Ivy Jean – One Year

November 16, 2017

One. 365 days. One year.

I’ve put off writing this post because the truth is I don’t think I can adequately sum up all you mean to us. How wholly you have changed us in such a short time. I hope some day your dad and I figure out a way to tell you just how much of a grip you have on our hearts. Or if we can’t, that somehow you feel it. You were so wanted. You are so completely loved. Sometimes we just look at each other with dumbfounded faces at the lunacy of what your grin does to us. I just read over my previous posts about you, your story, from infertility to now. God has done a mighty work in you, and in us through you, Ivy Jean Arnold. You are a force.

For waiting for you for such a long time, I was so unprepared for what you would do to me Ivy Jean. Sometimes it feels as if you have turned me inside out. Like now part of my heart is outside of my body for everyone to see. Both the good and the bad. I am more aware now of how selfish I am, how much I desire to control things, how I like things to appear neat and tidy to the outside world. You are anything but neat and tidy, and if I am being truthful, I love it that way.

You are your own little person. Spunky, active, curious. Forcing me to adjust, grow. When I get honest with myself, the hard parts of being your mom are really the best parts of you. I want you to be unique and have opinions though I might wish it wasn’t that green beans go on the floor. You haven’t fit the mold from day one when you surprised us by coming 6 weeks early. I hope you never fit the mold. I hope you grow into exactly the person Jesus created you to be surprising us every step of the way. Your dad and I can be boring sometimes. You add spice and life. Oh boy, do you add life.

I love seeing the way people respond to you. You bring happiness. Your eyes, your grin, your little wave light people up. Your story speaks to God’s redemptive story, and I hope it always will. I hope you walk with him and allow him to wave his grace into your life always remembering the meaning of your name just like it reminds me: He is faithful.

At one year, you have 6 teeth. Six. Whew, each one has been a struggle. You weight almost 19 pounds and are 27.5 inches tall. You are constant motion, pulling up on everything, never siting still, and trying to climb everything. Walking hasn’t happened yet, but you do stand for a few seconds when you feel like it. The sporadic nature of it makes me laugh. You are your own little person that much is for sure.

Ivy Jean’s Story

Infertility Story, IVF & Birth Announcement, Birth Story, 3 Month Update, 6 Month Update, 9 Month Update

Thank you to Randy Yeats for capturing this special time in our lives. If you are in the area and need a photographer, she is amazing!!

Special thanks to Wikibuy for my dress. Shop their coupons to Loft here.

Russ and Ivy’s outfit details here.

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  • Reply Kim November 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    What a sweet message to your daughter! She is absolutely gorgeous. Those eyes! Happy Birthday, Ivy!!


  • Reply Mary-Katherine Minnis November 16, 2017 at 10:52 am

    What a sweet and heartfelt tribute to your little girl! Not going to lie, you had me tearing up multiple times. I just love how much you love her and her story always pulls at my heartstrings. Our God really is faithful, and she is the most beautiful reminder of that!

    xo MK

  • Reply Katrina Rose November 16, 2017 at 10:04 am

    What amazing memories in these photos! Isn’t it crazy how someone so tiny can completely change your world? You have such a gorgeous family.


  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom November 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

    She is such a doll for the camera. Future fashion blogger? 😉 I love these photos and I can’t believe she is 1! I am so happy for y’all as a family!


  • Reply Randy Yeats November 16, 2017 at 9:10 am

    All the tears.. so beautifully written, Amy! Thank you for allowing me to capture this wonderful time. Your words brought the pictures to life! Happy Birthday, sweet Ivy Jean!

  • Reply Elise Ward Joyce November 16, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Happy Birthday Ivy!! This post gave me the chills and made me well up. What a lovely to try and express your love for your daughter, I know it is difficult because words are not enough. Amazing photos and such a beautiful family, you are truly blessed Amy!

    xx, Elise

  • Reply Ashley White November 16, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I cannot believe Ivy’s already ONE! She is getting so big! So happy for you and your little fam, AA.

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  • Reply Nina November 16, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Aww how adorable ! Love these pictures !


  • Reply Mica November 16, 2017 at 6:55 am

    These are such lovely photos, and she is so adorable !I can’t believe it’s been a year already, wow! It really does fly by! 🙂 Happy birthday Ivy Jean 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely week so far 🙂

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  • Reply Tina - Styleappetite November 16, 2017 at 6:55 am

    OMG youre such a pretty family – love these photos!!! Perfect setting and you look so cute all together

    All the best for your future 🙂




  • Reply Blaire Bingham November 16, 2017 at 6:26 am

    What a sweetheart and what a beautifully written post! She is such a blessing and I am so incredibly happy for your sweet family!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
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  • Reply Rosanna Briguglio November 16, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Beautiful pictures!!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Reply Anika May November 16, 2017 at 6:05 am

    What a beauty! She’s so adorable! Lovely post x

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  • Reply Rachelle November 16, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Awww she’s so big already and looks like such a happy baby. Happy Birthday Precious girl!


  • Reply Vale November 16, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Best wishes, your family is super cute! Kisses

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  • Reply Rashmi November 16, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Such a happy and cute family. Happy birthday to your baby, she is just too adorable.
    Wonderful post dear!
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  • Reply Printland in November 16, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Awsome post…keep posting!!!!!

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  • Reply Natali November 16, 2017 at 3:30 am

    She’s such a cutie, I’m melting!! Happy 1st birthday to her and congratulations to you both as parents! 🙂


  • Reply The Bandwagon Chic November 16, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Ohhhmmmy it’s been a while, really time flies.
    It was just then you posted your bump styles and now she’s 1.
    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

  • Reply Esraa Bassiouny November 16, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Happy birthday to her and may god bless you all.
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