I’m kind of in disbelief that in less that two weeks, I’ll have a two year old. Two just seems so BIG to me, and I find it impossible that we’re already at this point. Of course, with her birthday approaching, I should be in the throes of party planning, right?
Well, I’m not. In fact, we’re not throwing Abbie a big birthday party this year.
If you’ve been around here a while, you may remember reading about Abbie’s birthday last year… and how it was ruined by snow. (Virginians don’t handle snow very well). The weather forecast was right in predicting it (the one time you want the weatherman to be wrong, huh?) and very few of our guests were able to make Abbie’s birthday party. Since we had already paid for the room and couldn’t get our money back, we went ahead with it anyway, but it was nothing like I had wanted for her. My own parents and sisters weren’t even able to come, and it was a completely disappointing day for me. But Abbie? She didn’t know the difference.
So this year, after much discussion, we’ve decided to forgo the traditional birthday party. This year, I wanted something easy, informal, and – most importantly – easily rescheduled. I wanted something that was low-stress for us, and just fun for Abbie – something different from our day to day.
So this year, we’ll be spending the morning of Abbie’s birthday at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. We haven’t been able to take her yet, and its a far enough trip (about 1.5 hours from us) that it’ll be special. I’m hoping she loves looking at the fish and animals, and it’ll still be just as special for her as a party – a special outing just for her.
We’ve invited some people to come along, but with no pressure. It’s hard to have a birthday so close to the holidays, and we’re trying to make the best of it. As long as the three of us spend Abbie’s birthday together, we’re okay. She doesn’t need a huge party. Just us.