Birthday Guest: Holidays and Half-Birthdays

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Welcome to my birthday week! I will be 35 on August 17. I do not normally care about birthdays, but turning 35 seems like a big deal to me. Hence, my gift to myself is to get other people to write my blog for me. I know, brilliant right? All this week, I will have four lovely friends who will be writing about birthdays. Please show then some love! I’ll be back next week, older and hopefully, wiser.

xoxo, Alison

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I cannot imagine my blogging life without today’s guest in it, Robin of Farewell, Stranger. With each post she writes, she brings me closer to her world, her life, her heart. She writes with such honesty, being completely open with her struggles with postpartum depression, in hope that by sharing, she can help someone suffering too. 

Robin is also a fellow contributor to World Moms Blog and Just Be Enough, and is involved with Band Back Together. Talk about one busy lady!

The thing about blogging is? You just never know when you stumble upon someone who just seemed destined to be a friend. Thank you for being my friend, Robin, and for celebrating my birthday with me. xo

Let me give you a hint: for the sake of your future children, avoid doing the nasty around the end of March.

Evidently no one ever gave my parents this advice, and thus I am stuck with a birthday on December 21. I suppose it could be worse, like having a birthday on Christmas Day. And I suspect a birthday right after Christmas, when everyone’s sick of eating and drinking and celebrating, would be worse as well. But a birthday right before is no fun either. Trust me.

One’s self esteem takes a beating, I’ve discovered, when one’s friends – no matter how loving normally – forget one’s birthday because there are a million other things going on. (I now worship at the altar of Mark Zuckerberg for creating Facebook and thereby reminding people it’s my birthday. Oh, how I cherish those wall posts…) Over my lifetime I’ve had a lot of early-January phone calls complete with an “I’m sorry!” and a meek “Happy birthday…”

After one particularly bad year I’d had enough.

“That’s it!” I announced to my husband. “My birthday is now in May. May 21.”

Hmph.

(It did occur to me to choose my half-birthday, but June 22 is my sister’s birthday. No way was I going to chance my pretend birthday being overshadowed by being the day before.)

I was kidding, mostly, although it had occurred to me to hold my own birthday celebration the following spring. But I didn’t have to.

The next year, May 21 came and I found myself with a date. My husband – because he’s awesome like that – decided to run with this idea and took me out for a birthday dinner, complete with cards and presents. I was floored.

I was also pretty sure I had it made.

Until December loomed, that is, and I started to worry that not celebrating on my actual birthday was going to seem kind of sad.

“Don’t worry!” my husband informed me. “We’ll still celebrate on December 21. May is just to make up for the times you got the shaft.” (Except he probably didn’t word it that way.)

This should have occurred to me years ago!

Things went on like this for a few years until in 2008 I found myself very pregnant with a breech baby on May 21. The day came and went and neither of us noticed, given that we were rather preoccupied with other things. It actually wasn’t until months later that I remembered we had missed my “birthday.”

Since then, we’ve forgone the May birthday and have stuck with the December one. But it’s all right now because my birthday feels more special anyway. I now appreciate the festive spirit in the air at that time of year. If I plan it right, I can be on vacation for my birthday. And there’s that handy help from Facebook, of course.

But don’t worry. Thanks to Mother’s Day I still get a celebration in May, and that’s more special than any pretend birthday could ever be.

(Happy birthday, Alison!)

Thank you Robin, I love this post. My son was born on December 29, so I know what you mean!

Do you like your birth date? If not, why?

 

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  • August 16, 2011 Robin

    Yay, for once I’m the first to comment! 😉

    I’m so honored to be here celebrating your birthday with you. I don’t know what divine force brought you into my life (is there a Goddess of Blogging?) but I shall forever be grateful.

    Much love and a happy birthday to you, dear friend. xo
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      I’m so thrilled that you’re here, truly. Love your writing, love you. I have no idea who the Goddess is, or Fairy Blogmother is who had us meet online, but thank goodness for that.

