December Babies Suck: A Call For National Abstinence Month

A tad of TMI here, but only one of my children was actually planned. We are blessed with being extremely fertile and in retrospect, it’s a miracle that I didn’t end up barefoot and pregnant my freshman year of college. It seems like all I need to do is think about a baby and poof, nine months later, I have one in my arms.



We didn’t bother ourselves with little details such as proper birth control, birth-dates and child-spacing. Why would one in the throes of passion? But had I, I certainly would not have chosen the month of March to conceive my babies. In fact, from now on, I shall be instituting a National Abstinence Month during March and beg you to join me. Why? Do the math. March conception equals December baby and December babies just plain suck.

I’m sorry if you are a December baby, it’s nothing personal, but you suck. You know it. And you have my deepest sympathies.

Much as parents may try not to do the whole combined gift thing, it’s pretty inevitable. There are only so many new toys a kid can handle and it’s just too much to give an abundance of presents a few days or weeks apart. Plus, it’s so freaking expensive– who can afford all that crap? Kids end up spoiled enough with the holidays alone- adding a birthday to the mix is just too much. And, much as we try and make the day all special and exciting, it ends up part of the holiday season blur.

And it’s not only the parents of the child– it’s other people as well. It sucks to have to schlep children in the freezing cold to birthday parties. Everyone is snotty and exhausted and too burnt-out to feel much like celebrating. There are no decent options for party locations since it’s too cold to be outside and the mere thought of having a dozen stuffy kids rolling around on plastic blow up toys is hardly appealing.

December babies suck.

So this March, and every March to come, let’s remember what we’ve learned and save future generations birthdays filled with grief and disappointment and forgotten recognition.

Tonight? Just don’t do it.

For the children.

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Madam Jinx 1 year ago

I feel bad for december babies that experience it the way you described. I am a six days before christmas baby. I was never spoiled since my family was poor. However my family made sure to give me my day and my birthday was never lost in the holidays.

Mandy 1 year ago

Christmas baby right here, December birthdays totally suck! Never once has the day been about me. (Sounds princessey I know) I just get the cake with some candles before everyone goes home. Woooohooo.

Ruth 1 year ago

My birthday is Jan 3rd and my baby girl is due on 12/12/14! Double whammy!

Jaclyn 2 years ago

My husband and I started TTC this year and we decided to stick with condoms during March for exactly that reason. I am a music teacher and December is the month from hell for me, between all the school performances and then church commitments. To top it all off, last year we moved the weekend after Thanksgiving. Then for some reason I decided to host Christmas dinner for the whole family. That month I told my husband, “I never want to have a kid with a birthday in December. I can’t imagine dealing with that on top of everything else.”

Fortunately for us, baby #1 is due at the end of February. That I can handle.

Zenaida Smith 2 years ago

I am a December and my husband and previous boyfriends and sex mates have always liked that I suck.

Kim 2 years ago

My best friend thinks I’m CRAZY for always refusing to have Winter babies. All of mine were planned. April, June, July. And in retrospect I wish April was August! (Outdoor parties=best).

Anyway, after reading this I see I am not crazy after all!

Amanda 2 years ago

Ds is turning 3 in 15 days. Im going to be 25 in 5. I have NOTHING planned, what so ever.

My older brother is a December baby.

Besides surviving “the holidays” I don’t plan much of anything.

Katie 3 years ago

My baby is due on December 24th, thank God we’re Muslim!

Emily you bring up a good point with the kindergarten cutoff, thanks for the heads up.

Laura 3 years ago

This is so serious. We have a nephew with a birthday on December 3 and every year I dread having to come up with a gift for him for his birthday and then just a few short weeks later come up with another gift. I’m very much opposed to the combined gift thing (and Dec. 3 isn’t really close enough to x-mas to combine anyway) but I’m always tempted. So yeah, practicing abstinence (or being very diligent about protection) this spring.

