Every since I can remember I’ve loved birthdays. Whether it was mine or someone else’s, I loved everything about them. The cake, the gifts, the parties…there was just nothing bad about a birthday. Now that I have kids of my own, I love them even more. There’s just something about seeing a little face light up when all the spotlight is shining on them.
With that said, there’s also a lot of pressure to make their day as special as it can be. At least that’s the way I feel. Now that my older daughter gets the whole birthday thing, I don’t want to let her down. Truth be told, I don’t really think she cares what she eats or what she does. But for some reason, I do. So I made sure this year I asked her what she wanted to do and where she wanted to eat. Of course she picked her favorite restaurant…Texas Roadhouse. But, she surprised me when it came to what she wanted to do. I thought she would want to go somewhere different or do something different. But, she just wanted to play outside with her toys and ride her bike. Easy for me! Let me tell you, she was so happy. So, perhaps all that self imposed momma pressure was for nothing? Hmmm..
I noticed that she just liked the fact that it was her birthday. She kept telling everyone she was the birthday girl. Unfortunately at age four she gets the whole present thing and does look forward to certain things…like a doctor’s set. That’s all she’s been talking about for months now. I honestly think if she didn’t get that, there would have been some disappointment. Luckily though, mom and dad fulfilled that request.
I’m sure as she gets older the birthday requests will get more demanding and much more expensive. So, I think for now I’m going to enjoy just buying a doctor’s set and playing outside. I thought I would need to do so much more to make her day special, but sometimes simple is better.