Aviana turned the grand old age of 1 in December and I turned 35. Two big celebrations for us! Our birthdays are separated by 7 days with Christmas in the middle, and then new years eve to wrap it all up. It’s basically INSANE. Christmas and my Birthday will never be the same again with Aviana in our lives!
Having a birthday near Christmas has it’s pros and cons, but mostly cons. No one comes to your birthday parties (or you have a birthday party no where actually near your birthday), people buy you last minute random presents because Christmas is at the forefront of their mind or they buy whatever they found in the sales…so I get either twice as much for what they would ordinarily spend (winner!), or I get whatever random crap is left in the sales after Christmas. Then to add insult to injury people will wrap my birthday presents in ‘christmas’ wrapping paper…trying to make it look like birthday paper. Ha! Aviana’s birthday is before Christmas so she will likely face similar issues with birthday celebrations to what I have had all my life. At least I can empathise with her!
For Aviana’s birthday this year it fell on our usual day when our sitter picks up Aviana from daycare and looks after her for the evening, enabling us either to stay late at work or go on a date night. We ummed and ahhhed about how bad parents we would be for keeping that plan and going out to finish off our festive season shopping on our daughter’s birthday. I know, I can hear it now – the outrage of such a thing! Well, next year clearly we wouldn’t do that, but for her first birthday? Not so important. We planned to have a winter ONE’derland Birthday party in first week of January when all our friends were around, so why not go out and make use of the sitter?
Before we went out for the evening I made Aviana a ‘Doo doo’ (Aviana speak for Doggie) cake. She opened one or two of her presents, we cooked her favourite dinner – broccoli and cheese bites followed by cake. You know all those cake smash pictures you see from baby’s first birthday? Well Aviana doesn’t like sticky mess on her fingers or face so she ate the cake very delicately! No cake smashing here. She did thoroughly enjoy it though.
It then took us THREE days to finish opening all her birthday presents! We didn’t rush her, and just let her enjoy unwrapping. By the time we had finished with Birthday it was Christmas! More presents!
Christmas we just stayed at home and chilled out. First of all Santa came to visit and we opened our stockings together. Then we cooked a roast chicken dinner with all the British traditional Christmas trimmings, opened a few presents and Aviana loved her new trike. So we took her out in it to the park for our Christmas day walk. It was bloody freezing and even Aviana was a little grumpy about the temperature, so it was a very quick ride around the block in her new toy! Having said that, it was very memorable and a lovely day. We did not get round to opening all the presents that day. (BTW – we only bought one small present for Aviana because she had received so many from friends and family!).
And so the gift opening continued into Boxing day. Then it was time for MY Birthday! Daycare was open so Chris took a day off work (my office was shut for the holidays) and we went on a day date for my Birthday! That was nice to hang out just the two of us with no goal other than to enjoy each other’s company. But the real matter of the fact was that I am now 35.
I am 35. The same age as the Duchess of Cambridge (briefly – she’s now 36). This is the magical age where our fertility drops off a cliff. But apparently it is also the age that women peak at becoming more confident and happier. I can definitely attest to the confidence thing! The one thing I thought I would have by the time I was 35 was less spotty skin. But no, just spotty with small wrinkles in places! I’m still hoping and dreaming that day will come!!! 😂