and this concludes parker's first birthday week.

Friday, July 27, 2012

you're going to want to pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea for this one.  it's almost 9 minutes long.  but, really, how am i to smoosh all twelve precious months of his life into anything shorter than that?!  couldn't be done.  anyway, i am so glad to have this video.  i imagine a grown up parker watching it and being glad i got so much of him on video when he was too young to remember life himself.  i like that thought.

once more, happy birthday parker.  we love you.

81 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to Parker! Such a sweet video, he will be forever happy to see those images of his childhood when he grows up.

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  2. My parents took a lot of video of us when we were young and we still pull them out and watch them now and then. I love that they did that. This is a great video. I can't believe he is 1 already!
    Oh and the part of him laughing cracked me up!

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  3. that was beautiful!
    i want to make one for my little love later this year.

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  4. Bridget, that's wonderful! I would've happily watched for twice as long :) I read this blog every single day but rarely comment. Your writing is unique and exciting and you make this ole' internet a better place! Happy 52 weeks, Parker! (ps I've spent a week at the Jade mountain resort in St. Lucia...keep it on your list-it's a MUST see!!)

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  5. Yup I'm the rando reader in tears! Hello baby fever! Happy birthday Parker!

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  6. Happy Birthday to Parker! What a great video...it was the perfect way to start my day! I especially loved the segment of him throwing the ball to your dog :) Nothing beats dogs being sweet to babies!!

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  7. this is the sweetest bridge. i'm in tears. of course.

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  8. this is the most wonderful ode to life, I have seen in a while. spellbound by the little man and the happy faces around.

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  9. Oh my goodness! I just watched that while video with a huge smile and big crocodile tears running down my face! It's funny how once you become a mother, seeing another mother's love for her child can bring you to tears. Happy Birthday to your sweet, sweet boy! Much love to you both!

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  10. Cannot wait to get home and watch this! Happy birthday Parker!

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  11. Tears...tears I tell you before 9 am! Love this video! How lucky Parker is to have you as his mama :) happy birthday sweet boy!

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  12. from :37 on i was crying! so special! what a lucky little guy you have :)

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  13. I love everything about this video. I think he will watch it when he's older and think about how cool his family is... So awesome.

    Made me so emotional though... made me want to run home and squeeze my little boy who is 13 months.

    They are just so filled with joy that it's infectious.

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  14. oh bridget. this was amazing. so so wonderful!

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  15. @sarah, oh that place will remain on the must see list for sure!

    @liz, :37! meeting parker for the first time! that part gets me every time...

    thanks everyone... seriously, so much!

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  16. oh my goodness, this was just the sweetest thing! i'm due with my first in a few months and taking many pics and video definitely are a top priority on my list! how stinking cute was he playing with gracie in a couple of those vids? aww, happy birthday parker! :)

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  17. First minute or so? Sobbing.

    Great video. Happy Birthday, P.

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  18. that was absolutely incredible! what a lovely thing to have to treasure and bring out when parker turns 21...he will love it!:)

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  19. This is such a beautiful video. Thanks so much for sharing your life's precious moments with us.

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  20. GAH!!! Sweet thing indeed! Happy birthday, Parker! So much love over there!

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  21. Oh my goodness he is SUCH a cute little man!

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  22. that was so wonderful! as I sit here crying at my desk at work... :) he's a lucky kid to be surrounded by so much love!

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  23. @kate, sobbing was totally the point. you get an A.

    @sophie, thanks for watching--even at work! :)

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  24. That was awesome! What program did you use to make it? My little guy is turning one in September and I want to do something like this but I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Any tips you have would be much appreciated!

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  25. what a totally wonderful video! this moments of parkers fist year are so magical. Bridget, i am so happy that i am allow to follow along and get your life to shared with me...
    thank you soo much!

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  26. beautiful.

    i watched this with my 2 1/2 year old (who is very excited for the baby in mommy's tummy) and she loved it too! "baby!!!" "he's so cute!!" "look at him crawling!" "he's playing with the doggie!"

    so cute.

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  27. @kristin, imovie! once you get the hang of iMovie, it's pretty easy to use. email me if you have any specific questions!

    @hannah, thank YOU so much!

    @emily, i love his narrations!

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  28. You are killing me dead with this!

    I loved every second. I need to put one together for Tate, even if I am way past the birthday deadline.

    PS- love the William Fitzsimmons remix!

