The big event in our family on February 15th happens to be Lucy's birthday. Today she turned eleven. Now it oddly coincided with the release of my book. When Lucy first heard about this she was not happy. I cannot say I entirely blame her, she thought me being on TV and all the things around the book would some how diminish her birthday. Some days being a working mother is harder than others. But I promised her nothing is more important than her birthday, but I also could not say no to The Today Show. So like many days in the life of a working mother we juggled and made it all work. When I kissed her good-night last night I said this is the last time I will ever kiss you good night as ten year old. She then informed me eleven is the new fourteen. Sometimes I fear she is right.

FEBRUARY 15th

Feb 15, 2011by tracey Comments

The big event in our family on February 15th happens to be Lucy’s birthday.  Today she turned eleven.  Now it oddly coincided with the release of my book. When Lucy first heard about this she was not happy. I cannot say I entirely blame her, she thought me being on TV and all the things around the book would somehow diminish her birthday.  Some days being a working mother is harder than others. But I promised her nothing is more important than her birthday, but I also could not say no to The Today Show. So like many days in the life of a working mother we juggled and made it all work. When  I kissed her good-night last night I said this is the last time I will ever kiss you good night as  ten year old. She then informed me eleven is the new fourteen. Sometimes I fear she is right.

Not because of the book release but because of the fact her birthday always falls around President’s Holiday weekend we had the party for her friends last Saturday.

I actually took this photo. Now it may not seem like for much but for those of you who have been following this blog for some time and have had to suffer through my truly mediocre to pathetic photography skills, I think this is a huge improvement. I also think it is a fluke.

Five thirty  this morning. Lucy’s cupcakes for her class in a bag by  the front door. Coffee, coffee, coffee. One more time going over the questions they may or may not ask me. One final clothes check. Wake Lucy up.  The kid is no dummy, she knew she had me, one present first thing in the morning. How could I say no?  So she opened one gift. Sadly, eleven is the age where  she has put her foot down – no  more cute photos of sleepy Lucy in PJ’s, opening her birthday or Christmas gifts, curls all askew, puffy eyes with stuffed animals around her. She now wants to be coiffed and dressed and – it makes me sad.  I guess eleven is the new fourteen. So I have no early morning photos to share. Only this one

The were coiffed and ready to be photographed. I had to run, I had to be where they were by seven twenty.

Getting all set up. I felt really comfortable. I know Meredith a little, we had even had lunch together once.  I was relieved to know she would be interviewing me. I will also say it was very strange to be on a set without Taylor next to me. We were such a team last year, I kept looking around for her;  but I’m on my own for this one.

I could not have asked for a better publication day.

One hour between shows. Guys be jealous, I sat in the green room with the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.  But I got to meet and sit in a chair that had been all warmed up for me by Josh Groban – who truth be told is beyond cute, and bubbling with personality. I had a total 52 is the new 15 moment and as soon as I got home I bought his two last albums on iTunes.

The were great. They totally got it. It was breezy and fun. They are the demo and so it their audience. The only bummer of the day was Obama, big mouth that he is decided to have his press conference during the time my Today Show segment was to air on the West Coast. Doesn’t he get enough air time?  I need to sell books.  He sells books on his own. I know he has a few global issues and Egypt is not the new Sweden.  And Iran could blow too. But still…..

From there I went and changed again so I could tape a segment of LX-NY that will air tomorrow night. It was a good day for Between A Rock and a Hot Place.

Once all the press was done, it was back home and family dinner at Lucy’s favorite restaurant. No, I don’t have photos of that because almost over night the second I reach for my camera in public she covers her face and yells no photos, “I’m humiliating her and how lame could anyone be.”  Eleven is totally the new fourteen.

I did however get a photo of the cookie cake her sister sent her. This is their favorite cake. We are keeping it all wrapped up until Taylor gets home this weekend.

Sweet ending to a sweet day.

Happy Birthday Dear Lucy!