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Happy Happy Birthday Baby...

Welcome to the First Annual Toot Birthday Spectacular!!!


One year already? Holy crap!

You know, when Chris and I got married I could not WAIT to have kids. Then I saw the money two paychecks was bringing in and all I could think was, "ca-CHING!" Paying off debt, eating out a couple times a week, bring it on! It occurred to me that I didn't need to be in a hurry to have kids. I just needed to relax and enjoy this time...

One week later I found out I was pregnant.

So not everything turns out like you planned but what a year this has been and I wouldn't change a thing! (Except maybe the 15 hours of labors and two and a half hours of pushing...that part sucked.)

So to mark this milestone of Toot, please indulge me as I take a look back...



This picture was taken the day she was born. I know most people give their kids nicknames to use online but "Toot" was her nickname from the get go. She apparently swallowed a lot of amniotic fluid on the way out and burped and farted her whole first day in the world. Since then she has had quite an unfortunate gas issue (although we think it's hilarious) and the name Toot has stuck. That being said, we plan on telling her it was because she liked trains. I think that may embarrass her less...

I decided to take her picture with each new month so I would have a time line of sorts. I'm not sure what I'll do with all of the pictures...hopefully something crafty. :D I'm open to ideas so please share if you have some! :)




















Okay, so not all "marking the milestone" efforts were successful. :P





And here we are today:



I am continually amazed at the person she has become and cannot wait to see where life takes my Toot. She has such a spark about her and sometimes I look at her and am incredulous that she is mine. We are so proud of her and excited to help her usher in the next year of her life! With that in mind...

The table is set, the gifts and cake are awaiting the birthday girl!



Here is a close up of the amigurumi cake I made. I found the pattern in this book. Instead of adding the fruit, I sewed on seed bead "sprinkles". :)



And Toot would like to give you a gift too for helping celebrate her very 1st birthday:



This sweet little amigurumi cupcake will be on it's way to one lucky person:



All you have to do is leave a comment in this post and I will randomly draw a winner Monday morning. This is open to everyone so those readers outside of the U.S. have a chance to win too! :D

Well, we're off to have some cake and open some presents! Thanks to all of you for celebrating Toot's big day! I appreciate you all so much!

Have a great weekend!

Comments

  1. HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY MISS TOOTIE! I love each and every photo of you, your one gorgeous girl. Lots of love, loads and loads of warm wishes for the future ... all the way from Australia from your blogging Auntie DJ.
    xoxoxoxoxoxox

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  2. Happy Birthday gorgeous Toot! You are looking fab daaaaaaaaaahling *kisses*.

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOT!!!

    Gorgeous pictures. You could upload them to one of those photo sites that make mosic posters and frame them yearly :P You can really see the change in her month by month.

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  4. Maggi - you're the cuttest mom in the world!!! Alright, first off, I feel so much better knowing the story of her name right now,,, been dying to know, but never wanted to be the jerk like "hey,,, so,,, uhhh,, you named your daughter 'toot'?? Like, it's on her birth certificate??". You had me going there!!! Rad Nick name - rad story behind it - and good call on the train thing,,, as I was reading, I was wondering how you were gonna pull that off whn the time came around when she asks where her nick name came from!!! Second, I adore all the pictures of each and every month - freaking cute!!! Job well done mama!!
    {xoxo}

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  5. Oh yeah - duh ally - HAPPY BIRTHDAY to toot!!!! Love your little creations!!!
    {xoxo}

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRECIOUS PRINCESS xxx

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  7. Aww, what a wonderful post! Happy Bday, Toot! I love how she's smiling in that last pic. Great job with the crocheted treats!! They look great..best part is Toot can play with them. Time flies--my baby girl is in high school already and we can already see what awesome plans God has for her...and same will be with Toot!

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  8. SHE IS ONE PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL.
    YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE EXTREMELY PROUD OF HER AND THANKFUL. SHE HAS THE BEST SMILE AND GORGEOUS EYES. THE PHOTO'S OF HER ARE JUST SO COOL AND WHAT GREAT KEEPSAKE FOR A SCRAPBOOK. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DEAR BABY TOOTS! SPECIAL IN EVERY WAY. GOD BLESS HER NOW AND ALL THE DAYS TO COME, MAY THEY BE MANY .
    HUGSSSSSSS TO MISS TOOTIE

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  9. Happy Birthday Sweet Girl...I so enjoyed looking at all the pic...That was a great idea to document the month with each pic!!! Now...I know the story behind the name "TOOT", made me giggle...you better stick with the train story!!!!! I adore all the cake and cupcakes you made!!!! Have a wonderful day celebrating and this next year be filled with BLESSINGS!!!! :-)

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  10. Happy birthday Toot! My, my, you're growing into such a pretty girl with an awesome smile!

    Maggi, I love your handiwork! Fabulous! I would so love to win the cupcake!!!!! :)

    Have a spectacular day!

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  11. Happy Birthday Little Toot!! Maggi, she is beautiful and I think anyone who sees her pictures can see the spark in her! I'm sure she will go places and do things that will surprise and delight you. Enjoy her to the fullest.. I miss mine so much! Have a great day and thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with all of us!

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  12. Maggi, this as the cutest post ever! How lucky Toot is to have you for a mom, it's obvious to all your readers how much you adore that little one! Happy BIRTHING day to you, and Happy First Birthday to her. Labor is totally worth it when you see that smile?!

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  13. THAT IS HILARIOUS! (the part where you go 'ok, not every mark the milestone efforts were successful'!! hahah Too cute !
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOT!!!