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  29. I just died a little bit. He's so cute.

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  30. What a sweet video! Taylor watched with me and she kept touching my face every time I cried. Which was often.

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  31. You are a good mama, a real good mama!!! That video was SO very sweet, it had me in tears as I sit here at work. Parker is going to really cherish that video when he is older. He is so cute and I loved watching him grow up this last year.

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  32. so sweet, bridget! such a special thing for him to have. i can't believe it's been a year. he just keeps getting cuter.

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  33. Loving the video! He'll appreciate it when he's older :)

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  34. This video is sooo precious! I especially love the one of Parker playing fetch with Gracie. What a love-filled year!

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  35. Oh.my.goodness! This was SO sweet! I would love to do something like this with my kids one day. So beautiful. I wouldn't have any idea how to make a video like this, though. What kind of software do you use? And I LOVED him playing fetch with Gracie! How precious is that? What a sweet doggie for playing with him like that. :)

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  36. So, so sweet! I hope to make a similar video when I have my own babes. I sat at my desk and smiled the whole time.

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  37. Oh Bridg, this is so sweet. I totally teared up at the birth/receiving part. How cute is Lyndsey?! I love her sweet tears.Gah.. I'm blabbering. I can't wait for all this.

    p.s.. and whoa to the video of him moving in your belly! rad!

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  38. Happy birthday to Parker! You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  39. @communikate, it'll be your turn soon enough!!!

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  40. i just watched the whole thing. that was incredible. and gracie, wow. what a freakin' champ she is! she's sooooooo good with parker!!

    happy birthday again parker!!! you handsome little stud!

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  41. Parker has such a beautiful smile :) congrats again to you and Steve for making such a great little boy. this video was precious! what were the songs you used?

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  42. so so sweet, made me cry.
    happy birthday parker boy!

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  43. Such a beautiful video. The pictures of Lindsey holding him for the first make me teary every time I see them. Happy birthday, Parker!

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  44. Sweet Bridget, this is such a beautiful video! Parker is so adorable, and I loved seeing all the shots of your family just totally loving on him. What a great keepsake; I'm sure he'll love it down the road.

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  45. The video is so sweet. Happy Birthday Parker!

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  46. Tears. Tears. Tears. Hope there is a second bday video. Oh boy!

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  47. 2 words : Soooo cute !
    happy birthday Parker

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  48. @kaity, first was good morning by William fitzsimmons and second was sweet thing by van Morrison

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  49. Umm..pour yourself a cup of coffee and get out the kleenex. So sweet! Happy birthday!

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  50. If this doesn't make you tear up, I don't know what will. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BOY, YEAR AND JOURNEY TO COME!

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  51. Love the first song in the video. So pretty. Also, watching Parker move in your belly is the craziest and coolest thing to see.

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  52. That was a beautiful video! My son won't be one until February but I'm already thinking about putting together a video for him. Saw in the comment thread that you made it in iMovie, is that part of iPhoto? Any helpful tutorials you can recommend?

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  53. Ugh, honestly. That KILLED me. I've never even commented before, but that was amazing. Parker crawling with his little power foot kicking off the ground! My first did that and it melts me. Oh and him giggling when he was 'throwing' Gracie's ball? What do you even do with something that cute?

    Happy birthday Parker, and congratulations on the exceptional person making skills to you! He's a total gem.

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  54. @desiree, iMovie just comes standard on all macs (i think!). not a part of iPhoto, though. And, it took me a bit to get the hang of it, but once I did, it's a pretty easy program! Elizabeth (etellstales) has a tutorial though at the moment she's changing up her blog so it might not be available!

    @alexandra, oh that funny little crawl... gets me every time.

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  55. love love LOVE!!! Made me cry.

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  56. absolutely loved this! wish i would have done this with my babes. no iphones back in the day! i wept, i laughed, i drank tea, and now i really want another baby. happy, happy birthday sweet little parker!! xo, tessa

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  57. This is BEAUTIFUL, Bridget. Oh, I'm so glad you did this!

    I love how much he looks like himself now right on the day he was born. I love when Lindsay was crying with him in the hospital (that's when I started crying too), the way he was playing behind the glass doors, when he was giggling so hard on the rug with Steve, HIS SWEET FACE THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE THING.

    I love it all.

    How special this truly is.

    Happy one year, Parker!! :)

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  58. This is so beautiful n I rarely cry but this made me cry. Happy birthday Parker.

