Baby Smiley turns one

Dear Baby Smiley

Last night, like every night, I poked my head around your bedroom door to check on you sleeping.

I paused as I inhaled your delicious baby scent – a mixture of baby powder, bubble bath, and just the simple goodness that comes with babies as cute as you.

I could have stood there in a love-induced stupor watching you in all of your cuteness all night. I willed time to stop, wanting you to be my little baby forever.

I peeled myself away though to write this letter to you, my baby girl, for your birthday.

Today, you are one.

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It breaks my heart to know that I have to work today and won’t be able to celebrate your special day with you.

Your Nan will spoil you rotten though. You’ll have fun playing with her wooden bowls and chasing your fur cousins, Toby and Gidget, relentlessly around the house.

We will all make it up to you this weekend with a special family celebration.

Party preparations have been in full swing of late with your sister just a wee bit excited.

‘Darliiinnnnnnng!’ she squeals as she kneels in front of you squishing your chubby bubby cheeks between her hands a tad too enthusiastically almost toppling you over.

‘Darling, it’s your birthday and you’re invited!

‘My baby is one!’

As chief party planner, your sister has chosen a bunny rabbit cake for you and informed me that she will in fact blow your candles out as you are still a baby πŸ™‚

We will smile with you, laugh with you, and watch you have your first taste of cake.

We’ll sing to you, play with you, cuddle you, and load you with presents. We’ll reminisce about the year that’s been and the years to come.

We’ll wonder how we happened to get so lucky to have such a happy little soul like you in our lives.

With your wild hair, dimpled cheeks and constant smile, you have wrapped us all around your little finger.

You are a constant source of entertainment laughing at your own jokes, bopping up and down to music, and bottom shuffling at high speed getting into anything and everything.

You are a clever cookie, clapping when we say clap, leaning in for a cuddle when we say cuddle, rubbing your hands through your hair when we say wash hair, and patting your tummy as you babble bub, bub, bub.

You have filled our lives with more laughter, love, and happiness than we could ever imagine possible.

You have made our little family complete.

Happy birthday darling heart.

Love Mummy xo

 

57 comments on Baby Smiley turns one

  1. Susan
    October 15, 2013 at 5:17 am (4 years ago)

    Dear Isla – HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Your mum writes of how blessed they are to have you in their lives – just want you to know how very blessed you are to be a Wilson- you will never find finer folks to love you . Wish we could celebrate with you!!! Love from Texas

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Susan. You are so sweet. We would love to celebrate with you too! Someday soon it will happen, I hope πŸ™‚

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  2. Lydia C. Lee
    October 15, 2013 at 6:02 am (4 years ago)

    What a cute dress – I’d wear that dress. (bigger size, obviously). Happy birthday to your baby and congrats to you on the big milestone.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lydia. I know! I just love that dress. So easy, light and cute!

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  3. Katie (@mumabytes)
    October 15, 2013 at 6:36 am (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous, Renee, you write with so much meaning. Happy-happy-happiest birthday to your little angel – with a cherry on top, and pink balloons! I hope you can knock off early and get home to celebrate with the fam! What a beautiful dress on a beautiful girl. Katie πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Katie πŸ™‚ We did get home a little earlier and squeezed in a few extra cuddles πŸ™‚

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  4. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    October 15, 2013 at 6:41 am (4 years ago)

    So beautiful – the post and your baby girl! Very happy birthday to baby Smiley. I know it is hard to not be there today, but she will have the most fun at her big party on the weekend! I forget how awesome the little things are – like learning to clap, and cuddle, and all those little things that are so big at that age, just gorgeous. xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Aroha. I definitely spent a large portion of the day thinking about her! It sure is a fun age xo

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  5. Kathy
    October 15, 2013 at 7:59 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday to you sweet little treasure. I’m sure its going to be a great celebration and nice to see big sister so excited too.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Kathy. Yes, being excited is an understatement. She’s been jumping and skipping around like a lunatic all evening saying happy birthday lol.

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  6. Dellwyn McVean
    October 15, 2013 at 8:52 am (4 years ago)

    Happy First Birthday Beautiful Isla – What a BURST of sunshine you are to all of us !!

    Have a fun filled day with Nan.

    See you at your party

    Love Granny and Aunty Dellwyn

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Granny and Aunty Delly xx Looking forward to some fun times on Sunday xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sam. I’m sure we will πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm (4 years ago)

      It is, isn’t it?! You forget how delicious an age it is. Thanks for the birthday wishes πŸ™‚

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  7. Me
    October 15, 2013 at 11:40 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday Baby Smiley !!! I hope that you have the bestest birthday on the weekend.
    I can imagine how hard it is for you to go to work today but take heart from the fact that we actually celebrated K’s birthday a week early as A was going away for work and wasn’t going to be around. She played with the box and the wrappying paper and the 3 toys I had dug out from the bottom of her cupboard that she hadn’t played with for about 3-4 months !!!! (She did get one new toy – so it wasn’t only toys she had already received that were wrapped up !!!)
    Have the best day and take care !
    Me

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    • Dianne
      October 15, 2013 at 11:47 am (4 years ago)

      You write so beautifully, Renee – from the heart. Happy birthday to your little treasure.

