Birthday Boy

12 Dec

So we had a little birthday party for our BB this past Sunday. A few friends, some cake, and a happy baby. Well, mostly happy. He seemed at times to be more interested in doing his ‘normal things’ – opening/closing doors, playing with books, pulling at the printer – than playing with the other kids who were over. But still, the smashy-cake did its job. And mama was happy that baby’s first experience with cake was a Brooklyn Blackout cake.

As for me, I’m breathing something of a sigh of relief over the first year. I’ve been a little obsessed with death this year, thinking that our baby would actually succumb to one childhood dramatic form of mortality or another. The infant mortality rate in the US is pretty good (6.06 deaths per 1,000 in 2010, and even this is probably a bit lower for White, insured, educated, etc. parents). If you look at mortality tables (e.g., here’s a .pdf report from 2006), deaths per 100,000 drop from 6.71 from ages 0-1, to .44 from ages 1-2. So, really you are dodging something of a bullet if your baby makes it to one year old.

I don’t know how I ended up so much about death again. The point is that this dismal cloud is lifting for me, as we move on past year one. Plus, there’s so much more fun stuff to talk about than shitty bad stuff. I’m going to try to do a lot more of that in the coming days/weeks/months.

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One Response to “Birthday Boy”

  1. Davin December 13, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I’m totally with you. When VX turned one, I finally became aware of how much subconscious SIDS worrying I’d been doing all along. Now it’s all choking, running-into-traffic, etc worrying – but it’s less.
    Maybe that’s because I’m spending all myental energy pretending not to worry about SIDS for KX.
    Anyway, congrats on successfully keeping your offspring out of the sabre-tooth tiger’s mouth for the first year. Best parents EVAR!

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