Keepstaring 3 years ago

We have a friggin’ 1st of January daughter! Worst thing ever: you have the whole combined-gifts-holy-crap-do-we-have-spend-even-MORE-money thing PLUS the added bonus that New Year’s eve has lost all traditional meaning because it is now all about: “remember how my water broke at 1am that year” and “we better don’t drink too much and go to bed on time because our daughter will be up at the crack of dawn bouncing of the walls with excitement” and “what the hell are we going to do at her party with 6 little girls for a whole afternoon when it is freezing outside”.

And when she’s older everyone will first wish each other Happy New Year and only remember two hours later that it is her birthday. And on the day itself everyone will be hungover and tired of all these parties and familystuff, so that will suck too.

Plus, I actually get peopel asking me if I CHOOSE to give birth on the first day of the year???? Yeah, I bribed a hospital to give me a c-section on a holdiday so I could enjoy the fun fact of having a child on the first of friggin’ january! Duh!

Taylor S. 3 years ago

Wish I’d seen this LAST March. I wouldn’t say my December baby sucks, but his birthday (exactly one week before Christmas) kind of does. What didn’t suck, though, was having the perfect excuse not to visit everyone and their mom (or have them drop in on us)…it was the holidays and everyone was either too busy or too sick to bug us. We’ll probably have parties for his half birthdays when he’s older!

Emily 3 years ago

This may have been mentioned above, but another negative of a December baby is whether or not to “red-shirt” (ie, hold back) for kindergarten! For those of us who live in school districts with a December cut-off, it’s always a tough decision!

Molly 3 years ago

My kids are 12/22 & 12/28….I should have read this about 4 years ago!

Shanan 3 years ago

YES!! I have five nieces/nephews and only one was not born in December or early January. Tough on the wallet!

Jessica Smock 3 years ago

Such a great idea! I’m permanently marking this on my calendar. The holidays already stress me out. Worrying about an additional birthday would be just too much. My sister’s baby was born on Christmas Eve (although her due date was in January), and she was devastated. Her main goal — besides a healthy baby — was for her pregnancy to last through New Years. Now Christmas Eve will forever be Christmas Eve Dinner/birthday party. Which sucks.

melissa at filling our bucket 3 years ago

My son was TOTALLY unplanned aaaaaaaaaaaaand his birthday is 12/22. Not my first choice for sure.

But I do what I can to keep it separate from Christmas. Like losing my ish on my mom for wrapping his birthday present in Christmas paper. NO! NO! NO!

Momchalant 3 years ago

Well, I did the opposite and HAD my baby in March. He wasn’t planned, but I guess good thing we decided to be careless in June, HA!

Thai 3 years ago

October/November babies suck, too. 7/8 months pregnant in August? The worst thing ever. And I have two of them.

Marie 3 years ago

Lol! My brother and I are both December babies and we always had to celebrate later. Our friends always went skiing after Christmas and I am Dec 27. Funny how our kids were born in February, May, and July… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Leslie M. 3 years ago

I must agree with the sucks part! My triplets were born December 15th! Try planning a birthday party in December, for three kids and 30 of their friends!! It’s a NIGHTMARE! Never mind the amount of “stuff” that fills my house right up till past New Years! I sometimes wish our fertility treatments were delayed but, after 7 years of trying I have three awesome 8 year olds – and December only comes once a year!

Michelle 3 years ago

As a December baby, I can attest. Don’t do that to your kids!!

I’m 30 and still bitter about never having a birthday party on my actual birthday (day after Christmas).

Jess 3 years ago

My entire life I swore I wouldn’t have a December baby. It’s incredibly unfair for the kid, and as an only child with a summer birthday, I recognize the importance of celebrating. I could understand if the pregnancy was a happy surprise, but I never understood how anyone undergoing fertility help could possible conceive in March, I mean, WTF? You’re scientifically getting help getting knocked up and you can’t factor in the birth date into your equation?!?

