I have been ignoring some of my favorite blogs. Not because I do not want to read what is going on in their lives. But specifically, I am ignoring any posts that relate to planning a child's first birthday party.
I so desperately want to look forward to Luca's first birthday. And it will be a celebration of one hell of a year of life.
My old self pre-Luca would have planned a party for such an occasion. I would have gone all out. And I would love to do that now. But I do not know where she will be near her birthday - in the hospital, or at home? How do I plan a party when she could be admitted on the date of the celebration?
So I apologize if I am not writing on your post about your baby's first birthday. It is such an exciting occasion for any parent and I ordinarily would love to hear what you are doing to celebrate. But I cannot do it right now.
How do you think you would handle this situation?
My best friend offered to plan the party and suggested we have two rain dates (but in our case, it would be because she is in the hospital). I am certainly thinking that might be an option. But will people hold that many dates? Will people understand why we have to do that, and be okay with it? And will people follow the instructions that if you or a kid has a sniffle, you do not come? And will people think it is weird that instead of being greeted first with hugs, they will be greeted with signs to use the hand sanitizers throughout the party?
And do not even get me started on the cake-eating tradition for first-birthdays. How do I handle that when my baby hates food?
See what I mean? This is overwhelming! Lots to think about. We obviously cannot let the occasion go without some celebration. But what kind of celebration can we, or should we plan?