Happy 3rd birthday to you

They say the days are long and the years are short, and man, I totally believe it. I remember holding her when she was a tiny newborn, and it was hard for me to imagine her as a toddler: walking, talking, dancing… and not crying all the time. 😉


Well, I blinked, and here we are.

Livi xmas

(from the night of her school’s Christmas show)

“They” say that having a baby is like having half your heart walk around outside your body. It’s much more than that. She’s so wise, like a tiny Buddha, and teaches me so much each day: how to be more patient; how to slow the heck down and appreciate the moment; there’s always time to splash in the puddles, and dance on the beach.

Beach baby  1 of 1

Wildcat family

Our lives, and my heart, are so much more full with her here. In so many ways, she feels like she’s always been a part of our family; we were just waiting for her to arrive. 

Some things about three:

-Three is tiny tutus and messy buns

-Three is pancakes, fruit, and singing at the breakfast table

-Three is fierce hugs, sweet kisses, and tiny hands tickling your hair

-Three is “NO,” stomping, thrashing, and the brilliance of a simple distraction to take the tantrum away (most of the time, haha)

-Three is old enough to feed yourself, but young enough that a hug from mama or dada makes anything better

-Three is playing with dinosaurs while wearing a princess dress

-Three is wonder, and uninhibited friendliness

I love three, and am so excited to see how this little one will surprise us over the next year.

Happy happy birthday, Livi <3

Three years old

Livi’s birth story part 1 and part 2


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  1. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on January 8, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Happy three years to Liv! That last picture compilation is great! How sweet!

  2. Amy on January 8, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I LOVE this. Her 3rd birthday also makes me realize how long I have been reading your blog. Well before you even got pregnant- I think I’ve been reading your blog for FIVE years! Happy Birthday!

  3. Jen on January 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

    happy birthday!!! Such a beautiful little girl!! Can’t believe she is 3!

  4. Jamie on January 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Happy Birthday to You, Liv!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Tracy on January 8, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Happy Birthday Liv!!

    Tis post made me so happy and reminded ME how much I love being a mom <3

  6. Erika S. on January 8, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Livi is such a big girl now and so cute in her holiday dress! Keep the livi-isms coming…she has a way of brightening everyone’s day!!

  7. char eats greens on January 8, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Happy birthday to Liv! You have a three year old – that’s so crazy! Although our girls are born in the same year, mine just turned two in November so I can’t even imagine what her at three will be like!! But ohhhh we’ve just entered the whiney face when you don’t get what you want. Exciting times ahead 😉

  8. Rhiannon on January 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Happy Birthday to Liv!! What a beautiful young lady she is becoming.

  9. Lizzie @ The Magic Tree on January 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Happy Birthday, sweet Livi! She is more beautiful every day <3

  10. Alycia on January 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Happy birthday Livi! Wishing much happiness to you and your family for many years to come!

  11. Kath on January 8, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    So sweet!!! Happy bday Liv!!

  12. Molly@This Life Is Sparkling on January 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I can’t believe she’s already 3!! So crazy to think I’ve been reading your blog for so long. Happy birthday Olivia!

  13. Samantha on January 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Omg, this post melts my heart <3 She is so adorable and every picture shows how totally in love you are with her! Happy birthday Livi!

  14. Jess on January 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Happy Birthday! Love this! 3 is so much fun! Enjoy every second, I know you will! Maybe don’t blink haha 🙂

  15. Kristen on January 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Happy Birthday Miss Olivia!!!

    My son will be three in March. I thought I’d be sad at this point that I didn’t have a tiny baby anymore, but this age brings so much more independence, personality, affection, and fun!

    Hope you have an awesome day with your sweet girl 🙂

  16. Ali on January 8, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    What a beautiful reflection. THank you for sharing such a sacred part of your life with us. She is a super star for sure <3

  17. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on January 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Such a sweet post! She is turning into a beautiful little girl. Happy Birthday Livi!

  18. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on January 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    This is incredibly sweet!! Happy 3rd birthday, Livi! Wishing you many smiles and fun moments ?

  19. Jennifer on January 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Happy Birthday.

  20. Nicole on January 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love what you said about half you heart walking around outside your body, that is so true.

  21. Purelytwins on January 8, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    xoxoxo Happy Birthday sweetie!!

  22. hashtagfablife on January 8, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    This is so so sweet! Time has really flown by I still remember the post a few years ago when you posted a few wooden letters for her room and we were all guessing what her name was going to be!

  23. milania dela cruz on January 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    oh man how time flies by so fast!!!!! i’ve been following your blog for 5 years now! i used to read like 10 blogs daily but seriously i just don’t have time to read all of it, except yours!! i read DAILY and it’s so nice to be part of your blog and to see lil LIV grow up! next thing i know she’s 18 and going to college. waahhhh. heheheh

    happy birthday little lady!!

  24. Brittany on January 8, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    What a sweet post. Happy birthday to Liv!!

  25. Rochelle on January 8, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Lovely post! Time does fly, i just realized how long I have been reading your blog for. Your pregnancy and birth story made a big impact on me. I know i will be re-reading all of it when i am ready for kids!

    Happy birthday Olivia!

  26. Roselie on January 8, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    A very happy birthday to this lovely little girl

  27. Ange on January 9, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Congrats, Happy Birthday 😀

  28. Lisa @ Life as Lisa Knows It on January 9, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Happy Birthday, Liv!! She is absolutely beautiful (just like her mama!). 🙂

  29. Julie on January 9, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I can’t believe she’s 3!!! Have a blast at Disney! What a great b-day surprise! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      thank you! xoxo

  30. Cassie Vaughn on January 9, 2015 at 11:09 am

    She is such a cutie!

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