      Thank you for being here, Robin. xo

  • Happy Birthday, Alison! 35 looks fab on you! My 37th birthday is this Sunday, August 21! I always felt like I got the shaft as well, as my birthday usually fell on or around the first day of school.

    And Robin? I always felt sorry for those of you with Christmas birthdays! But I love your solution! Your hubs sounds like a real gem, too. 🙂

  • August 16, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    My birthday is Dec 17th…and my presents were always wrapped in Christmas wrap, and I still the the “it’s your birthday present, but your Christmas gift too”
    really? that blows…
    oh, Happy Birthday Alison!
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    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      Oh yeah, I got the combined gift thing too. From friends, at least. My parents were always really good about that.
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Oh that really blows! I hope that now your husband knows better than to give you combination gifts! And thank you for the birthday wish.

  • August 16, 2011 Cristi Comes

    Happy Birthday Alison!!

    Robin you are a Sagittarius too! My birthday falls on or right next to Thanksgiving most years so I know what you mean but I suppose Christmas time is much worse.
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  • August 16, 2011 angela

    That is sweet that you did a few double celebrations. My kids’ birthdays are January and February. I’ve thought about doing a half birthday party for them when they’re older so they can play outside more. My birthday is August (like Alison! yay Leos!) and I loved the weather but hated that I never got to take cupcakes to school on my birthday.
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    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      My husband and I actually had a whole conversation once about the best birthday. He really likes his (2nd week of Sept) even though I figured that early in the school year wouldn’t be good timing. But summer has downsides too. That’s why I figured May was a good month to choose 😉
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Ah yes, the disadvantage of a summer birthday is that well, it’s summer! If you do 1/2 birthdays with your kids, they can celebrate with you!

  • August 16, 2011 Dr. G

    I have had patients angst about the possible birthdays of their children (everything from April Fool’s Day to Sep 11). This always make me realize that there are so many things out of our control as parents, it is almost easier to fixate on one of them without major consequences. Truth is, Robin found the happy in her birthday and the story is really sweet. And, speaking as someone who also does, having your birthday and Mother’s Day just about 6 months apart is a great way to split up the year. Happy birthday Allison! 35 is only five years away from starting one of the best decades in a woman’s life!
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  • August 16, 2011 Toni

    Happy almost birthday Alison with one L. 🙂
    Robin, beautiful post as always. And guess what? We actually planned to skip “the nasty” in March. (My Brother in-law has a birthday in December) Sorry you get the rough end if the stick birthday wise 🙁

  • August 16, 2011 Erica

    Happy Birthday Alison!

    I too love Robin and what an amazing pic of her. I thoroughly enjoy reading her posts and am happy to see her here as a guest.

    I did hate my birthday for a very long time. On the eve of my 11th birthday weekend, my father drank entirely too much, became violent and beat my mother for the first and last time. It was also the first and last time my father hit me. I had to cancel my birthday party myself and call all my friends to tell them it was being canceled. My mom was too torn up to call herself. I grew up more than I needed to that birthday. After that, my birthday was a memory I wanted to erase.

    It took a LONG time but I finally got to love my birthday, then, 2 days before my 32nd, my husband walked out on our marriage. That was last year. I thigh I’d hate my birthday again but this time, I saw how strong I am. How deserving I am of having a great day. A day to celebrate all I’ve overcome and who I am.

    So yes, I did hate my birthday but I don’t anymore.

    Hugs my friend.
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    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      Oh Erica, I’m sorry. But you’re so right to look at it that way. Your birthday is about YOU and therefore so very worth celebrating. Hugs to you too.
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      • August 17, 2011 Erica

        Thank you Robin, so much, that was sweet of you to say, it is about me and I am worth celebrating 🙂

    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Erica I’m so sorry about the unpleasant birthday memories. I’m glad you got through the tough times, and now love your birthday. *hugs*

  • August 16, 2011 Theresa

    Ooh, close to Christmas is hard. My oldest is just after, which is almost worse as we are all partied out and the coffers have run dry.
    I love my birthday though. It is Oct 9, which I share with John Lennon and it is always close to Canadian Thanksgiving. This means I am guaranteed a long weekend and a turkey, although these days I have to cook it myself. ;c(
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    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      I definitely think after would be worse. October would be great though!
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Your oldest girl’s birthday must be awfully close to my son’s! (his is December 29) It is a less than ideal time for most people. For us though we see it as a good thing. He’ll always celebrate his birthday during the holidays 🙂

      And October 9 is awesome!

