to seriously consider backing out of throwing your kid (your only kid, mind you) a birthday party?
Look, I know that’s not going to win me mother-of-the-year, but here’s the thing. The dutchkid got a lot of presents for Christmas. My mom emailed me today to ask me what suggestions I had for her upcoming birthday and I really had a hard time coming up with things. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to shortchange her just because her birthday falls a few weeks after Christmas. But is it really wrong to NOT feel compelled to share the day of my precious daughter’s birth with lots of other kids, loads of plastic-y gifts and grab bags? Maybe it’s because my family didn’t do birthday parties every year, mostly we just celebrated with family. I think I’m starting to realize, too, that I don’t want to take on something where the expectation is going to be “bigger and better” every. single. year.
My dh feels differently, which means he will probably win this one out of sheer guilt and we’ll have a party as originally discussed. Sigh. Cupcakes with just a few friends and singing happy birthday was sounding pretty good to me. I guess that makes me the party pooper.