Comments on: Birthdays on Other Days http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:34:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Renee http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-1335906 Renee Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:01:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-1335906 Happy Birthday to your dad, in Heaven. My son (4 1/2) is obsessed with yellow also. I love that about him. So unique as a favorite color, and so happy, as well.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-1331980 Design Mom Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:12:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-1331980 Penny, the post you are reading was written last year, the day after September 11th. Sorry to confuse you!

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By: penny http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-1331656 penny Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:55:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-1331656 I’m sorry I meant 9/11, now I’m completely lost it seems…

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By: penny http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-1331607 penny Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:53:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-1331607 I know this is slightly off topic but this article really confused me: isn’t today 11/9? I checked my calender (digitally) about four times already because I’m so freaked out… Why are you all talking about “yesterday”?

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By: Julie http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-737998 Julie Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:18:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-737998 Mine as well! I do find, though, that is a helpful way to remember my bday when I tell people it is Flag Day.

My grandparents also got married on my bday when I was 5 (my grandma and step-grandfather). I used to always call them and wish them a happy anniversary. Now that they have passed away it makes me sad that I can’t continue the tradition!

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By: dj http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-734880 dj Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:05:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-734880 Our son’s first birthday was the day following 9/11. We celebrated as planned. How could we not celebrate the life that God, in His wisdom and mercy, had chosen to share with us?
Every year, as 9/11 observations are on-going, we are preparing to celebrate our son’s birthday. I weep for those lost, wonder at the bravery of the first responders (my husband is a firefighter), and move ahead with our family’s plans. I remember what President Bush said in the days following the attack — that to change the way we live is to let our enemies win. It also would lessen the sacrifice of those NYC heroes. We remember them, we honor them, and we live the lives we are blessed to have because there are free men who choose to stand between tyranny and us.

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By: Sally from Little Hiccups http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-734834 Sally from Little Hiccups Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:58:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-734834 I just remembered that I share my birthday with the Golden Gate Bridge! It was nice to celebrate with such an iconic landmark last year – although unlike the bridge I did not turn 75!

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By: mandi@herbanhomestead http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-734769 mandi@herbanhomestead Sun, 15 Sep 2013 15:31:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-734769 It’s been good reading all of these stories. I’m a Christmas Eve baby. I like it for the most part because as an adult, I get to be with my siblings on my birthday! They live in Seattle and I’m in Texas, so this is the only real time we get to see each other- and it makes my birthday very special. However, sometimes I wish for a day that wasn’t spent on rushing to get packed and out of the house for Christmas celebrating. Where I could go out or at least get a cake. And not get the ubiquitous bday/merry Christmas text! Ha! But all in all- it’s good. I don’t know any different! My one year old was born on Leap Day! I wonder how she will feel about this as she grows???

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By: Matisse Madden http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-734129 Matisse Madden Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:09:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-734129 Gabrielle,
Your Dad looks like a total stud. I am sorry for your loss. He must be very proud of you and your crew up there in Heaven!

My Birthday is May 4th (“May the forth be with you”), it is a great day to be born. However, last year, my sweet Grandfather passed away on my birthday. It was very sad for me and my family. In spite of all the negative conotations of this coincidence, I consider it an honor to share the day with him. He was a very good person and I know his enterence into heaven was a happy one. I believe he was reunited with his own parents, brothers and of course his Heavenly parents on my birthday. Parting is indeed sweet sorrow.
Loves,
Matisse

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By: Jenn http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-734128 Jenn Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:06:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-734128 My wedding anniversary is 9/11 and I was in the North Tower of WTC so it’s a bittersweet moment each year. I try to keep in mind it was good day for me because I married the love of my life on that day and I was able to return to him 2years later. They first anniversary was extremely hard, I was pregnant and in NYC. I didn’t know of any place to go for the day that wasn’t grief stricken. We ended going to the Bronx Zoo and it was the best place. We were among other families with children so seemed wanted the same place to escape the day. Every year I remember the event in the morning by watching the memorial service then at 8:35 I speak with my friend who walked down the stairs with me. After that I spend it with my family ever grateful I survived and that they were not able to take that day for me.

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By: ruth http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-733722 ruth Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:41:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-733722 I share my birthday with my sister, but 3 years apart. I always loved how it made our day unique and special. Unfortunately my sister, being the first born, did not see it that way and felt cheated out of her own day, especially as a 3 year old having her birthday marked by the arrival of a new baby(according to my mum!). I believe this simple event has somewhat defined the dynamics of our family, my mother over compensated for the guilt she felt and placed my sister in a position of the poor victim, indulging her every wim and making her very spoilt and juvenile (even now at the age of 48!). As a child I was always “the strong and independent one that didn’t need much looking after” according to my mum and hence we have all spent our whole lives taking care of and trying to make my sister happy! I moved from the UK to the US 10 years ago and think part of me was running away for them. I know that the same scenario could of unfolded even without the birthday but it’s so interesting how a small event can have such impact.

