Xmas Birthday: Will My Daughter Grow Up Bitter About Her Special Day?
My daughter's birthday is Christmas Eve. She hasn't quite figured out that kind of sucks yet. She thinks it is very special.
Whenever she tells someone about her special day, people say "you were your mother's Christmas present." As if Christmas was a good day to have a baby.
The hospital was short-staffed, my roommate cried for 18 hours because her boyfriend was too busy cooking Christmas dinner for his mother to show up and hang out. My doula left quickly after the baby was born and my lactation consultant was on holiday.
I spent Christmas day sore and tired, and still made it to my mother's Chrismukkah dinner with the new baby.
But she is a gift -- a loving, firebrand, beautiful, driven, and smart. She is a gift to our family and I wouldn't have it any other way.
And she deserves a birthday party and presents and all the hoopla that comes with it. But often she gets joint birthday gifts (if at all) and she hasn't ever really had a birthday party. I just can't seem to get it together and organize anything. The whole month has been crazy, so we are looking at January. And I wonder is that what always happens to December birthdays?
Will she grow up bitter about her birthday like this guy, or will she always enjoy having a doubly special day? I'm guessing bitter.
Is she destined to get joint gifts and have late birthday parties?
How do other people handle Christmas/holiday birthdays? Help.
Want more chaos? Last year, I excerpted one of my favourite sections of an old parenting book.