It was over cheeseburgers and fries at the Shake Shack in Battery City on Friday night.

“Mom? What is a blog?”

In the words of Rafiki: It is time.
Earlier in the day we visited Babble HQ and it finally clicked that I really do have a job, not just a computer addiction. All the people I talk to and work with each day through my computer were standing in front of her saying hello to her and offering her cookies. I dare say she even though my job is cool.

“It’s like a journal, I talk about what I like, what I don’t like, what I’m scared of and sometimes I post pictures I take. I tell stories about you, Vivi, dad and myself.”

“Can I have a blog?”

“Of course you can have a blog, do you want to share mine?”

“Yes! When can I start? Now?”

On the flight from JFK to IND Addie wrote her first post, she called it a theme. I don’t know how often she’ll want to write, or what she’ll write about β€” but here’s how it went down. I didn’t tell her what to write, how to write, nor did I help her with spelling or grammar unless she specifically asked for help. How it’s published is how she wrote it. She did ask what she should write about and since I’m selfish I said I would like to read about what goes on in her head when she meets someone new. While Addie has always been brave and bold on her own and with those she is close to, she shuts down fast and hard when it comes to meeting new people.

I will never be able to thank my friend Lindsay for suggesting I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. It changed the ENTIRE way I parent Addie. If you see any of Addie in your own kid I cannot stress reading this book enough.

Addie wrote her first blog post on the plane. Direct result of #AddieInNYC
So here it is, history in the making. The next generation of the Internet, Addie’s first blog post:


Hi I’m Addie I just started Blogging today. So my things will be on my moms Blog page and I want to know about everything to know about Blogging. So my mom is helping me start because she is a great mom. So this post is about how scared I get when I meet new people and I get really scared because I am a kid and kids do get scared when they are little like me but when I met my moms friend Dara I looked her in the eye and said hi then I got to know her and we became friends and I love her now. And there is someone else who I met her name is Andrea but I like to call her big sissy sometimes and we met on a Disney Cruise and Andrea is my moms boss. How I get comfortable is I stay quiet and listen to them.

A special thanks to our gracious hostess and favorite friend, @dpettinelliIt's nice knowing exactly what my kid will be like in 18 years. @azim1200

Oh, this child.

Any suggestions for what Addie could write about next?


  1. QUIET was an amazing book for **me** and I actually feel that anyone who works in management should read it (true story, my last review my boss said she wished I would “develop a more outgoing personality”. Sure. I’ll also grow another six inches taller while I’m at it.)

    Great blog, Addie. I’d like to know more about what she thinks of gymnastics and her favorite thing about that.

    Also, what her favorite part of New York was. Sometimes when I go places with my kids, the things that stand out for them are so different than what I register for myself.

  2. Oh! I love her! I’d love to hear her take on her surprise trip of awesome

  3. I want to hear about Addie as a big sister, since she is so fantastic at it!

    She’s grown into such a beautiful little girl, inside and out. Good job (take credit for as much of it as you can!) πŸ˜‰

  4. I think I need to read Quiet for MYSELF. (I am after all the girl who saw Casey across a baggage claim and kept tweeting her while she found me instead of just SAYING something).

  5. Oh dear – that is some IMPRESSIVE insight from a child. It almost feels wrong to call her a child – people would pay therapists for that kind of perspective! πŸ™‚

    Addie, I’d love to know more about what you think about having a little sister. My son is about the same age as you and has a little sister a bit younger than Vivi, and I wonder if you guys *really* like them or if you secretly find them super annoying.

  6. She is so fantastic. Goodness, it’s almost surreal to hear little “moosh” aritculating so well! As a former New Yorker, I would love to hear about her trip to the Big Apple, in her own words.

    You are a great mom, you know.

  7. Hi Addie! That was a great first blog post – a lot better than mine was. I have two boys that are 10 and 7 – maybe one today they will want to blog too. I can’t wait to see your next post! Give your mom a big hug for me – she’s an awesome mom! πŸ™‚

  8. I love this!

  9. She is just the cutest. I’m so glad you two had such a great weekend.

    And Addie, sometimes grownups get scared too, so it’s okay – you have a very good strategy for making yourself less afraid when meeting new people. πŸ™‚

  10. It’s so amazing reading the words your child writes, isn’t it? Lovely first post. Great job, Addie. xo

  11. Bethany says:

    she really is all the awesome parts of you (and I’m assuming Cody)

  12. I love that she wanted to blog and even share your blog! Being a big introvert myself, I was so excited to pick up that book, but I had to put it down. I’m just too tired and the information, while fascinating, was too dry for my late night reading sleepy eyes. But it has so far helped me realized that my twins are high reactives, one more than the other, and my youngest is very likely an extrovert. I can’t wait to try again and finish it.

  13. Love it already! A writer in the making!

  14. My daughter (age 9) has been blogging (whenever she gets a chance – about once a month for the last year) and got the chance to look over how far she has come in writing. It’s very cool.

    Way to go Addie!