  • August 16, 2011 Mama Track

    Great story, Robin! Love it. He just sounds so fun. And Alison, happy birthday, again!
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  • August 16, 2011 Jamie

    Sounds like you’ve got an A+ husband for pulling that off!

    I’m Dec. 22 and LOVE it! My family has always made a point to make a big deal, probably more than they would if it were during the summer like everyone else I know! No presents in Christmas paper, no double-gifting, and no cake at Christmas to celebrate. My birthday has always kind of been the fun night to kick-off the holiday week ahead.

    My poor husband though… we got married on 12/27 so he has a BIG week when this time of year rolls around!
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    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      Eep, that is a big week! I’m so glad you get such a celebration for your birthday. That would make it such a fine time of year.
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      I guess you need to make it a birthday week like me!

  • August 16, 2011 Robin's Husband

    Celebrating Robin’s half-birthday was a lot of fun. Very Winnie-the-Pooh to my way of thinking. The first year I was tempted to give her half of a whole gift and the remainder in December but that seemed cruel.

    Like other commenters with birthdays around Christmas mentioned, holiday-themed wrapping paper was taboo. I found that out very quickly the first year (sorry sweetie).

    I love that photo of Robin. It was taken in the Rocky Mountains near Roger’s Pass on our way to celebrate Christmas (and Robin’s birthday) with my family. We waited on the highway for a couple of hours for avalanche shelling to complete but passed the time by chatting to other travellers and taking our puppy Finley for a play in the 5 foot snow drifts. If you look really close into Robin’s eyes you can see Connor peeking out. She was about 3 months pregnant..

    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      Love you honey. xx
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      My favorite comment ever.

      It’s very sweet of you Robin’s husband, to make an occasion of a half-birthday. Most husbands would have pooh poohed the idea (hah see what I did there).

      I like the way you described the picture – Connor peeking out of Robin’s eyes.

      You two are just adorable!

  • August 16, 2011 Ostriches

    OH MY GOSH, hilarious. Seriously. I don’t know if it’s because my birthday is DECEMBER 30th, but I pretty much fell in love with this post and asked it to marry me. One question though, how do you stop your family from wrapping birthday presents in christmas paper? or giving you socks because they gave you the good present for christmas?
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    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      Oh yeah, Dec. 30th would suck too. I find a few subtle reminders before the big day works well. Something like, “Don’t wrap my birthday presents in Christmas paper!” 😉

      As for presents, that’s a tough one. In the end I decided I’d have to choose whether to have a “big” present on my birthday or for Christmas, and I actually preferred Christmas. I have a pretty good balance, though, and I try to choose to do something special on my birthday to make it seem like a special day. Or you can tell people you want a spa appointment ON your birthday – that way you get a good present and a special treat!

    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      Your birthday is one day after my son’s! Fortunately we don’t celebrate Christmas so we avoid the whole wrapping presents in Christmas paper hehe.

  • August 16, 2011 mom2kiddos

    I always thought you’re considered extra special for having a birthday so close to a festivity but it does make sense too that you don’t get the full load of a celebration.
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  • August 16, 2011 Ann

    Okay – that was funny! When you wrote “avoid doing the nasty in March” I nearly decorated my computer screen with my diet coke! I had NO idea where you were going with that one….

    FAB guest post! Happy day-before Birthday, Alison!
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  • August 16, 2011 Jessica

    My birthday is in January so I always feel like I get shafted on presents. Maybe I should make the whole month of June my birthday just because I can.
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    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      You should! And actually, now that I think about it, January would probably be worse. My mom and sister are both in the first week.
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    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      You’re assy, you can do ANYTHING.

