A Look Back at The First Year

“This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”


I am so lucky and blessed to be able to stay home with both my boys. That was always our plan when Charles and I got married. It’s what my mom did for me and my brother and it was important to us to have someone at home with our family – I always knew it was something I wanted to be able to do.

Now that we just celebrated Graham’s first birthday, and Brooks will be 3 in January {hold me} – it’s been so amazing to be able to look back and see how important the first year with your little really is.

Not to mention the fact that it goes by in a blink.

 I love my little blog so much, even more now with kids because it’s so amazing to be able to look back and see how crazy fast at warp speed they grow and change in the first 12 months. And in the second year too – Brooks has grown and developed like a weed! But the changes are so evident in the first year.

Just look at Graham’s weekly photos from 1 month, 6 months and 1 year:

// check out Graham’s page OR Brook’s page to get caught up


Sure, I’ve made mistakes left and right – I’ve made {and cleaned up!} countless messes, and though it may seem like it to someone on the outside, I don’t have it all together. BUT I’ve been so blessed to be able to spend these precious moments with both my little ones. I’ve seen their first smiles, first laughs, first crawls, first steps. I’ve been there for first colds,  first teeth, sleepless nights and the first time they slept 12 hours straight!

But when it all comes down to it, I know nothing else matters, because I’m the only thing my littles will ever need.

And they are all I need. And we’ve spent their first years together, just us.

And it’s been nothing short of amazing.


Side Note: This is not a jab in any way at moms who don’t stay home with their kids. I have mad respect for all moms out there – we are all working hard at our jobs, one way or another! Mommin’ ain’t easy – and we have to stick together and support each other. It’s hard no matter which way you do it. But we are all in this together.


The cause for my trip down memory lane with Brooks +  Graham is my fabulous partnership with WaterWipes. Aside from being at home with my boys and lovin’ every {well, most} minute – another thing that has been constant during our first year, and beyond – are our beloved WaterWipes. If you aren’t familiar, they are a chemical free baby wipe that contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. WaterWipes are durable and effective without containing any of the harmful chemicals that may be found in other baby wipes – my littles both love they because they don’t taste like yucky wipes.
Check out this video which features some of my fellow WaterWipes Ambassadors, sharing their story about the First Year:


What are some of your favorite memories from the first year with your little?

Please share!



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  • Reply Patty O November 8, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I have loved every memory that I have created with my two grandsons over these last almost 3 years! The memories and boys are priceless!

  • Reply hahahah November 16, 2016 at 6:20 am

    I’ll just repeat this back to you:
    “I’ve been their for their first colds, their first teeth, their sleepless nights and the first time they slept 12 hours straight!”

    • Reply Leslie November 16, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Thanks for the heads up – fixing that now! #mombrain

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