Malaia had her first experience with a birthday party over the weekend. Her cousins, sisters, just turned 5 and 3. So there was a joint party thrown for them on Saturday. It was a pretty good gauge to see how Malaia is going to react at her first birthday party in a week and a half.
She was a little shy at first, but by the end she was hootin and hollering with the rest of the kids. What we did learn though is that Malaia does not like balloons. About halfway through the party my sister(Malaia's aunt) handed my father a a long skinny balloon to make an animal with. I was sitting beside him on another couch with Malaia in my lap. As soon as he started twisting the balloon, Malaia began to shake really hard, and put her head into my shoulder. Needless to say it scared the hell out of me. I immediately asked dad to stop. He did for a moment and then tried again. Same reaction. I actually had to take her out of the house for a moment to calm down. It was as if the sound of the balloons triggered an epileptic seizure. In my mind of course.
She slowly became accustomed to the balloons as the day wore on. But I think that for her party we're going to have to limit the number of balloons we decorate with. And if that was her reaction to that, then I'm not looking forward to her first experience with a clown.
I realize that she is going to be scared of a lot of things in her life. I intend to be there for her, and comfort her. But balloons? Especially when dad who has a a dirtier mind than I have, turns his balloon into a penis in a basket. I was little scared too!!