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Happy 4th Birthday! Let’s Play Hooky!

by Alex Iwashyna

in My Daughter

Today was my daughter’s 4th birthday. It was a new experience because she was excited about her birthday in a brand-new way.

She would shyly ask me: Is it April 17 yet?
Me: Not until next week.
N: Can next week be almost tomorrow?
Me: Almost.

She had plans and wishes and hopes for her big day even if she refused to let me call her 4 until today.

Finally, the day came, and we had presents and balloons and decorations waiting for her when she came downstairs.

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For me? Yay!

We got doughnuts for breakfast as we do for all our birthdays.

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I don’t have to pose for you. I’M FOUR NOW.

Everything was going great until I said: Time for school.

Cue hysterical crying.

I thought: She has to go to school. I can’t give in. She might think every day… wait, what is she going to think? Every day is her birthday? She’s in preschool. She’s going to miss hanging up her coat and learning a few letters and a song about frogs. She turns four once EVER. EFF THAT CRAP. (but with more cursing)

So I let her stay home. Oh and her kindergarten brother stay home, too. What? He does third grade math and reads better than most first graders. I would’ve announced today as a holiday I was on such a role. We all need days off. And cake. And celebrating. Y’all could’ve come on over unless anyone has a problem with messy houses and colds because I have both.

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What else can I get away with on my birthday? Heh.

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And on to the most important question of the day: Am I taller than you yet?

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Even at 4, I refuse to wear hair clips while insisting on growing out my bangs. In fact, I will refuse them with larger words.

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Playing like it’s my birthday. Oh wait it IS my birthday.

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Building LEGOS for him and his sister. Lars’ helpfulness is questionable at best.

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Thanks Mama and Dada for the best birthday ever!

I’m so glad my daughter suggested (through many tears) to stay home. I wouldn’t have traded today for anything and neither would my kids.

Happy 4th Birthday, Baby Girl!

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Tracey April 17, 2013 1

Aw, happy birthday N! I bet you didn’t know that I met you when you were just a little more than a month old. You were all tucked into a sling with your dad when he rounded on my little one in the hospital who is still just boring old 3. How the heck did four years happen that fast?! (And when did Lars get so flipping HUGE?! More Lars pics, please!)


angela April 17, 2013 2

Happy birthday fun day! It sounds like a perfect day :)


Melissa April 17, 2013 3

Yay N! So glad you are part of the awesome 4 year old club! Also, nice pony!


Chara April 18, 2013 4

Yay! I love playing hooky. Can’t wait for Riley to grow a wild hair and throw caution to the wind and WANT to play hooky instead of crying and demanding I take him to school. FUN! Happy Birthday N! And THIS is what memories are made of…especially donuts.


Amanda Jillian April 18, 2013 5

Awww happy birthday to her!


Leigh Ann April 19, 2013 6

Sounds like she had a great birthday!


Katie April 20, 2013 7

Yay! Birthday hooky! My favorite kind! Happy birthday, N!! Eddie will be 4 in a few months too…and he also keeps asking if it’s next week :)


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