Happy Birthday to my Little Peanut! She turns two today. And I know everyone says it and it gets annoying after a while…but dang, that went fast.
Another thing people say is that when kids are this little, the party’s really for the parents. Babies don’t care. And as someone who’s had both giant, backyard-filling parties and small, immediate-family parties, I can tell you that’s true. But so what? Parents should commemorate one of their best days and favorite people ever. And if you want to do it with a huge blow-out your baby’s not going to remember…well, you go on with your bad self (assuming you don’t have a baby who will melt down in a large crowd. Then you’ll have to take it down a notch.)
Just a few suggestions:
-experiences instead of things. If people ask for gift ideas, suggest things like zoo tickets or gift cards toward a parent/baby class at Gymboree or your parks & rec center. Taking a one year old to the zoo is a sublime experience, it really is.
-open all the packaging. If you’re sure your present isn’t going to need to be returned, open all the packaging first, then wrap the present. It takes about twenty minutes for someone who’s good with tools to tear through all the anti-theft devices on modern children’s toys. And kids aren’t patient.
-consider rotating toys. Our oldest was born two weeks before Christmas. Since he got all his toys in one month of the year, I’d box some up and put them in the garage, then trade them back and forth every few months.
Then, just enjoy your day — however you choose to celebrate it — with your pretty amazing kid.
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This is Day 15 of 31 Days of Baby Stuff. Click here to read the rest of the series.