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      • mummywifeme
        mummywifeme
        October 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm (4 years ago)

        Thank you so much, Di. That means a lot!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol!! Yes, they really have no clue do they? We have sooooo many toys here that we only bought her one present this year. She won’t know the difference. Thanks for the birthday wishes πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol!! Yes, they really have no clue do they? We have sooooo many toys here that we only bought her one present this year. She won’t know the difference. Thanks for the birthday wishes

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  8. Janet @ Redland City Living
    October 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday to Baby Smiley! They do grow up way too fast. Can’t believe mine are now 19 and almost 17. Still remember their first birthdays like it was yesterday.

    Gorgeous pic of your bub too πŸ™‚

    Visiting from #teamIBOT xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Wow! 19 and 17. I can’t even imagine mine being that old. I guess I will have to let them grow up at some stage though πŸ™‚

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  9. Josefa @always Josefa
    October 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday gorgeous little Smiley. Turning one is so very special. I adore her dress!!! Please tell me that it comes in my size? And I love the idea of a little bunny rabbit cake – sounds perfect to me. And well done mummy – she is one, you’ve made it, the first year of juggling a toddler and a newborn is over now xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Woohoo! I didn’t think of it that way! Yay I made it πŸ™‚ Thanks lovely x

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  10. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    October 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Awww! So cute! My little girl turns one next month and I am dreading it! They are such beautiful little creatures these little baby girls! Tell me, what toys did you buy her? I need some inspiration and ideas!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)

      Well, Jody, we seemed to have everything already (I’m sure you’ll have this problem with all of your kids too), but when scouring the toy stores last weekend I realised we didn’t have a farm. Fisher Price are doing this gorgeous little fun sounds farm. It’s a Little People one. It is so cute and I just had to have it … I mean I was sure she would love it. Good luck with the shopping and I can’t wait to hear all about your little one’s birthday.

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  11. Bec @ Wholly Listening
    October 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday to your gorgeous girl! Enjoy your celebrations together on the weekend.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Bec. I hope you’re enjoying your darling one year old too πŸ™‚

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  12. Pip
    October 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm (4 years ago)

    So beautiful. She is divine. You’ll be grateful for Little Miss Party Planner once Smiley has hit her 5’s and 6’s and needs party games organised πŸ˜‰ Enjoy this milestone – such a photogenic one xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm (4 years ago)

      Very true, Pip. Thanks very much πŸ™‚ x

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  13. Joanne at Poppies for me
    October 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Ahhhh. NΓΊmero Uno. Such a fabulous age. I remember when my mister turned 1. I was so proud of myself for getting him there. So a big happy birthday to your smiley and a bigger congratulations to you and husband for getting her there. Enjoy the celebrations xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Joanne πŸ™‚ It sure is a fun age!

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  14. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    October 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow isn’t it how scary how fast they grow!! And don’t feel bad you weren’t there – she won’t remember that you weren’t – she will remember her love, hugs, kisses and support as she grows! Happy ‘birth’ day to you also lovely xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Em πŸ™‚ Yep, it’s just another day to her. Her memories will be from the photos we take this weekend – hopefully in front of a very cute bunny cake. Fingers crossed πŸ˜‰ x

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  15. EssentiallyJess
    October 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Love those first birthdays and all the milestones they bring.
    Happy birthday to your beautiful princess. May the next year be even sweeter xx

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  16. Rach
    October 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm (4 years ago)

    awww Renee she is so beautiful xxxHappy birthday to your gorgeous little one xx

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  17. Tegan
    October 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Baby Smiley! She is just adorabubble!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks Tegan!

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  18. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    October 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday big gorgeous girl!! I hope it was fabulous xx

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  19. Megan
    October 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I had to work on both my daughters first birthdays – sigh! But like you, they both spent the day with grandparents and cousins! Was the bunny the good old Woman’s Weekly bunny? I love that bunny!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 18, 2013 at 6:27 am (4 years ago)

      Yes it is! I will be making him Saturday night ready for the party on Sunday. Wish me luck πŸ™‚

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  20. Goodfoodweek
    October 18, 2013 at 9:20 am (4 years ago)

    Such a lovely post – I just composed a similar post for my son marking 6 months (I can’t believe how quickly the time passes). Popping by from the Maxabella link up – Shari from http://www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Shari. I will have to check yours out. Six months is such a beautiful age too.

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  21. Julie
    October 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful letter for your little one to treasure. I have a little girl a few weeks behind yours – she turns one on Nov 5. Isn’t it a gorgeous age?!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s lovely, Julie. So precious. Happy birthday to yours for the fifth!

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  22. Housewife in Heels
    October 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Such a sweet letter. Hope you had a wonderful time celebrating. My baby turns 2 on Thursday. His 3 year old brother has been busy planning the party, although pretty sure my 2 year old will insist on blowing out the candles!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh how lovely. I hope you all have a great time at the party πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you. She had a lovely time today. Little cutie she is πŸ˜‰

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  23. Maxabella
    October 22, 2013 at 10:29 am (4 years ago)

    Happy belated birthday to Ilsa! A whole year of growing and what an amazing year it has been too. She is lucky to have you as her mum, Renee. She’ll read this letter one day and know how blessed she is. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much!!! What a lovely comment πŸ™‚ x

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  24. Tessa : Down that Little Lane
    November 8, 2013 at 10:57 am (4 years ago)

    What a lovely letter.. beautiful words for her to treasure one day when she reads. Happy Birthday Little One x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks very much πŸ™‚

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