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I recently tweeted this…

And thankfully, no one tweeted back, “you are a complete moron” because if they had, I would have felt obligated to dust off my master’s degree to prove that I’m not. Or at least, 15 years ago, I wasn’t. Oh my god. 15 years ago.

Anyway, I knew Chase and Harlowe were either born May 18th or May 21st.

I made a mental note to look it up because that’s the sort of thing one should know off the top of their head. Right?

Except I never got around to finding out and then yesterday, I’m sitting in a kids gym class, innocently chatting with one of the moms and she says, “So when were your twins born?”

Now, of course, I should have just picked one of the dates. I mean, was this woman going to come to my house and demand to see the birth certificate? But instead, I stuttered and said,

“Umm… it’s totally either May 18th or May 21st. But luckily, I’ve got a couple months to pin it down before their second birthday!”

And she looked at me as if I was… what’s that word?… oh right, INSANE. And then she tried to make me feel better by saying that sometimes she gets confused trying to remember the birth weights of her children which is completely not the same thing but I appreciated her efforts.

I immediately gave myself a pop quiz and was actually able to recall the birth weights of every single kid (not in the world, just the ones I gave birth to)…

Chase: 5 pounds, 8 ounces

Harlowe: 3 pounds, 10 ounces

Summer: 8 pounds, 5 ounces

Dylan: 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

(I figured you would want me to prove it.)

And also, because I’m a super committed mom, I finally looked up the twins’ birthday and it’s May 21st. Sadly, I was leaning with the 18th.

49 Responses to when’s your kid’s birthday?

  • Jessica says:

    I am so glad I am not the only one. I have two that were born the same day but 3 years apart so you think I would know those ones right? The other two I are older so you would think after 11 years I would remember. I think your brain must lose the ability to remember birthdays once you have 4? It’s the excuse I give the Dr.’s office when they say “birth date?” and I freeze.

  • Laura says:

    I have 3 kids and I can not remember how old I am! Really, I have to quickly do the math. Oh, well…maybe a good thing.

    • Tiffany says:

      I ask my husband! Once I hit 21, I guess I stopped keeping track, it’s a good thing someone in this house still has a brain!

  • Honest Mum says:

    Hello- baby brain can last a while and personally I don’t think it’s that strange you forgot. My own husband forgot his birthday last year and he doesn’t even have a womb.

  • momofthree says:

    I have a 5th, a 10th and a 15th and I really have to think about it. When admitting one to the hospital I gave the right name but wrong bday. I was already panicked since my child wasn’t breathing and then they come back saying the insurance company says he is not covered. When I finally realize what I had done the nurse looked at me like I had 3 heads.

  • Jodi says:

    Lol. That is a funny one. Every time I go to fill a prescription for one of the kids, wen they say “birthdate?”, it completely stresses me out. And I slowly answer hoping to get it right.

  • Rachel says:

    I signed up to run a Marathon. Then for 2 weeks I had a feeling I was forgetting something. Turns out the Marathon is on my sons 3rd birthday and it took me to weeks to remember.

  • Your older kids should be more useful. lol I rely on my 9 year old to remind me of her sister’s birthdays, names and where they are at all times. By the time she is 12 she’ll probably have to remind me of my birthday.

  • Diane says:

    Ok, that actually is sort of bad because 2 of your 4 share the same birthday so you really only have to remember 3 dates. I’m lucky – my kids made it mostly easy, born on the May 2, Feb 3, July 4(!), and March 10. Should have been March 5. But after a who glasses of wine to toast the birthday, who really cares! Of course, if it weren’t for the Shutterfly calendar I make every year for my MIL, she wouldn’t remember a single one!

  • JAT says:

    I have three daughters and for three years, I gave the wrong birthdate for the middle one. The really sad part? She was old enough that she was the one to correct me!! In my defense, her older sister had been due on 7/28 and was born on 8/3; she had been due on 8/3 and was born on 7/27 – I kept thinking “28” And yes, people thought I was insane, too. If it makes you feel any better, I’m finishing up a masters at 56, so your brain cells are all there. It’s just that when you have to recall such trivia all the time when they’re young (how the heck do I know when she first started eating with a spoon!!?? – she did it, okay – and she eats just fine!) that your brain becomes a bit overloaded for awhile. Welcome to the club!

  • Megan says:

    Todd can’t remember Claire’s birthday so you’re not alone. He gave the wrong day to the ER and I tried to change it when paying the bill and I was not allowed to so…what’s
    a day or two? we’re just going to leave it incorrect and skip all the crazy paperwork.

