparents anniversary)

  42. Happy Birthday, Mr. Pilot aka Mr. Gina!
    You’re both awesome. πŸ™‚

  43. Happy birthday to the Pilot1 If I was him (ie not 5’1″) I would be afraid that I would get stuck in that turtle shell!

  44. Such a sweet post. Happy birthday Pilot! πŸ™‚

  45. Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets says:

    Happy nirthday pilot. I can’t help it see Paul Ryan now when you show his photo. Hahah

  46. Happy (belated) birthday Tom!!!

  47. Aww LOVED this post! What a precious pic of Liv in the carrier w/ her daddy! & I LOVE the one of her at the end of the post “walking” w/ both of you! Happy belated b-day to the Pilot! πŸ™‚

  48. That’s so sweet! You seem like a lucky girl and he is a lucky guy- Happy Birthday to him and may all his wishes come true πŸ™‚

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