Happy First Birthday, Sophia

August 09, 2019
Today is a big day! My sweet angel baby is ONE!! I honestly can't wrap my head around this fact, or that an entire year has gone by since she came into this world, but Sophia is the greatest gift of my life. What's truly amazing is that her first year of life is documented not only on this blog, but through social media and videos / photos we have. I'm so grateful to have all these memories that will pop up and remind me of her first year. 
Everything is still so fresh - all those memories of bringing her home, being on maternity leave and feeling all the emotions, experiencing all her firsts - it's all so precious.  While life is certainly not perfect, Sophia has made every single imperfect moment worth while. She turns my day around just by looking at me and smiling - she's my guiding light without even realizing it. She is truly my heart outside of my body and I know that my love for her will deepen as she grows! Her little personality shines with each passing day and I catch myself looking at her, sometimes in complete awe that she's really my daughter - she's a strong force and I'm already so proud of her. While it may seem like we are the ones teaching her, she's taught me more these last 12 months than I ever thought possible. 

Her first year was filled with so many firsts, for not only her, but Gary & I as well. While I am a little sad that her itty baby stage is passing by quickly, I'm excited for the next stages. The newborn fog is real and when you're in the thick of it, it can seem like it will never pass, but suddenly the middle of the night feedings go away, everyone gets more sleep and the fears you had slip away and you get to enjoy this precious little baby. 
We created an email address for her a few days after she was born to send her emails here and there, but especially on important days, like her birthday so when she's old enough to have an email, she will open it up and be filled with letters from us that tell her our thoughts and feelings in that moment. It's something small, but only for her. 
I wanted to take these photos to celebrate Sophia's first year in the Public Garden where so many of our monumental life moments were captured including our engagement & maternity photos. Thank you to Julie from Young at Heart Images for capturing this beautiful time in our lives. 

One of my favorite photos because it looks like she's telling someone off!! 😂
My darling girl, it will be years before you read this (if ever) but I hope you know how loved you are. You smile with your whole face, your laugh comes from deep in your belly & your amazement of all things in this world is what makes you truly incredible! 

“On the night you were born,
The moon smiled with such wonder
That the stars peeked in to see you
And the night wind whispered,
“Life will never be the same.”
Because there had never been anyone like you…ever in the world.”
On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Dress // Wedges
Photos by Julie Young


  1. What a precious post! Happy Birthday to your sweet and beautiful 1 year old! Sophia is truly amazing, just like the both of you!

  2. Happy birthday Sophia!!!!! I love the idea of the email address! She will cherish those letters so much when she is older!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  3. Happy birthday sweet girl!! Can't believe its been a year!

  4. Aww Biana this post is making me tear up! I can feel your love for Sophia!! She is so lucky to have you and Gary! Happy 1st Birthday Sophia!!!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  5. Happy First Birthday, Sophia! I cannot believe she is one! It seems like just yesterday you announced you were pregnant. Time sure does fly! These pictures are so beautiful. And how special to have these as the years go on. I love the idea of setting an email address up for her so that one day she can read the notes you sent to her! What a great idea! I hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  6. Happy Birthday, Miss Sophia! Beautiful photos. You have a wonderful family!

  7. All these pictures are PRECIOUS - & that one of you & her with that pouty face & those lips??? OH MY WORD - that's perfection
    I truly teared up at the idea of the email to her. What a special thing to give her as a gift when she's grown up!!!! my heart!!!
    Happy First Birthday beautiful Sophia!!

  8. This is just the sweetest! You are such a great mama and Sophia is such a lucky little lady! Happy first birthday sweet girl!

  9. Happy Birthday to her! Shes so beautiful. I would totally do the email thing. I know a couple people who did that and I think its a wonderful idea.

  10. Happy Birthday to Sophia! This is such a cute idea and the pictures are super cute as well!!


  11. Happy birthday Sophia! I hope you have the best time celebrating your sweet little one. Her facial expressions are just the best, and she is the cutest!

  12. Happy Birthday precious baby, Sophia! You are such a beautiful baby girl. May you blessed in all you do! Ah, this is so precious. I remember feeling so emotional when Aviah turned one, lol. I also couldn’t help but laugh a little reading about the newborn dog b/c I’m going through it all over again and I’m squinting to see that light at the end of the tunnel, haha! Happy Friday and enjoy the festivities!!



  13. Oh happy birthday sweet Sophia!!!! She seems like such a joy and I cannot believe that she is already one!!

  14. Happy Birthday, Sophia!! Love all the pics and those two itty bitty toothers popping out! See you TOMORROW!!!! XOXO, R

  15. Happy birthday sweet girl.

  16. Awe, this made me emotional! Happy first birthday to your sweet baby girl - what a year it has been, I'm sure! Your photos turned out beautiful, and I hope that all of you have a wonderful day/weekend of celebration.

    Just sayin',

  17. I LOVE the idea of creating an email address for Sophia that you send emails to. It's so incredibly sweet and something she will treasure forever.

  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE the email idea. That's so sweet and thoughtful. So many beautiful photos! Happy birthday Sophia. (Side note, my husband was across the room and noticed how beautiful these pictures were... so I'm pretty sure that means you need to frame all of them. ;) )

  19. She is absolutely precious!! Happy Birthday, Sophia!!!! The Night You Were Born still makes me tear up every single time I read it.

  20. Happiest belated birthday to your precious girl!! I just love that y'all started an email account for her so you can send her letters that she'll read when she's older. She is so lucky to have y'all as her parents!! And all of these pictures are beautiful. I hope she enjoyed her first weekend as a one year old!

  21. Happy 1st birthday to Sophia! Those are all great picture of your family.


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