Lucy’s: high chair | boots
Lucy Sun is now a one year old. One! I’m an extremely nostalgic person (almost obnoxiously so, to the point where I can pinpoint exact dates, years and times of a memory by hearing a few notes on the radio or catching the scent of a passerby), and last month, I said to Scott, This is so weird, but I really miss Northwestern right now. Let me reiterate: I told Scott that I missed going to the hospital. Apparently used to my strange and random thoughts, he said, I’m not surprised. He clarified by reminding me that exactly one year ago, we were making the trek to Northwestern weekly, ensuring my good health and counting down the days until we would meet our baby girl. We made a ritual of our visits, usually grabbing a croissant and coffee in one of the hospital restaurants, and sometimes, we’d schedule my checkups around the lunch hour and make a downtown date out of it.
In the days leading up to Lucy’s birthday, the same thing happened again. I would reminisce on where I was – to the minute! – one year prior. Today, I was packing our hospital bag. I was going to jury duty. I was feeling a stomach pain. I was waking you up to tell you that today was the day. Here’s a fun fact: I was selected for jury duty the week that Lucy was born! The case lasted Monday through Wednesday, and Lucy gave me the first sign of her arrival on Thursday late night / Friday morning. Guys, I have fallen for our little girl so furiously, that I even kind of miss jury duty. Because even that – even jury duty! – was a part of my journey to her birthday.
Lucy is curious and kind. She enjoys dining out and running errands, and she’ll flirt with anyone nearby. Her attention span is too short for a book, but she’ll babble endlessly to her stuffies (this is her number one right now!) while reclining in her pint-sized rocking chair. She took her first steps a week before her birthday, but she refuses to do it again, preferring to crawl or furniture surf. She smiles with her whole face, scrunching her nose and squeezing her eyes tight (you can see this below!). She has the dreamiest belly laugh, and bath time is, hands down, her favorite. Our favorite is the morning, when we scoop her out of her crib and lay her in our bed. We spend the first 20 minutes of every day squeezing her thighs and making her squeal! She rolls under the covers and plays peek-a-boo with the sheets, pausing only to give herself a round of applause.
Everyone that told us it only gets better has been right, and yet, I still cried on her birthday.
We spent that day with our closest friends and family, a celebration planted firmly in-between her morning and afternoon naps. It was chaotic! And loud! And frenzied! But more than anything, it was really the best day. We peppered the first floor ceiling with white, pink and gold balloons, and we ordered a (ridiculously large) confetti cake from our favorite bakery. We created an upbeat playlist for the party, but it was drowned out by good conversation and the excited screams of the neighborhood kids chasing one another. Lucy had her first taste of pure, unadulterated sugar, and she absolutely loved it. She is her mother’s daughter!
We snapped her 52 week instant pic on Friday, putting a wrap on her one year of weekly photos! If you’ve been brainstorming a fun and (super duper) easy photo idea to document the growth of your own littles, we can’t recommend this method enough! I just set a weekly recurring reminder in my phone, and there was never any pressure to find the same backdrop, blanket or accessory. We’d lay her on the floor or hold her hands up to stand, and for consistency, Scott wrote the week on every photo. Moving forward, we’ll switch to monthly, and perhaps yearly once she turns 2? (But let’s not talk about turning 2 today, okay?) It’s so fun to sift through the weeks, and we’re constantly changing our tune on our ‘favorite.’ Week 22? 26? 38? We hope Lucy will enjoy looking back on this fun project, too.
Of course, I’m a camera happy mom that also has close to 2,000 photos shot on my DSLR, and I cannot wait to dive into those, choose favorites and put a proper system in place for documenting Lucy, our pups, Libby and this family as a whole. Would anyone be interested in a post on how we organize digital photos and our ideas and methods for printing and displaying?
I’m sharing this moment in time because our lives have been forever changed by one sweet Lucy Sun, including how we live in our home, what we bring into our home and every decision we make. This post is a celebration of the joy that Lucy brings to us, our family and friends that might as well be family.
I can not, will not end this post without offering all of my love to anyone who is in that sad, frustrating, infuriating position I was in just a few years ago, a time that I remember as raw and real as if it were last week. I shared only the smallest glimpse into our infertility journey on the same day that we announced the best news of our lives, yet your response was proof that this is a community that thrives on love and support. Since that day, I have continued to hear from you. Our own experience has made us sensitive to what and how much Lucy we share, because the very last thing I would want you to feel is grief. Instead, my hope is this: I need you to know that I can continue to be your sounding board, and I will share with you as little or as much as you need to get you through a time that can feel utterly hopeless. I’m one email away. I can be your coffee + commiseration friend.
Party photos via our friend Renee @ Gooch Too.
Happy Birthday Lucy! My baby turns 1 next week and I also have a 3 year old, so I’d love to her your thoughts on storing, printing, everything digital photos. It’s starting to overwhelm me 3 years in.
Those photos can pile up so quickly!
