by hannahsmom (1141 Posts), Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:32 pm
Okay, my DD Hannah has been an only child for 8 years now. She was born very prematurely and weighed one pound and was not expected to survive, so we have always made a huge deal for her birthday. Well, this year, I am unexpectedly (and gratefully) pregnant. I am 24 weeks and already on modified bedrest. DD has been looking forward to a party at Chuck E. Cheese this year, and my OB gave me permission to go, so we have it all planned. We sent out the invitations in plenty of time, and, as usual, EVERY child that we invited is coming. I guess it's my fault for inviting so many kids, but here's the problem. We have neighbor children that my DD plays with, but most of them have siblings, so I feel obligated to invite them. That has doubled the number of children we intended to invite. So we got a final count and I had to give the final count to the place on Thursday. Right now it's Friday night, and one of our neighbors called to RSVP (I had already included her daughter in the final count because they always RSVP late.) The neighbor says her daughter has a friend spending the night and says they would like to bring the friend, too. Mind you, this place charges a high amount per child, and we are already strapped because I will be completely out of work next month. So of course I am stressed about the additional cost, stressed because that will add even one more child to the table and the mix and the stress. My dd doesn't even like this other girl. So I told the mother that I had already given the final count and told her that we have to pay per child, so she says she will pay for the chid, which won't happen because everything is added to one ticket, and I know I will get stuck with the bill. I also told her there may not be room at the table and she said the girl can sit with her and her husband. I am mad about this - does anyone else find this to be rude? I have finally decided that I am not adding her to the list. The parents can buy her tokens and so forth. I do not need this stress, and we are already having to take an extra child with us to the party since her mom has to work, and this child is a bit hard to keep up with. My blood pressure is through the roof right now. I just needed to vent. Thanks for listening!