  • Chrissy says:

    I give my daughters birthday wrong on the time I say July 27 when in fact it is July 28. My excuse is we got to the hospital on the 27th and apparently that has been burned into my brain.

  • Laura says:

    I have 3 and it’s the same w/ me, so I hope that doesn’t mean you’re lacking in intelligence! Actually, it’s the year of birth that gets me. That’s amazing that you can recall exact birth weights!

  • N and Em's mom says:

    I get it right but always have to think about it. I prepare taxes part time. It is really scary when mom doesn’t know their child’s date of birth or their legal name and has to call grandma and ask “What year was Nutter Butter born?” Then they turn to me and say, “Can’t you look it up in the computer?” when it’s their first time in the office. [heavy sigh]

  • Sally Skidmore says:

    Maybe thinking Zodiac will help prompt the right answer of the 21st. You have two little Geminis; the 18th would make them Taurus’s. Love your posts, Kelcey.

  • Agent99 says:

    My baby brother was born at midnight. exactly. OR staff actually called the NY Times to get a call on the birth date. Now no one in the family really knows the actual day. We celebrate both May 1st and 2nd.
    Memory is over rated…..

  • Michael says:

    I wish you had said, “Chase is the 18th and Harlowe is the 21st,” then you could wait for the lady to ask, “Of the same year?”

    I’m a huge user of, “Early December, yours?” It’s sort of like being asked, “How was your weekend?” Get the topic off of myself quickly by saying, “Great, how about you?”

  • Bitsy says:

    I still mess up my anniversary date and we’re about to hit 20. I think. In my defense, we changed the date and I sometimes have the original date in my head.

  • OHmommy says:

    The worst is when you are put on the spot when making a medical appointment. “Child’s birth date, please.” And you hem and haw until you can hear the receptionist smirking on the other end. Opps.

  • CSY says:

    I have 3 with my husband…he has 2 from a previous marraiage and I’m expected to remember them ALL, INCLUDING his! Dude, I can barely remember MY name at times, you want birthdates too?!?!?!

  • Our babies share a birthday πŸ™‚ When I read the first part of your post, I was rooting for May 21st πŸ™‚ And really, don’t worry too much about weights, times of birth and the like. If you’ve got the names down most of the time, you’re winning the game πŸ™‚ I’ve got five kids and there are days I don’t get a single name right!

  • Melissa says:

    My husband, when purchasing me a birthday gift of mother’s rings, incorrectly told the sales rep that our 2nd son (who was 2 months old at the time) was born July 30th, and he was actually born August 1. He was almost right, but when you are buying a gift that is dependent on birth month being accurrate, you can get yourself in a little trouble. Luckily I was able to correct him before he placed the order! So it happens to dad’s too.

  • Laura says:

    Don’t beat yourself up… I have two kiddos and I’m only solid on remembering the birthdate of my oldest– only because it’s on Cinco (drink-o) de Mayo

  • Betsy says:

    I not only have to remember the weight and length, but I have to convert as my daughter was born in Germany and they don’t bother with the standard American measurements. Glad I only have 1. I have to deal with grams and centimeters.

  • debbie says:

    D must have been about 7 months old and we were in a gym class when someone asked me when his bday was. I said March 16th, no, no, 14th….wait, it’s the 16th, yes the 16th….anyway you get my point. I confidentally left it at the 16th, and realized later that the 16th was my ex-boyfriends bday, D is the 14th.

  • MaggyD says:

    I have to think about my kids’ birthdays, too. The older one was born March 29, the younger one May 29. Their older cousin’s birthday is April 29; we always forget her sister’s birthday, thinking it’s January 29. It’s actually January 23. I think.

    I have forgotten my sister’s birthday twice now. We’re twins.

  • Rhonda says:

    You can distinguish between the dates since the month of May (5th month) is an odd number, and so is 21. πŸ™‚

  • Tiffany says:

    My twins were also born on May 21st, and I also don’t remember it half the time. Maybe it’s just the date. The funny thing is, I hoped hoped hoped for my entire pregnancy that I could hold them in until the 21st (that was 36 weeks exactly but I went into labor twice before that) because that’s the first day that they could be Gemini’s and I thought that was cute, and sure enough, my water broke at 7:00 am on the 21st. Still never remember it, though. I also never remember my wedding date, but to be fair, we switched dates from the 20th to the 19th only a month out, I think, so I always think it’s the 18th, obviously.

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