Hi. My Name Is Jeanine and I Suffer from (Birthday Party) Anxiety

My daughter turns three tomorrow and I'm so excited. Well, the truth is, only part of me is so excited.

While I'm not into making a big deal of my own birthday, I love going all out for my daughter's birthday. That's her above at her party last year and as has been our tradition for the past 2 years, we're having a shindig in the park this Sunday to celebrate.

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I've been making small preparations here and there for about a month or so now, but I have been in full-on freak out mode for the last two days. I've been checking the weather every 10 minutes, checking for any last-minute RSVPs every 15 minutes and adding more and more bullets to my to-do list every hour. It's crazy--she's only turning 3 for goodness sake!

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The crazy thing is that I know my daughter will be happy to just see her friends and cousins and run through the sprinklers. All the stuff I'm worrying about--except the cake, of course--won't really impact her day that much.

So as I was laying in bed this morning at 5 a.m. wondering what I was forgetting, I started to question whether or not all this birthday party anxiety is really worth it. Of course, my daughter is worth that and so much more, but couldn't we just use all this party money and take a nice, relaxing vacay on some beautiful beach?

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What do you think? Do you go through the stress of planning a children's birthday party or do you keep birthdays small and stress-free? Weigh in in the comments.

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