When my husband and I decided we were ready to have a baby, we weren’t too terribly organized about the whole thing. Basically, I just went off birth control and we waited to see what happened. There was no counting or tracking or planning…just going with the flow.
The only thing I knew was that I didn’t want to have a September baby because I didn’t want to be hugely pregnant during the summer and I didn’t want to have to deal with missing cut-off dates for school…I also didn’t want to have a baby too close to Christmas, for obvious reasons.
So, when I got pregnant in April and calculated out my approximate due date to be mid-January, it suited me just fine. I would be pregnant during a comfortable time of year and Fern most likely wouldn’t be born on Christmas. But, now that her first birthday is approaching, I’m realizing that kids with January birthdays kind of get the shaft.
January is a time when everyone is financially tapped out and socially burnt out from Christmas. Your parents probably don’t have much money at the time for throwing you a cool party or getting you cool presents and even if they did you probably just got a ton of stuff for Christmas anyway. No one really feels like going out and doing much in January, since they’re all still recovering from the non-stop social engagements of December and the prospect of hosting a party and sending out invitations after you just got done sending out Christmas cards probably seems pretty daunting. It actually seems like a January birthday might even be worse than a December birthday, because I feel like a lot of parents expect December birthdays to be forgotten and lame and compensate for that by finding ways to make their child’s birthday extra special. By January, everyone is pretty much over it though and just wants to hibernate until spring.
Poor January baby Fern.
I know that she’s too young to care what I do for her birthday this year, so it’s sort of a moot point anyway, but I’m quickly realizing that if I don’t plan ahead, she’ll be doomed to sucky, half-ass birthdays for the next 18(+) years while I’m in charge of the party planning. I’m not sure if we’ll do much of anything this year aside from making her a cupcake and a party hat, but I will definitely be starting next year’s party planning in November before any of the Christmas hoopla takes over my brain space.
Do any of you have January babies? How do you plan on making your baby’s January birthday special?
Did any of you grow up having a January birthday? How was it and how did your family make it special for you?
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.
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