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happy birthday sweet arlo! i can hardly believe that a whole year has gone by already. certainly it seems like just yesterday, but i always say that. what i havent said, or dont say very often is that i was terrified of the thought of you. all through your pregnancy i was at a loss, what were we going to do with three children? how would it all work? and the secret, guilty part of myself was sad that you would somehow feel my fear, that it would be a part of your growing and i hated that, but i couldnt shake the worry. happiness was hard to find. but then you arrived, and you were beautiful and you were loved, you are loved. of course there was room in our hearts. of course we could all squeeze into our home. of course i cant even imagine life without you. the best part of my day is coming home to your never failing, blinding smile, your pudgy (and sticky) hands reaching out for me. and i love you arlo. i love you, i love you, i love you. while there is so much of my own life story waiting to unfold, i can hardly wait to follow your story, and eliots and collettes. so happy birthday my sweet one, my baby. thank you for teaching me just how easy life really is, and that it can and does all work out.



Anonymous natalie said...

Oh I just welled up with tears reading this...

I don't have any children yet and I always think we couldn't afford to financially and wonder how we would manage to work things - and this makes me postpone planning to start a family - but things do work out in the end and maybe I should trust this thought more!

Happy Birthday Arlo!

11:29 AM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

oh my god hannah, i've got the shakes over this. happy birthday, mama.

11:44 AM  
Blogger tracy said...

natalie and melissa are in good company - pass the tissues please ladies. happy birthday sweet girl. happy birthday sweet mama.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

sniff. Happy birthday, beautiful Arlo. sniff.

1:22 PM  
Blogger vwiese said...

I also was in tears reading this, not really sure why. You and Dave have been the best parents for Brett and I to look up to. We may not have much as far as money or big houses but you always find happiness in your family and the small things in life. I love coming to your house and seeing your family interact, it is like all my problems that seem so huge suddenly go away.

Love you one year old Arlo and love you too mommy!

1:40 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

wiping my tears right now. happy birthday sweet arlo and happy birthday hannah.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Allison said...

You said it all, really. There is so much fear involved in this parenting caper. But the very thing we fear turns out to be the best thing in our lives.
Happy Birthday to Arlo. And the very best wishes to her Mummy, who says so many things that I can identify with.

2:34 PM  
Blogger dawna said...

wiping my tears, too. thanks so much for sharing - it was something i needed to hear today. i am currently expecting my third (a surprise) and am feeling most of the feelings you've just descrived. it's nice to know i'm not the only person who has ever felt this way, and to know that it will indeed all work out...

2:49 PM  
Blogger beth said...

ditto what vik said. i just imagine arlo reading this in her twenties. overwhelmed by the love of a mother.

huffmania is always a blessing.

3:57 PM  
Blogger rashida said...

Wiping tears here also. My little love is 9 months old and I'm 4 months pregnant with our next baby. I can totally relate to the words in this post. My Bella has brought me so much joy and my life didn't seem to start until she came along. Happy, happy, happy birthday Arlo! All the best to you both! ^_^

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness you are such a wonderful mum, you kiddos are lucky to have you! I share your sentiments...my Gabe will be one in two weeks!

5:17 PM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

Happy birthday Arlo! How lucky you are to have such an expressive and dedicated mummy. Hooray for your whole family -- from the outside looking in you seem like an amazing bunch.

5:48 PM  
Blogger lisa s said...

happy b-day to the cutest arlo in the bestest striped socks!!

6:59 PM  
Blogger angelique said...

What beautiful words. Happy birthday to you both!

7:43 PM  
Anonymous fiona said...

Happy first birthday, gorgeous one! And happy day to you, too Hannah. xo

9:13 PM  
Anonymous caroline said...

Happy birthday little one!
There is always room for little angels!
Well done mum for a year ago (most of her smile is down to you!)

2:38 AM  
Blogger Heidijayhawk said...

happy birthday arlo. made my heart sweel to read this post.

6:13 AM  
Blogger beki said...

I can't believe that it's been a year already! I remember watching your pregnancy unfold as I was facing fears of my own. I can so relate to what you have written in this post.

7:37 AM  
Anonymous blair said...

oh hannah! oh arlo! Happy Birthday, you are so blessed.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Malinda said...

Oh this is why I love reading your blog. I feel silly getting weepy reading it and then I see that everyone else did too! My little boy will be one in 2 weeks too. It's amazing how much my love grows for him over time. Where did all that time go?!

Happy Birthday little munchkin!

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Arlo! She is so sweet and chunky! I had the fear with my second--all is good now. As for another child, I am afraid my husband would not be able to get over his fear of child #3...

12:47 PM  
Anonymous amy h said...

Happy birthday, sweet Arlo!

When my husband and I were trying to figure out when the best time would be to have a family, my aunt and uncle told us "You're never, ever ready. And it always works out." They had four in about four years, and the last two were twins, so I guess they know.

1:18 PM  
Blogger ke said...

happy birthday sweet friend. i knew you would bring your parents unexpected joy. you are growing up too fast. happy day to you.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

We had the same feelings when our little Noah was on the way. But you are so right, it really does all work out...of course. xo.

Happy Birthday sweetie!

4:23 PM  
Anonymous nel said...

Happy 1st birthday Arlo! Lovely post.

1:48 AM  
Blogger zibaby said...

Yo Arl-OH MY!
I just posted some sweet picsw from your shin dig. Love ya baby!


3:11 PM  

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