And then I had to undergo fertility help to get knocked up. And after months of trying, I got pregnant. In March. WTF was I thinking?!? I could’ve skipped that month’s treatment plan, but I was desperate, and cynical–I wasn’t getting pregnant before, so why would I get pregnant now? Oh yeah, because I ABSOLUTELY DID NOT WANT A DECEMBER BABY!!! I was estatic to finally be pregnant, but felt guilty for damning this baby to a life of crappy dual gifts. The baby’s due date was December 7.

But all’s well that ends well. Baby boy decided to arrive 7 weeks early (strong and healthy) in October. Disaster averted! You make Momma proud, son!

AnneB 3 years ago

LOL! I hear ya. My firstborn is a December baby. My second pregnancy, which was unplanned and ended in miscarriage? Due the exact same frickin’ day as my son was – December 11th. Apparently, I just need to not have sex for the entire month of March. I’m currently pregnant for the third (and final) time and this one is thankfully due in May.

grownandflown 3 years ago

My husband is a December baby and it doesn’t get any easier in adulthood with the double whammy of Christmas and birthday – either one is challenge enough but together…..impossible.

Anita 3 years ago

Agreed! My December baby was not planned that way and he’s definitely gotten the short end of the stick so far. My older son’s birthday is in June, so I’m considering a mini-birthday then too.

I had good friends in high school who are boy/girl twins and their birthday is on Christmas Day. Ug! They really got ripped off.


Heather 3 years ago

I always said I wanted a baby ANY month except December. So, when we were trying, we took off March. By the next March, when we were STILL trying, I said who cares, what are the chances anyway at this point…..yep, December 29th birthday. Lol. And, as grateful as I am for my little guy, it really does suck.

christina f 3 years ago

I had my oldest child in December on my husband’s birthday…one day after my mother’s birthday. Not sure what we were thinking!

Mom22Tweens 3 years ago

Both my girls were conceived in March. Those fetuses must’ve felt me cringe every time someone said “Oh, so you’re having a Christmas baby!” (They were due early Dec., and I didn’t want to carry THAT long). So instead, I got two babies born near Halloween. Every late Oct./early Nov. is a non-stop binge of cake and candy. And the only long term effect of their prematurity is they each got to start school a year earlier, since we had a Nov. 30 cut-off.

Blue Fairy 3 years ago

I have a December baby and an early January baby.
Early Jan baby was 10 days over, she was actually due christmas eve. Dec baby was born on her due date.
My early September baby was due in late October, so there you go, due dates really mean nothing. Best to abstain from Feb through to May just to be safe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nuts about food 3 years ago

Let’s add April to that, which is when we conceived… I ended up with a third-decade December baby anyway!

Frida 3 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this right now. We just tested negative last week after our March insemination. We’re trying for our second child so it’s a lot easier (emotionally) this time but your post kind of gave it a positive spin and put a big smile on my face. :) Now, I’m telling my self that February (although still relatively cold) is a much better month to be born.

Liz 3 years ago

The hubster and I run a campground- so we are more concerned with Summer birthdays. Baby 1 unplanned born at the end of June and now baby number 2 (was supposed to be planned but WHOOPS) due July 5th. I always wanted a Fall baby. Such is life!

Headacheslayer 3 years ago

BWAHAHAHAHA Jill you slay me ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m cackling out loud here!!!

I could NOT agree more. My son’s birthday is near the end of January and IT SUCKS. He’s still smitten with Christmas toys and THEN…MOAR.

Not to mention one of the BIGGEST things you forgot to mention. You will spend the majority of your pregnancy WHEN IT’S HOT. That is never a good combo. Nope. Trust me, speaking as a FL mom whose A/C was barely working while pregnant w/ DS. Hot, bitchy, pregnant. Deadly trifecta for any male in the area.

I don’t have to abstain though–the perks of The Big V ๐Ÿ˜‰ And we have a child-free weekend coming up…..out of the goodness of my heart *I* shall abstain from abstaining for the rest of you this month. It’s a sacrifice, but I owe it to my Scary Mommies ๐Ÿ˜‰ *flee*

neosi 3 years ago

I feel kinda shitty now. We’re a bit on the older side as parents and just happy to get pregnant. My poor little girl is a Dec. baby and I feel kinda bad for her. We did her first bday in early Nov. so we may have that be the tradition.

