happy first birthday, eleanor!

i don’t know how this year flew by so quickly. i remember eleanor’s arrival into this world like it was yesterday, yet i can’t even picture what life was like before she arrived. it’s been a very bittersweet past couple of days for josh and me. how did we get here so quickly? we’ve been a mama and papa for an entire year? and look! she’s still breathing! and healthy! and happy! and oh my gosh, so beautiful.
dear sweet eleanor, it has been my greatest privilege to be called your mother this past year. i don’t know how many times throughout the day i pause and look at you and think, “she belongs to me??? how did i get so lucky?” eleanor, you have taught me so much about myself, about life and the things that matter most. you have made my saddest and most frustrating moments joyful again. i’m thankful i get to spend my days by your side. thank you for being here, for being your happy beautiful self and for making your mama and papa’s day, over and over again.
we love you, eternally. happy birthday, eleanor!

ps. leave a comment for eleanor if you’d like! i’d love to hold onto them and share them with her someday.
  1. Happy birthday sweet Eleanor!
    I've enjoyed watching you "grow up" through the pictures your mama posts.
    You're so stinkin adorable and I'm sure you will be the sweetest big sis ever!


  2. madisonr

    Hope she had the BEST FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!!!! :)

  3. S2S

    Happy First Birthday Eleanor!

    You are such a beautiful and sweet baby. Every time I see you my heart melts :)

    I wish you all of the good things life has to offer.

    May God Bless you.

  4. This year has gone by so fast! I remember reading your tweets waiting for you to say when she was born! Actually just waiting to see if it was a boy or girl! You have such a beautiful happy baby girl and I hope she had such a fabulous birthday!

  5. Amy

    Happy Birthday Eleanor! I have loved watching you grow over the past year and look forward to the future!

  6. Aline

    Happy Bornday Sweet Eleanor,

    I love your smile….

    Greetings from Indonesia

  7. Happy Birthday Eleanor!!! You are one of the most beautiful little girls I have ever seen. You have the most magical eyes and the sweetest little face. You have a very cool mommy who writes one of my favorite blogs and she keeps all of us out here in the blog world updated on all of your adventures. Hope you have a wonderful birthday sweet girl :)

  8. kwistin

    dear eleanor,

    you are a wonderful example of happiness, purity, and genuine love. i know this because of what your mama says about you and the light that i can see in your eyes in your photos.

    though i've never met your mama either, she's also an amazing example. and i think you've made her and your daddy even better people because you've filled their hearts with so much more love! you've even made my day brighter multiple times by sharing that smile – and i've never even met you! that's a really powerful gift you have there, little one. i bet you'll carry it through your whole life.

    also, you're absolutely one of the most beautiful little babies i've ever seen. and i don't just say that to anyone — i am careful because i have my allegiances to my adorable nieces. but you're right up there with them. :)

    i'm glad you've been on this earth for a full year. here's to many more! happy [belated] birthday, little lady!

    *kristin (in ut)

  9. evelyn.

    Happy Golden Birthday, Eleanor!

    You're one lucky girl with such wonderful parents. You are so loved. Wishing you many more birthdays and blessings to come.


  10. LadyB

    Awww, Happy Birthdaaay E :**
    Alot more to come !

  11. Sin Yee

    Eleanor is the cutest baby! I always look forward to see what she's up to on your blog, Naomi. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Birthday, Eleanor. May your days be filled with happiness and laughter.

  12. Can I just say I LOVE your freckles so much- theyre so cute!

  13. Can I just say I LOVE your freckles so much- theyre so cute!

  14. lizzy

    happy birthday, darling!

    though i don't know you personally, i love you, and this love has grown through the love-drenched writings & visual documentation that your parents so generously share with the rockstar diary readers. oh sweet girl, i hope you are emboldened by the lavish grace, humour, and courage that your parents personify. their diligent training & brave actions will nurture within you a heart so fierce for love & truth. may you carry with you into this wondrous world a spirit of adventure & compassion & gratitude.

    hugs & kisses, eleanor, from new york.


    Happy 1st birthday darling Eleanor! Even though we've never met, your beautiful smiling face always brightens up my day when I visit your mama's blog. It's fun to watch you grow and see all your cute outfits. Thanks for sharing your lives with us!

  16. Louise

    I´ve never seen such a beautiful baby before. She´s smiles on every picture. She so beautiful!

    & your pictures are perfekt!

  17. Happy birthday Eleanor! You are one very lucky baby girl. You have such wonderful, loving parents. I feel like I have seen you grow up through this blog-you're going to be such a sweet kid. I can't believe it's been a year! I can't wait to see you by your second birthday. xo

  18. Sophie

    Happy Birthday, little Rockstar. You are lucky to have such a heartwarming happy family.

  19. Florence

    Happy Birthday, Eleanor!

    You're so beautiful and cute (as well as your amazing parents) that I just can't stop looking at your pictures! Be the most happy girl in the world.