  • August 16, 2011 Kimberly

    My mom and my sister in law both have birthdays around the holidays and they complain for the same reason. My birthday is now 4 days after my son’s so I definitely get overshadowed by that. But really, what better reason than for your kid’s birthday, right? 😉

    Also May 21 is the day before my birthday! Good choice on your half birthday!
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    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      It does seem to be the lot in life for us moms. 😉 And yay, now I’ll remember your birthday!
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    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      I always wanted a birthday with my child, that way, his father wouldn’t forget mine! Haha

  • August 16, 2011 Blond Duck

    Popped in from SITS! I do, because it put me on the cusp of Virgo and Libra. 🙂 I get the best of both worlds!
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  • August 16, 2011 Elena

    I love that your husband just went with it and celebrated. You’re right, Facebook does totally help now in not letting people forget your birthday. I have a December baby and I always wonder if this will happen to him. I’ll have to make sure I make the birthday extra special!
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  • August 16, 2011 Missy

    My brother in law is a December 25th kid. They named him Christopher Thomas. Get it? Chris-tomas, Chris-tmas, Christmas?

    Anyway, he hasn’t liked it his whole life either. So I get it. And I’ve always loved the idea of half birthdays!
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    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      No. Really?! Oh man, that’s just wrong. And yeah, Dec. 25th would be WAY worse.
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    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      Oh my, the name!! I knew someone who’s name was Augustine. His birthday? August 18.

  • August 16, 2011 Elaine

    That is so awesome that your hubby remembered and did that for you!

    My birthday has always been around Easter so I KINDA understand. AND then I went and had a baby exactly a week after my b-day and we’ve already had to celebrate his b-day on MINE because of the whole Easter thing. Funny how that works out, huh? 😉

    Birthday celebrations are what you make them though and I’m glad you’re back to celebrating on your actual day!
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    • August 16, 2011 Robin

      Way to go with the timing, Elaine! 😉

  • August 16, 2011 Elena

    This birthday week with friends is fabulous— love love love Robin! And seriously, that is one awesome hubby for making May 21st happen!

  • August 16, 2011 Kim

    We recently celebrated my step-mother-in-law’s half-birthday in June, since last December she decided she didn’t want to celebrate it then. It was fun to make the June date special, but I’m not sure how she wants to proceed for the years to come. I was glad to read this post as it painted the picture for what it may feel like for our baby, who is due around Thanksgiving time. Just the beginning of the holiday season, so it might be different than a December birthday. Thank you for sharing!
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  • August 16, 2011 Lady Estrogen

    At least you get one day – that’s just a must!!

    We tend to end up sharing birthdays in my family, it’s very strange.

  • August 16, 2011 Luke

    Am 23 January and my father is 22, we usually celebrate togheter. Happy birthday !
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  • August 17, 2011 jacqui

    I know a few people with December birthdays…one of them was born on December 24th. So I try to be extra special to them on their day. And I never wrap their gifts with Christmas wrapping paper.
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    • August 17, 2011 Robin

      Yay for Jacqui! What a great friend. 🙂

    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      That’s why you’re awesome.

  • August 17, 2011 liz

    Good for you! My oldest has a December birthday, and for the past 2 years, we’ve had her party before Thanksgiving even rolls around. It’s easier for others to attend as it’s not rolled into the holiday busyness and she gets some separation for herself.

    • August 17, 2011 Robin

      What a great idea. I’m sure she loves that.

    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      That’s a great idea!

  • August 17, 2011 Missy

    Oh, so true – some birthdays stink! My cousin’s birthday is Dec. 25 and one of my best friends is Jan. 1. I feel for them. We decided that we would do all in our power to avoid December or January birthdays for our kids – thankfully, it worked out.

    My birthday is almost too close to Christmas – Jan. 26 – but it was okay until I willingly stuck my wedding anniversary in between! What was I thinking?

    • August 17, 2011 Robin

      Ha! Oh no – now all your celebrations are bunched together. What were you thinking?! 😉

  • August 17, 2011 Roxanne

    I love my birthday! I was born the day before Halloween. 54 minutes before midnight! I love love love my birthday. And my son? Was born the 10th of October so I get to celebrate all month long. 🙂

    Happy Birthday Alison!

