Now our youngest is coming up to 9 months old it’s time for me to sort a night out with some friends. It’s been over 18 months since I’ve had a night out and I’m keen to get back to having some me time.
It can be super hard to get back into thinking about yourself so your first step is to just book a date in. Facebook is great for arranging a date and inviting people. Plus it means that you’re less likely to pull out of it last minute too as all your mates will be encouraging you to get out and catch up even if it’s just for a couple of hours.
As a breastfeeding mama I always feel like I constantly have to be around for my baby too but I also know Gav is able to feed Beatlebum too if I express. I try and express so the milk is fresher so the day before and on the day it’s needed during nap times if I can manage it too. I don’t express all the time and when I do I need it to be easy for me and then for Gav to use so we use the Tommee Tippee Express and Go system which is ideal for busy breastfeeding mamas as you can use straight from the bag rather than spill any liquid gold on your kitchen counter.
Rather than rush getting ready to go out pack a bag for yourself and set out what you need earlier in the day. I’ll grab a shower during the last naptime and then get dressed last minute. I don’t want mucky paw prints or leaking milk on the new outfit I’ve bought. Which is not breastfeeding friendly. Feels such a treat to not think about the feeding logistics of an outfit.
Pack a bag or box up for the baby things that you usually use on an evening. You’ll feel a bit more relaxed about leaving them if you have a checklist and everything organised beforehand.
Finally it’s ok to panic and check in. If you’re leaving your baby with your partner you know they’ve got this! As a breastfeeding mum I get that tug of guilt and also that need for me time! I try and leave it at least an hour before I text. I never call in case the baby is sleeping as I know how that makes me feel the other way round!Enjoy your night out mama! Your deserve this.