Moderate Mum Guide to Year One: How to have your first post baby night out


HAVE THE MORNING COVERED Do whatever you can to organise childcare for the morning after. Manipulate or bribe your partner. If you don't have anyone at home offer a friend breakfast and then fall asleep on the sofa as they eat it. 

READ A BOOK or skim the paper. If you really don't have time just google some stuff. Really, at the very least flick through Heat magazine. No one wants to know about the consistency of your kids outputs. Please be prepared to have adult, outwardly focused conversation. 

GET DRUNK OR DON'T GET DRUNK Don't spend the whole night stressing about, or worse talking about, the fact that you might have to get up early. Either accept your motherly status and nurse that spritzer or get mashed and pay the price - the middle ground is no fun. 

CLEAR THE SCHEDULE Do whatever you can to have a basic schedule the next day. If it's your first night out in a while it will be harder than you remember. Make no concrete plans. Have the DVD in the player the night before. Cereal, sandwiches and pasta for the win.

HAVE SOMETHING YUMMY PLANNED You might be able to buy some time but eventually you'll have to get up. Have something waiting that will help propel you from the bed. I'm thinking awesomely expensive coffee or the ooziest cream filled cake you can find, even a new lippie - anything to remind you that you live to fight another day and perhaps, eventually, another night out.


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  1. Haha I love this :) My eldest is 3.5 and I can count on one hand the number of big nights out I've had since she was born! And one of those was my wedding ;) I tend to go too hard too soon, flake out and end up being sick in the gutter on the way home. Pure class! And feel so dreadful the next day that I vow never to do it again...
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    1. Ha ha! Go hard or go home I say :)

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  2. haha how things change once you're a mum. I used to have epic hangovers where I would lay in bed all day and sick bowl at the ready. Now I see 8am as a lie-in. On the plus side I only need 1 glass of wine to get tipsy. Love these ideas though - definitely will make sure I have snacks and dvd ready for next morning (for both me and the kids).

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    1. I sometimes feel nostalgic about hangovers! They were quite fun really - bacon sandwiches, Made In Chelsea and gossipy text messages. You're quite right about being a cheap date though.

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  3. So helpful! Going out for the first time to a party and I've been obsessing over what I might talk about, if I can drink, if I should extend her visit to grandad's to cover the morning so I can rest...! #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Extend! Extend! I hope you have a wonderful night :)

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  4. I know where I've gone wrong! I've done the drunk part and organised for hubby to do the night wakings but haven't done any of the next day stuff. It's enough to put me off having a night out! Next time I will reference back to this and be well prepared :) x

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    1. Ha ha! It is a lot of work getting organised for it. Worst thing is when you do all the prep and then your mates fancy a quiet one. I'm like, 'Nooooooooo, I came here to PAR-TAY'

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