How Moms Get Ready for Date Night
After becoming a mom, the process of getting ready may vary, but almost always calls for a shower and real pants.
Long gone are the days where I could spend hours doing my hair and makeup before a hot date. Though parts of it may seem the same, the process of getting ready has changed after becoming a mom.
Step 1: Schedule date night at least a week in advance. Spontaneity may sound romantic, but you’re too tired for surprises right now. Besides, you need enough time to clean the house before the baby-sitter comes over unless the kids are being dropped off at Grandma’s house.
Step 2: Get the kids ready. Feed them, change them and gather all important supplies. This step is especially tricky when needing to drop them off on the way because you must wait to get yourself ready until the very last possible moment. Every minute you linger has the potential to result in a kid emergency. Missing shoe, poopsplosion, etc.
Step 3: Take a shower. Alone. And use hot water. Enjoy it until you hear little fists pounding on the door followed by, “What you doin’ in there, Mama? I want to take a bath too!”
Step 4: Get back in shower after realizing you only shaved one armpit and forgot to rinse the conditioner out of your hair.
Step 5: Put on a little make up. You know it’s been awhile when your 3-year-old daughter asks, “What happened to your eyes? I like your eyes to be normal.”
Step 6: Look for an outfit that is free of stains, baby goo and pet hair, but does not include yoga pants.
Step 7: Shoo away your children who came barging in precisely as you drop your towel (or ran in and stole the towel from you). The older one giggles about you being naked while the younger one starts signing for “milk.”
Step 8: Ditch the nursing bra and put on a REAL bra for the night. Answer questions about what you are wearing from your 3-year-old and wonder what the heck happened to your privacy and whether the lock on the door needs to be fixed.
Step 9: Try to give hugs and kisses when you leave without fully touching any children or pets in an attempt to avoid any mysterious spots from appearing on your clothing.
Step 10: Make a note for your husband to check the locks before the next date night.
This date night process may vary, but almost always calls for a shower and real pants. Everything else just adds to the experience and makes you appreciate both your nights out and your kids more.
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