I remember being at a children's party many years ago and to this day I don't think I've ever seen so many presents gifted to one little person. At the time it made me feel slightly nauseous. The sheer excess staggered me and I left feeling quite uneasy about the scene I had just witnessed. Since becoming a Mama, I've started to understand the indulgence aspect somewhat... or at least more than I did back then. Grandparents and other relatives, friends and neighbours, all want to spoil babies and children. And it is their prerogative to do so. But excess when it comes to my children, still bothers me. For this reason, I generally set aside a portion of birthday and Christmas presents and gradually farm them out throughout the year. My way of helping the boys to appreciate each and every gift and the people who gave it to them. It's a personal opinion, one I feel strongly about.
I am also a firm believer that experiences can often be more enriching and rewarding than material possessions. So, for Felix's second birthday, we didn't buy any presents at all. And he was none the wiser. What we did do, was venture to the Sydney Aquarium, as a family, to celebrate in the loveliest of ways. A first for all of us and the excited squeals and wide-eyed wonder were not reserved just for the little ones. Scott and I had as much fun watching the boy's reactions, as they did experiencing them. And though Felix will almost certainly have no memory of his second birthday celebrations in the years to come. We most definitely will.