Molly 3 years ago

Our baby was born Christmas Day this year. We named her Sol- S.O.L. (Shit Outta Luck).

Joy 3 years ago

You guys all need to get lives with real problems to worry about (except Roe). And yes, I realize the article is part tongue-in-cheek, but try going through infertility treatments and being overjoyed at having a child, period, no matter the month of birth.

Mama D 3 years ago

My kids’ birthdays are July, August and (early) September. They are sad every year because they can’t celebrate their birthdays with their friends because so many people are away in the summers! We celebrate their half-birthdays with their friends in Jan, Feb, and Mar respectively. The flip side of the coin!!

Cindy 3 years ago

Lol. I have three December kids !! 12 , 17 , and 20 th !! I love it !!

Monica 3 years ago

This post made me laugh. It should say March/April are abstinence months. My baby girl was conceived in early April and due on Dec 27th but came on the 17th. I felt so bad for her, that was not what we were planning for… I am not looking forward to birthday party planning in future December. Poor baby girl. LOL

    Nuts about food 3 years ago

    Hehe, just commented pretty much the same below: conception April, birthday a couple of days before Christmas!

Sharon 3 years ago

My birthday is the day after Christmas. It sucks!

Jenna 3 years ago

My birthday is December 5. Just after Thanksgiving and just before Christmas. I grew up in a rural area and had to have my parties at Pizza Hut. It sucked. I thought I was lucky until I was old enough to realize I got one good present (something I actually asked for or something that was more expensive) for my birthday with lots of little ones. (I call those “dollar aisle” toys now. As in, “Mom, can I get a toy?” “Only from the dollar aisle.”) Then, when Christmas came around I received one good present and lots of little ones. Many the same as I’d gotten just a few weeks earlier, but had been lost or broken by Christmas. And around my 8th Christmas I realized my birthday presents from others that I wasn’t all that into had suddenly reappeared on Christmas morning from The Big Guy!!

My mom is a fucking genius.

Jessica 3 years ago

My birthday is December 15th. So I suck. Lol. However….my mom did an amazing thing for me. She changed it! We celebrated my birthday on August 15th so I could have a party outside for one, but as a bonus I always got school clothes and cool toys like bikes I could actually use for a couple months before winter hit. She would still give me birthday gifts from her on my bday, but everyone else in August! I highly recommend this!

lisa b 3 years ago

11-13 husband
11-24 daughter
11-26 me
12-3 MIL
12-13 daughter
yeah, nov/dec are flipping exhausting!

staci 3 years ago

Agreed! My birthday is Christmas day!! I used to give my mom a really hard time about “couldn’t you have planned better?”….guess what….my sons due date was December 26th!!! So much for planning!! He ended up being born December 19th….so now his is the 19th, my dad’s is the 23rd and mine is the 25th….we have a CRAZY Christmas season in our family but actually, it’s really very fun for all of us! Babies end up being fun no matter what!

Rose 3 years ago

In total agreement with this. I’m planning on getting pregnant this year but we’re not going to start trying until the summer. If I don’t get pregnant by January, I’m using birth control for February-May. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family has 7 birthdays and every year, it is chaos! We decided long ago that we’re going to try really hard to avoid having a winter baby.

Krisi 3 years ago

I am 100% with you!! As the mother of a Christmas Day baby, it is already a nuisance, and he is 15 months old. grr… Very few people came to his first birthday party because the weather..they couldnt afford it…they were tired from all of the holidays..etc.etc. Poor little man!! And yes, I would not let my husband touch me the entire month of March! Bring on April!

Rob Squared 3 years ago

I will absolutely jump on the March abstinence bandwagon. On Christmas Day, 2011 I helped deliver my son (and first child) on the bathroom floor of our condo in Denver at 3:40 aml. We were sent home from the hospital TWICE on the 24th. I’m pretty sure I have PTSD about the whole event, but luckily everyone is happy and healthy. We will NOT be having another December baby.

