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Happy First Birthday, Finn!

Today is a momentous occasion… My baby boy Finn is one year old. As most of you know, I had a very scary pregnancy with Finn. There were moments when I thought I might lose him. But, together we fought and we won. Finn, our little miracle, was born one year ago today a very healthy and happy boy with the most adorable sleepy eyes and amazingly full pouty lips. I had waited and prayed for nine months to have the strength to carry my baby to term and for him to be healthy. And, he was!

The first thing I did when they placed him in my arms was nuzzle his neck and in his ear I whispered, “We made it.” Finn and I went through an incredible journey together. It was frightening and empowering all at the same time. We formed an insane bond with each other. I knew in the moment that he was born that he would be my last. He would forever be the baby of the family. He grasped my finger with his tiny hand and I promised to never let him go.

Finn made me realize how truly blessed I am to have all of my babies and my amazing husband Dean. We fought long and hard for Baby Finn. We call him our bruiser. He’s definitely the most active of our brood. He might be the youngest and the smallest but his spirit is huge! Today we celebrate our baby boy. We love you Finn aka Bear aka Man Man!  Xoxo

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Finn’s 1st birthday breakfast!

And now for Finn’s first birthday video…

How did you celebrate your kids’ first birthdays? Share your story below!

Love,

T

  • JenJen80

    Happy Birthday Finn! My little guy will be one on 10/6, cannot believe it. LOVE the crab PJ’s btw. We bought them at 3 mos then again at 9 mos. I wish they went past 12 mos :(

  • Sally Birckhead

    This brought tears to my eyes – what a special person Finn is! Very glad to see you celebrating Finn’s first birthday as a happy, healthy family. Enjoy!

  • Wendy Hughes

    Happy Birthday Finn!! Tori this post was very emotional and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your life with us.I pray God blesses you and your family with an amazing birthday weekend for your baby boy

  • Jay Rhey Moses

    Happy Birthday Finn <3 This is such an amazing story!! I am so happy that You both made It through. All of your babies are adorable! & Finn is very handsome!! I am so happy for you both, You are an Amazing family <3 I love all of you guys!! Even Patsy! I hope You enjoy Memorial weekend &; Finn has the best birthday ever, Knowing You he definitely will (: Happy Birthday again! & I wish you guys all the best & Love <3. Xo

  • hande

    Happy Birthday Finn!So so cute,like mine 11 months old baby boy :)
    Tori,you are so lucky and blessed to have 2 boys and 2 girls!!

  • Jewel.lm61

    Tori, Finn looks adorable. I’m noticing a somewhat older looking Finn! Sitting in his high chair, he looks like a different child. You mentioned his sleepy eyes; he seems to be growing up and maybe losing a little of that. I think he has eyes somewhat like a babyish Frank Sinatra! It should be fun every year to celebrate the beginning of school and Finn’s bdday!

  • gigi

    Way to go, Tori! I had no idea that you had gone through such a scary pregnancy! Kudos to you and your family!!! You should have shared it with us sooner so that we all could have been praying for you!!! God is good and you truly are blessed! Thank you for sharing your family with us!

  • TETELLE

    happy birthday finn,il est trop beau ce b

  • mimi-coeur

    Bon anniversaire Finn!

  • Donna Remeta

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY FINN!!!! Such a handsome little man.

  • Kiara Ramirez

    Happy 1st Birthday baby Finn, you are adorable and you will always be the baby, no matter how old you are!

  • Lory Ann @OurMasonsJar

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Cutie Pie-FINN!!! Love the 1st Birthday Breakfast photo, my son has the same crabby pjs and wore them TODAY to sleep over his Mom Mom’s…so that one made me smile…Baby Mason is turning “oh so big-1” on Sept 21st! A very special day, so a very special celebration we will have. He was born 3 weeks early, so I was given 3 extra weeks to be his Momma which is such a blessing…

    #1 because my OB said he most likely would not have made it if we went full term. (sad to even think about, umbilical cord was wrapped very tightly around his little neck)

    #2 Little Peanut was a very special surprise gift to Nana (my Mom) because he showed up ON her Birthday=Double Blessing because my Mom suffered a major stroke 11 days after his birth. She was given 3 days to make it…Today they are best buddies! She’s amazing and so is he, so it was all meant to be. All things happen for a reason and he was meant to be Mine…I am so thankful he chose me as his Mommy…SO on his Birthday EVERY second will be dedicated to him.

