Clara is ONE!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2018

One year ago today, I woke up pregnant for the last time… it took ALL DAY, but I eventually decided it was time to head to the hospital around 8pm.

Miss Clara Jo was born at 9:57pm.

September 25 — exactly 3 months before Christmas, and quite possibly the best gift I could have gotten!

This sweet bundle of endless smiles has made our lives happier since that very moment.

 

Clara had the most hair of any of our babies (yes, I had horrible heart burn during my pregnancy with her!)

And she’s our first and only finger/thumb sucker.

She started out sucking her fingers only a couple days after she was born. We thought she settled on her pointer finger, but it eventually changed to her thumb.

I’m sure we’ll regret this when she’s 3 and we can’t just take it away (or when she’s 13 and needs braces)… but for now, thumb sucking is SOOOOOOOO much nicer than needing to remember to take a pacifier along wherever we go, trying not to lose it, and sticking it back in their mouths in the middle of the night!

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In case you had any doubts, she is absolutely adored by her older siblings — to the point where they bother her by being “in her face” all day long.

After being fairly fussy and crabby for her first couple of months, she transformed (almost overnight) into the happiest, smiliest, most content baby we’ve had (BY FAR!)

She is such a joy to be around!

More Clara Posts:

Happy FIRST Birthday to our last Baby!

Sniff, sniff… 🙂

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26 comments

  1. Jenny

    09/26/2018

    What a precious lovebug she is!!! Happy birthday Clara and congrats to you and Dave on your darling family : )

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  2. Wendy

    09/26/2018

    Happy birthday, Clara. You are beautiful. God bless you and your family.

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  3. Martha Lawson

    09/25/2018

    Happy 1st Birthday, Clara!! You are an adorable little girl.

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  4. A

    09/25/2018

    She is a beautiful little dumpling! Beautiful family. And I have learned so much and enjoyed your blog.

    Thanks so much,

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  5. Lorrie

    09/25/2018

    Can’t believe she’s a year old already! Happy birthday little Clara! LOVED all the pictures!! So precious!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I know — time flies!

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  6. JJ

    09/25/2018

    Happy Birthday, Clara!!!

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  7. Barb

    09/25/2018

    Happy 1st Birthday Clara! Andrea, thank you for sharing her adorable pictures!

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  8. Paulett

    09/25/2018

    She is, without a doubt, a little darling!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I think so… but I’m biased 🙂

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  9. Jody

    09/25/2018

    Happy birthday Little Miss Smiley.

    I love watching you change and grow on this blog.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’ve grown and changed a lot — that’s for sure!

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  10. Annette Silveira

    09/25/2018

    She is so cute. Happy birthday, Clara!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Annette!

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  11. Lesa

    09/25/2018

    What a sweetie!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I know!!

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  12. ShellyL

    09/25/2018

    Happy birthday, Clara!! Thank you, Andrea for sharing this day with us. It has brightened my morning looking at her sweet little pictures. She looks so happy and content. My last baby is currently in kindergarten and I am trying to savor every moment. It truly does fly by. Happy day to all the Dekkers!

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    Andrea Reply:

    she IS so happy and content! Thanks for the well wishes Shelly!

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  13. Roxanne

    09/25/2018

    Happy birthday to Clara! Same birthday as my best friend and also my son’s half birthday 🙂

    I don’t follow too many “old wives tales” for pregnancy, but I am a firm believer in the heartburn and hair. My daughter had very thick beautiful hair when she was born, but I would get heartburn just *looking* at a hamburger when I was pregnant with her!

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    Andrea Reply:

    it’s a good day for birthdays I guess!!!

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  14. Jen

    09/25/2018

    Happy birthday, Miss Clara! And I had three thumb suckers and one who took a pacifier. Guess who needed the braces? Yup–the pacifier baby! LOL! So don’t worry about it. All of them stopped sucking their thumbs by age 3-4 with little stress, and we weaned the pacifier baby off it around 20 months. They all survived and have become well-adjusted, functioning adults. I wouldn’t worry about it at all. I would take a thumb over a pacifier ANY day!

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    Andrea Reply:

    good to know that thumb sucking isn’t totally horrible! It’s so convenient right now 🙂

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  15. JoAnn C.

    09/25/2018

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLARA!!! Thank,Andrea, for sharing this special day. She is beautiful.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks 🙂

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  16. Maria

    09/25/2018

    Happy Birthday Clara! What a cutie! She looks so much like you and Simon.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, a lot more like Simon these days — but sometimes looking like Nora too!

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