Roe 3 years ago

My son was born December 26th. He was not only a planned conception (iui), but was also a planned c-section. We live in sunny Florida, so he has had awesome birthdays. This past one he turned 4 and had a great pirate party OUTSIDE in a beautiful park, 30 kids came and had a great time. Everyone was in shorts, tees, and sun dresses. NO, December babies do not suck! They are AWESOME!

Jess 3 years ago

I couldn’t agree more!!!! December babies are hard but I have one on Christmas Day! She just had to go a week over -.-

Lisa 3 years ago

My third child was born on December 29th. I became pregnant during a Florida vacation which included a nightmarish drive down I-95 during Spring Break with two toddlers in tow. Between the traffic and lack of hotel rooms, my husband was able to take full advantage of my weakened state. When my son was little, he thought a Christmas birthday was great, but that was short-lived. On a positive note, the holidays were so chaotic that by the time I planned his birthday parties it was usually March or April, so at least he got some gifts that weren’t connected to the holidays.

Brit 3 years ago

Both of my kids and I are Summer babies (June for me and my son and August for my daughter) but I think the best time for a birthday is Spring (with May being ideal). It’s nice outside, it’s far enough away from Christmas, and no one is on vacation. Summer birthdays are mostly awesome but everyone is out of town on vacation and no one shows up to your party. So that’s kinda lame. Still not as lame as a December birthday though.

Amanda 3 years ago

My brother and I are exactly 2yrs and 11 some odd hours apart, earily Dec babies. My son whom is 2, you guessed it December baby. We do suck.

Lynn 3 years ago

Haha I agree wholeheartedly with this post! I conceived on VDay and March 5 so both my boys are November and December respectively. Always a pain to book anything trying to beat Christmas parties and whatnot and it’s too cold to be outside.
I joked to my husband that IF (big fat if) we wanted any more children, February to April is off limits.

thatmom 3 years ago

As the parent of a Christmas time baby (she was week early and arrived on Dec. 26th), I wish someone had thought to mention this to me 8 years ago! It does suck. Not only as parents trying to make BOTH days special, but as the kid who has a Christmas tree next to their birthday cake! We still make it extra special for her, but it was still really crappy NON planning on our part!

RamblingMommy 3 years ago

birth control failed me one march….which resulted in the birth of Sweet Boy 5 Decembers ago….i’m entertaining the idea of a half birthday in june

Heatherfly 3 years ago

this is hilarious! I just started TTC #1 last month.. I was really hoping to get it on the 1st shot and have a chance at a 11/12/13 baby. but alas.. didn’t take on that 1st try. I have a bunch of december birthdays in my family.. but I tried this month anyway. EDD of 12/9/13. I won’t know if I’m pregnant til next weekend though. I’ll be super happy if I am though, anyway. ๐Ÿ˜€

RachRiot 3 years ago

I am *totally* with you. I still remember sitting in the doctor’s office in shock when he told me my firstborn was due on CHRISTMAS DAY. Serious piss-poor planning on my part. Or, rather, no planning. Luckily, he was a few days late and I had to be induced On Dec. 30th. But still, my son gets the shaft…

Jodie 3 years ago

Yep, 2 that were meant to be December babies – unplanned. My first held on until January -15 days late because I did NOT want a December baby. The other had the good grace of showing up in November. After she was safely out, I looked at my Doc & said, “See, I told you I don’t have December babies.” (I could be lily because my hubby had the big snip by then). :)

Amy 3 years ago

All four of my kids are born within a two week period in February. May is Abstinence Month from now on in my house.

jodi 3 years ago

We conceived in March and have a November baby-not any better… On top of trying to schedule a bday party between Halloween and Thanksgiving, there are people traveling in and out of town and just try to pop out for any last minute supplies… worst.idea.ever.

