Hey everyone! So, I spent much of last night cleaning out the cobwebs and shooing away the crickets on this blog. Sorry for the long absence in posting — a sick baby, a sick mama and a case of the winter blues has left me with little time to be creative.
But the good news is, I’m back! And it’s my birthday! Only, to be honest, I came thisclose to forgetting it was my birthday this year. I’m serious! Blame it on new mom survival tactics, but if it doesn’t involve my son’s sleeping schedule, a breast pump and all its parts, or what kind of dinner I can pull together in 20 minutes or less, it’s pretty much off my radar these days. It doesn’t help that, as an adult, I sometimes find myself being all Don Draper-ish about my birthday.
I’m still riding the high of last year’s 30th birthday surprise, so I’m OK with this year’s birthday being low-key. A good hair day, being healthy again (more to come on being sick as a mom for the first time…blech), and a new episode of Modern Family — well, that’s good enough for me. BUT if I could put together the adult equivalent of a child’s birthday wish list, here’s a few of the requests you might find on it:
1) Drinks with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey: I’m pretty sure this would be on a LOT of women’s birthday wish lists, but I could not love two women more. In my mind, Amy would make me laugh so hard gin and tonic would shoot out of my nose. And Tina could tell me all about what she plans to do next now that she’s moving on from 30 Rock. (I would try to bribe them into making a sequel to Baby Mama, BTW). Oh, and friends, don’t worry, I’d make sure to get all the details from Amy about her forthcoming book!
2) A invitation from Beyonce for a private viewing of her new documentary: I’m fascinated by Queen B. She’s everywhere these days and I was a bit bummed that our HBO-less house meant I couldn’t tune in to see Life is But a Dream on Saturday night. I’ll have to settle for watching it online, but in a parallel world where dreams come true, B would fly me to NYC (first class!), let me crash at her penthouse apartment and watch it in high style from the luxury of her and Jay-Z’s mink sofa (you KNOW they have a mink sofa!). She’d also let me hold Blue Ivy. Wouldn’t THAT be a photo worth Instagramming?!
3) My son would grant me a full night’s sleep: Dean is in the midst of what, in some mom circles, is known as the four-month sleep regression. (This blogger sums it up pretty well!) At any rate, given that Nick and I have been up the past few nights about every hour on the hour, this is truly the birthday wish I would blow out a million candles to have come true.
(And while we don’t co-sleep with our son, this “How Not to Sleep with a Baby” diagram still makes me LOL. Maybe you have to be a sleep deprived parent to appreciate this kind of humor).
4) Funfetti cupcakes whenever I want — for life: Being in my 30s now means I probably should have really adult taste in what I’d want to indulge in on my birthday, right? Like, a truffle tart or creme brulee. But you know what I’d really love? A cupcake or two whipped up with some kid-friendly, Funfetti batter. Even better would be having a tray of said whimsical treats appear whenever I felt like it. Hmmm…maybe No. 5 on this list should be “Never gain any more weight?” :)
***And to all of you who called, texted, Facebooked or Tweeted me happy birthday wishes, THANK YOU! A birthday is a great reminder to stop every now and then and feel the love from your family and friends!***
Photo sources: Amy and Tina / Beyonce / How Not to Sleep with a Baby Diagram / Funfetti cupcakes