Monday, January 10, 2011
A Very Merry UnBirthday
Another year without a birthday party. No rented venue or an apartment full of kids and their parents. No magician or clown or pinata. No pin the tale on the donkey or musical chairs.
We threw The Boy a party for this 3rd birthday. In our apartment, with friends and family. But he was overwhelmed, over stimulated and not interested in the crowd of kids in his room. The Boy is great one on one. A room full of kids - whether he likes them or not, is extremely difficult for him. His birthday should be enjoyable - not stressful and definitely not an ABA session in socialization.
Usually I try not to let this make me feel bad. But since The Husband just said it made him feel bad. Now, I feel bad. Still, a birthday party is out of the question.
Since we're in the midst of the "Turning 5" process. I'm trying to think of something special to do with The Boy that won't break the bank.
Yeah - I'll go to school on The Boy's birthday with cupcakes and party bags for the children in his class. Blah blah blah. I want to do something special. Go someplace he's never been. Someplace that he will remember. A place that when we look back at the pictures, we can say "that was a great birthday."
I'm thinking of the Gazillion Bubble Show but then I heard they have strobe lights. And that makes me hesitant. One bad birthday party and a horrendous Backyardigan's LIVE! show have made me suspect of strobe lights and children's performance shows. Both incidents occurred 2 years ago. Should I take a chance that he'll be okay? That he'll like it. I have a few more days to think about it.