Next week Birthday Season begins in our house. It will last approximately a month and a half and will include every member of our family. It kicks off with Liam first, followed closely by Nora. Then, we’ll enjoy (maybe?) a little gap of a couple of weeks before the baby is due to arrive. After that, we’ll have another break of two weeks or so before I celebrate my birthday. Franny will bring the season to a close just eleven days after that. I love speculating about how the boy will fit into the mix, and whether he’ll arrive in the middle of the four of us, as he’s expected to, or if he’ll come early or late, and potentially share a birthday with someone else.
Of course, not to be left out of this holiday extravaganza is Easter. This year, it falls days before the baby is expected. Happy, happy. Yet another event for us to plan. As if five birthdays weren’t enough. Now we’ve got a death and resurrection and baskets and treats and bunnies and eggs to consider.
I read recently in some kind of baby literature that if you’re expecting near a holiday, you might want to preplan everything in advance, or consider postponing until well after the arrival of the child. One mother wrote about celebrating Christmas in bed soon after her baby was born. What if you’re expecting in the midst of five holidays? Do you just make a run for it to Mexico and hope for the best in your absence?
We recently considered keeping things simple and just throwing a party for all of us toward the end of April, after all the baby excitement has passed. As an added bonus, this plan would allow us to host more people at our small house if we could take advantage of better weather and celebrate outdoors. Who knows what we’ll end up doing. We are very last minute over here at our house.
In the meantime, I’ll be busy pre-planning what I can, and purchasing gifts and Easter basket goodies ahead of time, just in case. And, I will admit that the thought of eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Sour Patch Kids in bed on Easter morning is sounding pretty darn good to me right now.