|the first picture of Penelope|
|she's like renesmee from twilight.|
fastest growing baby ever.
Moving along to the point of this post...it's going to be her birthday soon! I decided a long time ago that I really wanted to have a big birthday party for my first and only child (for now at least!) I started planning early, delegating tasks to other family members, and fantasizing about the general awesomeness of which I dream her party will be.
I know some people might think that it's strange that I want to do a big party for my 1-year-old who will be oblivious to the amount of blood, sweat, and tears I've poured for one day, but here is my defense for considering this day a big deal:
1. It's MY day, people. Just this once, I am going to allow my child's birthday to be about me. I mean, approximately 365-days ago I was in labour for 22-hours, and ended up pushing this giant of a baby out of me in under thirty minutes. It was not an easy task. Not to mention the nine months she grew inside of my body.
2. It's an excuse to see my friends. The unfortunate part about having a child at 22 is that none of your friends have kids. Therefore, this will be a mainly adult party (with a kid's theme, we'll see how that goes down). I'm excited to see all my friends who live far away. Many of our friends have only seen Pen once or twice, so this will be a great excuse to have them visit.
3. It's a fun project. As a stay-at-home mom, I can get bogged down by the monotony of changing diapers, folding laundry, and changing more diapers. I love staying at home, but sometimes it's nice to have a special and unique project.
4. Birthdays are special. I believe that children should always feel special, but sometimes it's important to make a really big deal over our kids. Birthdays, for example, are really special. Kids should feel cherished and extra adored on this day, because they're worth it and they deserve it. I don't believe in buying lots of presents (Pen is getting one very small gift from us). But I think the experience of a fun-filled day with laughter and joy will create a memory that lasts forever. Maybe not for her first birthday, but for sure for future ones!
5. The first year is hard, so party on! Finally, I'm just going to be real here and say that the first year of having a first child is incredibly difficult. It's a major life change that is full of blessings and trials. I would never have it any other way, but I'm going to celebrate the end of this first year of parenthood with a bang (and a caesar or two).
What about you? Do you think it's important to make a big deal about birthdays? What were your childhood birthdays like?
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