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Hello, Happy Hour!

When you become a parent, I think I am stating the obvious here when I say that your life will change. Everything – from the way you do laundry, the way you get ready for work, the way you treat your husband – it will all change. It will take some getting used to. In case you are really clueless, I’ll just go ahead and say that you will be giving up some of the things you used to enjoy doing. At least temporarily. My weekends used to look something like this – dinner and drinks with friends, Saturday morning Yoga class, quick nap, afternoon cocktail (why not?), go to the bar, sleep in… and so on. Your free time becomes limited to the 1.5 hours of napping your child does during the day (when you’re lucky) and the hour after you’ve put baby to bed (if you can stay awake that long).

In order to maintain your sanity, you have to find a few minutes every day to enjoy some of the things you loved most about your pre-baby days. Like happy hour, for instance. What could possibly make me happier than half-priced margaritas on a Friday at 7:00PM? My mouth just watered a little bit – at both the thought of a margarita and the thought of some adult conversation. Anyways, after having a baby, happy hour is low on the list of priorities. Or is it?

It’s 7:00pm. Mix yourself a Bacardi and diet and head to the bathroom. Grey loves playing in the tub, so I have learned that this is a perfect time for me to take a few minutes to sit down. Granted, I am sitting on the toilet rather than on a barstool, but I’ll take it. I dim the lights, turn on Pandora, and watch my baby swim in the suds as I sip on my cocktail. I swear, after bath time tonight, I felt just as relaxed and refreshed as a night out with friends. While this isn’t happy hour in the traditional sense, I’d say this is a pretty happy hour for me. So if you are heading out tomorrow night and you are looking for a change of scenery, I know a little place you can go where the drinks are free and the company is cute. Feel free to stop by my place for bath time and beverages.

#mommy #happyhour

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