Kim 4 years ago

I feel less guilty for my current angst after reading this…but I wish I’d read this in February. Hubby and I have been charting for prevention (to space our kids) and each month I get freaked out that we DTD too close to O…Now I’m pretty sure I wasn’t fertile yet the last time we DTD, but there is this slim margin of error that has me freaking out…especially since my charting site blasts me every day with “If you conceived this cycle, your due date will be December 25.” I know so many who struggle with IF, we’ve had multiple m/cs…it pains me to NOT be excited about a possible pregnancy. But here I am praying that we’re not. :-(

Sara 5 years ago

I have 4 kids (no multiple births) all born between November 12 and December 13, and I would like to say that having to plan birthday parties in November sucks pretty bad, too. :(

MomofTwoUnderFour 5 years ago

Jan 1st birthday right here and I’ve been a victim of combined presents my entire life. I gave my husband fair warning that he will be sorely sorry if he subjects me to the same! My first is Feb 22, not bad but a wild child. My second, Oct 28 and I conceived exactly on Valentine’s Day… Mellow little man after a wild night! However, pregnancy in summer is the WORST. I advocate contraception at the very least from February til May! :)

Cat 5 years ago

Well I think February being the Love Month is highly overrated. I demand you petition Valentine’s Day to be moved to June. Conceived in such a cheesy month, I was born exactly on Halloween’s. From infancy to twenteens, probably only 4% were actual gifts.

Then all I got was candy.

Anne G. 5 years ago

I happen to have two boys with November birthdays that are six days apart. We were starting to think that was the only time I was fertile…maybe it is, although now that we have been trying for a third child February came and went and I’m not pregnant. Guess we’ll be waiting until next February. :)

Trilla 5 years ago

Well thats all fine and dandy for ya’ll but I ain’t with it. My hubby is in the military and is at work more than he is at home so if I can get it in I’m gonna get it in. Also for the thing about December babies sucking I have some choice words for you. I know the birthday and Christmas thing sucks for them but thats when you go all out and buy them a dirt bike or something awesome like that and give them a bunch of little things for Christmas. As for the other states some of you live in you have to deal with snow and ice those things do suck when your pregnant but I don’t so I don’t care. As for abstinence yah thats how I ended up 16 pregnant and had to give up my first child for adoption in short abstinence SUCKS thats just my opinion thanks for letting me vent

PsychoMom 5 years ago

My birthday is Dec 30 and I remember only having one birthday celebrated. I used to get one present for both Christmas and my birthday. It used to piss me off. My family was cheap as hell.

DM 5 years ago

As a December baby myself, I have to tell you, you’re absolutely right. December birthdays suck. Mine is in early December, so what I mostly got to do for my birthday was watch the first snowstorm of the year come down. Yah-effing-hoo. Contrast this with my sister, who was born in late August and got to do cool stuff like have birthday picnics and go to amusement parks, and it sucked even worse.
In fact, one year, when I was in my mid-20s, I celebrated my birthday in June, just to see what it was like to have a summer birthday. My relatives got in on the act, which was kind of cool.
Nowadays, though, with a kid of my own and plenty of holiday commitments, I’m happy to just lump my birthday in with Christmas. I’m too burnt out to care.

Missy 5 years ago

I agree. I have a December baby and even though it is at the very beginning of the month, it still sucks.

We are thinking of starting to do a 1/2 birthday celebration party for his friends now that he is old enough to understand and just do something small with family on his real birthday.

lesa 5 years ago

Being someone born two weeks after Christmas, I really envy my friends who have birthdays any other time of the year. However, from a business aspect, secretly I love that time of year because I am always busy doing parties because there are not a lot of places to do birthday parties around here :)
I will also say that having all of your family’s birthdays close together sucks majorly as well. My husband’s birthday is June 19. My son’s is the 18th, and my daughter’s is the 21st (she was due on the 20th which I thought was amusing). We also have three other family birthdays that month. My bank account thinks it’s Christmas all over again. The hardest part about their birthdays is trying to find a party date that actually works because everyone takes vacations, has graduation parties, and gets married that time of year. Needless to say, we have No Sex September in my house :)

Denise 5 years ago

Totally. Our “surprise” number 5 was due 12/10/2010, and arrived Nov 30. It makes Thanksgiving and Christmas hard!
But honestly, it’s never very fun for us – we have birthdays in May, June, July, August, September, October, & November now, and our anniversary is in December. It takes the other 4 months to recover!!

