I Have a 1 Year Old!


I still can’t believe I have a 1 year old! 

I contemplated having a party, but I couldn’t justify splurging on a party that he won’t even remember. In lieu of a big shindig, we had a cozy and intimate celebration with loved ones. His gigi (my mother) was able to make it down for his birthday to stay a few days, and his papaw and gramma (my husband’s dad and stepmom) made it up Saturday and Sunday. I love that they’re close enough to visit! That rarely happens being a military family, so living here for a couple of years is a real treat. Jack adores Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so we chose a Mickey theme. He was not a fan of the smash cake, but did partake in it a little but after about 3-5 minutes max, he was ready to move in to the next thing. Funny thing is, papaw and gramma brought over another full sized cake AND smash cake. I’m sure he was like, wait what? Do I get cake every day that I’m 1?

I planned a photoshoot with my awesome neighbor who also happens to be a talented photographer. The pictures turned out great – money well spent! Including the photoshoot, this kid had not one, not two, but THREE smash cakes. By the time the photoshoot came, I had to dip his hands in to get him started and even then, he only ate a few bites. He was so over it! I can’t blame him. That’s a lot of sugar when the only sugar you normally consume is in fruit. In the end, he nibbled enough to snap some cute pics, so mama was satisfied.

He got some really neat toys, more than I expected. So many so that I had to invest in a whole other toy box and quickly! Thanks Amazon prime, because there was nowhere left for them to go. He is definitely set on toys for a while.

More about this cutie! He is now 30 inches tall, weighs 22.5 lbs and is in 12-18 month clothes. As for milestones, he has 6 teeth, eats loads of food, and has started sleeping through the night around 3x a week. He still wakes to feed sometimes, then goes right back down. Speaking of, we’ve made it over a year breastfeeding! Woohoo! Quite the feat. I’m proud of us, but I’ll save that celebration for a separate post. 

Jack is a quick learner with just about everything and it is one of my greatest joys to watch him discover so many new skills. He is obsessed with the Trolls movie and his favorite toy is any cell phone he can get his hands on. His favorite book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See. He loves giving kisses, dancing and bath time. This little boy brings so much love and light into the world. I am so honored to be his mom.


  1. I absolutely love 1-YEAR birthday parties, so I love your Mickey theme; it turned out so cute!! I especially love the main photo at the top. What a handsome little guy!! And that ADORABLE fire truck, like oh my word!! So cute. Great job on the celebration, mama!! You captured some really great photos and memories!!


    • Thanks! I’m not huge on going all out for kids parties but I think he liked it. His legs aren’t long enough to ride the fire truck yet so he pushes it around wearing his hat. It’s so funny to watch!


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