Maggie turns 7

Every time one of my kids has a birthday, I always half-compose a sappy blog post, gushing about the year we’ve had, the amazing kid they’re growing into, how fast time is flying, etc. It’s all the stuff every parent feels each time their baby blows out another candle on their birthday cake! It doesn’t make any of it less true or real, but when I sit down to actually write the blog post, it is never as honest as it feels in my head or my heart. Everything comes out cheesy and not authentic and never what I really want to say.

So just know this: birthdays, with kids? They are awesome and terrible. The march forward of time has been more evident to me lately for a lot of reasons so when I think back to what I was doing seven years ago (literally, right now, 11:23am on March 28, 2007, I was PUSHING a HUMAN out of my LADY PARTS.), it seems kind of unbelievable. That baby is now this kid.

Maggie turns 7!

It’s a bittersweet reminder that all of this is so fleeting and temporary and someday she’ll be a grownup and WAAAAHHHHH NO.


So we trapped her in room with streamers this morning, hoping that maaaaybe it would keep her from aging? Or at least shield her from the outside world? Like Rapunzel in her tower!

Waiting for the birthday girl to wake upWe tried to keep her trapped in her room so she couldn't turn 7 today, but it didn't work :(

It didn’t work. Poop.

Then she opened her presents with her helpers.

Maggie turns 7!

Maggie turns 7!

Maggie turns 7!
customized guitar pick

Maggie turns 7!

Maggie turns 7!

Maggie turns 7!

And tonight we’ll eat pizza and possibly go get ice cream. Then tomorrow she’s having her Grandma Party with all the grandmas and pap-paps. Then we’ll blink and it will be time for another birthday and I’ll be feeling All The Feelings all over again.

I also interviewed her like I did a few years ago (though I can’t remember if I ever posted it anywhere??), with some different questions. I’d like to keep this up and see how her answers change each year. It’s long and I’m mostly posting it here for me, but if you’re in the mood for watching a goofball, go ahead :)


  1. keli hoskins

    March 28, 2014 11:49 am

    Happy Birthday, Maggie!!!! Such a sweet girl with a great big heart. You should be so proud, Jen. <3

  2. K

    March 28, 2014 1:36 pm


    Seven seems big. Very big.

    Happy birthday, Maggie!

  3. Jesabes

    March 28, 2014 2:21 pm

    She’s so grown up! Happy Birthday, Maggie!

  4. redpenmamapgh

    March 28, 2014 4:28 pm

    Aw, so sweet.
    I gotta do that video thing with my kids. *writes note to self* That is really cool.

    Happy birthday to your first girl!

  5. Dave (Scrumpy Daddy)

    March 29, 2014 3:52 pm

    Hiyaa! She’s awesome. The neverending march of time can be so sad sometimes, but it is also so amazing to watch the kids grow up and do so many things! I hope the birthday weekend is going well, and that the beginning of year 7 is fabulous for Maggie! Happy Birthday, Maggie!

  6. Christine Hunter

    March 31, 2014 4:48 pm

    Maggie is such a spark plug! I hope she had a wonderful birthday!!!

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