Jen 5 years ago

Well, growing up in my house, we had 3 birthdays to celebrate in December: 18th, 20th and 22nd. Mine falls on the 22nd. After a couple of years of everyone having cake (yes, 3 separate cakes), we all diverged from regular cakes and would choose something different than cake.
I never really had the problem of getting Christmas and birthday stuff combined, as everyone always seemed to try and make sure they celebrated each separately. For many many years we would always go get a tree the day after my birthday. (Until people got their trees waaaay early and to get a tree that was more than just a few limbs you had to get one much earlier. Then we started going earlier, and my parents actually asked me if I was okay with picking out a tree earlier than we traditionally did. Of course I wanted the good trees, so I had no problems with it.The tree would go up in the house, but the house wouldn’t get decorated until later.
I’m afraid that we don’t have to worry about a baby being made this month… already pregnant and due mid-June. Planned this one, and we are having another summer baby. (Our last one was born July and will be almost 2 when this next one comes.)

Beth 5 years ago

So far my 11 year old (born December 12th) has made out pretty well on his birthday as well as Christmas. But as he gets older, his gift requests are getting more expensive and… well yeah… I totally considered making a couple of his gifts combined gifts this year.

We try not to put up the tree or make anything too Christmasey until after his birthday.

Katy 5 years ago

We had to have a Dec baby…otherwise DH would have missed the birth (thank you deployment). I think ‘half’ birthdays in the summer with her May baby sister will be in order…

Ashley 5 years ago

My birthday is December 31st, and everyone thinks its the coolest birthday in the world. Trust me, its not. Not only do you get totally ripped off from Christmas (who wants to wrap MORE presents after that holiday) but everyone else already has fabulous New Year’s Eve plans and they don’t want to spend it with you. Or, they come to your party and bail around 9pm to go get drunk with their other friends. Its sad… I will never have a December baby for this reason exactly!!

Sarah 5 years ago

Oh my gosh, too funny! Just for the record, I AM a December baby and yes, it sucks. Save your children!

Sunday 5 years ago

Thankfully I had my tubes tied when my younger son was 2 so I can have as much sex as I want any time of year…. I really wish that meant it actually happened.

Sarah 5 years ago

I’m a December baby. You’d think it wouldn’t be so bad for me, given that my bday is the 6th! But nope! Most years I don’t even get a party or a get together with my friends due to people not having any money.

I can understand the no money part but come on! One night to hang out? Too much to ask? Really?

Also, why do couples give you one gift from the two of them? If it was a gift that was a bit MORE than two little gifts I’d understand. But I’m obligated to give EACH member their own birthday gift. Why do I get punished as a single person??? AND as a December baby when most of my bday presents are also my Christmas present??

Linda Lou 5 years ago

You’ve done it again. Scary Mommy for president.
Step daughter born Christmas day. Her brother 2 days later. Total PITA.

Jen 5 years ago

I am on of three kids born December 14, 29 and January 1. It became a joke once we got a little older. My Dad says he learned to stop touching my Mom during March!

Sarah G. 5 years ago

I have a December 21 birthday, and yes, it can be not fun. I really didn’t care that as a child growing up most friends only gave me one present. My family was usually pretty cool about it. However, I was really jealous that my brother could have a swimming party (which one year we celebrated my half birthday and I got a pool party!) and that we didn’t really do outside things for my birthday much. We one time did my birthday early in the month and had a Christmas tree decorating party. My friends came to help decorate our tree and it was fun! We also went caroling one year since most of my friends sang with me in choir. And then when I was 8 and really into ballet, we has a “dress in dance wear/recital tutus and watch the Nutcracker” party complete with a ballerina cake. So, it’s easy to put your holiday fun into a party with your friends in December!

