February 9, 2011 |  Category:   family life

Parents of babies, listen up. See that sweet little tiny person over there? They grow up. Yeah, that impossibly cute, babbling, toddling creature grows up to become a little lady.

And as each year passes and your baby grows that much closer to independence and adolescence, your little one’s birthday feels a little like your birthday too (I mean it’s only fair, right? You were there, in a big way, when it happened).

So the first night of birthday celebrations has passed. A pre, day-before birthday dinner with the grandparents (and one of her birthday wishes came true: a real gold necklace!). Opening cards, having the first of 2 birthday cakes (the supermarket cake from my dad seems to be like a funny tradition now) and maybe really understanding this year what that annual college savings check from Grandma really means.

Before the week is over, they’ll be a party and cupcakes at school, but today is family birthday night. Just the 4 of us. Happy birthday Miss Mia.

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  • Linda February 9, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Happy Birthday Mia!

  • Lori February 9, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Very beautiful post, happy happy birthday Mia!

  • THE SHEEP IN A BOX February 9, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I was convinced that it was little Claudine up there!
    Wow, Mia is growing up to be a fine young lady…and what sophisticated taste! A gold necklace!

    I love reading about your daughters!

    Happy Birthday Mia, from Montreal!

  • shruthi February 9, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Happy Bday to Mia! College savings and gold….she is off to a good start!

  • Caddy February 9, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Happy Birthday Mia! Seven’s a big one! Wishing you the best!

  • FunkySteph February 9, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Happy Birthday to your little (big) girl! My son was 7 last July and yep time is flying as they are growing and teen ages frighten me…

  • Sally Kamille February 9, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I love the photo where she blows out the candles 🙂
    tell her happy birthday!

  • G. February 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Damn, how did you take the pic of Mia and the cake, blowing out the candles? Such a perfect, good shot! You really captures the atmosphere and lightning, I have tremendous trouble getting that right! Love it.

    Happy birthday, young lady…

  • Megan Champion February 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

    its funny that if the photos are pretty, the old store bought cake even looks delightful.

    7 is a great age… arent they all 😉

  • michelle February 9, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Happy Birthday Mia, you are such a cool kid!

    It’s amazing how much she changed and how much little C looks like Mia did as a toddler.

  • Dana February 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Happy Birthday!!
    (exhibit A is a great portrait!!)

  • Dinah February 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Unreal how time flies. Happy Birthday, Mia!

  • bronwyn February 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Gosh, she’s a pretty girl. Happy birthday to Mia!

  • jodi February 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

    happy, happy birthday mia!

  • Lois February 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Happy birthday, sweet Mia!

  • Trilby February 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Happy Birthday, Mia! (I have to admit, that cake does look pretty tempting…)

  • sarah February 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

    happy birthday miss mia!

  • Down Comforter February 9, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I love the begininng of birthday week. Looks like you guys had a terrific celebration! college savings sheck translates into…shopping adventure!

  • Stacy February 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I would have sworn that the top picture was of Claudine.
    Happy Birthday to Mia and Mia’s mom too!

  • Nichole Robertson February 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, Mia!

    Wow, seven just feels like a turning point to me. She’s such a little lady.

  • Cynthia February 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Love the gold necklace, may she have many more 🙂 Happy Birthday!

  • Wendy February 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Joyeux anniversaire 🙂
    (beautiful sweater with the little knot by the way! Wait, could it be a flower?)

  • emmy February 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Happy B-day Mia!!!!

  • Shokoofeh February 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Is that little cutie in the first photo Maya? She looks so much like Claudine in that age.

    Happy being seven to your darling girl! xo

  • Shokoofeh February 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Oops. I wrote Mia in a wrong way.

  • Carolee February 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    aww so cute! I’m sure time flies with your adorable girls! Mia is gorgeous already!!

    btw, this is a random note but I got my February treats in the mail today! When Husband asked me what I wanted for Valentines Day, I said “I WANT WHIMSEY & SPICE!” and here they are! yey! 🙂

  • Carolee February 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    oops I spelled Whimsy wrong 🙁

  • Shilo February 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Happy Birthday to Mia!

  • Emma February 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Happy birthday to your pretty girl!

    *I love the supermarket cake tradition

  • Jenna February 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Mia saids thank you! And yes, that is her in the baby photo. The girls looked much more alike when they were babies, and she does look like C here, but in reality, they looked different from one another then (and now!)

  • lilcg February 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    happy birthday mia!

    ps. I love baby gap bear bum tights on my daughter too 🙂

  • Sharon February 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Very sweet. My little baby just turned 7 too and we had a slew of celebrations. How fast they grow!

  • Loren February 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Happy birthday to Mia! Nothing beats a shiny new necklace and cake slathered in purple, pink and rainbow sprinkles when you are a little girl.

  • ChantaleP February 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Aw.. Happy Birthday Mia. Surrounded by everyone she loves. Perfect.

  • quyen huynh February 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, sweet Mia!

  • lola February 10, 2011 at 12:49 am

    omg, you cute little snookums. Happy birthday!!!

  • ranee February 10, 2011 at 5:24 am

    woa….. she is 7?????
    time flies so fast and she grow really well then
    Happy Birthday Mia 😉

  • unha February 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

    how could it be? she was 18month old! sigh.. time time.
    happy birthday little lady!

  • rebeccanyc February 10, 2011 at 10:26 am

    May all your wishes come true!

  • Truly Smitten February 11, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Aww! Happy belated sweet birthday to your Mia!