Khloe Kardashian Shares Why She "Needed" Son Tatum Thompson in Moving Birthday Tribute

Khloe Kardashian described how she "needed" her son Tatum in a heartfelt birthday message for his first birthday.

By Hayley Santaflorentina Jul 28, 2023 4:22 PMTags
Watch: Khloe Kardashian Shares Rare Pics for Son Tatum's 1st Birthday

This tribute will bring a tear to your eye, bible.

Khloe Kardashian penned a moving message on social media in honor of her son Tatum Thompson's first birthday, sharing the note alongside adorable photos from throughout the last year.

"Happy birthday, my sweet son!" The Good American founder, who shares Tatum and 5-year-old daughter True with ex Tristan Thompson, began her July 28 post. "I am a firm believer in that God gives you what you need and I needed you. God knew my heart needed you. I needed a love only you could give me. I needed my son."

"I am so proud to be your mommy," the 39-year-old continued. "So proud of your beautiful, gentle, loving, infectious spirit. You light up every single room. There's no denying that Everyone smiles when they look at you! Especially True. she is so proud to call you hers."

Khloe also noted show True has stepped into her role as big sister over the last year.

"Tatum, You have changed mine and True's lives forever," she added. "We both needed you. I knew she would be a fantastic, loving older sister, but I don't think I ever could've imagined the love and bond you guys already have."

Khloe Kardashian and Ex Tristan Thompson's Family Photos With True and Tatum

"I cannot believe you are already one," Khloe finished her tribute. "Happy first birthday my sweet sweet baby."


Khloe and Tristan welcomed Tatum via surrogate in August 2022. Their baby boy was conceived in November 2021, not long before Khloe learned that Tristan had cheated on her with Maralee Nichols, who gave birth to his son Theo the following month. Khloe and Tristan—who is also dad to Prince, 6, with ex Jordan Craig—split shortly after the news broke, with The Kardashians detailing their journey to a friendly coparenting relationship.

Though the reality star has largely kept Tatum off her social media—and didn't share his name until May 2023—Khloe has gotten candid about the differences she's experienced when it came to welcoming her first and second children.

"When you compare it, between True and him, it's a very different experience," Khloe said in the June 8 episode of the Hulu reality series. "Like, the connection."

She added, "Like with True, it took me a couple days to be like, 'OK, this is my daughter,' and I was super into it—but just days... But with him, it's taken me, like, months. I love him and I love kids, but I definitely still don't have that complete bond. But you know, so many say it takes time." 

But if her posts are any indication, the mother and son are feeling the love more than ever. Keep reading for all of baby Tatum's cutest moments.  

First Look

Khloe Kardashian shared a photo of Tatum Thompson's face for the first time while wishing "best father" Tristan Thompson a happy birthday in March 2023.

The picture showed Tristan with his arms around his and Khloe's daughter True and Tristan's son Prince, who he shares with ex Jordan Craig.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Khloe and Tristan's kids hugged while wearing matching holiday outfits in December 2023. 

Cousin Love

Dream Kardashian joined the two siblings for a sweet cousin pic, with Khloe writing on Instagram, "The MOST magical time of year!!! We are in the Christmas spirit in our Christmas pajamas and our Christmas dance moves."


Khloe carried her son at Kourtney Kardashian's baby shower in September 2023.

Cousin Cuteness

Kourtney's daughter Penelope Disick hung out with Tatum at the family party.

It Takes a Village

Khloe's BFFs Khadijah and Malika Haqq snapped a sweet pic with Tatum.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Kris Jenner, Khloe and baby Tatum celebrated the holiday.

Rob Kardashian's Twin?

Kris paid tribute to her 12th grandchild on his first birthday, writing on Instagram that she is "honestly in awe of how you look exactly like uncle Rob. It's wild and I love it!!!!"

She continued, "I love you my amazing Tatum!!! I love you my sweet boy."

Lovey & Grandson

Kris, who prefers her grandkids call her "lovey" as opposed to grandma, cuddled with Tatum.

Fall in Love

Tatum looked ready for fall with his apple and moss green outfit.

Father & Son

Tristan Thompson marked his son's birthday in July 2023, writing, "Tatum!! Happy birthday my son! You are a reminder of what life represents to me. You have taught me every loss comes a lesson and you are my gift. You are my reminder of all of God's messages. You are the reason that I began my story."

He continued, "The mistakes along the way are lessons not failures. There is no expiration date to reinventing yourself. Tatum your sweet soul reminds me of God's grace. You are a future king my son and I am so blessed to be your DaDa!"

A Sweet Smile

Tatum flashed a perfect smile at the camera in this photo shared on his first birthday.

Sister Time

Big sister True proudly showed off her little brother in the kitchen.

Backyard Adventures

The pair snapped an adorable selfie while enjoying some time outside.

Hanging With Auntie Kim

Kim Kardashian shared a glimpse with Tatum for his first birthday. "OMGGGG you are such a smoosh, the happiest baby boy of all time," she wrote July 28. "I can't even tell you how loved you are and how special you are!"

Play Time

Kim also joked in her caption, "You are Rob's twin! LOL Your auntie loves you SO MUCH."

Swim Session

He looked so grown up while rocking blue swim shorts and a straw hat.

Bath Baby

On Tatum's first birthday, Khloe shared a throwback photo of her youngest wrapped in a towel.

This Photo Is Fire

Khloe's baby boy was dressed to impress in a firefighter hat.

Big Sister Bonding Time

Tatum wanted to investigate the foam during his big sister's bath time.

Like Father, Like Son

Tristan went to give Tatum a kiss in the series of images Khloe posted in her birthday tribute to the NBA star in March.

Mommy and T

In a May 19 Instagram post, Khloe shared pics holding Tatum, who's facing away from the camera donning a grey t-shirt and a head of thick dark hair.

Balcony Buddies

Khloe posted photos of True and Tatum bonding on a balcony, with True holding her baby brother as he grabbed onto the railing im one snap.


Summer Boy

Tatum enjoyed some fresh watermelon while celebrating his first Fourth of July.

Truckin' Cute

Khloe shared a selfie she snapped with her kids at their cousin Psalm West's fire truck-themed fourth birthday party on May 7, 2023.

In the photo, the tot wears a red, plastic firefighter's cap and sits on his mom's lap.


Look Who's Crawling

Ahead of Tatum's first birthday, Khloe celebrated a major milestone when she shared a clip of her son crawling on her Instagram Story.

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