Carla 5 years ago

I really wish I would have read this two Marches ago. I have a Dec husband and a Dec baby, between them and Jesus there’s a whole lot of birthdays in my house the week of Christmas! I’m usually such a planner, I guess I just didn’t plan on getting knocked up the second I chucked the pill … live and learn.

Kelley Kakes 5 years ago

I have a December baby, and you’re right… it does suck. Pregnant in the heat of the summer and bringing more stress to the holidays! He was supposed to be a Christmas baby, but thankfully he came out on the 10th. He was enormous and contracted strep from me, so we spent ten days in ICU. When we brought him home he was the size of a three month old. We also had a preschooler, and trying to make Christmas special for her while dealing with a new baby sucked. I just wanted to sleep. We’ve since figured places to have a bday party in the dead of Colorado winter that will entertain several crazed young boys, but there is always some lame relative who tells him they’ll just give him all of his presents on Christmas since his birthday is so close to it.

jessica 5 years ago

are you kidding? I just started dating someone a couple of months ago. After my long dry spell, I have no intention of ever stopping.

Kathie 5 years ago

I am a december baby. When I was growing up, my dad organized and produced a large craft show in our small town. So my birthday consisted of getting up at 4 or 5 in the morning to help crafters schlep their stuff inside for the show. This particularly sucked when my birthday was on saturday.

What my parents did to make up for it was to have a half year birthday. So I got the party and the cake and all the trimmings in June. It was actually pretty nice. I’d get something small for my birthday…just a token present. Then Christmas would come 3 weeks later. Then 6 months later in June I’d get the big party. Win-win all around.

Pop 5 years ago

March babies suck but so do late-September, October and early-November babies: their birthdays are in the summer months, so while they always have to chip in for gifts for their school friends throughout the year, they never get it paid back, and friends might be on family vacations for the party.

TwoWishes Tara 5 years ago

My mother turned 63 yesterday. She said it was a lovely celebration, but December birthdays suck. So you’re not just saving a child from a December birthday — you’re saving someone over the course of his/her WHOLE LIFE.

Toni 5 years ago

You couldn’t have brought this up prior to march 2010?? I am due 12/24. I imagine having your birthday on christmas is some sort of double or triple suck. Poor kid.

Amy! 5 years ago

I have a friend who is a January baby (the 3rd or something, so early in the month), and she decided a couple of years ago that she was going to start celebrating in the summer for pretty much all the reasons you’ve listed. That might just confuse a kid, though.

Debbie 5 years ago

Im a December Baby and I agree that it sucks.
But my mom did a pretty good job of trying to keep things separate. My birthday is the 14th so its JUST far enough away to have a birthday party before the 14 and still have time before Christmas to enjoy the build up.
There were a few years the the Christmas tree didnt go up until after my birthday party.
I was always jealous of my sister’s August Birthday.

Melanie 5 years ago

My oldest will be six on December 21. It is so hard to keep her birthday separate from the holidays!

Lauren 5 years ago

My husbands birthday is December 25 and he sucks more than you know

Chrissy 5 years ago

I had to laugh at this. Mainly, Because I very much agree with you. I concieved ALL of my children in Febuary, Which means I have 3 childrens birthdays to plan, plus my husbands. only one of my children were planned, my oldest. Then we found out about hubbys super sperm and now… well, yeah. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade them for the world, but their birthdays, with Thanksgiving, and then Christmas… I have seriously contemplated skipping the formal holidays…

Francesca 5 years ago

This graphic is pure gold. I am pretty sure there is a social media campaign in here somewhere, just waiting to be developed.

I stand behind you on this. My kids? Born December 13 and 22…because we *used to* always take vacation at the same damn time of year.

Thank God I discovered the Internet and no longer have to be bothered with things like having sex.

Allison @ Alli n Son 5 years ago

Can I also add that January babies suck? For just the same reason that us December babies suck.

amber 5 years ago

My husband is a December 26 baby. It sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks all kind of hard. No matter what I do, he always ends up feeling jipped.

No sex in March!


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