Happy 1st Birthday Reese McClain

I can’t believe it’s already been a year–wow!  We have truly had our ups and downs this year but Reese McClain is a true blessing!

One of my absolute favorite moments and pictures with my lovie!

I know we have posted the link to her birth story before but I could truly read it over and over–I had an amazing and perfect birth!

After you’re done drying your tears from reading the sweet birth story… check out the 1st Birthday Blog post by Director of Awesome ….. Elizabeth Lauer is an amazing photographer, writer but more importantly a dear friend!

Reese had a birthday celebration week–nothing less was expected from her mother who loves celebrating Birthday’s!

Monday, July 23rd

Tuesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 25th (Actually Birthday)

Wednesday evening we had Reese’s 12 month photos taken… then family came over for a Dairy Queen strawberry ice cream cake!  Reese had her own big girl cupcake that she wasn’t really interested in eating!  Little did we know Reese wasn’t herself on Wednesday evening because she had an ear infection that we discovered Thursday morning.  So, there is no photo for Thursday because she was getting lots and lots of beauty rest and love to prepare for her big party!

Friday, July 27th
Thank you Auntie Tina for the most precious outfit!

Then came Reese’s big day where she invited all her family and friends!  I couldn’t have asked for better weather–it was truly amazing because Reese was able to go outside for a little while without oxygen!  Reese was also feeling much better from her ear infection and had tons of smiles to give to her family and friends!  Daddy was under the weather but made an appearance–he was a trooper because he was really sick.  Overall, we had an amazing time and confirmed that we are beyond blessed with people that love our family so much!

Invitations designed by Elizabeth Lauer–Lizzie Loo Photography.

Between severe reflux, hospital visits, oxygen–it was a little stressful getting a photo of Reese each month but totally worth it in the end–I will cherish these photos forever!  Also, I chose not to make a traditional baby book because honestly it made me sad that Reese wasn’t meeting the milestones it noted.  Elizabeth is going to design us a very special book with these pictures and many more–no worries instead of the traditional baby book!  I think it’s a brilliant idea and really captures Reese’s precious little expressions that melts her mommy and daddy’s hearts!

Birthday Girl in her pink highchair!

Reese was so blessed with so many cards!!!

Melissa Tindle–Kyle’s cousin was so wonderful to capture Reese’s 1st Birthday Party!  Melissa did an amazing job and I just adore these photos–you really should check out her work!

Thank you so much–KBJ Photography!

Other Credits:
Elizabeth & Reese’s headbands were crafted by Jessica Farmer–Bluebirdheaven
Reese’s Outfit–DolceMia Clothing
Reese’s Alterations by Janice Becker–Nini’s Creations
Highchair–Goodwill and a pink paint job by Reese’s Mimi Mem

Lastly, we asked for donations for a young man by the name of Glenn who also has a rare chromosome disorder in lieu of gifts.  The community is raising money to get Glenn’s mother a wheelchair accessible van.  Reese McClain was able to raise $1,300!  I was so humbled by everyone’s generosity and willingness to help another family!

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