Five Signs You Need a Night Out

Esther and I before becoming parents. Notice the smiles on our faces.
Esther and I before becoming parents. Notice the smiles on our faces.

We all love our kids but being locked up with your little booger monster takes a toll over the long haul  A blizzard, ear infection, and daily bombardment of the Donald-Marco-Ted three-way is enough to make the strongest among us scream for a night out.

If you aren’t sure if you a night away from the baby I created this guide.  Helpful hint nicknaming your pride and joy Godzilla thins out the baby sitting pool quickly.

Playdates Dominate Your Social Calendar– Playdates and Children’s Fitness Centers like Gymboree and MyGym are great for socializing your child.  They also let new parents compare notes on sleep patterns, developmental milestones, and the strangest place you’ve found poop and puke. As helpful as they are an evening spent with a different circle of friends will make a huge difference. Suggestion – Double date with another couple.  Bonus points if their child is old enough to babysit.

Hamming it up at his MyGym Class
Hamming it up at his MyGym Class

You’re Watching Too Many Kiddie Shows –When PBS Kids and Nick Jr are your go-to channels it’s only a matter of time until you get caught up in Elmo’s latest adventures.  Waking up humming the Pepa Pig theme is a sign you need a night out.  Suggestion – Beer and Wings with the guys at a Sports Bar.

The Last Movie We Saw Was Um…– Having young kids in the house means they determine what’s on TV.  It makes you long for the nights when you and the wife battled it out for the remote.  If the last movie you saw was the first Hunger Games you’re overdue for a movie night.  Suggestion –Dinner and a Movie.

Playdate in the park
Playdate in the park

Funerals Become Date Nights – It’s gotten pretty bad when attending a wake or sitting shiva is the highlight of your social calendar. Although wearing something other than the stained sweatshirt and pajama pants will score points with your better half, sharing a meal of brisket and rugelach with your fellow mourners is not a date night. Exceptions may be granted for an Irish Wake.  Suggestion – Make Reservations for two at a steak house because nothing says love like porterhouse.

Some Private Time Please Keeping up with a toddler requires the patience of a monk and the energy of an extreme athlete—sometimes that’s not enough. Working all day and trying to outlast a wired baby late into the night is exhausting—usually resulting in one parent falling asleep before the baby.  You know it’s gotten pretty bad when you start comparing who’s better looking Wilma Flintstone or Betty Rubble.  Suggestion – Call in a huge favor and have someone to watch the baby while you book a romantic weekend, a three-day weekend if possible in case one of you passes out the first night.

Disclaimer- No Cartoon Characters were hurt during that last joke.

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12 thoughts on “Five Signs You Need a Night Out

  • March 11, 2016 at 5:07 pm
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    This post was so great- I definitely need a night out!

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  • March 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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    I had a date last weekend, the weekend before, and we’re entertaining tonight. We’re on a roll right now lol

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    • March 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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      Most of out entertaining has been playdates but my wife and I finally got out, which was the genesis for this post.

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  • March 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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    It feels like I am reading about my own life! Btw great blog name!

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    • March 11, 2016 at 5:24 pm
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      As bloggers we experience a lot of the same things, but we all have a different spin. I have to check out your blog. A friend of mine helped with the title, I was having writers block and couldn’t use many of the names I was thinking.

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    • March 12, 2016 at 1:38 pm
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      Thank you! We did get our night out, it was the genesis for this post. The point is you need to find time to get out as a couple.

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  • March 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm
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    This is so great! I had my first night out in a really long time last weekend. I have a really hard time leaving my son but getting time away is so important.

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    • March 12, 2016 at 3:45 pm
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      It gets easier. Our date night after the baby was born we went for dinner and a movie. We saw the movie and brought dinner home with us. It gets easier.

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