Birthday party continues…. :)

I had wanted to do something special for my daughter’s birthday. Partly because it was her first, but also because I wanted to set a trend for her for the years to come. It is something that I really believe in. To spend her birthday with the girls at Udayan Care. But we also wanted to have a “normal” party, to invite friends and family to bless her and spend some good time together. I also wanted to make this party a no-gifts party. But I knew no one would adhere to it simply because I was asking it. So instead, we planned a birthday party for little S and requested all our guests to not bring any gifts for her, but instead for the girls at Udayan Care. That way, we would be saved from hoarding unnecessary gifts for S, and in turn, helping other kids get something they need!

But it didn’t really go as planned. A majority of our guests gave us money since they could not decide what to bring for the girls. And so, we used that money to organize a birthday party for S with the Udayan girls and bought stuff that would be of use for them. We went to the Udayan care house this Sunday, met the girls and the super woman Kiran Modi ji who spearheads the entire thing. Little S was quite happy happy in the company of so many didis (elder sisters) and the girls too gave her all their attention.

I am really happy at the way both the parties happened. We met and entertained all our near and dear ones and little S got so many blessings. And most importantly, without hoarding on to things she didn’t need. And at the second party, the kids were so happy to have the little one celebrate with them. And we were happy as well to share her birthday gifts with them.

Leaving you with a few pictures from both the parties 🙂

Little S enjoying with the girls 🙂

 

The cake cutting

 

A group photo with the lovely kids!

 

The other birthday party 🙂

PS: In reality, I do not like to share my outings with any NGO on a public space as it seems too arrogant/immodest to me. But since for this birthday party, we had already told our guests about our plan of donating the gifts to the girls at Udayan, I felt like sharing this update with all of them through the blog.
And if this inspires you to do something similar, it would be the most precious “return gift” of this birthday party 🙂

The 1 year waali feeling :)

Next week is my little one’s first birthday. As easy as it sounds, it feels as unreal to me. On the outside, we are really excited and pepped up and arranging her first birthday party. But on the inside, I am just freaking out. If I may say so.

Just this time last year, we were impatiently waiting for “something to happen”. Because I was already past my due date, even though  “It can happen anytime now” was what I was hearing since a month. And 1 year already to that day. And what a day it was. I have written about it here. But somehow since yesterday, I can almost feel an excitement building inside of me. Of the D-day approaching. As if something as earth shattering is going to happen again. It’s not. And thank God for that! I have had an experience of labor and child birth once. And I think I am covered for life.

If you are fond of birth stories, read this one. It just reminded of all that I went through too. Minus the epidural and the c-section part 😉 I think I couldn’t do as much justice to my labor story as this woman 😉
I almost got the chills as I remembered my own time and the hours ticking away on the hospital clock during labor. But am so so glad all that amounted to something 🙂

This is her first milestone of the many many to come. I am excited and proud and happy and generally nervous. Of how time is just flying away. I look at her pictures when she was days old, and now. I just can’t seem to place where the time went. And this I feel after having spent most of my year with her (during maternity and vacation)! Imagine what’s going to happen now that I have resumed work and soon after, when she starts going to school!

Anyway, wish us luck for the party. Our first as parents 🙂