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Im sat downstairs on the computer, while my family are blissfully sleeping in bed. I am quite an insomniac, but today Im up early for a different reason. Its my baby boys birthday. Although he is no longer a baby as today he has reached the grand old age of 5!
When my boy was born, we had a bit of a drama. I had to have an emergency section, and when he came out he had to be resuscitated. He pulled through in no time though. Because he was premature, and only 3lb 9oz. He was a little scrap of a thing. I will always remember the first time I saw him and held him in my arms. The nurses in special baby care were crying because they could over hear me. Telling him that I was his mammy and I was going to give him a really good life and always be there for him. God I cant believe that was five years ago today.
Now my little soldier (that's my pet name for him) is one of the tallest in his class. The only way to describe his personality is to say he is a joy!!. He is very funny and yes, sometimes naughty but always loving. He is really handsome. it is quite comical because even at 5 he already knows this. He loves the fact that all the little girls in the class hang on his every word. He is quite a charmer though and always says to me you are my girlfriend mam. He loves his clothes and knows what he wants to wear (but that is my fault as I have to have both my kids looking super trendy.) also before he goes to school hes got to have a dab of aftershave and his hair has got be gelled he is quite a character.
So today is his 5th birthday and to be honest I feel quite sad, I wish life had a pause button because time seems to be going so quickly. I know thats its another year closer to him not wanting to give me hugs or kisses. A year closer to him loosing his wide eyed innocence at this crazy world we are living in. And a year closer to him going out of an evening and me worrying myself sick, that he will come home safe and sound.(I know that this is a few years away yet but I really do worry about it.)
My living room floor is now covered with balloons and his cards and wrapped presents are sitting patiently waiting for him. He will come bombing down the stairs and excitedly tear them open. I know he is going to be thrilled with his new ben 10 scooter and dr who voice changing helmet. Ive also bought him magnetics and new power ranger pjs. This is without the presents he is having from all my friends and family. I know he is spoilt but that is the way things are these days and although he is very lucky he is not a demanding child. We are going to pizza hut with family members tonight and then on saturday he is having a party in the local community centre with a huge bouncy castle. All his school friends plus my friends and relatives children will be there. About 45 kids are expected I must be mad!!
The problem is the days of the tea party are gone and birthdays are not the same as when I was a child. My daughter is 9 and has been in a limousine more times than ive had hot dinners. (through various parties). In a way I find this very sad as the new generation of kids are growing up without the innocence of my day. They seem to be obsessed (especially girls) with having the biggest and best parties. To be honest I have given up on girly parties now because in my daughters class It was getting out of hand. With limos and trips to the beauty salon and sleep overs followed by a disco. Both me and my daughter came to the conclusion about three years ago that we were not going to compete in this status rubbish. So instead my daughter picks a day out and we go as a family. we have been to Lego land and chessington and to be honest they were fantastic.
So happy birthday to my little soldier. I love you with all my heart and thank you for making me smile everyday, big huggles mam and dad xxx
PS; wishing a happy birthday to anyone else who's birthday falls today xx
Age in just a number and let's face it getting a year older is far better than the alternative.
I have recently lost both my parents and that certainly, for me, and I know from talking to others for them, has an impact on how old you feel. There is something about not being someone's child any more that makes you suddenly aware as to how old you are. Maybe it is because you know that if life follows the normal pattern you are next! I don't want this to sound negative, it isn't. It focuses your mind on living, on making better choices in your life.
At the time of writing I have someone to get a present for next month. I haven't decided what to get yet- there are so many things I know the recipient would enjoy- but I know I want to get something they would consider a real treat. I shall certainly take my time to select something special, because it would be true to say the birthday girl concerned has recently become one of the most important people in my life.
I shall gift wrap the prezzie and attach a small gift tag on which I will write- "Enjoy yourself on your birthday and everyday- with Love to ME from ME XXXXXXXXXXX
Recently I had a birthday. I have one every year. My most memorable one was the 40th Birthday! I was distraught when I was told I was entering my fifth decade until it was explained that meant 40 and nobody believed I was 50. Obviously my counting skills have declined with age. I'm not keen on this being forty odd lark and have tried to ignore it, which was pretty difficult with the vast array of birthday cards proclaiming my age and also the many posters covering the staffroom walls at work with the dreaded four oh number plastered on them. Anyway to make me feel better about the dreaded four oh, my husband took me to London for a weekend of standing in queues and bad customer service. Normally that wouldn't bother me but I presume getting irritated by the majority of other peoples inadequacies is one of the joys of my advancing age.
