Friday, July 29, 2011


ONE day...I was just pregnant and the next day I was your momma.

ONE became a nephew

ONE became a grandson

ONE became a great grandson
ONE became our son. Our baby. My baby.

ONE were welcomed into this world
and everyone was excited to finally meet you.
ONE smiled. Oh, do you smile.
I challenge anyone to find me a baby that has smiled MORE than you. They might smile as much, but I would bet money they don't smile more.
ONE day...I realized those stretch marks were there to stay, and my bellybutton had permanently relocated, but that it is oh-so-worth-it.
ONE started to sleep through the night. I remember the last night I went in to feed you. I knew it might be the last, so I held you longer. Rocked you longer. That was it. Gone. In the blink of an eye.
ONE sat up on your own. That day I was happy. I felt like I could get things done. Until...

ONE began to crawl.
ONE began to laugh. And it has been practically my life's mission to make sure you haven't stopped laughing yet.
ONE put a silk flower in your mouth and choked, and then a candy wrapper, and then a marble, and I haven't gotten a good night's sleep since then.
ONE captured your parents hearts. I never knew I could love you so much. I never knew that a piece of my heart could live outside of my body in the form of a lovely, spirited little boy.
ONE began to walk. Each day gaining more independence.
I haven't had a moments rest since.
But that's ok, I'll relax when you're older.
And until then I will soak up every ounce of your childhood,
because ONE day you'll be grown, and this will all be just a sweet memory.
But on this day you are ONE.
And we are celebrating your birth and we are thanking our gracious heavenly Father
for blessing us with you.
Happy Birthday to my little angel baby,
my lump of love,
my stinky face.
We love you more than you could ever know!


  1. Okay, stop it. i'm crying. i don't want my little ones to grow up! you need to make this post into a book for cooper--so sweet!

  2. I have no children, but I am crying like a pitiful mess. How wonderful it has been to share in his first year of life. Thank you, Ashley, for this blog as you share your life and your family. I hope Cooper's first birthday is fun and filled with sweet memories for the future.

  3. Ashley, I have been anticipating getting to read this post and you didn't let me down! It's perfect and every word is so true! Happy Birthday Cooper-duper and happy first year of motherhood to you.

  4. Perfect, beautiful post Ashley! You are so blessed! Happy 1st birthday Copper!

  5. great aunt nataleeJuly 30, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    ....and one day he became a great nephew! :) ps... this made me cry the whole way through until the choking part, then i literally laughed out loud! this is soooo stinkin' cute!! love it!

  6. You made me cry....
    I hope this next year is as fun, blessed, loving, beautiful and special as you two!!! May there be lots of love, laughter and blessings...

    (and blog posts so I can ohhhh and awwww)

  7. What a sweet, sweet message. Make sure you save this for speaks volumes....
    What a gift youo have for expressing yourself!

  8. Oh and one more thing, my button or a link to my blog needs to be on your sidebar as per the rules to be apart of Blogs of Note.



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