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Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Birthday Blues


I have a friend I've known for about 13 years, and up until today, I had no idea that she didn't enjoy her birthday.

I mean, I recall when she had her 40th she expressed her embarrassment that her Hubby had organised (on the sly) a celebration with friends for her. She is such an incredibly nice and generous person, I just assumed she felt she was putting people out or something by asking them to come! (And she's the kind of person who is always thoughtful of others, so that would be entirely plausible.)

But then today I called her at work for her birthday, and she wasn't there. I had a brief chat with a work colleague and I happened to mention that I was calling for her birthday. "It's her birthday?" the guy asked. He had no idea. And I wasn't surprised. My friend's not the kind of person who would walk around telling everybody, "Hey! It's my birthday! Look at me, look at me! Wish me happy birthday!" It's just not her style.

So when I spoke to her later today, I found out something I had never known about my friend. She doesn't like celebrating her birthday. At all. In fact, that's partly the reason she wasn't at work today. For her, the thought of sitting at work, and perhaps people finding out (yeah - good one JODIE!) is almost as cringe worthy as listening to someone scratching their nails on a blackboard. She told me how one time, someone sent her a huge bouquet of balloons, and she had to stop herself from popping them all right then and there.

I never knew this about my friend. She's given a few reasons for this, but without going in to detail, whilst they (the reasons) all makes sense to me - I understand completely (and my sister is the same - she has zero interest in making a big brouhaha over her birthday either) - I can't relate. At all.

I LOVE it when it's my birthday. I really, really do. I always feel special. To me, it's almost as if the world should stop for a second and acknowledge my special day. Which sounds egotistical, selfish and ridiculous all at the same time. But it's how I feel. I walk around all day feeling on cloud 9, and by that evening, I'm already starting to mourn the fact that I'll have to wait a whole year until it comes around again.

Last year, my dear friend, Jen threw a birthday lunch for me with some other mums from school. She may as well have given me the crown jewels; I was so excited. And thankful. I sat at the head of the table and relished in the fact that people were there to wish me well. And that Jen had gone to so much trouble to make a meal in my honour. I felt blessed.

I wonder if my Mum has anything to do with this? Growing up, she always made a huge deal over my birthday. Pressies, a lovely cake she expertly decorated herself, a party... the WHOLE bit. I wonder if that's why I love my birthday so much?

Admittedly, turning 40 this year is not as exciting for me as it was when I turned 3o, but I'm still looking forward to it. I want a party. I joked the other day with friends about getting Hubby to organise a big bash at The Ivy or something. But truthfully, I'm not interesting is anything too fancy schmancy. Nothing flash. Just a bunch of friends in my backyard, some good music, good champagne and maybe some 70s-themed party food (think: toothpicks with cubed cheese, pickled onions and gherkins); because I was born in the 70s, of course.

And, yes - it freaks me out a little that the next big birthday after my 40th will be my 50th (gag!), but really, what am I'm going to do about it? It's not like I can turn the clock back, and stop it. I'm not going to get any younger, not even if I DID choose to go under the knife or try out a bit of botox. I've always believed you may as well embrace your age. Because one day, as hard as it is to think about sometimes, you'll be 80 (God willing) and then you'll wish you were 40.

How about you? Do you worry about getting older? Do you like celebrating your birthday?

Until next time...
Jodie

127 comments:

Ami said...

I used to love celebrating my birthday too. Always had a family get together and then a friends dinner out too. But last year when I organised something casual at home a few people weren't keen on the time, asked for it to be later, even if I could change the date! And then I ended up doing all the washing up! I didn't do the family thing as we'd only got married 3 weeks prior. Maybe this year will be different, although if I'm lucky we'll have a bub due then, which means I'll effectively be giving up my birthday forever if that happens!

Sarah P said...

I LOVE my birthday! Like you my parents made a huge deal of our birthdays and I do the same for my kids. And yes, I worry a bit about getting older, but that's why I cram in as much as I possibly can!

miss carly said...

i love my birthday. last year it was a bit of a let down though. but i dealt with it and it was still fun :)

i dont think birthdays were made a big deal in our house but i always have looked forward to them.

x

Holly Homemaker said...

I'm with you 100%, the world ought to stand still for even just 5 mins to celebrate my birthday! Hahaha

Michelle said...

I've always loved my birthday too! But on my 30th I was a mess- very strange - I've never been bothered by getting older. Hope I don't fall apart on my 40th. :)

Thea Smith said...

Birthdays are funny things aren't they?
I can go either way for me...I always get me hopes up that it will be wonderful, so if it is I LOVE my birthday, if not I'm bitterly disappointed.
And from experience the best way to deal with ones with a zero on the end is to go all out!! Celebrate in style, just the way YOU want to. Then it's much less painful!! lol

Thea Smith said...

