Before having kids I didn't understand how hard it would be to have a social life. You just dump them at Grandma's and go right? Yah....not so. When I was pregnant, I said I would always keep my social life on top of the priorities list because everyone knows it is healthy to have a life outside of the home. What I have learned is that this is easier said than done. It's been four months and I have yet to leave Penny for more than 3 hours which was on a double header volleyball night. Three hours was stretching it too, Mr.Loonie had to take Penny on a walk and give her a bath to keep her calm. The biggest reason for not being able to leave her is Penny's resistance for the bottle. This was maybe a mistake I made from not trying the bottle at an earlier age and my belief of not using a soother. We have had some luck as of late though with a new type of bottle my mother in law picked up that looks like a mother's breast. The nipple is shorter (Penny was gagging on the long nipples of the standard bottle type) and the base or "the breast" is softer and larger so that baby can latch on like she would the mother's boob. So with a bit more practice, I may feel more comfortable leaving Penny for more than a couple hours! Maybe even an evening out with my hubby and a few vodka tonics (mmm....vodka tonics with a lime).
I have to admit, it is not only the bottle issue. I think I am using it as a crutch. If she doesn't take it then I don't have to go out. I don't have to spend an hour doing my hair, squeezing into my pre-preggo jeans or pushing up these stretched out utters of mine. I also don't have to worry about leaving her with someone and trying to push the worry out of my mind all night. Is she okay? Is she playing shy and screaming her lungs out? Did she eat enough? Did she get to sleep? Ahhhh! But I would never leave her with someone who is completely stupid so if there was something wrong they would call or just take care of the problem. So who cares if I have to cut the night short at least I tried right? Wouldn't it be easier to just stay home though? To lie on the couch, eat some chips and cuddle with my babe? Yes, yes it would be. But Penny would be a 30 year old woman living at home and collecting cats. I would become a fat and lazy parent depending on Penny for companionship. And Mr. Loonie's and I's relationship and sex life would go down the toilet. So in conclusion: it would be best for all of us for a night on the town even if it only lasts a couple of hours. I could get pretty buzzed in that time and a quickie in the car doesn't take that long especially due to the recent drought. So to those friends who may not understand how hard it is to break free of the baby and call four hours before a party....please remember that we are parents now. Four hours won't work, we probably need at least four days! It's sad but true, that's our life now. It's not and we're not as easy and carefree as we used to be. And another thing....save your judgement until you pop a little one out and she turns your world upside down.