Happy birthday to you….

Happy birthday to you…

Happy birthday,

Happy birthday, sweet little love of our life,

Happy birthday to you <3

MeandbabyLivi and dadPhoto copy

This year has been the most beautiful, challenging, and blessed one yet. Thank you Liv, for making me your mama, and for all that you’ve already taught me about true love. And to Tom.. from the moment we found out we were pregnant, to the night you coached me through hundreds of contractions, and now, every second you’re with our baby: I’m lucky to be able to watch you be a daddy, because you’re an incredible one.

We’re off for some birthday fun and the fam is coming over for pizza and cake tonight.

First year pics


Last photo was taken by the amazing photographers at Silhouette Photography BABIES here in Tucson in Liv’s “Cake the Baby” session last week <3


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  1. cassi on January 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    happy birthday Liv!!! My nephew turned 1 in november. such a blessing. πŸ™‚

  2. Rebecca@Runningfoodbaby on January 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm


    I was wondering when her exact bday was – I knew it was around mine πŸ˜‰ (mine was yesterday).

    Have fun with cake and pizza – we did the same!

  3. Danielle on January 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Aww love that picture! Happy birthday to Olivia!

  4. JennP on January 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I found out 2 days after Liv was born that I was pregnant with my second, and she’s 4.5 months old already! Time sure flies. Enjoy every moment of your baby girl’s birthday!!

  5. Grace @ PracticingGrace on January 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Adorable first year photo CONGRATS

  6. mi-an dela cruz on January 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    happy bday liviaaaaa!!!

  7. Suzanne on January 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    yay! Happy Birthday, Olivia! Such a sweet photo. πŸ™‚

  8. Carley on January 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    HOW adorable!! Have fun!

  9. Sara @ fitcupcaker on January 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    How cute πŸ™‚

  10. Lisa on January 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Happy birthday to beautiful and precious Olivia!

  11. Shari on January 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Happy Birthday, Olivia! πŸ™‚

  12. Andrea @ Vegvacious on January 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Happy Birthday sweet little Olivia! Hope you & your family have a wonderful day celebrating.

    That last picture is to DIE for!!

  13. Brooke @ Being Vivacious on January 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh.
    The smashed cake :)))))
    Happy Birthday Livi!

  14. Courtney on January 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I can’t believe how beautifully she has grown over this last year! Have a wonderful day with your familia!

  15. Mary Katherine on January 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I have been reading your blog for awhile now and think it is nothing short of incredibly inspirational and a breath of fresh air. You remind me on a daily basis to commit to my food choices and listen to my body. I have talked about your blog to my nutritional therapist for quite some time, but I really got her attention the other day when I was going on and on about a breakfast cookie I had finally decided to try and that I have been eating regularly for the past few weeks (and not only was I eating it, but I was also excited about it… quite the fete for someone who loathes breakast). She is so sold with your novel breakfast cookie that she has re-posted your recipe on her blog (giving you and your blog credit, of course) so that all of her healthy eating clients can give it a whirl too! http://thekosickkitchen.blogspot.com/

    Thanks so much for all of your ideas and dialogue. It brings a new smile to my face each day.

    Mary Katherine

  16. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy on January 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Awwwh, such a cutie.

  17. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on January 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Happy birthday to Liv! I can’t believe she’s already 1 year old!

  18. Madison on January 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Happy Birthday to such a sweet little girl!!! πŸ™‚

  19. Kim on January 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Happy birthday to your cutie!! Such a special day for y’all!! That picture is so dang cute!!

  20. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on January 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Squee! Happy Birthday to little Livi! I’ve been a long time reader and it seriously seems like not that long ago when she was just a tiny little newborn.

  21. Mila on January 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Congrats on your first year of parenting, Gina! dang, it flew by! an extended happy birthday to Olivia (my birthday too today!!) I know she’s having a rockin party with the fam πŸ™‚

  22. Jennifer on January 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Happy Birthday, Olivia. πŸ™‚ And happy first year of parenting to you and the Pilot. From the outside you both seem to be amazing parents. πŸ™‚

    That first picture of you holding her after she was born is my favorite picture on your site. It’s like she came out of the womb with a happy little personality.

  23. Mary on January 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Happy Birthday baby! Was that first pic taken the day she was born? If so that is one alert kid. My niece was 2 or 3 weeks old before anyone was finally able to snap a pic of her with her eyes open.

