Confession time. I’m not having a birthday party for Sun when he turns 3 in a couple of weeks time. I am becoming more and more aware that this might put me in the running for Worst Mother of the Year 2011. People have started to ask me what we’re doing for his birthday and most look a bit shocked when I say we’re not having a party. Is it that unusual? Am I being really mean?
I’m not doing it to be mean. I will make sure it’s a special day for him. We’ll do something fun together as a family to celebrate and he’ll have presents to open and his favourite food for dinner. I’ll make him a birthday cake and we’ll sing him Happy Birthday.
My mum made me a birthday cake every year as I was growing up and I want to do the same for my children. We don’t have many family traditions to pass on so it means a lot to me to pass on those we do. I love baking so it’s a pleasure to do but the real pleasure comes in seeing his face light up when he sees the cake on his birthday.
I just want to keep his birthday a simple, family affair while I still can. I’m sure that next year he will be asking for a party and each year the demands will get greater and greater. So this year I want to have my little boy all to myself, to celebrate him coming into my life. I know I can’t stop him from growing up, and I wouldn’t want to, but I can delay birthday parties for another year…even if that does make me a bad mother in some people’s eyes!