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girls night out

Let's face facts... you become a mom, you don't go out much anymore.  I'm not complaining, mind you.  Priorities change and reservations at the hip new restaurant or show aren't as important anymore.  As a working mom, I treasure the time I have with Baby S in the evenings, and there is nothing quite like seeing the way her face lights up when I walk through the door.  As tired as I might be, that smile will always perk me up.  And inevitably, shortly after I get home, off goes the makeup and on go the sweatpants.

With that said, I do think it's important - if not crucial - to maintain some semblance of the life you had pre-baby.  Having at least one conversation with your husband per night that doesn't involve poopy diapers should be a goal, even though it might not happen on a daily basis.  You gotta start somewhere, right?

Once you become a mother, maintaining friendships naturally becomes a bit harder because you simply don't have as much free time anymore.  As a result, I believe those relationships become that much more worthwhile.  You simply NEED to go out with your girlfriends and have a date night with your husband every once in a while.  To remember that underneath the sweatpants and the pureed peas in your hair, you're also a friend - a wife - a daughter - perhaps a sister.  You're a woman, after all.

I was reminded of that last week when I headed out to a special evening co-hosted by La Petite Coquette, a lingerie store in Greenwich Village, and the lovely Jill from Glamamom.  One of the benefits to blogging is that I've gotten to casually know a group of other NYC (mostly mom) bloggers through Twitter, Facebook, etc.  On Thursday eve, I met many of them in person for the first time.  What a treat!  How fun to see that these women are as real and personable as they come across on their respective blogs.  Amongst the wine & cheese, there was lingerie to "ooh" & "ahh" over & I also got a MUCH needed bra fitting.  Believe me when I say "the girls" are happy to have gotten a lift!  TMI?  After the event, a group of us went out to dinner & continued the party.

There's no question that I used to take my free time for granted.  I thought nothing of going out to dinner or shopping with friends or a movie night with Husband.  These days, while it's true those outings are more limited, they're also VALUED so much more, & I can guarantee I'm having an even better time than I used to.  A little break here & there (and a couple new bras!) leaves me refreshed and re-energized to re-enter the world of Mommywood, and I can guarantee we're all the better for it.

The endlessly girly & FAB La Petite Coquette is generously extending a 15% discount off your online purchases until February 13th (Hello, Valentine's Day!) Enter code ILUVLPC at checkout.  Thank you, thank YOU to the other sponsors of the evening: the jeweler Lia Sophia & Knockout Cosmetics - a true boost for this sweatpant-dependent mama!!


Anonymous said...

I love your blog! I know I've been here before so I added it to my Google Reader so we can stay in touch!

Love the recap of the event! It really was a great night and you make such a valid point of those date nights with the girls and with the husband. It really is important to nourish each relationship we have.

I really do admire moms, mine is a supermom, and I can see you and some of the other bloggers there are too! It's nice you got to treat yourself. I can't wait to go back to La Petite Coquette!


Jill said...

LOVE that title hahaha!! Always great to see you girl. Let's not wait too long to do it again soon, especially since you live around the corner and all ;) TIA POL is calling us!

Sarah at The Stroller Ballet said...

I had such a great time with you guys on Thursday...and it's so true...getting out once in a while is so crucial for maintaining sanity and making us better moms!! I'm so happy to think I've found a whole new group of friends in you guys...I feel so, so fortunate!!

Sonja said...

Can they do a bra fitting on-line? Oh, I guess not. I need one of those too. :)

Tom @ hello kitty costumes said...

You said it right...mommy is still need a night out.

Barbie // Fringe and Feathers said...

You're so right! I definitely need more of these myself. And I need to plan a bra fitting in the next couple of months.

Oh, and that's a great chandelier in the picture! Love!

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