Luke Turns One!










Oh lukie! My baby is one!

Let me tell you a little bit about him.

Luke’s timing was such a fun surprise! It wasn’t a surprise pregnancy, because we were trying for a second, but it was a surprise that it happened so quickly considering it took 14 months to get pregnant with David. We decided to wait to find out whether I was having a boy or girl until the day Luke was born, and Justin and I were THRILLED to discover another boy! A brother for David! Two boys! I said “A boy? Are you sure? That’s so FUN!” in the operating room when he was born (via c-section).

Luke was an easy newborn, as most are in their newborn coma like state, but at about 8 weeks he embarked on a 2 month long journey of crying/screaming all day. It was colic, the doctors told me, and we did everything we could to help him. And suddenly, 2 months after it began, it stopped. It was a Wednesday. And I remember thinking,”huh, this has been a good day”, and I then the good days continued.

That season of colic was very hard. Very taxing, on all parties, and I’ll never forget how deeply grateful I was for the help from my family and friends.

Over the last year, Luke has developed at his own pace. I think he’s going to have strong opinions and be a bit intense (neither of which are bad traits if they are directed properly). He’s loud and always moving, but he’s also quite affectionate and generally happy. You can always get a smile out of him, even when he’s moody. His personality is really different than David’s. I’m curious to see how they will play together. I melt into a puddle when they make each other laugh right now, it’s just the best thing to watch.

He’s very, very attached to me. At times I refer to him as my velcro baby. If I’m in another room and he sees me, he becomes solely focused on getting in my arms. He also really loves David. I usually let David burst into his room to get Luke up from his morning nap and as soon as Luke see’s him he’ll start flailing in the crib and a huge smile will spread across his face.

In the past TWO weeks he’s hit multiple developmental milestones! He fed himself, he scooted across the floor, he walked along the couch and he even said “uh oh”!! It’s as if he feels pressure to accomplish these things before he turns one!

We’ll do something small today, with just the family, like we did when David turned one.

This year flew by and it has been such a joy to be his mother.

To see tiny newborn Luke, see this post with a beautiful video by my friend, Jordan.

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Comments (48)

  1. Tonya says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday Luke!

  2. Anne says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Such a very sweet post to read. I love how much you love your boys. I know that sounds strange, but you radiate joy as a mother. It reminds me of the joy I had when my girls were little and I stayed home with them. Happiest days of my life. Happy birthday sweet baby Luke!

  3. Colleen says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    My “Velcro” baby will turn 25 next month. He is such a fine young man and it just may be because he was my Velcro baby.

    • Angela says
      Posted February 14, 2016

      Aww… My “Velcro baby” only just turned 2, but this made me tear up. I cherish each and every moment with my little boy, because I know they will be gone in the blink of an eye. Congrats on your own fine young man. 🙂

  4. Ashley says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy birthday Luke! 🙂 sounds like he is your “spirited” child. I have one too…..and they come with their challenges but they are SO much fun:) love love love reading about your boys bc I’m a SAHM with 2 boys 2 and under as well:)

  5. Amber says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday to your little boy. And big congratulations on all his milestones.

  6. Donna says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday Luke! What a wonderful family God has blessed you with

  7. Sherry says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday Luke, what an adorable boy he is !! Thank you so much for sharing them with us on your blog and other forms of social media, it is so much fun to watch them change and grow and hear about their lives. Hope you all have a great birthday weekend, stay warm if you can it’s going to be COLD !!

  8. Nohemi says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Blessings to him and the family!

  9. Js says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday, Luke! Congrats on making it through the first year, Mama! I bet David is the best big brother ;-). What a nice family you have

  10. evelyn k says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy birthday, Luke! My boys (4 and 1 on Wednesday) enjoy seeing your boys on snapchat!

