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Cara Figlia - Happy Birthday to the Pumpkin

Buono primo compleanno alla mia bambina (happy first birthday to my baby),

One year ago today was truly the first day of the rest of my life. You have been a delight, bring more laughter and joy into my life and your daddy's life than we ever had before. Your laughter is the sweetest sound in the world, your bright eyes the most beautiful sight.

This first year of your life has not always been easy, but it has definitely been the best year ever for me and your daddy. You were never a laid back, easy baby, but for you that means that you feel things to their fullest. When you are upset, you are UPSET! But when you are happy, you are HAPPY! You cry and giggle with equal abandon, and we love that about you.

Today, I took off work to celebrate your birthday with you. This morning, we had a birthday breakfast with daddy, and your Grandma is visiting and got to play with you after breakfast. Once you wake up from your morning nap, we are going to go to the zoo and see the animals! I know you still aren't a big fan of the car, but I think it will be worth the 30 minute ride downtown to experience the zoo. And your Grandpa might be able to meet us for lunch!

We can't wait to see how you grow and develop in the next year, and every year after. We love you so much, and thank God that you were born to us and are in our lives.

Ti amiamo,
Mama and Daddy


-Dana said…
Happy Birthday Pumpkin! Hope you enjoy the zoo, that should be fun!
BisBink said…
Happy 1st Birthday Pumpkin!! We are looking forward to celebrating with you this weekend! Enjoy the zoo!
ImpostorMom said…
Happy Birthday Pumpkin!
Cloud said…
Happy Birthday, Pumpkin! It sounds like a fun day.
-goofydaddy said…
happy birthday! hope you get lots of new toys to explore and discover!

i wanna go to the zoo! maybe i'll take Aria during the week sometime so it's less crowded (does the zoo even get crowded on the weekends?)
OneTiredEma said…
Happy Birthday!

And congrats to Mama and Daddy too!
La folle maman said…
Happy Birthday, Pumpkin! Hope the zoo was fun! I'm sure it was.

Have sweet birthday dreams!
Karen said…
Happy birthday, little one!
Shellie said…
Sounds like a winner birthday! What a sweetheart!

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