    My onesie shop, Our Mason’s Jar was inspired by him & the dedication I have to all the Little Ones that we all are so lucky to have. THANK YOU to all who have visited my site to see the Cupcake Mason Jar & Mommy’s Best Gift-Ever designs. BUT…My Public Profile and my About page are even more important than the keepsakes I make, because they tell the story of my forever keepsake, Mason! “I’ll hold you and you hold me, so together we will always be” says Mommy to Mason!

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    TORI-THANK YOU FOR BEING A HUGE INSPIRATION TO ME AS A MOMMY AND A MOMISTA…you really do make a lot of us Mommies believe we can do it!!!

    xoXOxo

  • Linda Tr

    1 year already, not to understand ♥ Congratulations to Finn. Love you all ♥

  • Isabellesmom

    Happy Birthday Finn! Just love that name! Isabelle’s first birthday party was huge, because we had a super delayed reception long after our overseas wedding. We lived on the Upper East Side of NYC, the weather was great, and tons of family was in town. It was great! There was plenty of cake! I think that will be the most well attended birthday party we will ever have.

  • karen melrose

    Wow that went so fast.Seems like it was just a few months ago.Happy Birthday Finn.Hope you have a very special day with your family.xo

  • Emily Beebe

    Both with park parties!! What a special milestone for you both ;)
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  • Becky Van Iersel

    Out Sebastian turned 1 in February.
    He is our fourth boy and most stressful pregnancy. After a late first-trimester bleed and a 25week preterm labour admission, I had a very stressful visit to Mt Sinai Hospital in Toronto because of a “fetal fainting” episode. I am a physician and this made me much more aware of how concerning each of these episodes were. When I was actually holding our beautiful baby at term and healthy, it was a surreal moment.
    To celebrate his birthday was a very special moment for me. Life is amazing and my moments as a mother make me reflect on each magical memory!
    Thanks for sharing so intimately Tori, it brings out the best in each of us.

  • Sarah Marie

    Wow! Already? Aww!! Happy Birthday Finn!! So glad he’s a happy and healthy little guy now. I’m happy for you Tori and Dean!

  • Lou2013

    Dear Tori aNd Dean, happy Birthday with jour Son Finn. He is adorabele All of yOuRe Childeren byTHE way☺…… I Love the 1st Birthday Breakfast photo. Espessialy Finn with the had��on ….. So cool. I just recently sign in. And I really like “EDitToriAL”. I misses the real television show, here in the Netherlands. I wish you,Dean and the children good health, love and happiness.
    They are lucky to have you as parents. X

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  • Zoe

    Happy first birthday Finn !

  • Zoe

    How cute you are little bear aka Man-Man…

  • Lia68

    Tori and Dean your love is so beautiful and pure that spawned four amazing children. May God bless you and Happy Birthday Finn

  • Kimberly

    Hope that he had a wonderful first Birthday! He is a doll!

  • Lily M

    I think it’s lot of fun to be one. Are you ready Finn to blow your first candle? Happy 1 Birthday!

  • Fee Dixon

    Wishing you a wonderful 1st Birthday all the way from Australia Finn!! Tori, my 4th baby was also born a year ago, but at the start of August. I too had a pretty scary pregnancy and also very hard post delivery period too. I wanted to also wish you a happy 1 year anniversary of that day too. xx

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  • Mamaof2

    One year already? It feels like its only been maybe 7 months since you had him. Happy Birthday Baby Boy!!

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    Dear Tori , I join your blog , I’m hooked on a reality show Tori & Dean homesweetholliwood from here Spain ! , Congratulations flin your baby is beautiful! ! Kisses

  • Myeleah

    Belated happy birthday to all the McDermott kids! You have a beautiful family!

  • Joce12

    Happy Birthday Finn! Tori – I just watched the finale of the celebrity cook off on Food Network that Dean won. So excited for him and his charity! It’s a great cause :)

  • Caroline Bruni d’Angonini

    Joyeux anniversaire Finn ♡

  • geddygirl

    Happy Birthday Finn! You have the same birthday as me. x

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    finn is beautiful!!!!

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    Such great pics! Can’t believe that year went by so quickly! Wow!

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    your children are absolutely gorgeous. You and Dean make beautiful babies together.