Fin’s First Year


It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Fin arrived.

In these roughly 365 days, we’ve watched our tiny bundle of warm skin and big eyes grow into a curious walking toddler who bobbles his head to music, points when he wants to know the name of an object, and offers us limitless joy through his antics and naughty smiles.

I always knew that I wanted to have a little person to care for and I am blessed to have found a partner in Carl who wanted the same thing. No matter how much anyone tells you about how great it is to be a parent, I don’t think it’s possible to fully grasp what that means until it’s experienced firsthand.

Granted, at least for me, it wasn’t an instant surge of joy and maternal instincts. I didn’t wake up one morning, have a baby, and know exactly what to do — and even though I’ve definitely found my groove, there are days when I’m still not sure if I’ve got it down. But you know what? I’ve learned to accept that it’s perfectly fine. Parenthood is a journey with its hits and misses, it’s a road that should be filled with support and trust in your inner voice. Mistakes will most definitely be made along the way and you’ve just got to accept that it’s part of the story.

In celebration of our little milestone, here are some of the pictures Carl and I have collected of Fin through Instagram. Hope you like them as much as we enjoyed capturing them.


Fin 3






Fin 13

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  1. Ain’t motherhood the best? It has also helped us become nuch better person and it has stretched the limits of our hearts to boundaries unknown. Happy 1st birthday Fin! And kudos to you mommy Cat and daddy Carl for making it an awesome first year for him and for raising him so well! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi, Normi! You speak the truth. Thank you for stopping by and sharing such warm thoughts and well wishes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What an exciting life your son will lead with loving parents who make such great examples of what love truly means just by being great parents, and most importantly, a good husband and wife to each other. Happy birthday to your little love. Love you three (and future 4th? *big grin*).

  3. Tina Coscolluela says:

    Cat and Carl,

    Thanks you for being so generous in sharing Fin’s first year with us. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it today. I will make sure to arrange a get together when Tita Tipin is here next week. We really should see each other more often so we Lolas can enjoy seeing Fin grow up, and also to bond with you and Carl.
    Cat, thank you for being such a wonderful wife to our Charlie, and for being a loving mother to Fin. See you soon.
    Love you guys.
    Tita Tins

    • Dearest Tita Tins,

      Thank you for such wonderful words. Fin and I are so blessed to call all of you family. I know Fin will be brought up with lots of love and support and it’s because of you guys are always there for the three of us. We hope to see you and Tita Tipin soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You say it so well Cat. And I love the visuals that accompany it too. Thank you for sharing, I’m even more exxited now for our own version of this journey. So much love to Fin on his first year, and of course to you and Carl too.

    • I am so excited for you and Pons next year! It’s going to be such an amazing adventure with your little one! Please promise to document all of it so we can join in from Manila. Sending love from us three to you three! <3

  5. He is so adorable, Cat! And I love your photos. You were able to capture these priceless moments so well. Happy birthday to FIN! More love to you and your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aww… thank you so much, Kelly! I’m sure you’ll do the same when it’s your turn. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Much love, hope to see you soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’m fortunate that i was able to follow through your website/blog your journey.. Since I discovered your blog, I became a fan. When you got pregnant, I was glued to your blog & Instagram and I hope & wish that I’ll be pregnant soon so that I can fully understand all your posts regarding pregnancy and parenthood. Luckily, after waking for 5years I conceived (on natural way). I tweeted you some questions on breast pump & other stuffs and you will ALWAYS respond to me. Thank you & goodluck to your family!

    • Hello Mia!

      A big warm congratulations to you on this new journey! Motherhood is an amazing adventure. Please let me know if you have any other questions I can help you with. ๐Ÿ™‚