The only preference I ever had about babies and timing was no Christmas babies, please.
I had always imagined that laboring, delivering, recovering, taking care of a newborn, and then figuring out how to properly celebrate the kid’s birthday near Christmas would be…lame.
Despite my best-laid plans, I find myself the mother of two boys, one born December 23rd and the other coming any day now.
But you know what? Birthing a baby near Christmas wasn’t nearly as awful as I’d pictured.
Even though we’d just moved across the country, knew hardly anyone, and spent Christmas day in the hospital, it was a rich time of seeing our needs provided for in every way.
Plus, apparently a Christmas baby means extra attention from nurses, a miniature tree, and a hand-knit hat for baby. And a pretty peaceful wing of the hospital.
The birthday celebration thing, however, is still something I’m navigating.
But throughout this pregnancy I’ve bemoaned the fact that as he gets older and we’ll (probably) have two December birthdays to contend with, it will be more of a challenge to carve out special birthday time for both kids in the midst of a crazy season.
The acquaintance, who I knew only from her fabulous work on some of my favorite book covers, mentioned that she had a Christmas birthday and that it had never been a bummer, but something she rather enjoyed.
Then she interjected some wisdom, something along the lines of: “After all, you’re in charge of making your kid feel special.”
I didn’t take her remark in a burdensome “go find ten Pinterest projects you can craft for your kid’s birthday party so he feels special” kind of way, but more as “it’s possible to be intentional to make your kid feel special even in the midst of a crazy season.”
I don’t have to just sit back and fuss about what I imagine to be the bad timing of it all. I can remember that God’s timing of my kids’ births isn’t bad at all. And I can choose to celebrate my boys in ways that are meaningful to them.
It might take a little extra planning and strategy, but I’m pretty sure it can be done.
Right now, it’s as simple as wrapping his birthday presents in non-Christmasy paper, making a cake (or, at 36 weeks pregnant, let’s be honest—buying a cake), and planning to do his favorite things (bath-time, blocks, trains, sword fight, chase, and lunch with Daddy at work) on his birthday.
And later? I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Until then, I’m thankful for the good reminder from a lovely lady.
So in honor of her bit of wisdom, I’m giving away one of her art prints!
It’s one of my favorites. I have it hanging in my entryway now and it brings a smile whenever I see it.
Want to win one for yourself or to give to a friend? Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below! You can complete more options to earn more entries. I’ll announce the winner next Monday, December 15th.