    (and Happy Belated/Early/In Between Birthday to Robin!) heehee

    • August 17, 2011 Robin

      Hee, thanks Roxanne! The day before Halloween would be great. My grandma’s was on Halloween (not sure if that would be fun…)

    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Roxanne!

  • August 17, 2011 story

    My birthday was Easter this year. (My 30th birthday. Sheesh.) My husband has a December birthday. Baby Girl has a nice, respectable back-to-school September. (And now I’m wondering how nice that will be when I’m teaching again. Uh oh.)

    I love the idea of picking another day to celebrate. Look at all the lessons I’m getting in celebrating this week. Thanks Alison, apparently I needed this series! 😉

    • August 17, 2011 Robin

      We’re here to serve 🙂

    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      Heh, you’re welcome!

  • August 17, 2011 Kir

    Half birthdays…genius, why didn’t I think of that!!!????
    How awesome that your hubby made it super special both times. Yea!!!

    My birthday is in Feb and my twins were born Jan 8th..so I know how u feel, I spent a lot of time saving all my birthday gift cards for summer clothes because I got o much for christmas and the boys have it he same way. Yet I celebrate, I revel in the day even if it’s so close to other holidays.
    I loce Christmas so much I’d probably drive my family crazy with lists and orders that December was all mine. (Cue evil laughter)

    I loved this and am so happy that u celebrate!!!!!!! You!!!!!

    • August 17, 2011 Robin

      Thanks, Kir! It does tend to bunch things up. Good think our anniversary is in August!

    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      I think it’s great you can save up the birthday cards for summer!

  • August 17, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Happy Birthday, dear Alison!!
    And great post! My kids celebrate their half-birthdays in school if they have a summer birthday. I’m lucky just to remember their REAL birthday! 😉

    • August 17, 2011 Robin

      That’s a nice way to do it for kids with summer birthdays!

    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jen!

  • August 17, 2011 Charlotte

    I have quite a few friends with December birthdays and always felt they got the shaft, too. I consider myself lucky I’m an April baby–and my dad and I are one day apart, which is kind of nice, too.

    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      Yes, I think that’s nice, almost sharing a birthday with your dad.

    • August 19, 2011 Robin

      That’s cool! Would be fun to celebrate together.
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  • August 17, 2011 Carri

    My birthday is on April 15, which is Tax Day. Sometimes it’s on Easter. Not so good times.
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    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      Bah!!!

    • August 19, 2011 Robin

      Oh, no good. Does it at least give you an excuse to get drunk?!
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  • August 17, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Mine is in December too so I totally feel your pain!

    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      When in December?

    • August 19, 2011 Robin

      A fellow December girl. I knew I liked you 🙂
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  • August 17, 2011 Lady Jennie

    It IS hard – my son was born on Jan 6th. We do try though. My dad was born to very frugal parents on Dec 21 and he never ever celebrated his birthday.
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    • August 18, 2011 Alison

      I hope you made up for it by celebrating your dad’s birthday with a bang every year!

    • August 19, 2011 Robin

      Aw, that’s so sad. Birthdays don’t have to be about presents.
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  • August 18, 2011 Eva Fannon

    Robin – my husband’s birthday is 12/18, so I know he feels your pain. I feel pretty lucky, my birthday is at the end of May…it was early enough that I could still get together with friends before school got out and the beginning of summer. (Not to rub it in or anything).

    Alison – happy happy birthday to you! For my 30th (this was BC) I wanted to do something special to celebrate and did a sprint triathlon. That was when I used to have time for myself. For my 35th, I wasn’t in shape to do it after just having birthed #2, so I settled for doing the running leg of the sprint triathlon as part of a relay team. It didn’t give me the “you go girl” feeling, but it was fun to do it with friends :).

    • August 18, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Eva! I like that you celebrated your birthday by doing what you challenge yourself too. I’m in awe!