  11. Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday, Luke! My first two boys are polar opposites too, personality-wise (with #2 being the seriously spirited one…his sleepy newborn coma lasted about one week, no joke. It was nuts.) And congrats on the milestones! Was he mobile before he scooted across the floor? Just wondering because my two younger boys were not mobile until right at/right after their first birthdays and both walked at 19-20 months. No reason, just moving at their own pace. 🙂 It’s always kind of nice to hear of other kiddos doing their own thing, too.

  12. KellyG says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday Luke!!! My how you have grown! Kate – I love that you share your boys with us. They are so precious. I love how you and Justin are just the best. May the next year be a wonderful one full of love, health, accomplishments, fun, and laughter. Can’t wait to see what David and Luke accomplish this year!

  13. Page Miller says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Love seeing your little men! Of course he would have awesome hair like his momma!

  14. Liz F. says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy birthday to Luke! It seems like just yesterday that I kept checking my social media feeds looking for news of his birth as one of your interested readers. So many people he’ll likely never meet in ‘real life’ were praying for the both of you that day 🙂

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  16. Jen says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy birthday Luke! Your cuteness can’t be stopped 🙂

  17. Amanda says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    What a beautiful post about your little boy! Thanks for sharing with us. I got tears watching the newborn video you linked, amazing! Happy birthday Luke!!!!! Have fun diving into cake.

  18. Kim says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday to Luke! Such cute photos!

    Kim .. Beanie Weather

  19. Michelle says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy 1st Birthday little man! I enjoy reading about you and your big brother. Probably because we are getting ready to venture into fostering/adoption. Have a great weekend celebrating with the ones that love you most.

  20. Brandi says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    My goodness. I remember reading his little newborn post when you published it! Where does time go?! Happy Birthday, Luke!!

  21. Ariadna says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday to your sweet Luke!! He’s such a cutie!! Those cheeks and baby cankles always melt me 🙂 Doesn’t time fly by? Enjoy your weekend, thanks for sharing your life with us. And also thank you for posting everyday, well it seems like everyday I’m not sure if it is or not. I really appreciate your posts, no matter the content. I always find something useful or entertaining and it is very much appreciated!

  22. Samantha says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy 1st Birthday Luke!!

  23. kylie says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy birthday luke!

  24. Jenn says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday, sweet baby boy! I love following along with you on Snapchat and seeing them grow! So sweet & seems like the boys have sooo much fun together!

  25. Laine says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    I can’t even take those cheeks especially with his first teeth coming in. Too too cute! Happy birthday Luke!

  26. Renee says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Happy Birthday Luke!
    He sounds, in all the best ways, like my second baby boy (who is now 4 & still kind of a velcro boy). Watching my boys together is the greatest joy, and it has just gotten better as they have gotten a little older (now 7 & 4). Enjoy!

  27. gturn62 says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    That was the fastest year ever! I, and I’m sure all your readers, were not-so-patiently waiting last February to see whether you had a boy or girl. Luke is just precious (David, to!). We all love watching them grow, and hearing your stories about them. Thank you for letting us in on that very special part of your life.

  28. Mel says
    Posted February 12, 2016

    Awwwww so adorable! Happy Birthday little man! So special!

    Mel |

  29. Erin says
    Posted February 13, 2016

    Such a sweet post! Happy Birthday to Luke! You are such a good mom!

  30. s says
    Posted February 13, 2016

    Hold on to your hat, the years speed by. My two boys are now 15 and 12!
    Enjoy the day!

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    Posted February 14, 2016

    New reader here! Found your blog when I was searching for hair tutorials for a friend’s wedding! Thanks to you, they think I’m sort of style guru now! Love it!!!

  32. Posted February 14, 2016

    Luke is adorable! I have been following your blog now a long time & as a mommy myself,love to see your post on your adorable little boys! I can’t believe Luke turned one already. It seems to me now that I am a mommy,time certainly flies by so fast! But I have learned every stage of their life is so fun! Enjoy them. Happy Birthday to Luke and all the new things he is learning- its so exciting.

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