Happy Birthday, Lucy! I would love to see a post on how you organize digital media!! I have been putting that off for years and feel like it is a task that is never going to get any easier.
This post is so sweet, but mostly reminded my super pregnant self that I got a jury summons before Christmas that I completely forgot about in the holiday rush!
Oh, no, haha Liz!
Happy Birthday, Lucy! Your decorations look so beautiful and fuss free. It’s so fun to see how you guys throw festive get-togethers while keeping all the focus on what or who you’re celebrating.
I would love to see a post on digital organization – despite my best attempts it always takes me an hour to find the photo folder I’m looking for.
Thank you, Danielle! The balloons were our only decoration, and we made sure that all the kiddos took a couple home with them so there was no clean up, haha!
Happy birthday, sweet girl!
I struggled with infertility myself, and after 7 years of that struggle, find myself 6 months pregnant with our own little girl. I loved reading your posts!
SOOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU! Over the moon.
This post is awesome, so happy to see the memories you are making daily and treasuring forever with photos. What struck me is how I am a nostalgic person as well, I didn’t realize how much until I read your views on looking back. A song and/or a scent and I’m back to a memory with you! Best wishes for many more birthdays ahead!! ?
Happy Birthday, Lucy!! Looks like she had the sweetest celebration.
I’m in the throes of infertility treatment and so appreciate your empathetic approach. Your precious Lucy is a bright spot and a glimmer of hope!
My little one was born on the 13th. When you posted about Lucy’s birthday on instagram, it brought me right back to that moment last year when you posted her birth announcement. I was scrolling instagram, hugely overdue, wondering when my sweet girl would finally be in my arms.
What a year it’s been!
Oh, how sweet! Make time stop!
I would love a post about organizing all the digital photos! My kiddo is now 6 (!!!) and organizing all the photos are an overwhelming project that is constantly on my “To Do” list. Help me cross it off :)
I’ve added it to OUR list! ;)
Happy birthday Lucy!! I can’t believe its already a year. I’m currently 37 weeks as a FTM and so eager to meet my little girl. Your post reminded me to enjoy these last few weeks and be prepared to treasure all the memories to come.
You’re so close!! Hooray for winter babies!
Love this! And YES, please do a post about how to organize all the photos. I’m struggling!
Happy Birthday Lucy! And congrats to you two! The first year is really about surviving and finding your footing (even if they’re a lovely baby). So we’ll done YOU!!! Also, YAAS to a post about organizing family photos. Specifically implementing an easy to maintain filing system (digitally), and ways to display family photos in the house without gallery walls looking too cluttered. Thanks!!! ❤️
What a beautiful reflection of what she means to you, a real treasure. I’m so happy she had such a wonderful birthday and that you all have each other!!
We just welcomed our third boy in October. I’m juggling kindergarten, a three year old, our new bundle of joy, and finding my footing in our wonderful new normal again. I always appreciate seeing others celebrate their little ones. It causes me to stop my going, going, going and celebrate my littles, too. It can become so easy to get lost in to do lists and details and fail to note all the fun and silliness that makes all the busyness enjoyable. Keep celebrating your sweet girl!
Awe, happy 1st birthday to your sweet little one! It looks like you guys had a great time celebrating. That might be the biggest round cake I’ve ever seen. Ha,ha. So awesome.
I’d also love to read a post about how you handle your digital media/photos.
Happy Birthday birthday twin! I’m so jealous of your cake!! How lovely to see your first birthday celebration. You have the best parents – you chose very well Lucy Sun!
Lots of love all the way from New Zealand xo
Happy birthday, Lucy! My second IVF baby is hurtling towards 8-months-old and my first born is almost 3.5. Where does the time go! I appreciate your empathetic approach and I also wholeheartedly agree that I would just love to hear about your photo organization. It is on my perpetual to-do list. I use an app called One Second a Day, where you record a video snippet of every day, and it has been priceless documenting my kiddos life.
Happy Birthday Lucy! So cute! And thank you Kim and Scott for sharing your infertility story. I was in a similar situation around the same time and it really helped to know someone else had gone through it and come out the other side a happy family. I’m 14 weeks weeks pregnant now and still pinching myself!
I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! xoxo
Oh, man, I need help on digital photo stuff! I’m terrible with keeping up. I was terrible as a SAHM, and I’m even more terrible now that I work full time outside the home. But I am hopeful about getting 2018’s yearbook done sometime in the first two months of 2019. And maybe then I’ll start working backwards until I’m caught up. I think my goal is to first get caught up on deleting blurry pics, then to pick the best and make a yearbook, burning a dvd, and/or creating a USB key at the same time with the faves. Problem is, I need to solicit supplemental pics from family and friends first.
Happy birthday Lucy! ?
I would LOVE a post on photo organization – definitely a task I’ve been putting off a while because it’s so daunting to me. Also would appreciate hearing what you do in terms of back ups, etc
I loved this post so much especially your empathetic approach at the end. I am lucky and was able to have one child but I like this blog even more for your approach.