It has been a very long time since I’ve had a real* girl’s night out (* = wine involved). Counting my pregnancy and the near 7 months since Little K was born, it has literally almost been two years.
Let’s just say I was long overdue and ready to have a full-blown night out on the town. Thanks to one of my besties who happens to live in a fun downtown full of nightlife (Ferndale for those in metro Detroit), we planned an evening of apps, cocktails and going out and I brought my PJ’s and toothbrush knowing well I most likely would be sleeping on the couch.
I can see where it’s easy to forget that “going out” part of your life when you become a mom. Life is consumed by feedings and diaper changes, naptimes and baby talk. And while I love all that, it is amazing to go out once in awhile and only have to worry about taking care of myself.
Thankfully, I am lucky to have a supportive husband who knows how social I am and has no qualms about being on “baby duty” for the evening (in fact, I know he likes it because he doesn’t have to share her with me)!
So, after some glasses of wine and hilarious conversations, we walked downtown in search of adventures. We attempted to karaoke to “Wannabe” by The Spice Girls (don’t judge, I still love it) until a group of gals stole our song, but we gleefully sang along. We then decided it was time to dance, and that we did…at a bar we probably didn’t belong – full of young, trendy folks. Thankfully, we had just enough liquid courage to get on the dance floor and not give a hoot. And it felt glorious.
I am a mom. But I am also a friend, and I want to be a good one forever. I want Little K to grow up thinking of my friends as her aunties, and I pray she finds wonderful girlfriends like I have been lucky enough to have.
A night out was just what I needed to feel like I still can have fun, be ridiculous and silly and have adult conversations until 3 a.m…and still be a good mom. I’m just making it my goal to not let another 2 years go by until it happens again. Thanks to all my girlfriends who keep me feeling sane and sassy!