March 9 09

Me: my baby is 8 today.


(maybe possibly rocking a Lauren Conrad. Her idea, obviously.)

her: who are you kidding??! Sweetie, she hasn’t been your baby since she was 4 months old.

me: *sigh* i know.

this is true. she has certainly NEVER been anything other than a miniature adult; precocious from the get-go. yeah, um, remember that year when she was TWO when she decided that pants were for boys only and i got several calls from several moms who were less-than-thrilled to have to shelve all their daughters’ size 2 pants. uh huh. that’s just Emily. strong-willed (some might call it stubborn) + trendsetter (some might call is bossy) = my first born.

so…the big sleepover party of 09 was this weekend.


9 girls. pizza. cake. nail polish. High School Musical 3 (which totally blew, by the way) gossiping (i got to learn all about ‘itchy Dylan’ – the boy in their class who openly goes to town on his privates. unsurprisingly, no one thinks itchy dylan is cute), playing with Indy (and learning that Emily’s friend Molly would call her shih-tzu “shit”. awesome. she’s totally invited back) and even though there was very little sleep and it was chaotic at times, Emily had a blast, and i’ll probably be THE BEST, MOST AWESOME MOM until tomorrow. maybe.


the shit line wasn’t the best line of the weekend. oh no. just wait for this one. my baby brother was in this weekend to HELP! visit and he was clearing off the table (huzzah! he cleans!) and said, “does this go in a special bin? you canadians have a bin for everything!”

and then Emily says…”no! we don’t have a bin for dignity!”

WHAT? where does she come up with this stuff??!

gah. please let me pretend she’s still my baby. just for a little while longer.


because when she announced at dinner last night that she totally knows that her parents have sex….i almost died. DIED. EIGHT. i’m scared for 12.


  1. I am scared for you! My youngest turns 8 in about 2 weeks. She is the youngest kid I have ever had, so for me the younger they are the scarier they are…

    Comment by WickedStepMom on March 9, 2009
  2. Why do I get the sense that a little over a year from now, the greater Atlanta mommybloggers will be writing about “this girl Emily” who whipped through their city, stayed for a year, and left nothing the same?

    Comment by SciFi Dad on March 9, 2009
  3. lol ..

    sounds like a blast ..

    We’re having a sleepover for Scott’s bday (yes, he wants girls .. but I do have to draw the line at 8yrs old .. don’t you think?) – wish us luck .. it’s in 3 wks .. so we have time to .. um.. back down LOL…

    Comment by Sarah on March 9, 2009
  4. Haha wow. But think of it this way…. while the years 12-18 or so are probably going to SUCK for you… once she is an adult (please hold your crying until the end of this sentence) you two will totally be BFFs 🙂

    Comment by Lyndsey on March 9, 2009
  5. I’m scared too…

    You are so going to have your hands full – she’s gorgeous!

    Comment by Maria on March 9, 2009
  6. As a greater Atlanta blogger, I’m thrilled at the prospect of this precocious little diva wreaking havoc. Except now that I’ve said that, I’ll totally meet her, and she’ll totally make fun of my shoes, and I totally start to cry because I don’t have a good comeback. Even so, you guys are welcome over anytime.

    Comment by MonsteRawr on March 9, 2009
  7. I want a t-shirt with “We don’t have a bin for dignity” printed across the front. It’s confusing, yet intriguing!

    Happy birthday to your gorgeous love. She is a spirit all her own, isn’t she!?

    (HSM3? Word. But then, you know, Zac in a wet tshirt, so…)

    fadkogs last blog post..behind the bushes ’til i’m screamin’ for more

    Comment by fadkog on March 9, 2009
  8. THAT is my daughter in a nutshell…



    Comment by ali on March 9, 2009
  9. oh my, your in trouble.

    Comment by Chantal on March 9, 2009
  10. Excuse me while I pray…both for your sanity in the future years and to say thanks to God for only giving me boys. heh

    Comment by AJ on March 9, 2009
  11. you should be afraid for 12…hahaha! em is great Ali but boy will you have your hands full.

    Comment by LAVENDULA on March 9, 2009
  12. oh my. ha! You ARE in trouble 🙂 Hands = FULL!

    Comment by Jen on March 9, 2009
  13. OMG she’s a doll!
    Happy birthday to Emily!

