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Baby’s First Birthday: How to Celebrate?

Baby’s First Birthday: How to Celebrate?

My baby is about to celebrate his first birthday. There’s a lot I don’t know yet about how we’re going to celebrate my son’s birthday, which is just about two weeks away – like where and when it will be or who we’ll invite. But there are a few things I do know.

Celebrating Baby’s First Birthday

  • I know for certain that I am not going to plan an expensive shindig.
  • I do know, however, that I want to acknowledge it with a little bit of fanfare for two main reasons. First, he has just recovered open heart surgery and will be entering his second year healthier and stronger, and I think that’s worth celebrating. Second, I want to be sure our daughter, who will turn 5 three short weeks after her brother’s birthday, sees that he does not get sloppy seconds to her bigger kid bash.
  • I know that after an exceedingly generous holiday season, we do not need any more gifts from friends or family. I may ask for donations to Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center instead.
  • I know I am going to commit not to overextend myself, and I know I will break that commitment.
  • Whether it ends up being pizza or pasta or pancakes, I know my husband will arrange for too much food and an enormous cake.
  • I know the best part of the day will be at roughly 7:30 p.m., when he has finished a bottle, flashes me a big grin, and lays his head down on my shoulder, and my gift to him will be to sit a little longer in the chair thinking of nothing and no one but him.

Baby's first birthday party

Now, if anyone has any brilliant ideas for what to do with about a 15 family members in a house that’s too small and a climate that’s too cold and still feels like a celebration fitting for a little baby, please let me know!

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  1. GreenMom February 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    We had a similar first birthday party situation for Max where we kind of wanted to celebrate the struggle he’d been through that year (and let’s face it, we’d been through that struggle too). We had it much easier though becuase his birthday is in the summer so we just had a festive bbq outside. We also asked for no gifts and most people obliged, but I really love the donation idea. If you didn’t want to ask for money you could ask people to bring a toy or blanket or book that you can then donate. Most Child Life departments have an area of the hospital website where they list what they need. For location can you find some kind of casual restaurant that will rent out a small room– that’ll solve the food question too? Good luck, I’ve always felt lucky that both my kids have summer birthdays…seems so much easier to plan.

  2. debarati November 23, 2012 at 8:50 am

    well my baby’s first birthday went pretty well…thanks to

    there’s a blog on baby’s first birthday

    very helpful

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