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