I want to still be 4, I don’t like being 5

November 8, 2011 |  Category:   life outings

It’s a good thing we had cake and presents the day before, because Miss C. got sick on Sunday, her actual birthday, with a fever and a sore throat. We tried to lift her spirits by taking a short outing to look at leaves, which are peak out in Long island, but she just wanted to go back to my parent’s house for a nap. So far, being 5 hasn’t been fun at all and Claudine saids she wants to go back to being 4 because 5 doesn’t feel good.

I have to say, we’ve been really lucky with our health. The kids in particular, rarely get sick despite all that goes around at school. It’s like the health and dental insurance gods are looking over us (oh wait, what dental insurance? hahaha) and making sure we stay healthy and cavity-free so we don’t get screwed. I thought about this as I was sitting with Claudine, who was still sick with a fever, today. I thought about how insanely busy I was for the last 3 weeks, often working 16 hour days and how I would have been stressed if I had Claudine home from school with me, trying to find a way to work on these work deadlines. As it turned out, my Monday wasn’t so bad aside from 2 conference calls. We had lots of cuddle times. Makes me really believe that things sometimes just work out.

PS. Thanks for all your birthday comments. For those who have asked, yes…Mark baked the cake. He always bakes our birthday cakes. He asks the girls what kind of cakes they want and bakes according to their requests. Claudine wanted a vanilla cake with passionfruit frosting. Someone also asked whether the girls ever want like a Dora cake or something. The answer is no. I’m not sure they know that a cake like that exists!

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  • PInk Ronnie November 8, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Love these photos… makes me miss Autumn (we’re now heading into the dreaded summer heat in Sydney). So sorry to hear Claudine hasn’t been well, glad it somehow worked out okay for you. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve bought all our birthday cakes so far, except for last year when Rick baked Angus a cake for his 2nd birthday. A baker I definitely am not…

  • Helle (Helen) November 8, 2011 at 4:26 am

    My first thought was, hey, it took me to turn 30 to have similar feelings, I’d rather have stayed 29, until I read the whole post. I hope Miss C. will get better soon so she can start enjoying being 5. I guess growing up is not always easy, no matter what age one is.

  • linda November 8, 2011 at 4:32 am

    well, that was quite endearing to read. although not about Claudine being sick, but the fact that she associated being sick with turning 5, and wanting to be 4 again. heh. i sometimes forget little kids have such unique ways of expressing themselves.

    well, happy belated birthday to her. hope your family is enjoying the fall in ny, jenna.

  • Tim McMurdo November 8, 2011 at 5:25 am

    As I looked at the image of Mark and Claudine walking together and read about Mark’s tradition of baking birthday cakes by request, I thought about my own father. Your girls may not remember a particular cake or a particular moment, but they will remember the accumulation of memories & the effort that the two of you put into their lives.

    My father was from another generation and we did not become close until I became an adult and we could create adult memories with each other. I don’t wish that my childhood was different, I was a very happy kid. However, I think society’s shift to allow fathers to be a larger part of their children’s childhood is wonderful to experience.


  • Diyana November 8, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Hello Jenna,

    Your daughters are so pretty 🙂

  • Karen November 8, 2011 at 5:44 am

    That cake looks and sounds amazing … any possibilities of posting the recipe? Also I just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your posts and the stories of your family and your photos are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing x

  • Clara November 8, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I wish Mark made all my birthday cakes! They look absolutely delicious. I’m still thinking about that white chocolate caramel buttercream (or something like that!) one he made once. I made be a bit obsessed…

  • Cecilia Madden November 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I know nothing about trees, except that I adore the ones whose leaves turn yellow like the ones you photo’d above…

    Things definitely do work out sometimes. I’m sure Claudine will be feeling well in no time. And I have to say, I smiled at the idea of your kids not knowing what a Dora cake is.

  • Ana November 8, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I am always amazed at how you still have time to blog when you have those crazy deadlines…oh and also take care of your family.

    I am doing similar (self employed) work hours and only have my dog to worry about, so I don’t know how I will do it with children. Can I ask how you managed to work when the girls were babies? or did you take some time off? Thanks Jenna.

  • MCC November 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

    This blog is so special and I feel so honored you share these little snipits of your beautiful family with us. Thank you.

  • Kiana November 8, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Ha! That was my question about the Dora cakes! You should count yourself blessed that they don’t want those. I’ve just never seen a pretty or non-tacky one!

  • gia November 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I think that was the age I started worrying about college. 🙂 I told my mom I didn’t want to go to college. Hah. Hope she feels great soon.

  • Alison November 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    These are beautiful pictures. I’m sorry about your daughter, sick kids are the saddest creatures (from experience with my siblings). I’m sure 5 will prove itself in the end.

  • Elizabeth November 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I know pictures only display a minute part of the reality of a situation, but when I look through your blog, I find myself really hoping that one of your children will become a writer whose greatest inspiration is how enchanted their childhood was. It seems like you and your husband always seem to provide such wonderful opportunities for imagination and exploration. I adore it.

  • Bre November 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Hope you have a speedy recovery sweet Claudine!

  • RebeccaNYC November 9, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Such a sweet post. And I love that the girls don’t know about Dora cakes, but know to ask for passion fruit icing.

  • Megan November 9, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Hello! I do hope your little one had a lovely birthday celebration!

    Just wanted to drop a little note to say I will be in NYC this weekend and of course I thought of you and this blog. I hope I will be able to find a retailer to taste one of your (I’m sure) amazing Whimsy & Spice creations.

    Best and thanks for blogging!

  • Mary November 9, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I hope Claudine gets well soon. I must say, it looks like a very forlorn day out….

  • Jenna November 9, 2011 at 10:22 am

    @Ana -things are definitely easy now that the girls are in school full time, that’s for sure. I have talked at length about our childcare situation since the blog started. If you look under the tag parenting, you can find many of these posts. We managed with a mish-mash of PT nanny (2 days a week), working nights, and just trading off on childcare with Mark. Not that much different than how we handle it now, but yeah….I’d say the first 6 yrs of having kids while working was stressful!