  15. Addie,
    I live near Indianapolis too. I grew up here, and now I’m almost 30. It was very brave of you to say how you feel about meeting new people – I also feel afraid when meeting new people. But most people are wonderful! πŸ™‚

    I would love to hear about what you want to be when you grow up. When I was your age, I wanted to be a teacher!

  16. From one introvert to another, I was so amazed and awed at Addie’s gumption for adventure in this crazy City of mine and how poised she was with all the new people she met and places she went and things she did this weekend. I am *mumble* her age and I don’t handle most of those scenarios nearly as well as she did. So honored that I finally got to meet her and be dazzled by those eyes, freckles, and her sweet infectious spirit. Can’t wait to read more about both of your adventures. XO

  17. I adore her.

    – favorite book and why
    – what she remembers about the day she met Vivi

  18. I love that post! I don’t want her to post about when she stayed at our house because she might write that my stovetop Mac and cheese isn’t very good and that G pushed her. She has a startlingly good memory and still reminds me that G pushed her when they were little.

  19. Sunshine says:

    There are not enough words for how much I love this.

  20. Addie your first blog post is fantastic! I’m shy too when I meet people, so we’re alike.

    If you want to write another post, it would be fun to hear what your perfect day during summer vacation would look like. What would you do? What would you eat?

    Can’t wait to hear more!

  21. Well, this is just delightful and beautiful. And it resonates so much with me because I distinctly remember feeling *exactly* as Addie describes herself feeling when I was a little girl.

    Addie, I’m thirty-two, and sometimes I still get scared to meet new people. But you’re right–the very kind ones, the ones where you look them in the eye and they say hi and you become fast friends and you love them now–they make meeting new people so much easier and fun and wonderful.

  22. Addie, I loved hearing your voice on the page to go along with all of the pictures of you your mom has shared with us over the years.
    I’m scared of meeting new people too, even at 43. I try not to let it stop me, but it’s hard sometimes. Your solution for getting comfortable with people is smart and I think I’ll share it with some kids I know that feel shy around new peeps.
    I would love to hear about your absolute best day. I’d also love to hear which fictional character you’d like to meet and why.

  23. Heather says:

    Addie, Congratulations on your first blog post! It is wonderful. You can already tell from previous comments that you are not alone in how you feel when you meet new people.

    For another blog idea, how about telling us some of your favorite things to do in the summer?

  24. Melissa says:

    Great job Addie!! I have been reading here for a really long time and sure do love seeing pictures of you as you turn into a big girl. I would love to read about Vivi next.

  25. Oh Addie, I just know that you’re going to be the best blogger. I can’t wait to read more of your posts. I’ve loved watching you and your sister grow up on your mom’s blog. It’s funny because I have never ever met you or your mom but I feel like I know you. It’s funny how the internet connects us that way isn’t it?

  26. Addie – Congratulations on being a published author!! NYC is a wonderful, magical place to learn about yourself. My Mom let me go to college there and now that I am a mom myself I have no idea how she let me go so far on my own. But I suspect, like your Mom, she knew I belonged there for that time in my life. Keep on writing!!

  27. Addie! That was so good! I totally agree with you and I’m almost twice your age! I’m glad you found out the key to getting comfortable around new people so early! (I use this trick too) I can’t wait to read more of your posts and I hope you had an amazing time in NYC! I’d love to read one of your posts about it πŸ™‚

  28. Melissa Smith says:

    Casey – your eldest has fashion sense like no other child her age…would love to hear her talk about how she chooses her ensembles. (LUV those boots!!!) Ms. Addie – you are such a good writer! The way you put your feelings into words was so very “grown-up” of you. I hope you had an amazing time with Mom in NYC, and I can’t wait until you post another entry! I would love to ask you, what was your favorite part of your Disney cruise? Have a wonderful summer!

  29. Oh how I loved this so. What a sweet post, thank you for sharing it with us. πŸ™‚

  30. Ms. Sarah says:

    Dear Addie,

    I loved reading your blog post. I have been sharing my writing since I was about your age, and tonight, you taught me something new: ” How I get comfortable is I stay quiet and listen to them.” I love this idea. I use it with myself (to learn who *I* am, I listen to my heart), so why shouldn’t I do the same for others?! Great ideas.

    I think you should write about your favorite experiences with your sister. I am a big sister, too, and wish that I had written about how much fun my little sister and I had together!

    Keep writing,

    Ms. Sarah

    PS – Tell your mom I said hi!

  31. Eddie has started to tell me he writes stories. In his head.

    he has no idea that I blog. that i write. other than he sees me at my computer sometimes.

    he writes stories, he says.

    and then my heart exploded. much like am sure yours did.

    Addie is a fabulous writer. My teacher heart (along with my momma heart) is glowing for you and her.

  32. How awesome! I wrote my first blog post at 30 years old and it wasn’t a great as Addie’s first blog post. Addie your blog post rocked! I am also an introvert, oh gosh, you are so brave for putting your feelings out! Cheers to Addie! I loved the book, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World.