First born's 1st Birthday

Amber - posted on 07/03/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are both born and raised in Minnesota. However, my husband is currently stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our first born daughter in the 3rd grandchild for my parents, but the 1st grandchild for his parents.
My question is... how did you other military families who are stationed far away from family do the first birthday? We already have a trip planned to go home for a wedding two months AFTER she turns 1. So, we really don't want to take two trips home in that short of a period. However, both sides of the family want to celebrate her 1st birthday with us. I am just looking for some advice, because I am torn on what to do!

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Tara - posted on 07/05/2010

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Have your own birthday party at home and video it to send to the grandparents. Or, you can have them call in on Skype during the party, to get the feel that they are there! If your family wants to do something special again when you go home, then let them.

The harsh reality of military life is that sometimes family will have to miss milestones such as birthdays, Christmases, etc. Make them feel like you are making an effort to keep them updated and involved, and they will be happy with that! I've found that sometimes our parents understand more than we give them credit for. And they are happy with the little things. Have them send a special birthday outfit for him to wear on his birthday, or send their own taped message to your little one. That's something he can keep forever, and watch late when he's an adult.

Crystal - posted on 07/04/2010

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if ya'll are going for a wedding plan it then thats wat we did for my husband family her eis how we done our daughter's first birthday party



my daughter had 3 parties when she was 1 the first one was were we lived at back home we met when he was recruiting were i grew up so my family and friends were there 2nd one was with my husband at ft gordon, ga he was reclassing so he was gone to school 10 hrs away and the 3rd one was with his family in new orleans which we had to be at his sister's blessing of her wedding since she got married on sandle's beach and nobody got to go it was very tiring but i wouldnt have changed any of it she only turns 1 once

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