  20. kels

    happy happy birthday gorgeous girl! it is obvious that your parents love you so much and you bring joy to so many people. it has been a joy to watch you grow over this past year… cheers! xoxo kels

  21. Little Eleanor,
    You are one of the most beautiful babies I ever seen, but that's not surprising by looking at your mom. I love following your families blog. You are definitely blessed to be born into such a wonderful and loving family. Happy Birthday Eleanor!
    The Stevulak Family

  22. WhitneyG

    happy birthday dear sweet elanor! you are beautiful and i just look at you sometimes and see that happy smiling, classy little baby face and can't wait to see you on your mama's blog and see if you are just like her! happy first, baby E!

  23. Splendor

    E! You are my favourite baby girl on earth. Every time i see your picture, i squizze my teeth bwcauae you are too sweet. All i want is a daughter like you.
    Gorkem from Turkey.

  24. Eleanor,

    Ever since I laid eyes on a beautiful little picture of your mum holding you with an adorable hairband in your hair, i fell in love with your gorgeous little face! I don't think I've ever seen such a BEAUTIFUL little girl, honestly! And my family is ridiculously big – I've seen many babies! But yes, you are the most pretty.

    Your parents clearly shower you with so much love and I'm sure you're so grateful to be brought up by two such dedicated full-of-life people.

    Thousands have followed your first steps in your journey in this world, and it's a wonderful thing that your mum and dad have shared their happy memories and thoughts of you, along with inspirational mantras and parenting values which I know I'll be carrying with me when I become a parent. I'm only 20 after all! But it's a face and baby spirit like yours that make me VERY broody at this early age!

    Happy 1st Birthday Eleanor! Lots of love from Georgia in London X

  25. Kia Ora Eleanor and Happy Birthday from New Zealand. You are such a beautiful little girl with parents who absolutely adore you and blog followers who think you are a complete delight! Birthday kisses xxxx

  26. I bet she will grow up and be a teenager and be a grown woman just like you!

  27. Happy Birthday little Eleanor. You are certainly a blessing and a joy to everyone around you. Thank you to your parents for sharing your first year with us :) I hope you have many, many more cupcake-filled birthdays.

  28. eleanor you have such a great smile, 2 blue eyes that speak into everyone'es heart… hope you and your loved ones are gonna be ok… hope every child in this world is gonna be loved one day… into your beautiful face We see the future… maybe a better future for this world… love and kisses

  29. oh, my gosh, look whose birthday it is! :D I'M SO PROUD OF YOU.You are so cute! Have a happy day!

  30. Happy Birthday Eleanor! My blond and blu-eyed 15 month old thinks your cute-stuff, as he flirts with your cute pictures!

  31. emma

    Dear Eleanor,
    I hope you'll always keep smiling as beautifully as you do now, because I know it makes all the people around you happy. To quote Bob Dylan, ‘may you always may you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong’. And my addition to that is, may you have many more happy birthdays :]

  32. Jennifer

    Oh, I am so late in saying this: Happy Birthday to you, Eleanor! You are lucky to have such a wonderful mommy and daddy, and they are lucky to have such a wonderful little girl. Congratulations on one year of bringing joy into the world! xoxo

  33. yenaled

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  34. yenaled

    Baby E!!

    You are the luckiest little lady. You have the most unique, special, and loving family ever. I wish you, your momma and poppa (and Kingsley too) the best.

    Happy first birthday!


  35. Victoria

    Happy birthday Eleanor! xx

  36. lola

    dear eleanor, happy birthday. I just stumbled across your parents blog and I am totally in love with these gorgeous pictures of you and your family!
    may your second year on this earth be as happy and bright as it can be!
    with lots of love from austria, lola (mother of a one-and-a-half year old babyboy)

  37. Danielle

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EALANOR!! You have such a good life. <3

  38. Happy birthday, Eleanor. You and my mom share the same birthday, so that makes you super cool in my book. Here's to many, many more birthdays and so much more cake!

  39. never grow up! cause the best thing in the world to be a child…

  40. Lucy

    Welcome to the world, little girl! Your mom and dad have obviously made the most beautiful you that you could have been. Enjoy your life, Eleanor :)

  41. Diana

    Happy Birthday Eleanor! Hugs from far far away country Lithuania! Who knows maybe you'll be a great traveler when grow up and will visit my sweet city Vilnius and this small Baltic sea country where I had lived while reading your mamas blog and feeling inspired by you and your family! Be happy little girl!

  42. Meghan

    Believe it or not, I just NOW discovered your beautiful blog. I was scrolling back and looking at your posts about your little Eleanor and realized that she shares the exact same birthday as my first little one, Donovan. Reading this post makes me tear up. I feel the exact same way. It is such a gift! And now you're close to experiencing that immense joy all over again. How exciting! So glad I found you and your blog.

  43. That is simply the sweetest post!
    You just perfectly described how I feel when I look at my daughter!
    Nothing more to say! :)

  44. A little late I know but I'm quite new to your blog and have fallen in love. Happy Birthday Eleanor…keep growing strong and healthy and happy and I hope the rest of your second year is full of giggles and adventures!