Thursday, September 06, 2007

because you know, I rock.

It's no secret I am not too good at a lot of this mom stuff. I am not a crafty type nor do I relish in parks and playgrounds. So it's fair to say that I am fairly proud of myself for having our First Ever Child Birthday Party (previous years were mostly adults and BBQ. This was few to no adults and you know, kids were invited too). I even had a bona fide Children's Activity. And SIX children at our house. J even captured me with beer in hand proudly proclaiming Dude! I Am A Full On Mom! to the camera during the very loud, very insane, very child geared event on our lawn last night.

And bonus to my neighbors who heard all the noise and stopped by for a drink rather than to complain.

It may seem trite, but I am damn proud. And exhausted. I fell asleep at 9pm last night and can't remember the last time I did that in my life. This stuff makes tripping through the third world with no money and a backpack look like the easiest thing in the world. Not to mention trying to end homelessness for some people. Piece of cake by comparison.

The joys of motherhood. I am getting closer all the time.

53 comments:

Mrs. Chicken said...

You are my hero ... even thinking about this gives me a headache!

happy b-day, belated, to Miss M. It sounds as if it was a joyous one.

Magpie said...

Aww. Kids parties with alcohol for the grown-ups are the best. I think it should be mandatory!

Congrats.

Kyla said...

Good for you, dear!

And yeah, totally exhausting.

Mad Hatter said...

You are so cute I want to squeeze you--and your full-on-mom beer too.

Kevin said...

That is so awesome!

Oh, The Joys said...

You're livin' the dream, baby. LIVIN' THE DREAM!!!

Heh heh.

urban-urchin said...

you're a better mom than you think. glad it went well and happy birthday again to sweet little m

flutter said...

I think, not only are you badass at the mom thing, but you are generally pretty amazing at the being human thing

Janet said...

Well of course you rock!

Can I admit, here, in your space, that I hate the birthday parties? I don't mind the planning, I like making the cake, but then the kids come with the screaming and the running.

I'm looking forward to when the kids just want to borrow my car for their birthday. Of course, I will immediately feel nostalgic and pouty over them not celebrating at home with friends any more.

I'm complicated like that.

Lawyer Mama said...

Dude, you DO rock!

We have Hollis's party coming up soon & alcohol is mandatory.

J Fife said...

I did the big birthday party thing this year, too. Oh sweet, exhausted lord! When it was over, I vowed never to do that again.

I bet M loved her party. Congrats!

bubandpie said...

That's not really the mom stuff, the crafts, the parties - that's the mom DECORATION stuff. At least, that's what I keep telling myself, since I too have those surges of pride whenever I do something that all the other moms seem to accomplish so casually.

painted maypole said...

dude, way to be a mom. I need to start planning MQ's B-day party. Ack. Mine will definately be a backyard venture - none of this renting a gymnastics place for us. That's for sissy moms. Or, um, maybe sane moms? Either way.

kgirl said...

good job, mama! i'm sure an awesome time was had by all.

carrie said...

I know. It's exhausting, isn't it. But so, so worth it.

Well done, friend!

Blog Antagonist said...

You do rock, and not because of the bday party. But...yay Mom!!

We have to stop being so hard on ourselves. I'm not a roll around in the grass, cookie baking, choo choo sound making, crafty Mom either. But I've realized I have other strengths that my children will benefit from.

And so do you. In spades.

Tabba said...

Yes. Yes. The closer.

When we did the combined party for the kids this past summer, I made damn sure that it was just as much for the adults as it was the little ones.
Many a beer was in many a hand.
It's mandatory.

You rock, lovely Momma.
Totally rock.

Just another day in the life, huh?

nomotherearth said...

Good for you! We've only had adult parties so far, but I'm thinking this year I'm going to have to be a full-on mom too. I found some great ideas in this fabulous book I read called "The Brightening Glance". I would venture to say that book is right up your alley. (It's not actually a book about birthday parties, just had some examples of them to prove a point).

Gwen said...

Rock on, rock star! And your little birthday rocker, too!

And if crafting is a mom requirement, I totally blow. Although I do bake a mean .... everything. So next year, the cupcakes can be on me. And I'll send them to, uh, Tibet? :)

The Chick said...

