Birthdays + Pinterest = Arrrrrr-gh!
Baby, it’s COLD outside…
February is an important month for my family. My first baby turned 3 on February 1st, and my second baby reached his first “half birthday.” As a second-time parent, I am ashamed to admit I underestimated the power of germs. I thought I was a super-clean person who gets her flu-shot every year AND buys hand-sanitizer by the gallon, yet I have fallen prey to the crazy viruses that circulate households with toddlers and babies. With one child, I had it handled. We washed our hands and weathered out any illness like normal people do – with good food, TV, and REST! However, now that I have two sick kiddos at home, sleep has continued to evade me, both day and night, as I stay up all day trying to get the kiddos to rest and am kept up all night by snotty noses and loud snores (from everyone in the house). What is a tired mom to do?
Okay parents… I know I am expected to write something super motivational and inspiring, but to be honest I am dead-tired and am running off half-eaten cheese sandwiches and squishy apple slices (the remnants of my toddler’s lunch). I am so frustrated and want nothing more than to curl up in bed next to my napping toddler (which is a miracle in itself), but instead I am sitting on my computer tap-tap-taping this blog post with a sleeping baby on my back. But, despite my aching back and tired eyes, I keep reminding myself that this is only a short period in my life and soon the children will be better, I will be better, and we will be back to our normal routine soon.
Arrrrr-gh! Birthday? Pinterest, here I come!
So, on more of an upbeat note! I have been half-hardheartedly planning my toddler’s third birthday party. I am pretty excited for this party, since A. I am not pregnant (like I was during his second birthday) and B. He picked the theme this year. I had no idea that “being three” has made him such a BIG KID (with big ideas, big choices, and big negotiating skills…) We have settled on “Jake and the Neverland Pirate” theme, which means I have a lot of preparing to do!
So, as I scoured Pinterest for “pirate-themed” party ideas, immediately the guilt began to build. It will be rainy on Sunday, so I won’t be able to do any pirate games! Will I have enough time to set-up for his party? Will there be enough food? As anxiety and worry swirled in my mind, I found myself recalling this amazing blog I read last year and it made me stop. Will my child really care if I have cute little pirate ships made out of hot dogs or a watermelon fruit bowl in the shape of a giant boat? No. Will he care if I have pirate-themed games, such as “walk the plank” and “ring toss around a sword”? No. Would he want me to be there with him, spending time with him? YES! It was then that I realized that the party wasn’t for him…it was for me – the parent.
While Pinterest is still the top app opened on my iPhone and is the holder of my idle-mind (and fingers) as I watch TV or wait for my baby to wake up from his nap, I try not to feel the urge to replicate all the amazing crafts and recipes. I still look to Pinterest for clever organizing ideas and sneaky ways to sneak in veggies, but I refuse to let it control how I see myself as a parent. I want to be a good parent to my children, and by being there for them, I know I will be an amazing parent.