Chelsea Clinton Celebrates Charlotte’s Birthday with Sweet Bedtime Photo

09/27/2015 at 09:48 AM ET

Chelsea Clinton‘s daughter turned 1 on Saturday, and the proud mom marked the occasion with a bedtime story — and a rare photo of Charlotte!

“Last book for Charlotte before bedtime on her first birthday! Marc & I are so grateful every day to be her parents,” Clinton, 35, wrote on Facebook with the black-and-white image. 

The Clintons celebrated Charlotte’s first birthday at Apple Seeds, an indoor playground and space for children, in New York City.

Publicly sharing her daughter’s photo before now “just hasn’t felt right,” Clinton told PEOPLE earlier this month.

“But,” she added then, “I have no doubt that, at some point, I might succumb to the ‘this is such a cute moment that I feel the need to share it more broadly’ impulse.”

Chelsea Clinton with Charlotte
Courtesy Chelsea Clinton

In that same interview, Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary, told PEOPLE that she wants to teach her daughter about the world, while trying to shield her from undue scrutiny as a child.

“[I’m] focusing on how to ensure that Charlotte has every chance that I would hope for every child,” she said. ” To develop her own dreams and identity and path, absent scrutiny and haranguing from the outside — and part of that is helping her understand what’s real and what’s just noise.”

After all, that’s part of what it means to grow up as a Clinton.

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“I think another part of it is ensuring that she, from an early age, is engaged in what my grandmother called ‘expanding the circle of blessings,’ ” Clinton said.  “You know, in the ways in which kids can engage — whether that’s in a food drive, in a clothing drive or volunteering in a soup kitchen.”

— Adam Carlson, with reporting by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall and Nicole Sands

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Jen on

The skeptic in me says she’s releasing the photo to remind voters Hillary is a grandma, instead of the monster she’s turning out to be.

Either way, though, it’s a sweet picture.

Anonymous on

Lovely picture.Politics aside,the Clintons were/are very good parents/grandparents.Nice to see Chelsea protecting her daughter from the spotlight.

Dan Brown on

Poor Charlotte’s dad has sure been marginalized. Stud service only. The Clinton triumvirate has now taken over to raise Charlotte in their image. Lol

Nancy on

Can’t people just comment on a mother and her baby daughter ? Why all the comments about politics? LOL. Beautiful picture Chelsea of you and your sweet baby girl.

Katie on

Ooh the picture is adorable.

Susan on

I’m with you Jen.

Jillie on

Oh please…Hilary turning out to be a monster. That is the most ridiculous thing I think I have heard today Jen.

Truthfinder on

It’s a lovely mother/daughter picture, but NOTHING is going to help Hillary in her current free fall. Forget about it PEOPLE MAGAZINE! She’s a cheat, lying, Benghazi murdering accomplice. Those are the nicest things I can think of to say about her!
HILLARY for PRISON 2016!

Guest on

Dorothy, Hillary, Chelsea, Charlotte! Four names and four great generations of women! Adorable photo of mom and daughter!

Gav on

Congrations to Chelsea and the family on her daughter’s 1 year old milestone.

Erica2 on

Congrats Chelsea my first born turned one September 9th…surving one year of motherhood is a special and emotional milestone! Charlotte is a cute chubby girl 🙂 it would rock to have your grandmother be the first female potus…Hillary 2016!!

Marky on

Sweet baby girl, and how precious to see parents read to their child. Whether I am a big Clinton fan or not, here’s what I’ve always thought about Chelsea. She grew up in the spotlight with people commenting on her appearance, her braces, her parents crazy marriage, and her father’s womanizing while claiming to adore her mother, but through everything, Chelsea herself has maintained a personal strength that is to be admired on its own. She is married to her long time love, and has a lovely baby girl she clearly adores. THAT is what this article is about, and if you want to b@#$ about Charlotte’s grandmother, grandfather, or whatever….go to a political site and do so to your heart’s content, but leave that BS off the baby site. Some of you are working overtime to ruin all the fun of coming to this site, and will be instrumental in seeing the comments taken away…again. I suppose you think that’s your right, and the rest of us can go hang if we think it might be nice just to have one place where we don’t have to hear political crap all. day. long!!! Charlotte is adorable and her parents seem devoted to her and to each other, and that’s all I care to read about on Celebrity Babies!!!!

Pam on

I do miss bedtime stories sometimes. Sweet photo, and sweet times, enjoy it goes by so fast.

Barb on

Love the Clintons! That photo is precious, Charlotte looks adorable.

Valarie on

She is so cute like mini Chelsea LOL

K.B. on

@Jen: You mean in the same way Ivanka’s pregnancy announcement was timed to remind us that The Donald is a grand-daddy instead of the monster he’s turned out to be?

Anonymous on

Such golden moments!