  24. Lisa O on January 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Happy birthday Olivia!! Been a great joy watching your milestones online and I felt teary reading this too. Thanks to you and your mum for the virtual support I felt for my baby’s first year (birthday a comin’ 14th Feb!), big love to you all on this so so special day. xoxo

  25. Yaara on January 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Happy Birthday to Livi!! She just gets more and more precious everyday. I love her sweet smile. I hope you had a wondrous day with your family!

  26. Megan on January 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Happy Birthday, Baby Livi!!! Such a great photo!

  27. Jessica @ Prayers and Apples on January 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    such cute pics! ? hope you guys enjoy tonight πŸ™‚

  28. Nicole on January 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Happy happy birthday little one!

  29. kari on January 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm


  30. Kaitlyn on January 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Happy birthday Liv!!!

  31. Josie on January 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Oliver!!!!!!

  32. Potatoes and Pilates on January 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Livi!

  33. Pam on January 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Happy 1st Birthday Liv! I can’t believe how time goes by. I remember reading posts about your pregnancy, then the arrival of Liv and what an amazing mom you’ve become. Very wonderful!! Congrats to both proud parents πŸ™‚

  34. Karen on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for a year now as when I started to follow last year you were just about to have Olivia! How time has flown!
    The “Cake the Baby’ photo is very cute – and a great idea too! Looks like Liv had a fun time πŸ™‚
    Hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating her birthday! πŸ™‚

  35. Naomi on January 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Livi! I remember checking your site all the time a year ago to see if she had arrived yet πŸ™‚

  36. Shaina Anderson on January 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I can’t believe she’s 1 already!! Happy Birthday Livi! And Happy Anniversary-of-becoming-parents to you and Tom! That cake picture might be one of the best you’ve posted of her so far. πŸ™‚

  37. diana on January 9, 2013 at 2:29 am

    So precious! Happy birthday Olivia! SWEET FAMILY

  38. PluvK on January 9, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Cutest picture!! Happy Birthday to Olivia! I hope you all had a wonderful, happy, and blessed day together. πŸ™‚

  39. Bek @ Crave on January 9, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Happy Birthday bubba! And omg that cake the baby picture- most adorable thing I’ve ever seen!

  40. Courtney on January 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Happy Birthday to your little girl!!! I’ve been following your blog forever but never comment. I just wanted to say I am so happy for your family and love reading all about your adventures with a little one.

  41. Karen on January 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Happy 1st Birthday to Olivia!! She is adorable and babies born in January are pretty amazing!!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      i totally agree πŸ™‚

  42. Cher @ Weddicted on January 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

    That picture with the cake – way too cute!

    Happy birthday to your little one πŸ™‚

  43. Dani @ Live Lightly Everyday on January 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Happy First Birthday to Liv!! And congratulations to you and Tom! She is absolutely precious.

  44. April on January 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

    First off, I’ve read your blog for several years now and the post I comment on is your babies’ birthday post?

    It is hard to believe that it is Olivia’s first birthday. It seems like you just had her. And, I hate you for looking so cute holding her in the hospital in that first photo. I have really enjoyed watching her grow up the past year while you grow into becoming a “mommy.” To be honest, I felt a little dread when you told us you were pregnant because all of my friends were pregnant and/or just had babies and through their experiences it’s made me not want to avoid all things pregnant/babies. I wasn’t sure what your blog was going to become – no one needs to know how dilated a pregnant woman is the weeks leading up to her child’s birth. Thanks for not being that “pregnant” woman. πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, what I really wanted to say: your daughter is adorable and I LOVE that last picture. I may have to drive to Tuscan to get my kids photos taken. πŸ˜‰ Seriously, you had her a year ago? Time really does go by quickly. We just started the adoption process and I can’t wait to bring my daughter home too.

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      thank you so much, april <3 time goes by wayyyy too quickly.
      sending lots of love to you during the adoption process. hope you get to bring that girl home, soon!

  45. claire on January 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Happy Birthday Oliv! Beautiful photo of her, Gina!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      thank you, they did such a great job!

  46. Lara on January 11, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Happy Birthday, Sweet Olivia!

  47. Shaheen on January 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Ahh such a beautiful post! Made me tear up and think of my sweet 3 mnth old baby girl (that looks so much like Oliv with those big beautiful eyes and lashes) Such a blessing! I hope she had a great birthday and a fabulous year ahead. Xoxo!

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