    Oh, and the sex thing? she’s probably known for a LONG time… she just hasn’t said it until now. teeheehee…

    Comment by Nenette on March 9, 2009
  14. I’m here via Cheaty Monkey. My baby is about to turn 11. and while she’s very grown up, I know she doesn’t want to think about her parents having anything other than sleep. LOL! but I’ve said she’s 10 going on 25 forever. she’s all attitude…I think that’s what tweens do.

    Happy Birthday to your little one.

    Renees last blog post..Smashing TVs – well not on purpose!

    Comment by Renee on March 9, 2009
  15. Oh ma gawd. too funny.
    (and I loved HSM3!)

    Teris last blog post..I’m in love…

    Comment by Teri on March 9, 2009
  16. You don’t even want me to comment on this. My daughter is 19 and I am now officially like, 108 year old.

    Don’t ask.

    Comment by Amy @ Milk Breath & on March 9, 2009
  17. Oh my god, Ali. You’re in for it.

    Happy Birthday to Emily!

    Comment by mamatulip on March 9, 2009
  18. You guys have time for sex?

    Comment by katie ~ motherbumper on March 9, 2009
  19. And now I’m scared for 8.
    Happy birthday all the same!

    Comment by moosh in indy. on March 9, 2009
  20. I just love her. Can you bring her to Chicago?

    Angellas last blog post..Mad At Dad?

    Comment by Angella on March 9, 2009
  21. alimartell, at this rate you should be scared for 8 1/2.

    Comment by heather... on March 9, 2009
  22. oh my goodness, she is so spunky! Happy Birthday Emily!

    Sensibly Sassys last blog post..Girl’s Guide To Gaming!

    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on March 9, 2009
  23. Happy Birthday to Emily! I know exactly what you mean about being a miniature adult. My girls are 4. They never ask “why?” They think they know everything. (And who knows? Maybe they DO know everything! hahaha…) I’m so scared for my future as well as yours. Good luck to us both!

    lorens last blog post..It’s important

    Comment by loren on March 9, 2009
  24. Happy birthday to her! She’s adorable.

    Comment by She Likes Purple on March 9, 2009
  25. The thought of eight is now scaring me. Happy birthday to Emily!

    Comment by Issa on March 9, 2009
  26. Oh my gosh. I don’t know how I would react if Payton told me she knows we have sex! I would probably die too. We have a sleepover with 8 seven year olds coming up. I can only imagine what will happen!

    Stacies last blog post..It just keeps getting better

    Comment by Stacie on March 9, 2009
  27. Shit! ha! That is so classic! As is the bin-dignity line. Emily’s AMAZING. Happy Birthday, Emma!

    And do you think I can get away with never having a sleepover party for my little precocious Monkey? And, tell me boys don’t have sleepover parties….

    Comment by Haley-O on March 9, 2009
  28. I’ve spent half my day trying to wrestle through the thought process of “we don’t have a bin for dignity”. Going round and round in circles. I must solve this riddle. Damn that girl is good.

    Comment by Jen Maier on March 9, 2009
  29. Happy Birthday Emily!

    Dude, I don’t know what to tell you since I’m scared of her. I thought about how she would shun me for wearing white pants this weekend while I was in AZ.

    Kristabellas last blog post..Flying the Friendly Skies

    Comment by Kristabella on March 9, 2009
  30. How does that even come up when you’re 8?

    Comment by slynnro on March 9, 2009
  31. OMG! that is the funniest and scariest post – how do 8-year olds know SO MUCH???? i’m sure, at 8, that I was still playing with barbies. sounds like a fun sleepover.

    amreens last blog post..Avant Garde Film and Nicaraguan Food

    Comment by amreen on March 9, 2009
  32. Oh my lord – that last photo? The DRAMA!

    Look out is all I can say!

    Comment by b*babbler on March 9, 2009
  33. You’re in trouble…

    Comment by Chris on March 10, 2009
  34. We Don’t Have A Bin For Dignity.
    Where did that COME from? I want it on a Tshirt. wow.
    That girl is something!
    Glad the party went well! How fun.

    monstergirlees last blog post..Washed Out Black & White

    Comment by monstergirlee on March 10, 2009
  35. She sounds like my mini me!

    I love the sex comment. OH MY GOODNESS!

    Comment by Kate aka The Bossy Yankee on March 10, 2009
  36. HAAAA! I love Emily. I think if I was eight, I’d totally be in awe of her. Oh, who am I kidding? I;’m nearly 30, and I am. Happy birthday to her!!

    Comment by metalia on March 11, 2009
  37. Sigh. 8. Our kids are two days apart in age. SCARY.

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    Comment by Miss on March 11, 2009

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