And next time I promise to proof read my comment BEFORE I hit 'post'.....doh!

Sharpest Pencil said...

I love my birthday. Love love love. I advertise it for months before.The main reason for this is that I love cake and presents. As you do.

PS it is the 12th of June

melinka said...

Oh god no, I LOATHE my birthday. Every year I try desperately to squirm out of acknowledging it. My partner makes a gentle attempt to get me to celebrate but he usually ends up giving up. And it's odd, becuase I love other people's birthdays! It's fun to make a fuss of a good friend, but when it comes to my own birthday, bleeugh. Birthdays weren't a big deal when I was growing up & I'm an only child, so there was no tribe of kids around to make it more raucous. I'm just not keen on being the centre of attention :/

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Bern said...

My birthday is the one day of the year I can ask for and get, a no strings attached massage. It's all I want for my Birthday. I don't want roses or diamonds, just a massage that doesn't turn into a root.

I'm a simple girl, but geez I look forward to it :) Lovely post and happy 40th when it happens :)

Brenda said...

Love love birthdays. Why wouldn't you? It's the one day of the year where you can have your cake and eat it too. Pun fully intended. Hehe.

MegsyJ said...

I love my birthday too! But the last two years haven't been great ones - 2008 I was 2 months off having bubs, so hubby had to REMIND me that my birthday was coming up and he took me away for the night to make a big deal of my last childless birthday. 2009 was only 2 months off her 1st birthday, so I was too busy getting excited about that!

But *this* year, it's all about me once again. I will be 30, and we are going to Samoa with some friends to celebrate. I also want to have a party or something, but am yet to arrange anything for it.

Apart from 2008 and 2009, I have always been one to go around telling everyone it's my birthday! I love the attention for one day!

MegsyJ said...

Oh, was going to say - and this is turning into the longest comment ever - that my Dad is the worst for birthdays. Every year since I can remember, he's said, 'No more birthdays for me' because he hates that he's getting older. Obviously he just means he wants the date (and his age) forgotten, but I always tell him to be careful what he wishes for. Making it to your next birthday is a great thing.

Aussie-waffler said...

I'm rather a fence-sitter when it comes to my birthday. I don't make a huge fuss about it but I really enjoy a glass or two of nice champagne and a morsel or two of cake. I've still got one more year before the big 4-0, but I think I would like to have a fairly small gathering of good friends and enjoy celebrating another mile-stone.

Aussie-waffler said...

Oh Bern, your comment cracked me up.

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Erica said...

I'm a fan of birthdays, especially my own. Sadly, almost 9 years ago I gave up my birthday forever when I had my son on my 30th. Since then my birthday is all about his birthday - and I don't mind one bit!*

*although a cupcake and a glass of bubbles wouldn't go unappreciated ;-)

Taryn said...

I love my birthday! I am a bit like you Jodie, I feel a bit special. I think it has a lot to do with my childhood. We always had parties and Mum always went to great efforts. Being older now, I ALWAYS do something, even if it is just a lovely dinner out with friends. It's also a great excuse to catch up with everyone that I haven't seen in a while! xxx

Taryn said...

A massage with no happy ending?! bahahah xxxx

mommymiracles.com said...

I get excited about it, but try to downplay it cuz I'm too old to be excited about that stuff lol

emlykd said...

I'm with you Jodie... I feel *incredibly* special... and if I could celebrate my birthday in the 6 months leading up to, as well as the 6 months after! I WOULD!!!! I think its because in my house before I was a growed up... birthdays were always special... and I feel like I have gotten too old to make a fuss.. But I am glad to know there are others out there who love birthdays too.. Before now I liked getting older each year.. The novelty of that is wearing thin as I head to my late 20s...

emlykd said...

and MINE is the 1st of July! Along with MegsyJC

NikkiMoff said...

Bern - crack me up - but one of my husband's favourite stories is telling everyone when he tapped me on the shoulder once I told him - Back off - its MY birthday - yours is in October. I'm with you - although I wouldn't mind diamonds

NikkiMoff said...

Love my birthday too! But don't always celebrate it fully - however this year I'm going all out - also a 1970 baby. Off to New York for my birthday - hubby thinks he's coming too but if the budget gets too tight I'm prepared to go it alone. After all its MY birthday ;-). Have a fab one when it comes

Nomie said...

I love my birthday. I too feel a little special on the day. AT high school & uni I usually had exams on my birthday, so that was never much fun. This year I'll be turning 39 *deep breath* and I've started planning my big 40th party already! .. and really, any excuse to dress up and drink champagne is good!