To celebrate (or commiserate) my birthday I decided to find out what was, or is, important or significant about my birthdate - September 23rd, and how each thing relates to me.
September 23rd is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). There are 99 days remaining. Yippee not long to Chrimbo. Bugger, I've got no money, maybe the kids will like a colouring book each and a set of felt-tips to share like I've been promising them every year. I think I'm kidding myself, it's Xbox 360's and laptops nowadays.
September 23rd is the autumn equinox. I used to be dead excited about reading that fact in diaries cos I thought it must mean something special and I'd get extra pressies. I was wrong, it usually means soggy leaves on the ground and the dark nights cutting in.
September 23rd is usually the first day of the zodiac sign Libra, though most horoscopes say it is the next day. I've always taken that to mean I can have characteristics from both Virgo and Libra, great it means I can be a tidy slob. Seemingly I was born on the cusp of Libra, but that doesn't mean more presents either. One of the Librans most prominent traits is their indecisiveness which just isn't me...or maybe I can be a little...no I don't think I am... but then again...
Events on September 23rd
1846 - Neptune was discovered.
I'm glad my parents didn't name me after it. Neptunia or something like it. According to tinternet Neptune is the eighth planet from the Sun and the fourth largest (by diameter). Its classed as a gas planet and is very windy, bit like me then!
1941 - The first gas murder experiments are conducted at Auschwitz.
I have always been both fascinated and horrified in the Holocaust since reading The Diary of Anne Frank as a little girl and feel quite saddened to share a birthday with this horrible fact.
1974 - In Britain, the BBC launches the world's first Ceefax teletext service.
I used to love ceefax when I was a stay at home mum. I used to pride myself on knowing which numbers gave which page. I lead a sad life. My friends, who were as sad as me, used to test me on what page the weather was on or how to find the regional news. I was rarely wrong. Luckily I have lost that skill now and just pride myself on only just knowing my own telephone number (but can't remember my mobile)
1980 - Bob Marley's last concert.
This was in the eighties when I was a teenager so I don't remember it, I can't remember most news from my teenage years, I was too busy suffering from teen traumas like spots, exams and lust for anything male.
1999 - Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm. While some passengers only received minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history to date.
Wasn't there something in Rainman where it was stated that Qantas was the safest airline, or am I imagining it? Anyway I always associate Qantas with koalas and I like koalas so I hope none were on that plane.
480 BC - Euripides, Greek playwright (d. 406 BC)
I like Greece.
63 BC - Augustus Caesar, Roman Emperor (d. 14)
We used to have a bit of the Roman wall in our back yard when I was little. It was excavated and is now Segedunum (I don't live there anymore, just as well, as I wouldn't like to put up with the tourists, apart from the fact the house was knocked down and I would be living on a piece of rock)
1215 - Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire (d. 1294)
There's a poem about him which mentions Xanadu, I used to like that song by Olivia Newton John. Probably shouldn't have mentioned that, you'll all think I have dubious musical tastes now. I do.
1865 - Emmuska Orczy, British novelist (d. 1947)
I work in a library and have never seen her book the Scarlet Pimpernel there. I wonder if pimpernel is the real name for a pimp, could've been a totally different book.
1869 - Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary, first carrier of typhoid.
I had a typhoid inoculation to go to Corfu(!) on my doctors recommendation when I was 18. God, it hurt, I'm sure he was a sadist. I've never heard of anyone else having to have it to go to Corfu.
1943 - Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer.
Do you not think calling him a singer is a bit misleading? He was a guest on pop idol last year murdering a song. Mind my singing skills are non existent (I've been banned at home) so I suppose I can relate to him.
1949 - Bruce Springsteen, US-American singer and songwriter
My brother used to be a huge fan in the 80's and I used to hate him (Brucie, not my brother - well not all the time), but I did like his Philadelphia one - and the cheese is quite nice too.
1968 - Yvette Fielding, English television presenter.
Ooh she's a year younger than me. She used to be on Blue Peter and progressed onto screaming her head off on Most Haunted. I once went onto one of those ghost walk things in Edinburgh but was so pissed I didn't get scared, unlike my husband who nearly wet himself with fright (I shouldn't have crept up behind him and breathed on his neck - it's a wonder we're still married).
