Every time a birthday comes around, we all say it. How did the year go by so fast? My little girl gets to celebrate yet another birthday this Friday, and it just makes me wonder. Seriously. Where did the last four years go?
Yesterday we celebrated my mom’s birthday. We had a nice afternoon with family and great food.
And of course there was dessert. When I was in college, my mom once celebrated her birthday for the whole month of May. She had a bunch of activities every week with different friends. I imagine she had a lot of fun, but what I really remember is she was exhausted. After that, she made the decision to never do that again.
Ever since, she just celebrates her birthday week. (Honestly, who doesn’t? I can justify eating, doing, or not doing anything during my birthday week.)
There is nobody else in my family that has a birthday in May, so by default, it’s my mom’s month.
When I got pregnant with my oldest we couldn’t wait to tell everyone. We wanted to wait until my second trimester until we shared but we only made it to eight weeks. I was so sick all the time, and I am a horrible liar, so we decided to tell our parents.
I feel like it’s important to mention here that up to this point, my mom had become one of those parents that was READY to be a grandparent. You know the type. They send you pictures of babies they just met. Or they do a search on Google for cute baby pictures just so they can send it to you.
Once, to get back at her, I sent her a picture of me holding a baby with the caption, “You wish!”
When I told my mom I was pregnant, she was at a family reunion in Arizona, so I had to tell her over the phone. My due date was late May, so I just said, “I’m sorry mom, you might have to share your birthday month with someone.”
Turns out my girl was born in June, but I’m pretty sure Z’s birth is considered one of my mom’s favorite birthday gifts to date (or at least in her top 5.) My girl is really excited about her birthday this year. She’s been talking about it for a few months. I really want to make it special for her, so we’re going to have play dates, visit with family, bake… On Saturday, we’ll have a family movie night and we’ll eat pizza in front of the TV!!! For some reason, eating downstairs watching TV is her favorite thing to do. I would be willing to bet that we will be watching a Disney princess movie-likely a new one she got for her big day.
What do you do with your kiddos during their birthday week? How did you share the news with your parents that you were expecting?