Someone Bear-y Special Turns One!

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 5, 2012

It’s a big day for our niece, Claire. A year has gone by so quickly, and now it’s time to celebrate the big 0-1! It’s amazing how much Claire has grown since we first met her over Labor Day 2011.

We were lucky enough to attend Claire’s baptism and spend plenty of time getting to know “the Bear,” an appropriate nickname for someone so cute and cuddly.

Our adventures with Claire continued in January of this year, when I had the chance to do an applesauce tasting. Since then, the Bear has expanded her repertoire with a variety of new fruits and vegetables, plus the ultimate in yummy food: macaroni and cheese!

We’ve loved having the opportunity to watch Claire grow. It might technically be Susan’s blog, but we all know who the real author is. 😉 Uncle Bobby and I eagerly anticipate each update – often told from Claire’s perspective – whether it’s going on unofficial Post Office duty, donning “ducky” Halloween costumes, having all around good times or becoming an Olympic hopeful

…the Bear never fails to bring a smile to our faces.

Uncle Bobby and I love you so much, Claire! We know there is even more fun in store for year two, and we look forward to plenty of head boppin’ and car chasin’ the next time we see you. You’re as sweet as the potatoes you eat.

Happy first birthday! You bring so much happiness to our lives and although we can’t be there in person to celebrate, we are definitely there in spirit and sending you lots of love and cupcakes.

I leave you with one of my favorite Claire Bear videos. Not only does she demonstrate an excellent ability to play catch with Uncle Bobby, but Claire also has an infectious giggle that is guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day. I dare you to try not to laugh while watching.

We can’t wait for the next giggle session. Hugs and kisses to our youngest niece on her special day!



1 Cara (Twinthusiast) July 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

Aw, Claire, happy birthday baby! Great year in review, Jenn.
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2 Danielle July 5, 2012 at 10:09 am

Aw, happy birthday to your niece, Claire! Wishing her all the best in year #2! She’s so lucky to have an aunt like you :)
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3 Jenn (eating bender) July 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thank you, Danielle! :)

4 Erica July 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

omgoshsheissocute! Ah! Happy birthday peanut!
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5 Jenn (eating bender) July 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Thanks, Erica!

6 BroccoliHut July 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Wishing a very happy birthday to Claire! She looks like she’s easy to love :)
I just became an aunt last November, and I have to say I love every second of it. I keep a similar video of Whitney giggling on my phone–it’s quite effective for lifting my mood whenever I’m a little sad!
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7 Jenn (eating bender) July 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

She is very easy to love. :) Thanks, Caroline! Your niece Whitney is so incredibly cute. Being an aunt has been one of the most amazing experiences – I enjoy every second, too!

8 Jess July 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Adorable! It is amazing how much joy children bring!

9 Jenn (eating bender) July 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Agreed – thanks, Jess!

10 Erin Motz July 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Awww, happy birthday to that sweet little bean! 😉 Enjoy every second!
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11 Jenn (eating bender) July 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Thank you, Erin!! :)

12 Susan July 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Auntie Jenn! We loved it!! Claire is mesmerized by her zany zoo, btw. :)

13 Jenn (eating bender) July 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Yay!! I’m so happy to hear it – can’t wait to see her in action. :) Love that Bear!

14 julie July 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

happy birthday to Claire!!! she’s ADORABLE! and i love her socks — i would be lying if i said i didn’t want a pair for myself..
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15 Jenn (eating bender) July 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I TOTALLY want a pair of those socks, too! They rock my…socks. :) Thanks, Julie!!

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