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But It's Not Your Birthday

By Nichole |

birthday candlesToday is my husband’s birthday.

And as birthdays go in our house, there’s more than a little excitement swirling around today.

Katie woke up this morning and ran, full tilt, to her father to wish him a happy birthday and she hasn’t stopped talking about it since.

When she and I began planning what we’d do for his special day, she had tons of exciting ideas…

…We could buy him some Legos!

…Oh…I know, I know, let’s get Daddy some Play-Doh!

…Maybe Daddy wants a puppy!

…We have to make sure we put rainbow sprinkles on his birthday cake!

…Daddy would LOVE some light blue balloons!

…We should make pancakes for his birthday dinner!

Yes, lots of great ideas.

For her.

So, we’ve compromised a bit and tweaked her ideas and I’m hoping to see two happy faces tonight when he gets home from work.

Do you have any great birthday stories to share? How do your kids handle birthdays that aren’t their own?

You can also find Nichole over at in these small moments and on Facebook and Twitter too!

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About Nichole



Nichole Beaudry lives in Sacramento, California with her husband Craig, their daughter Katie and baby boy Matthew. In her former life she was a college English professor, now she shares some of her small moments in her Practicing Gratitude column each week at SheKnows and works at AllParenting as the Assignments Editor. She was a contributor to Babble, and currently keeps a personal blog, In These Small Moments.

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One thought on “But It's Not Your Birthday

  1. Leigh Ann says:

    We just had the HARDEST time with the twins not understanding that it was their baby sister’s birthday, and that meant that they didn’t necessarily get presents. We reinforced that it was HER special day, and that they had a special day coming up too, but they just didn’t get it!

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