Emma *loves* birthdays. Ever since her birthday back in November, she frequently asks for birthday cake and randomly sings "Happy Birthday" to herself, me, Daddy, etc. Needless to say she loves calling relatives and singing the birthday song. (I like it as well; we used to sing it as a family chorus, per tradition started by my grandparents, but now Dave and I are happy to let Emma perform a solo).
The Friday before Emma was born was my brother-in-law's birthday, so we've had birthdays on the brain. I had the brilliant idea of giving Madeline a birthday party to welcome her home, mostly for Emma's enjoyment. (Confession: I may have read this somewhere, but I can't for the life of me remember where, so I'm claiming this idea as my own. But feel free to steal it). After we came home from the hospital, Dave took Emma to a local bakery and had her pick out some cupcakes. Then we threw a short party. We all had fun and I think we will do this for future children too.