1939 - Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist (b. 1856).
My family say I'm mental.
Well there you have it, interesting (to me anyway) facts about September 23rd. Maybe you'd like to share your birthday with us. Go on I dare you!
The saying goes your only '21' once, well for me this year its your only '31' once!
One birthday, one celebration..well not this year!
I always struggle on my birthday with it being the 6th January, everybody is partied out from Christmas and New Year, no one has much money so their just not in the party mood.
This year it was suggested to celebrate early. i was a little sceptical about this! So on December the 19th me and my friends accended on Taunton and had a good night out with drinks and partying! This was all good and people treated it like my birthday.
When my actual Birthday came around, i felt a little bit deflated, knowing that celebrations had taken place. However a couple of friends suggested a pub lunch, so off i toddled and met in the pub, this put me a little more in the birthday spirit as they made a real effort and there was also gifts and cards ;-) A pub lunch and some afternoon retail therapy, what more could a girl want.
With my husband being at home poorly i knew that we wouldnt be doing much in the evening, but i was ok with that.
However when i arrived home there was ballons out side the front door and when i went in my husband was stood there waiting with a birthday cake and presents. So put a smile on my face. He even cooked me a lovely meal despite him not being very well. So a lovely evening was had.
The following friday afer my birthday people suggested drinks again as some were unable to attend the last birthday drinks or stay late due to commitments. So out i went with the girls, drinks and dancing. Was a prefect way to end the birthday celebrations.
So who says your birthday only needs to be once, i feel like the queen or indeed Paddington bear with all these lovely celebrations.
Every family likes to celebrate birthdays and mine is no exception, with children grown up and grandchildren now getting more numerous by the year, it is getting quite costly.
All children like a party and it is now the norm to hire a venue like the local leisure centre, or the soft play centre with the ball pits and bouncy castles. These don't come cheap and kids like to invite all their school mates including family members so it can get a bit out of hand.
There is the birthday cake and party bags to dish out, kids just love it all but some how I don't think that the parents do any more.
Years ago a party bag consisted of a piece of birthday cake and a balloon, not now, you have to put a pack of sweets in a set of pens a few whistles and trinkets, it's expected you see.
What ever happened to jelly and ice cream with a few sandwiches at home, then a game of pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey? It was affordable and we all enjoyed it as a family.
I was asked to attend a nine year old girl's party the other week to do nail art on twenty girls after they had had an hour driving around in a bright pink Limo and a game of bowling. This set the parents back about 250.00 without the cost of the buffet, how can normal working class families keep up with that sort of party?
Has the world gone crazy? Why do parents have to go to so much expense? Pressure from the kids is one factor and probably a bit of keeping up with the Jones's comes to mind.
My son and daughter in law told me that they are getting a bit sick of birthday party invites for their kids; they get one about every other weekend now that all three of their boys are in school, but of course you cannot say that they can't go and one of the parents is expected to go with them.
I am not a 'Party Pooper' really I'm not, but it does seem to me as if every year parents are having to do bigger and better bashes for their kids just to keep their 'Children's Street Cred' so to speak.
Quite sad really don't you think?
Birthday Greetings to myself, even though my birthday isn't for a few more months yet. But since I know what I shall be doing for my birthday and this discussion had no reviews in it I thought I would like to be the first to write a review.
I am actually going to repeat what I did a couple of years back. I am hiring the local soft play area out after the daytime sessions have finished for the children. My hubby and children are joining up with my friend and her hubby and children and we are hiring it for 2 hours, my friend's birthday is a week after mine.
I can't wait to go down the slides, hide in the ball pool, swing on rthe ropes etc.
I always think its so unfair that when we take the children to the soft play area and we are only allowed to sit and watch.
The children know this is what we are going to be doing this year. The other year when we went we never told them until we got there and the look on their faces was priceless when they knew that we would be able to chase them around and go on all the climbing activites. There wasn't many of us on the soft play area but we certainly made enough noise for a huge party of children.
So if you are over 35 or any age really and you want to be a kid again for your birthday then you ought to think of phoning your local soft play area and see if they do out of hours parties. Our local soft play area charges £150 for 2 hours but if you spilt the cost with a couple of friends its a cheap party do.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this.