After a fab catch up with some lovely ladies this week, I’m evaluating the pros and cons of mummy going out out. Never has it taken so much organising to get a bunch of girls together but it’s definitely worth the effort. Here’s my list if you’re considering embarking on the military operation that is coordinating multiple busy calendars and arranging a mum meet up.
- For one night I can be Amanda and not ‘Mummy’. Sometimes she gets a bit lost and so it’s nice to let her out once in a while.
- Mummy going out out doesn’t begin until about 9:30 so there is plenty of time to get little ones safely tucked up in bed.
- Everyone needs a night every so often to reconnect with friends. It may take months of back and forth planning but finally you get a date, location and time everyone can make and you just need to lock it down. It may mean you need to cram two months of gossip from 5 different people into a few hours but hey we’ll all just have to talk fast. Out out also means a chance to have fun with those elusive friends without children.
- Who doesn’t love to get dressed up. Generally, I don’t do make up so it’s fun to slip on the slap, and pop on some ankle aching heels.
- As nights out are such a rare occurance, I’ll happily work my way through the over priced cocktails menu and not give a damn. £7 for a drink…sure I’ll have three!
- Attempting to squeeze what used to be a three hour prep session into 15 minutes. Gone are the days of leisurely choosing outfits, painting nails and spending about an hour in the shower. Those 15 minutes are also spread over an afternoon as you are constantly interrupted.
- Feeling old when you’re tired before you even arrive and worse when you see the young folk arriving as you leave. Surely I never went out that late.
- Pretending that just because you’ve gone out out that the early morning wake up call won’t happen.
- Trying to function on a hangover. Maybe mixing the wine, creamy cocktail and cider wasn’t such a good plan. I’m just so out of practise. “Maybe we should let Mummy rest” said no toddler ever.
- Finally…this is the killer. Not actually being able to take off the Mummy hat. However hard you try, you know in the back of your mind that if something were to happen, you’d need to be there. Once we have our little darlings, there is no off switch…not that I’d want one.
What’s the best and worth part about having an evening out as a parent? Share yours in the comments below.