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.
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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