I’m a pretty practical person. Before having kids I was one of those people that thought first birthday parties were kind of dumb.
Well I’m also a very sentimental person. So once I had Winnie, all that changed. To be 100% honest, ever since I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to throw her a first birthday party. It’s like a light switched and all of a sudden I was one of those first-birthday-party-throwing-parents I thought I’d never be.
Now I’m not saying you’re a bad parent if you don’t throw your baby a birthday party. Not at all! If you don’t have that desire, than absolutely don’t stress yourself out over it.
But if a little part of you is wanting to celebrate, than you absolutely should. And you should feel no guilt about it. You want to know why? Because it’s not all about them. It’s about you too, mama.
You grew a baby inside of you for nine whole months.
You brought this baby into this world.
You have kept this baby alive for a whole year.
All of those things are reasons to party, if you ask me.
Winnie may not remember her first (or even first few!) birthdays. But later she will look at those pictures and hopefully appreciate them. Hopefully she will enjoy looking back on those first bites of cake, the decorations and all of her loved ones that were around.
But even if she doesn’t appreciate the memories I plan to preserve, it doesn’t matter.
Because I’ll remember. I’ll want to look back on those early years. It’s for me too and that is completely acceptable.
Party on, Mama’s!