Its that time of year again, the August babies are getting ready to turn 3, and the posts have started on the message boards. Predictable stuff, as we have done this every birthday, Christmas, and other gift-worthy holiday since they were conceived, and I get to read this stuff on several different boards no less as I belong to 3 of them.

What are you doing for your August baby’s birthday?
As usual the answers begin to get more elaborate as the posts go on, with a few normal answers thrown in for good measure. I’m waiting for someone to announce they are hiring an actual circus, complete with lions and elephants.

What are you getting your August baby for their gift?
“Oh, I’m only getting them {insert list of 20 $10 items} but the relatives will be buying them the big {insert $300 item} as we are trying to keep it small this year.” As the posts go on, I guess the tension starts to build, and you start to see several comments about how “There are x-number of kids coming, so I know they will plenty of gifts from them”, as apparently the thought of their child only getting a couple of gifts is enough that they start to worry someone will call CPS.

What kind of cake will your August baby have?
This is where it starts to split, with an equal number naming off popular cartoon characters, and the other half doing only homemade, from scratch, dye-free, all natural ingredients. To be fair one of the communities is very crunchy, but even their eccentricities get a bit funny.

So as much as I’ve been trying to simplify and declutter my life lately, I admit the usual pissing contests, excuse me, “birthday party plans” posts are looking more absurd to me than usual. I am trying to keep things small and simple, and it seems like everyone else is doing treasure hunts, circuses, huge theme parties complete with performers, yada yada yada. As for us, its close friends and family coming over for cake and ice cream. No BBQ, no animals, no performers.

Don’t worry, we are taking the money we save and sticking it right into his therapy fund. This kids gonna need it with all the big productions we won’t be hosting.

1 Comment on Pissing Contests..Errr..Birthday Parties That Is

  1. Cheryl
    July 24, 2006 at 11:15 pm (11 years ago)

    At 3 years old, most kids really don’t appreciate the elaborate birthday parties… give them a place to play, friends to play with, a few things to play with and some cake and ice cream and they’re happy as clams.

    I’ll save the big productions for their high school and college graduations.

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