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  59. Watched all 8 minutes and 53 seconds of it. I'm having my first baby, a boy, in November, so you can imagine how I cried through this sweet, funny, adorable video of your son's first year. Thanks for sharing!

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  60. such a happy little guy! love!! love the song as well :).

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  61. this is so adorable and he's going to love this when he grows up!! happy birthday parker :)

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  62. happy birthday parker! i love his laugh :)

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  63. @cindy, congrats on your own upcoming baby!

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  64. Did you cry while you made this? Because I had tears in my eyes the whole time just from watching! He is so precious, Bridget. This will no doubt be so special to him when he's older. Happiest birthday to your little miracle.

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  65. I loved this video! Thanks for sharing. My precious little girl just turned one at the end of May so I know all those "my first born is ALREADY an ENTIRE year old" feelings. Happy (belated) Birthday to your little buddy!

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  66. Oh. My. Word. I wasn't even one minute in and I texted my husband to say I want another baby. I love, love, LOVE the pregnancy pics and you guys seeing him for the first time. SO PRECIOUS!

    A Mama loves all her kiddos (we have three) but there is nothing quite like your first. I think the hardest thing having two, three, four or however many is knowing you just can't be the same mama you were to the babe before. Your one on one time gets more challenging. That first one though is pure magic.

    I know you're a stepmom too. I'm the oldest of nine. Seven of those are kids from my dad and my own stepmom. I know the love is probably different between my stepmom and me than it is from the kiddos she carried in her womb, but it's love just the same. She's always pointed out the similarities between the two of us and is always quick to say how much we have in common. I absolutely adore her. I guess a Mama is a Mama no matter what. Even if the love shared feels differently. It's love just the same. Okay, so I'm not even sure what my point was in saying all of this...promise I'm not crazy. And since I'm being random I may as well say I LOVE YOUR BLOG! There, I feel better now. And no more coffee for me...

    XOXO,
    Angie from Ohio/angiepics on Instagram

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  67. i CANNOT believe he's one already! happiest of birthdays to him! you were probably my favorite of the pregnant bloggers; seems like just yesterday!!! xoxo

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  68. Too much sweetness in one video. I loved that clip of him playing ball with the dog. Happy birthday to your little man!

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  69. What a great video. I really wish I would have done these kinds of things with my kids. Definitely something to treasure.

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  70. Happy Birthday to Parker. You guys do so many lovely things for him, Bridget- he's soo loved and it's so evident :)

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  71. Serious. SERIOUS baby fever!! Good thing I am getting married in 11 days!!!

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  72. just finally had a moment to sit down and watch this.
    BRAVO, woman!!!

    happy birthday parker...it has been a real pleasure to get to know your mom and watch you grow up. you are so sweet and handsome and charming. and your mom's not bad either!!! xx auntie kera

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  73. This made me cry the ugly cry. :) Happy Birthday Parker!

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  74. Bridget, I love your blog and have to say, this video is just the sweetest. You meeting Parker made me cry! Love following along with your sweet family, maybe one day I will do the same.
    xo Justine

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  75. OMG Parker and Gracie playing catch!

    This was so good, Bridget. I KNOW how much work it was. He's going to love it one day!

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  76. Oh my so very sweet! I'm sat here sobbing, my 7 month old is growing too fast but this is such a precious way of holding on to these memories.

    Off to figure out imovie!

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  77. I don't even know you, but I feel like I know you guys since I've been following the blog since way before you guys were preggers with little Parker (I don't usually comment very much, but I always read!). Parker is so lucky to have you for a Mom and I have to admit this video made me emotional?! I am not usually a get-emotional-over-babies type of gal. Anywho, congrats to both of you. You guys always seem so happy and your life looks pretty good. <3 <3

    I sort of hope you guys have another baby. Not sure if that's the plan. I just really picture you having one more.

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  78. Love. Teary eyed and loved every minute. :)

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  79. Just watched this video again and I just LOVE it! What a sweet sweet video of an Amazing little boy! That first picture of Lindsey and Parker gets me every time....priceless moment right there! I can't believe how much he has grown up and I can't believe I have been reading about your sweet family for a little over 2 years already. I have really enjoyed you sharing your life with all of us!!! I am assuming that their is a 2nd year video in the making and I can.not.wait to see it!!! Happiest of days to you all!!!

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