Last night was the second time that I've been away from Ford at night and someone else has put him to bed. Yep a whole year has passed and I have had only 2 girls night outs! Jon and I have enjoyed many a date night and I get to spend pretty much everyday with my girlfriends but since we exclusively breastfed until July, I have been in charge of bedtime. I took a shower just to go out, wore heels, stayed out late, and thoroughly enjoyed myself! I just kept telling Jon, "that was so much fun, I need to do it more often!" to which he replied "yes!". Thank God for that.
I mentioned I get to see my girlfriends almost everyday and that is the truth. I am heavily involved in my mom's group and get to spend my days with my best friends and their babies at splash pads, parks, lunch dates, and kids museums. It is a blast! But it is also exhausting. Yesterday I drove 35 minutes to a splash pad meetup only to spend most of the time holding my fussy baby and taking deep breaths (thank you Wonder Weeks leap that has lasted for weeks!!!!!). Conversations are usually about breakfast ideas and nap protesting and cut short but meltdowns and strict schedules. Being out last night reminding me that before I was a mom, I was just me. Just like date nights remind me that I was a wife before I had my son, girls nights out remind me that I was a marketer, an event coordinator, blogger, friend, listener, encourager. Sure we talked about our babies a little and what we will do differently on our second babies but it was such a breath of fresh air to sit in a comfy restaurant chair with a beautiful view of the Texas Hill Country and just be in the moment. No nose wiping, no food cutting, no toy fetching. For one night I was able to fulfill my own needs first, rather than everyone elses.
Going out with my girlfriends is fun and such a treat but I wouldn't trade my day to day for anything. Ford was up at the crack of dawn and I jumped right back into my role as mommy, chef, maid....servant (joking....kind of). Now excuse me while I go start planning my next girls night!
Moms do you get a chance to go out with your girlfriends once in a while?
(oh and I promise this did happen, despite me not taking a picture!)