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By: Gina http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-733353 Gina Sat, 14 Sep 2013 07:41:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-733353 I love that you did spread a little of his sunny yellow!

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By: J http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-732865 J Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:06:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-732865 April 19 is the day the Battles of Lexington and Concord (of “The shot heard round the world” fame) happened, which was the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Though these events happened on April 19, Patriots Day in Massachusetts is celebrated on the third Monday in April, and unfortunately this year it was marked by bombings at the end of the Boston Marathon (which is always held on Patriots Day).

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By: KelliO http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-732810 KelliO Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:12:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-732810 My grandfather was born on Friday, April 13. I didn’t know him well, but the family story is that he was suspicious, and never celebrated his birthday on the 13th, no matter the day of the week! My birthday is the 14th, so I think of him, and every Friday the 13th- like today!- reminds me of him, too. I actually enjoy them more because of it.

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By: KelliO http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-732805 KelliO Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:08:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-732805 My mom’s birthday is December 31st! Dad always takes the whole family to lunch, since we’re home on holiday, and Mom likes to play it up and say everyone’s celebrating for her. It actually makes it one of my favorite holidays.

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By: Ann http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-732780 Ann Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:34:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-732780 This is such an interesting topic! One I find very interesting since I have two sons, one born on leap day, and the other born on Christmas day. I also have a daughter who was born on Hitlers birthday, a fact I only know because a stranger told me so. I was very excited to have our sons on each of these days. We celebrate our leaplings birthday on the first of March on non leap years because in our minds, that’s the day he would’ve been born. And then every leap year he gets to have a really big celebration! He’s five now, so he sort of understands the concept. He loves to tell strangers he is only one years old.

As for our Christmas baby, I’m still not sure how or when we’ll choose to celebrate it each year as he is only 1.5 years old. I think we will always have a few traditions on that day, like balloons covering the floor by the Christmas tree, maybe a special birthday breakfast etc etc. I think I’ll let him decide as he gets older if he would like to celebrate it before or after with his friends. Some valuable lessons I learned on his first birthday were: 1. I can no longer procrastinate at this time of year, if I want to give my family the Christmas they all deserve, and him the Birthday celebration that he deserves too. (last Christmas I ended up wrapping presents and blowing up balloons until 3 in the morning. Then I woke up at 5 am to bake a cake!) As a result I felt almost as exhausted as I did the same day a year before, when I had him! 2. I can’t change the fact that for everyone else (friends, relatives) it will be hard in all the Christmas shuffle for them to remember his bday. It’s not personal, it’s just too busy a time of year. To make it even and fair for all our children, me and my husband have decided that we’ll have a “no present” policy (excepting grandparents because they love to give so much) at birthday parties, that way we can control the exact amount and also the types of toys (no more play-doh toys;) Maybe it seems like not a fun solution, but honestly, they don’t need all those toys anyway:)

I love that they were born on those days, and in my eyes, makes them all the more special and unique. I’m looking forward to finding fun ways to celebrate with them.

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By: Issa http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-732752 Issa Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:57:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-732752 I remember it vividly. My bday is the 20th and that year I was sick and watched the news all day long. the 19th is also my best friends birthday. For some reason I remember it more than I do Columbine, which happened on my birthday.

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By: Issa http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-732746 Issa Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:55:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-732746 My daughter was born on Pearl Harbor day, in 2001. I know that my grandfather had a really hard time with it, but it’s not really something most people think about now. I feel like it was a generational thing. Not that I don’t ever think about Pearl Harbor Day, but it doesn’t affect me like it does the people who lived through it.

Pretty sure our generations version of Pearl Harbor is 9/11.

Mine is Columbine. Also Hitler’s birthday. I don’t think about Columbine happening on my birthday as a huge deal, even though I live in Denver. I’m not sure why, but I just don’t. However I STRONGLY wish people would stop reminding me that Hitler and I share a birthday. My dad is first generation American. His dads family escaped Poland, his moms Russia. It’s the knowledge of what happened to my family that makes me hate being reminded. Every year someone has to remind me, as if I’ve never heard it before.

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By: Kara http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-732734 Kara Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:42:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-732734 oops! I meant Sarah (Mary is right below)

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By: Kara http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/birthdays-on-other-days/comment-page-1/#comment-732731 Kara Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:41:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40715#comment-732731 Thanks Summer and Mary – it’s nice to hear that other people are keeping an eye on my birth date! My daughter is now 3, and since she was born on April 21, I kind of almost forget about my own birthday now. I developed pre-eclampsia (sp?) at the very end of my pregnancy and wound up having her via c-section. I remember my husband and I sitting down the day before my birthday and googling the date we wanted her to be born: 4/19 was my b-day and I didn’t want her to feel like she had to share her day, 4/20 was hitler’s b-day – so no way on that, 4/21 was Queen Elizabeth’s b-day. So the 21st it was!

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