March 8 13

My firstborn, my oldest daughter, my mini-me turns twelve today.

My dancer, my actress, my singer, my LOST addict, my Aritzia-leggings wearer, my Dorothy, my Mary Poppins, my Disney VIP, my chills-giver, my babysitter-in-training, my fashion guru, my ombre-hair coveter, my Taylor Swift lover, my shower concert giver, my dark kiss-scent wearing, my combat boots wearer.


On March 8th.

On International Women’s Day.

I can’t imagine a birthday more fitting, as this is the very weekend that my daughter becomes a Bat Mitzvah, a coming of age for Jewish girls everywhere.

Somehow I blinked.

And this


Became this

Emily is 12


Save for the moments she crawls into bed with me for our cuddles while we watch American Idol (and for her somewhat miniature stature), there’s no trace of baby left in this girl.

She’s fierce, she’s bold, she’s smart, she’s determined, she’s loving, she’s nice, she’s dedicated, she’s funny.

Every once in a while, I catch a glimpse of the woman she is well on her way to becoming.

And while it’s slightly scary—teenage years ahoy—and it sure does make me feel ancient—I could not be more excited about the next twelve years, next twenty, next fifty.

I hope she never stops cuddling during American Idol. And I hope she always knows how much I love her.


  1. Happy, Happy Birthday!


    Comment by jodifur on March 8, 2013
  2. Happy birthday!


    Comment by Jana A (@jana0926) on March 8, 2013
  3. Happy birthday Emily! I’m so lucky to know such an amazing person! I can’t wait to see what is in store for you!

    And happy birth day Ali! You’ve raised an amazing, beautiful, talented girl!


    Comment by Kristabella on March 8, 2013
  4. Oh my goodness. So lovely — the post, the mama, the sweet girl. Happy birthday!!


    Comment by Lisa on March 8, 2013
  5. Happy birthday, Emily!


    Comment by aly on March 8, 2013
  6. Happy Birthday!!


    Comment by Angella on March 8, 2013
  7. Happy Birthday to your baby girl!


    Comment by Loukia on March 8, 2013
  8. Oh my what a cute kid, she was/is. Mazal Tov. L’Dor V’Dor


    Comment by Corey Feldman on March 8, 2013
  9. Happy birthday to a fire of a girl. I wish I could be there this weekend.


    Comment by Heather on March 8, 2013
  10. Happy Birthday sweet Emily! I hope this weekend is amazing for all of you.


    Comment by Jen on March 9, 2013
  11. Happy Birthday (late) Emily!
    And may you be the brightest Star ever tonight! It’s going to be amazing!!!


    Comment by monstergirlee on March 10, 2013
  12. Happy Twelve Years of Parenting to you!


    Comment by Jen Wilson on March 12, 2013
  13. Happy birthday to your amazing girl.


    Comment by Issa on March 14, 2013

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