Preparing to survive my first post-baby night out

By 7/28/2015


It's been nearly a year since I went to a party. Well- I went to a party on New Years Eve, stone cold sober, bump squashed into a far too tight outfit and falling asleep on the sofa while wishing they had provided catering..

I don't count that night so it has indeed been since around the start of August since I last hit the wine and danced with Jack and good company. Well ladies and gents, that is all about to change. Lock away your snacks and your docking stations (because I will choose the worst music..) because this Saturday I'm hitting the party scene!

I am so excited for this party; originally only Jack was going to take on the invite. I had a lot of mummy guilt over leaving Isla with someone overnight but she will be nearly three months old, she has a nightly routine that she rarely phases from and my dad and his girlfriend have spent a lot of time with her and have baby stuff at their house for when she stays anyway. So Isla will be off to Granddad's for a sleepover and I'll be donning my warpaint and tackling the public scene.



Alcohol

I have not had a drink in a very very long time. It took me two months after Isla was born to have a pint and it got me a little buzz- so I need to make sure I pace myself or this Cinderella will not make it even close to midnight. I already predict a severe case of wobbly mummy but I need to stay calm and collected- I am a mother now and I can be fun but no-one wants to see my postpartum extra comfy granny panties as I stumble into the nearest bush to the garden gate...

Clothes

This was one of the reasons I did not want to go. I am still too big for all my nice clothes and, although Jack treated me to a lot of new wardrobe additions that do fit me, we hadn't picked up anything fancy. What do you mean, fancy?- Jack. Well dear, I'd like a very specific fit, little black dress within a specific budget. No, I haven't actually seen this miracle dress in any shops. No, I don't want anything other than this vision of curvy sexy 'MILF' statement black dress.

We got a different dress...but it's still lovely!

Heels

Back in the day, I couldn't walk in heels. I don't know why I think it'll be easier considering it's been a year since I wore any. All my heels are inappropriately tall and wobbly but so so tacky beautiful. I'll be loading my mum-sized handbag/carry on luggage with some flats. I may saunter (stumble) into the party looking leggy and gorgeous, but once I've ensured everyone has looked at me- "Oh wow she had a baby but dam she looks good!" those death traps will be off and I'd rather not walk around bare foot.

Energy

I barely make it to 10pm. I have to be in bed- I can sit on my tablet or phone for an hour but if I am not in bed I am going to die. How will I survive a potential next morning end time?! I'm hoping I will get a good buzz on and the company and atmosphere will keep me awake...maybe I'll pack some snacks just in case the catering consists of haribo and a stuffed pinata like last time.

Conversation

Now I'm a mum, I seem to only talk about being a mum. I have no idea what is going on at my old work, or with new/old couples, modern news and culture...I barely even know what songs and movies are popular right now. I need to do some serious research into conversation topics so I don't end up talking about little Isla's stuffy nose and the time she pooped all the way up to her hair.

Can you tell I'm nervous about this party? The last time all these people saw me I was very pregnant, and very sober and very grumpy (I remind you- Haribo exclusive catering!). I of course, am so proud of my motherhood but I want people to remember I'm not just a 'mum', I'm an adult who will probably fall asleep after half a bottle of red wine!

Wish me luck!

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18 comments

  1. Good luck! I went out on a hen-do in central London the other day and my clubbing days are far behind me. I felt so old and all I wanted to do was to snuggle up with my baby at home. It was great being out with the girls though! x

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    1. Thankfully this is just a house warming party so I won't be heading into town- I literally would feel like I was everyones mum!xx

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  2. Oh it sounds silly but I think it is a big step - I remember going out to a late night, grown up party shortly after my girl was born and it felt very strange, although 12 months ago I was doing it all the time! But you will have fun, enjoy it and try not to think too much about home, everyone at home will be just fine!
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    1. That's what everyone keeps saying to me; that it's going to be a good thing and its what I need after nearly a year of pregnancy to a three month old. I'll do my best aha :) thank you xx

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  3. I remember that 'first time' oh so well! Just remember you will be in good company and if you do have one to many ie 'just the one', it's generally never as bad as it seems. Oh, also - there are far worse bores than baby bores so chat away with ease. Enjoy x #twinklytuesday

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    1. I did have a few too many but actually felt fine the next day after a nice shower and some food! Oddly I tried to avoid baby talk it was everyone else there prompting it!x

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  4. Good Luck and enjoy the night.... for sure baby Isla want her mum to have fun too! #bestandworst

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    1. Thank you I had a blast! Isla had a great time with her Grandad being very spoilt and sleeping round an entire carboot sale xx

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  5. I could've wrote this myself, so true! Thats the very reason I havent been out much, I dont have any nice clothes, and I just want to be in bed by 1030 haha!! #MyfavouritePost

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    1. I felt great in my dress and probably wouldn't have gone if I hadn't been bought it. I did quite well sleep wise; Jack ended up picking up a few energy drinks and he was the one saying he wanted to go home because he was tired. It always used to be me!x

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  6. Arghh yes I totally remember feeling like this after my first! I spent sooo long looking for the perfect outfit! Great post and so very easy to relate to. Thanks so much for linking up to the #bestandworst and hope you'll pop by again! x

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    1. Thanks for reading :) it was a fab night and so worth trudging around the shops for the dress. xx

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  7. Assuming the party has already happened, I hope you had a glorious time! It's so hard to leave your baby that first time, but it's good for her, too, to know that even if Mummy leaves for a little bit, she can always been relied on to return. Thanks for being part of #TwinklyTuesday.

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    1. It really was great :) thank you! Yeah I cried a lot to begin with and again once I was home but her smiles when she saw me and her daddy again were so worth it- it gives me faith that she is content and happy to be with other people and doesn't get too clingy or stressed when we aren't around xx

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    2. I'm so glad to hear that. Don't be surprised if she goes through a super-clingy phase (with my twins, it was at 17 months) later, but know it's a normal part of development and no statement on your parenting!

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  8. Sounds like you are all prepared and set. I remember my very first outing too. lol Bought back memories reading this. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  9. You will cherish nights out eventually. My husband and I love our date nights. They are a must just to remind us that we are the glue that holds this family together. I am visiting from #sharewithme.

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  10. Aw, I hope you have a fab time. I'm a little jealous. I haven't had a good night out in such a long time. Now I'm ready for a night out, all my friends have gone and had baby's :)

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