This is a very public thank you to my friend Amy. I appreciate her phone calls, gifts and visits following the birth of my second-born child.
Why am I showing my appreciation in such a very public way? Because last night when I was wiping down the kitchen bench, I could see her thank you card SITTING ON THE BENCH.
I am officially mortified.
Most etiquette books (I am a massive fan of this genre) would say you have six months following the birth of your child to get these out. Some books even stretch this out to a year. None of that has gone in my favour as Miss H turned one a fortnight ago…
To make it worse, Amy is the kind of friend who visits with thoughtful gifts and meaningful cards without fail. The cards are always decorated with little stickers, just like you would have painstakingly done when you were little, with stickers you bought with pocket money.
The craziness of life when you have a new baby can be a bit unpredictable, so I am trying not to be so hard on myself in this instance. That said I know there are some events that will be predictable – birthdays, anniversaries and Christmases are the same year after year.
A few things I am going to do so this doesn’t happen again:
1) Ensure I have an up to date birthday book at the ready 2) Have address labels ready to go for presents and cards 3) Acquire a stash of pretty but generic cards for ‘just in case’ 4) Work a month in advance so I don’t miss any occasions – if something arrives
early it is better than a year and a bit late! 5) Writing Christmas cards etc can start any day, there is no fun in being caught up in the craziness of trying to get cards out at the last minute.
I would love any tips for getting organised!
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