Thursday, February 21, 2013

Liam's big day

Liam turned 1 year old today!!

I cannot believe it!

I always heard other parents say "once you have children, time just flies by." Wow were they correct! I remember so many details from the last 12 months, yet it seems like such a blur. It really feels like just yesterday we brought him home from the hospital. We were scared, tired and didn't know what to expect.

Fast forward an entire year.

I've been spending every single day (and night, at first) with this little boy. I've been nursing him, playing with him, reading to him, taking him for walks and rocking him to sleep for 365 days!

I can't express how amazing this past year has been. But I will admit, it was a roller coaster at first. It was really hard to adjust to everything. Matt and I were used to "just the two of us" and that changed in an instant, the night Liam was born. I also dealt with some postpartum depression around Liam's 6th month (which I'm not ashamed to admit). But with the wonderful support of my husband and family, we made it through!

Our days are now filled with a new kind of fun and excitement! Liam's first smile, first giggle, first bath, first roll over, first fart, first bruise (okay...the fart and bruise were not exciting). I can't even begin to explain how SO IN LOVE I am with this little human being Matt and I created. It's been so much fun watching him grow into his own little personality. He means the absolute world to me. He is the definition of cool.

I would not trade our little family for anything. Life has changed, but it has changed for the better :)

Liam spent his birthday with me, as usual. This is what we did:

Liam snuggled with me in bed for a while.

We played for a while.

He ate breakfast and demolished a birthday muffin.

I took his 12-month photo, but he was too busy watching Sesame Street to smile.

We got bundled up and headed to story time at the library.

Here are the board books we picked out. I wonder how germy they are.

We went and bought groceries for Liam's party this weekend.

We played some more. We made a little fort under a table.

Big boy lunch. Applesauce, cheese, beans and cheerios.

We lit a candle on a cupcake and sang to him.

He tested out the cupcake.

And enjoyed it thoroughly!



I'll post photos from his party (on Saturday) later this weekend. Have a nice Friday everyone :)


  1. Happy birthday dear sweet Liam! You are so lucky to have such fantastic parents! and happy labor day to you Erin! It's always fun to remember the labor/delivery day on birthdays!

    p.s. Maggie and Finnegan both loved the "Peek-a-hoo" book

    p.s.s. I also had a bit of post partum depression after Maggie. We had just moved to Logan when I was 16 weeks pregnant and then shortly after I broke my foot, so we hardly knew anyone and I could not drive the car. Fast forward to after Maggie was born...I could not stop crying...I was crying when I answered the phone, I was crying when the very few people we knew would stop over, I was always just crying! Even though I hardly new anyone those people who came over during those first few months are still friends with me. I still cry (damn Nicolas Sparks ;)), but certainly not like that anymore! I don't remember how long it lasted, but I do remember my Mom saying that she was just about to fly my sister out to be with me when it sort of just stopped. I am sorry you had to go through that! I wish we lived closer. I know there was not much I could have done, but it would have been nice to be there and at least remind you that it is completely normal and you are not alone!

    anyway, happy 1st birthday Liam!
    hugs from your utah friends!

  2. Liam says thank you :) I remember the labor/delivery like it was just yesterday. It's the kind of thing that's a little hard to forget - ha ha!

    I wasn't afraid to mention the postpartum depression because I'm pretty sure there an many women out there that have gone through the same thing. It shouldn't be so hush-hush, you know? I cried and cried right after Liam was born, for like 3 weeks straight. I could not control it. Then at 6 months postpartum it just hit me like a ton of bricks. A few days after I turned 31 my life just got flipped upside down and I had absolutely no control over it. But I realized I had a problem and got some help. Thank goodness it worked and now I'm back on track and such a happy mom :) Thanks for sharing your story as well.

  3. Comin' To You Straight From PortlandFebruary 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Liam's first birthday brought happy tears to my eyes, Erin. He is so lucky to have you and Matt as parents! I'm glad you got treatment for your depression - that happens to alot of new parents and even some old parents too :-) I'll bet you got a few more farts out of the big boy lunch though - good heavens - beans, cheese, apples and cheerios? Happy Birthday to you all from all of us!