arenting comes with a ton of heavy responsibilities, and also a lot of enormous joys. One of them is celebrating your little ones' birthdays. It's a lot of working getting a child out into the world, and that happiest of days is worth appreciating every single year.
There's just the minor detail of picking the all-important party theme.
It may seem like a non-issue to some, but parents tend to go the extra mile to make sure that their kiddo has a fun party they'll remember for a lifetime. One mom recently fulfilled her daughter's request for a not-so-conventional party, and the results were beyond adorable.
On the actual day of a child's birth, you're too tired to plan anything.
Yes, you absolutely adore your new baby, but on the day they make their big hospital debut, the only thing you feel is relief and exhaustion. Save the parties for later. Some food, binge-watching a TV show, and sleep are just what the doctor ordered. That newborn gets tons of snuggles, but the confetti and balloons can wait.
By the time the first birthday rolls around, expectations are high.
Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even next-door neighbors want to know what you’re doing for your baby’s first birthday. It’s a big event after all. You and the little one have survived together for an entire year, and that’s something to celebrate. So, the pressure builds, especially if you’ve never thrown a kid’s birthday party before. What to do?
Being the great parent you are, going all-out sounds like a great idea.
It’s easy to get carried away with the first birthday party. Finding a solid theme is an all-consuming task. You nail every detail down and leave no Party City unturned. Bounce houses are rented. Magicians are hired. The cake that’s three tiers high and an exact replica of Mickey Mouse? Yeah, you stayed up until 3 a.m. making that. Sure, the baby won’t remember it, but you’ll in the end, you’ll have a sense of satisfaction and some pretty great photos. And your guests will go home with complimentary mouse ears.
Unfortunately, post-party exhaustion is a real thing.
What tends to happen, after the first birthday bash, is an overwhelming sensation of burnout. After decorating, baking, cleaning up after an army of family and friends, and mailing out a stack of thank-you cards, you might think, “Maybe we won’t do it that way next year.”
Napping for a month sounds good.
Luckily, you get a year to recharge, and your kiddo starts to help with things. Sort of.
After another year passes, gone are the memories of how tired you were. Your beloved offspring is about to turn two, and they can now help with planning a theme. They do this by shouting things like, “Curious George!” or “Wiggles!” No, you’re not inviting every person on the planet, and the cake is definitely getting ordered from somewhere, but you’ll dip your toes back into party planning.