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  14. Happy birthday Toot! What a great look back. All the happiness for you and your family

    ~Suzanne
    suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  15. Happy 1st Birthday Toot!!!! Thanks for sharing the journey with us, sweet little dollface :-)

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  16. Oh Maggi!! It brings a tear to my eye!!! Especially on the heels of my blog post of yesterday. They do grow up too fast. She is a wonderful hostess, and has been a smiley little bit of sunshine since she has been born!!
    Enjoy her!!

    Happy Birthday Toot!!

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  17. happy birthday toot!!!!

    she does have that spark, you can see it in her eyes - you are very lucky!! :D

    wow, so talented, can't believe you made that cake and cupcake, I AM IN AWE!!!!

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  18. OMYGOSH!!!!! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE these photos....and LOVING what U made for her BIRTHDAY!!!! TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!! And hehehehehehehehehe....we HAVE such GOOD TASTE.....BROOKIE had that SAME hat for her FIRST BIRTHDAY...and the decorations too!!! :):):):):) And did I ever tell U that Brookie was ACTUALLY DUE on 10/10 ... but because of Mommy's (that's me! LOL!) stress level...they induced me on 10/04!!!!!! LOL!!!!!! Just think....if Mommy hadn't been stressed out....our babies would have had the SAME BIRTHDAY!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOT! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  19. What a precious look back and it was so lovely for you to share it with us. Took me back to when my now 25 year old turned one....thank you for evoking such lovely memories and I hope you and your family enjoy the day....Happy One Year Old, Toot!

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  20. AWWWWW!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR TOOT!!

    And I'm loving that pic every month idea. How fun to watch her grow and change like that! Bravo!

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  21. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET TOOT! She is just the most gorgeous baby ever!! Loved seeing all the photos and how she got her nick name had me laughing! I adore her one year photo, that Toot has the best expressions ever!!!! What gorgeous creations you made Maggi, great job!

    Have a wonderful day celebrating the sweet and beautiful Toot's birthday!

    Hugs,
    Karyn

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  22. Happy Birthday to little miss Toot!
    Love the pics, the 10 month is really especially adorable. Looks like she's not quite a star wars fan? I'm sure she'll follow suit soon enough...nothing a little princess leia costume can't sure :D

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  23. Awwww :)
    Happy Birthday to Toot! (hehe, it's pretty funny how she got the nickname though, I had been wondering ;) )
    She's such a cutie. It was a really nice idea to take a picture of her every month like that, especially since babies grow and chnge so quickly!
    Adorable amigurumi cake and cupcake you made!!! They are too cute :)

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  24. What totally rockin' pictures of miss toot!!! Katelyn so wants this little cupcake!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. i jumped over from callista's blog and just wanted to say a very happy and blessed birthday to the gorgeous toot! hugs!

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  26. this is precious. My baby girl turns 1 in 2 months...what great ideas....love the pictures.

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  27. Very cute. SO Wild how they change so fast!

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  28. Cute milestone markings!! And cute cupcake too, Nom-Nom-Nom.

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  29. So cool, thanks for sharin' the birthday with us. Happy happies.

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  30. awww HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOT!! you are simply adorable!! it was so fun to see her grow up right before our eyes, thanks for sharing her year with us :) her goodies were too cute! i hope she had an awesome day!!

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  31. Hey there. Great post. She's so adorable. Love the photos. Happy 1 year to her. Hope you've enjoyed the weekend. Cheers!

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  32. YAY!!!!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOT!
    You obviously have as many fans as your gorgeous talented creative and adoring mommy!
    I love your Fab 5...though i think you'll grow into the shoes. Ahem.
    LOVE YA!!
    XOXOX Auntie Rhonda Roo

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  33. Happy Birthday Toot! What is the name of the book that has those in it? I want to make some they are so cute:) I love the month by month picturest they are adorable! Especially the not so happy one. I felt my baby kick for the first time today and I am so excited:) Did you give Toot a cake? I want to see the pics. if you did!!

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  34. Have a VERY happy birthday Toot! I can relate with my last one I realized that really I didn't need another baby that two were fine. And didn't have a clicking clock! Then two weeks later I starting worrying I was pregnant then a month and half later I had no choice but to take the test. And of course I was PG. Life is funny like that. She looks like such a loving happy baby (except 10 months lol can't be perfect all the time) God bless you all!

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  35. Maggi, fabulous photos I love the Cake with the beads sewn on like sprinkles..

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  36. Or you could tell her that she is as sweet as a tootsie roll.. or that she just loved the little richard song tootie fruity that much that it became her nickname:) Happy Birthday Toot! You are the cutest patootie in the world!

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  37. your cake and cupcake turned out great! Sorry I missed your bday Toot, but I did have something special up on my blog for you!
    I think it would be cute if you hung a clothes line in her room with the pics hanging from clothes pins, but that's just my thought. Glad you all had a great day!
    Hugs to Toot! And to you of course for bringing such a sweetie into the world!

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  38. I'm not posting for the drawing, I just wanted to say your daughter is a cutie-pie, and I love that you took a picture each month to see how she grows.

    Was it hard adjusting to 1 income, after being so used to dual-income? It's something my husband and I struggle with when we talk about having kids.

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  39. Happy Birthday, Toot! I love how you posed her with the paper every month!

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  40. oh my!!! i loved this!!! so fun to see the pictures! and i always wondered how the nickname came about! soooo cute!!! i loooooove her bday photo!!! happy bday again toot!!!! we love you!!!!!

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  41. Toot, your wide-eyed sense of wonder is so phenomenally beautiful, thank you for bringing so much joy to those who visit your mommy's blog. Now and always, little one, I wish you a lifetime of happiness, serenity, inspiration and love! Happiest 1st birthday, sweet girl!!!!

    ♥ Jessica

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