Happy 5th birthday to you

It’s so hard to believe that 5 years ago, we were back at home from the hospital. It was a beautiful blur of birth and recovery, and we were starting to get to know the newest addition to the family.

Me and newborn Liv snuggling on the couch

newborn Liv in the hospital

The Pilot and Liv at home

So many times since that day, I’ve told myself, “I can’t believe she’s really here.” Still she continues to amaze me, years later, and I have a feeling it will keep happening. 

5 years ago,

it was burp cloths and sleep schedules.

Morning snuggles, and snoozy lullabies.

Babbles and coos,

pure exhaustion,

and so much love.

Newborn Liv with tongue sticking out

Liv at Disneyland with Pluto

The Pilot and Livi Paddleboarding

Liv on a swing Liv playing in the sand Liv and P

Liv and older P
Liv hugging her "5" balloon

These days it’s tutus and tap shoes,

somersaults and cartwheels,

friends and parties,

the biggest hugs,

and words that make your heart stop.

“I’m so happy you’re my mama.”

Liv and Me selfies

Happy birthday, sweet Livi goose. We love you to the moon and back. <3 


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  1. Nicole Kump on January 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Gina! Happy birthday to Olivia! Hope you all enjoyed her special day. I left a message on your Instagram though I saw this post and wanted to comment. I work at DM and my hubby “Tucker” flew with yours in GA. I was chatting with your pilot last week at work, telling him I follow your blog and feel like I know you though I haven’t met you. He told me to say hi, so hi! 🙂 Glad you are back in Tucson. This town is awesome!

    • Fitnessista on January 10, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      ahhh that is so awesome! tom told me that he talked to you! let’s hang out sometime soon 🙂
      and yes, tucson is amazing.

  2. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on January 10, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Awww. She’s adorable! That hair, girl I’m already jealous and she is only 5!

    • Fitnessista on January 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      it’s ridiculous!

  3. Julie on January 10, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Happy b-day Liv! Love the pics you 2 do every yr – wish I would’ve thought to do something like that w/ my daughter (she’s 17 now). 😉

    • Fitnessista on January 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      ahhh it will be crazy to see the pics when she’s 17!
      i still need to think of something to do with P 😉

  4. Amy on January 12, 2017 at 10:06 am

    So cute that you do that same picture every year!

  5. aprili on January 12, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    the sweetest post ever <3

    happy belated birthday, liv!

    • Fitnessista on January 12, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      hank you!

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