I never had a doubt in your rockiness! But you're right....the stuff that looks so easy never is!

bgirl said...

trailblazing into mamahood

rock it sister!

acumamakiki said...

right on. dude, this is why i love you, you say things like, 'nor do i relish in parks and playgrounds'. nor do i. xo

Jennifer said...

You are a ROCKSTAR. Kids parties stress me out to no end. I do them, but I'm a wreck. Beer helps, but it took me a few go 'rounds before I keyed in. You got that on the first try? AWE.SOME.

Beck said...

Kid parties. Yeah, I'd rather have surgery. GOOD FOR YOU!

the end of motherhood said...

Come to think of it, one of the only really good things about my kids getting older has been NOT having to give any more birthday parties where you need to worry that someone is going to burst into tears. Thanks for helping me look on the bright side...

Wayfarer Scientista said...

Congratulations! Both to you on throwing the party and to your little girl for turning 3.

Z said...

I'm dreadfully late, but Happy Birthday to M!

You do rock, wonderful Jen

Amy York said...

You are a rockstar! Birthday parties are the bane of my existence. I hate planning them, I hate attending them and I hate having 20 screaming preschoolers in my house. It is a necessary evil of motherhood, I suppose, though. Do you think one day I'll learn to love them?? :)
Happy Birthday to your daughter. :)

Christine said...

jen you are money.

i'd actually PAY money to see that video!

crazymumma said...

aaaaahhhhhh

(she said in her wisest pulpit tone)

...welcome to the darkside jen....

buahahahahaha....

Happy birthday M,may this year bring you joy. And hey, what didya get? My Little Ponies? Any Barbies?

Karen said...

Happy Birthday to her and congrats to you...you've no idea the lengths to which I will go to avoid the children's birthday party - with varying degrees of success - bribery works, we all went to a Yankee game one year in exchange for which I did not have to entertain the Thinker and friends while surrounded by cupcakes. It was a good deal. There is beer and pretzels at ballparks...

Jenn said...

Hell yeah, you rock dude.

A million years ago, Girl said to Boy, "I don't care, but for sure that one". When Boy asked which of the kids he was driving to the movie theatre at the end of one of Big A's birthday extravaganza's.

"I might hate you" he said when we finally got to our seats. "How have you dealt with that all day?"

That's when I told him I didn't necessarily frown upon gin bloody mary's for breakfast and lunch and snacks in-between.

Getting closer? Dude, you are so there.

slouching mom said...

Oh, Jen, I love you for this post. You and I, we'd get along in our lack of craftiness.

Anjali said...

Child birthday parties are a major accomplishment! Congratulations, and I'm glad you got to catch up on some rest afterwards.

KC said...

Awesome. I know the feeling -of doing right by your child. It's rare, but it's golden. Sounds like a smashing success.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Congrats, lady. I bow to your mothering expertise.

ms chica said...

Hon, if I were a mom, you are the kind of mom and person I would aspire to be.

Aliki2006 said...

Congrats on the successful kid party!! It is so fulfilling to pull one off, it really is.

meno said...

Oh the things we do for love.

Pgoodness said...

You rock, dude!!! And you're seriously good at the mama stuff - seriously.

mitzh said...

You certainly ROCK!

Laurie said...

Ya done good girl!

Scribbit said...

Hey, welcome to world of Super Moms! Next stop: Minivans and soccer!

jennifer said...

I know! I feel so proud of myself everytme I manage to pull stuff like that off... as if I'm really faking it most of the time!

blooming desertpea said...

Ugh! I hate kid's birthday parties!!
My son turned 10 yesterday and I am so so so soooooooo glad he didn't want one ... lol

But you did it! Woohoo!

metro mama said...

SIX children! I've never had more than 5. Well done.

cinnamon gurl said...

You DO rock! Good job!

Momish said...

Not there yet myself, so I tip my hat to you!

Happy Birthday to M!!

Jocelyn said...

God, I love posts where writers don't pretend that parenthood is all roses and joy.

I particularly find it hard work to be *upbeat* and *so happy* around a crown of children.

Most of the time, I don't even like half of them.

ewe are here said...

Wow! Three years old, and a birthday bash to boot!

Sounds like a fantastic celebration!

Whymommy said...

Good for you! Sounds like a great party -- hosted by Supermom!

liv said...

Oh, the birthday parties---I have plans each year which fade into oblivion as the actual day approaches. I'm a bday party chicken.

luckyzmom said...

Most Moms can relate.