De­cem­ber’s ba­bies miss­ing out on all of the fun of the year

Hastings Leader - - News -

To­day’s col­umn is ded­i­cated to all of those De­cem­ber ba­bies. In fact lets in­clude Jan­uary as well — those who have their birthday for­got­ten about due to the jolly fat man in the red suit!

I’m a De­cem­ber baby and so is my son. He was born four days be­fore my birthday and was due on my birthday. For the first time in his life, in utero, he ac­tu­ally lis­tened to my beg­ging about not be­ing in labour on my birthday and he ar­rived early. Of course be­fore I knew we were preg­nant I had these grandiose plans of hav­ing my 40th some­where amaz­ing like New York. They were just dreams of course — I hadn’t won Lotto, but I thought at the very least I would be open­ing bot­tles of cham­pagne like Madame Clic­quot her­self for break­fast lunch and din­ner that day!

Cue the real life sce­nario……me home from hos­pi­tal the day be­fore, not a wink of sleep for three days, cry­ing at the drop of a hat, un­able to move off the couch with a lit­tle crea­ture con­stantly at­tached to me. Not the glam­orous 40th I had planned. But here’s the thing — none of my birth­days have gone ac­cord­ing to plan due to Christ­mas be­ing a week or so later. I’ve al­ways had the joint presents, I’ve al­ways had school break­ing up the day be­fore so never had a birthday on a school day, and now in adult­hood ev­ery­one ei­ther has a work do on, or has been cel­e­brat­ing the fes­tive sea­son so much they’re just to knack­ered to catch up. I’m go­ing to start send­ing out ‘save the date’ in­vites for birthday drinks in March in the hope some­one can ac­tu­ally make it in De­cem­ber.

I promised my­self I was never go­ing to do that with my son Mac. He would have a very spe­cial De­cem­ber birthday with no men­tion of Christ­mas un­til af­ter the event. That went out the win­dow years ago and 2018 has been no dif­fer­ent. The tree is al­ready up, the ad­vent cal­en­dar choc­cies are be­ing eaten, and when I ask him what he would like for his birthday he can’t think of any­thing. How­ever he has a list as long as his arm for Santa! The fat man in the big red suit wins again! — Me­gan. De­cem­ber ba­bies miss out on the fan­fare.

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