Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Busting at the Seams

I love birthdays. I am thrilled to bits that my little girls have grown and changed and developed over the last year and I absolutely feel that it is worth celebrating with family and friends.
This year for the first time we had a birthday party for LP that included folks outside of our families. It was time for LP to have a "real" party, since she has been attending her friends' parties and was finally wise enough to ask about her own to-do.

We also changed the venue up from a backyard BBQ. Despite the fact that both of my girls are born in months where pizza in the yard would be suitable, I had to insist on a venue change. This was done for several reasons, including the inability of my home to comfortably accommodate 15 3-year-olds and their families and my inability to fathom how I would entertain the aforementioned crew for an hour and a half.

The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport ended up working out perfectly. At least we think everyone had a great time. And hopefully everyone took a good nap on the ride home.

Even though we did not hold the party at our home, it is still filled with stuff. Because, inevitably, as you invite more people in to your celebration, they feel obligated to bring gifts. As it was I was shoe-horning in new (but not purchased by the Hoos or me..hmm...) toys and trying to cycle out toys that haven't actually been touched in a while. Now we have approximately two dozen new toys - each with what seems to be at least two dozen parts that require space.

I am not trying to sound ungrateful. In fact, I spent Sunday evening writing thank you notes. We are very thankful and appreciative. LP is over the moon with her good fortune. I am just being a mom. It's my job.

Oddly enough, after opening a handful of gifts the other day, LP just suddenly stopped. When I handed her the next wrapped gift in the pile, she shook her head and said, "I don't want to open it." I tried a different present, "Nope, I'm done."

This is weird, right? Do other kids just decide to stop opening gifts? She did open them eventually, but it took some cajoling.


Anonymous said...

We had a great time! Thank you for having us.

I think the younger kids get overwhelmed by the presents, when Syd was little we would open them over the course of a few days. Of course I can't do that with JM, because Syd wants him to open them all and she'll open them if he doesn't!


A's Mom said...

I know when LMA had both his first and second birthday party, he was so overwhelmed with what he was getting that he didn't find interest in opening anymore either. She'll outgrow it, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

The same thing happened when mine were small. It can be overwhelming, but of course now RJ just opens everything and ensures that LD does the same.


Anonymous said...

MK took a few days to open her 2nd birthday gifts... and on Christmas (2.5 yrs old) she just wanted to stop and play after each gift was opened. Oh to be so fulfilled!