…and your 2 year old is suddenly talking in these complex, sophisticated sentences and your 4 year old is drawing all these pictures that actually look like the objects that she’s intending to draw – you know, trees that look like trees, people that look like people, and kitchens that really look like kitchens (yeah, she likes to draw kitchens). M is turning 5 in a month and for the last few months now, she’s been talking about her birthday, planning her party and telling EVERYONE. Since she doesn’t know how to spell many words, she’s been planning her party by drawing them and coming up with different themes. I think the last thing that she came up with was that we were going to have a subway party, with all the subway lines represented somehow.
But the thing is, I don’t even know if we will have a party. I have to say, I find having a birthday party every year (x2, though we haven’t really had a party for C yet) really exhausting. We’ve done it low-key for the past 4 years, electing to have gatherings of friends over at our place, but one year for her 3rd birthday, we did have 3 different birthday parties for her 3 different group of friends since we couldn’t host that many people all at once in one big party.
By the time we brought out that 3rd birthday cake and sang happy birthday for probably the 7th time, I think maybe even she was over it. I know there is no pressure to have a spectacular party every year, but it does make you think about your own plans when you’re going to all these neighborhood birthdays held at various venues like restaurants, public playspaces and children’s museums with hired entertainment. That’s not in the cards for us, so whatever we decide to do, we need to decide fast. I want to keep it low-key, but M wants to invite everyone she knows and have a theme with theme-appropriate decorations and food. Since when did we become event planners to a 4 year old client?