    • August 19, 2011 Robin

      Yeah, yeah. You lucky girl 🙂
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  • August 18, 2011 Michelle

    Sister! I would have been extra peeved if you’d chose. June 21 cause as much as I love my birthday (sorry that you don’t love yours!), I have always wanted a solstice birthday (so now I’m jealous of you!). But you know I’d be happy to share anything with you. Love you!

    • August 19, 2011 Alison

      Aw, such a sweet comment!

    • August 19, 2011 Robin

      True, the solstice birthday is pretty cool. But the way you do it you get a solstice party and a birthday celebration. So yeah, no sympathy from me. Mwah!
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  • August 18, 2011 Hopes

    Robin,

    It’s so nice to “meet” you. It’s got to be tough when you are young to have a birthday so close to Christmas. But good for you for finding a way to celebrate regardless if it is on the exact day or not! I say those who have birthdays close to holidays should do it up big!
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    • August 19, 2011 Alison

      That is a great idea! They should have birthday weeks, like me 🙂

    • August 19, 2011 Robin

      You’re right! We should celebrate bigger, just because. Grand idea!
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  • August 18, 2011 Koala Bear Writer

    That’s a great story! My birthday is in March and I like that. It’s a nice month — sometimes. A bit unpredictable, actually. Looking back, I can remember birthdays where we were snowed in, birthdays where all my friends got stuck in the mud that was supposed to be our front lawn, and birthdays where my mom was out riding her bike in the warm sun. The only thing I didn’t like about my birthday was sharing it with my twin brother, but now that we no longer live together, that’s not an issue. (In fact, without FB, I completely forgot this year that it was his birthday too…)
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    • August 19, 2011 Alison

      Haha I think it’s funny you forgot your twin’s birthday 🙂

    • August 19, 2011 Robin

      No way – you forgot your twin’s birthday? Too funny 🙂

      March would be a weird time to have a birthday, but at least it would keep it interesting. You never know what you’re gonna get.
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  • August 18, 2011 Kate F.

    >>> Avoid doing the nasty around the end of March.

    How did I miss this memo not once but TWICE??? Two out of my three kids are December birthdays (20th and 30th). I feel like a horrible mom? To think! I am normally such a good planner? As payment back for my inappropriate “behavior” in March… please remember that I have to plan 2 birthday parties (really 4 with family and friend parties each) AND gather holiday gifts together! Can you imagine how great the celebrating is on New Years Eve in our home?? Momma is READY for a drink by then 🙂
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    • August 19, 2011 Alison

      Oh Kate, hahahaha! I think you may as well just deem December birthday/ holiday month and celebrate each day!!

    • August 19, 2011 Robin

      Oh no! That would be so overwhelming. Total downside for mom too. You’d think you’d have learned with the first one 😉
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  • August 18, 2011 Kristin

    When we threw out the charts and BBT and decided to “do the nasty” in March after nearly a year of trying to conceive and one loss, we joked that this would be it – I’d get pregnant and we’d have a December baby.

    And sure enough…

    Our daughter was born nine months later on December 3rd, exactly one week after Thanksgiving and three weeks before Christmas. It’s definitely been a challenge, both in terms of when we celebrate her birthday (I’m against lumping it in with one of the two holidays) and gift ideas (that shiz gets expensive!)

    But…

    I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We waited too long for her to enter our lives to care too much about *when* she actually did. 🙂
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    • August 19, 2011 Alison

      I have a Dec 29 baby, and I don’t really mind either. First because we don’t celebrate Christmas, so we’re ok. Second, we just wanted a baby, that’s all! So I love your way of thinking 🙂

    • August 19, 2011 Robin

      And fair enough! I actually think Dec. 3 would be kind of a nice time to have a birthday. But yeah, expensive for the parents.
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  • August 21, 2011 Tonya

    Happy belated, Alison!

    Robin, you crack me up – “avoid doing the nasty around the end of March”.

    My husband can empathise, his birthday is December 29 so all his life he got the two-fer gifts. His birthday always gets lost in the holiday shuffle.
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    • August 21, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Tonya!

      Your husband shares the same birthday with my son. 🙂

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