one year ago

A year ago yesterday, my life was forever changed…


I still can’t believe it’s been a year since finding out we were expecting our little bundle of joy.  That day will be forever etched in my memory, just as her birth will be.  I wish we had a better “how I told him” story, but I don’t care that it wasn’t anything special.  Just knowing that our little peanut was growing inside of me was special enough.

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To say we are blessed is a huge understatement.  MacKenna is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  I learn more about her and myself every single day.  I no longer live my life for myself.  Every second is dedicated to her and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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My heart is bigger than I ever thought possible.  I never knew I could love someone so incredibly much (besides Matt, of course).  Every smile, laugh, and coo make every single day worth living.

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Despite the lack of sleep/time/money, the extra pounds, and the scar across my stomach, I wouldn’t change a thing.  Every day of being her mom is totally worth it.

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MacKenna, I love you more than I ever thought possible, and I will make sure you know that each and every day for the rest of your life.

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**Professional photography by Angela Vincent Photography**

  • Adorable pictures!! =)

    • Kristen

      Thank you! 🙂 My sister-in-law does a fabulous job!

      • Angela Vincent

        Thank you 🙂

  • Isn’t it amazing how big a difference a year can make? 🙂
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    • Kristen

      OMG, so crazy how different things are now!

  • Jen

    Aww love this! M is so, so precious! I’ll always remember 4/3/11 for the same reason. And my “how I told him” story wasn’t special either. Next time 🙂
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    • Kristen

      Yes, definitely next time! I wish mine was like Caitlin’s! It would be awesome to video tape it!

  • I don’t often say this about other babies (you know,besides my own!) but WOW, she’s adorable! I know every mom feels that way about her child but seriously, she’s so darn cute!
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    • Kristen

      Ha! We say how cute she is all the time and just figure we’re biased since she’s our baby! So, thanks! 😉

  • SUCH adorable pictures!! What a blessing.
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    • Kristen

      Definitely a blessing!

  • She’s a beautiful baby girl!
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    • Kristen

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Kristen’s Mom

    Kristen, I fell in love with you and Brian while you were growing inside of me so, of course, I was crazy in love with both of you when you were born — I already was in love for 9 mos before I even saw you! I didn’t have that 9 mos of bonding with MacKenna, but I was so immediately over the moon in love with her from the moment I saw her! All my friends who already had grandchildren told me how wonderrful it is, but just like being a Mom, you don’t understand how wonderful and how big your heart is until it happens! I just can’t get enough of my beautiful, wonderful, adorable granddaughter!!!

    • Kristen

      I definitely never thought I could love her this much! I told Matt last night that I just wished I could hold her all night long!

    • Oh my gosh you’re mom totally just made me tear up! Soo sweet.
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      • Kristen

        She’s the best! 🙂

  • Kristen’s Mom

    Angie – the pictures are beautiful! Thank you so much!

  • Jen

    Awwww…what a BEAUTIFUL little girl! Absolutely precious!!!

    • Kristen

      Thank you!