If someone has any words of wisdom on how to handle birthdays that are only a day apart, I would love to hear them. Oliver’s birthday always overshadows Micah’s just a bit because, well, the boy has expectations. Micah is a good sport about it of course, but I just want to celebrate him a little bit more than we are able to manage. It feels like a box to check before we move on to Oliver’s birthday—and that doesn’t sit right with me. So . . . I’m all ears.
Having said that, I think this year was my most successful attempt so far. We woke Micah up on his birthday with a flaming pumpkin pie and sang him the birthday song. This was because we had a date planned for that night but I wanted the kids to be able to celebrate with him as well.
But aside from breakfast pie and a date night, Micah’s birthday is mostly prepping for Oliver’s birthday. I actually spent Wednesday night working on a bat-shaped birthday cake for him and a good bit of Thursday making bat-shaped cookies for him to take to school, finishing up the cake, and getting the last of the gifts ready.
The only reason there were lots of presents to prepare was because of the running joke we’ve had going that all he was going to get for his birthday was something that rhymes with “smunderwear.” So the first several gifts he opened were underwear wrapped in different ways. I think it was among the best moments of the week to see him totally get into the joke and laugh and laugh and laugh with each new pair he opened. He was equally gracious with the rest of the gifts as well—and was especially excited about the plush Bob-omb from our friend James. (Bob-omb, from the Mario video games, has quickly become another member of the family.)
I definitely feel that birthday week was a success. We had a great time and we loved celebrating Micah and Oliver. They are totally top 5 favorite people in this house. But if I could just spread the love and energy out a little more evenly . . . you know, that would be great.