The big 3-0, a rite of passage for anyone. A big 3-0 birthday party with a baby? A rite of passage for any new mother.
I must admit that other than Sister in Law Lighty’s 30th birthday trip to Centerparcs, we haven’t been to a 30th birthday celebration for a while. Quite frankly, Mr and Mrs Lighty are, well, a little bit old. So when Brother Hatchy had a 30th birthday party, just how different was it going to be now that we were less two and more three?
I feel like I’ve gained some sort of mothering badge of honour: set up party, been to party, even enjoyed party with a baby in tow. So I’ve decided that in order to gain the How To Party Like A Mum Award, you can’t claim to have partied with a baby until:
1) You’ve given very brief instructions to whoever’s babysitting as you dash out the door to help set up the hall. Unlike parties pre-baby where you spent hours on Pinterest, this one’s preparation has consisted of purchasing a few random decorations from the poundshop and eBay.
2) You come home to get ready then realise that not only have you got to get yourself ready, you’ve got to get a small person dressed and feed him at random intervals, too. Oh, and by the way, it’s sixties’ fancy dress which obviously requires an attempt at a beehive and lashings of eyeliner. In less than an hour. Plus feeding yourself and the baby. Oh and getting the baby dressed in his outfit. Doddle!
3) Getting to the party: you’re not really sure on the whole taxi / car seat rules, so this means that you opt for the train so that Mr Lighty doesn’t have to drive. Feel very bad walking to the station, are you terrible parents for bringing your baby out in the cold so that you can both enjoy the party?!
4) As immediate family members of the Birthday Boy, you’re one of the first to arrive at the party. This is fine, but Baby Lighty is starting to get tired. Do you change him out of his Mod-style polo shirt outfit and into his pyjamas or keep him in his outfit until other family and friends arrive and risk him getting overtired?!
5) Other friends and family arrive and coo over Baby Lighty (yes you opted to keep him in his outfit a bit longer). Change him into his pyjamas. You haven’t changed a nappy until you have changed one on a pub bench with a baby intent on rolling!
6) Miraculously get Baby Lighty straight off to sleep! Pop him in his buggy with his baby ear defenders on.
7) Enjoy party! You even manage to do the Cha Cha Slide on this occasion!!
8) Reflect on the way home that you were very, very lucky on this occasion, and having to do a night feed when you get in is a small price to pay for an enjoyable party with a very calm baby. Thank goodness you’ll only ever be doing this sort of parenting on special occasions!
So the How To Party Like a Mum Award wasn’t too hard won this time, but I think it’s fair to say that we were lucky Lightys. Will Mrs Lighty still win the award when Baby Lighty graduates to Toddler Lighty? I’m not so sure…
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