I can't believe my Isabella Grace is turning 3 on the 26th of this month! Oh how time has flown!! This little tiny pee-wee is still a tiny pee-wee but full of life, energy, smiles & giggles! I am so excited to throw her a birthday party but am sad to say that it will be mostly adults. Being a working mom outside of the home leaves very little time for social interaction of parents with kiddos around the same age. Our playdates, well, they have become null & void. Today...I find myself really weepy over this. I know Izzy knows no different but I do. She gets to play with the kids at daycare but I don't get to socialize with the Mom's...we are all coming & going at various times. She gets to play with the kids at church and we pass people with brief conversations and smiles but we never make solid plans to get together. This goes for Alison too but a it's a little different now that she is in school and we can start inviting her classmates. Also, a lot of our friends have older kids, so Ali fits in better with them but Izzy...not so much. Ok, can you hear this Mom's heart breaking a little bit. <<pause...wiping away tears>> What to do?
Hmmm...well is there really anything I can do? Not at this moment. I can only hope that those we invited come & that we all have a great time! Which I know a great time will be had...if I have a one gloating Momtastic moment it is this...my hubby, sis-in-law & I put on some really fun parties!! Do any of you struggle in this area of not having enough time for playdates, feeling like there are more adults coming to parties than kiddos and what do you do about it? Do you also have the same pet peeve I do...when you send out an invitation...you should at least RSVP within a day or two, even if it is a maybe & then change it to a Yes or No when you know for sure, hopefully a week before the party?? Oh...this is something I struggle with! I want to plan & be prepared. I need to know many goodie bags, treats, food, etc...I am going to need. I am on a budget and last minute shopping doesn't always fit in the budget criteria!
As I am sitting here typing...I am realizing that I need to put myself out there a little more. I need to ask about arranging playdates and making the time work. I need to try to fit another hour into an already busy schedule so my girls can continue to grow socially and not be just stay at home kids. Somehow I will work this in...that's a really good 2012 goal.
Well...I should go and get dinner started, switch the laundry over & empty the dishwasher. Would love to hear if you have any helpful ideas or tips! I know a Momtastic moment is in the making tonight...just not sure what it is yet! Did you have a Momtastic Day?