It’s Sunday. And it’s time to bring back the Sunday sermon. It’s been a few weeks and I’ve been revamping the blog, but now let’s get back on track!
So I thought today would be a fun time to introduce a new section of my blog…Mommies are People. The thing is, THIS mommy is a little worse for the wear after a night out being “a person”. Which is why I’m going to persevere through this post to illustrate exactly what my new section is all about: being a mommy who is also, well, a person. It’s not easy, especially at the moment. I have a headache, the kids need baths, my son is crashing cars in the living room and my daughter is singing Beauty and the Beast on repeat. But with a Sippy Cup full of hair of the dog I think I can do this.
My husband and I were doers before we had kids. And by doers, I mean party animals. We love love love our friends and tend to have lots of invites and cool events to go to. Which was super easy before kids. Or at least easier. We were younger and our bodies bounced back quicker, we could sleep in (cue my husband rolling his eyes since I still sleep like a teenager until noon if someone lets me) and our budget wasn’t doubled to cover the babysitter. Hangovers were still rough, but they were kidless hangovers. Now as a mom, I realize I never appreciated how wonderful those hangovers actually were. They were luxurious, lazy hangovers with late brunches and early happy hours. They were filled with naps and mimosas and bad tv and were nothing short of awesome. Sigh. Hindsight is 20/20 my lovelies.
And now here we are, a million years older with two kids. And you know what? We STILL love going out. We are still “doers” and movers and shakers and have a fear of missing out and want to do it all. Which is impossible of course (and I wouldn’t change it for the world) but it takes work. When I was pregnant, my hubby and I made a pact. Or at least a loosely agreed upon plan that we hoped we’d stick to. The deal? One date night, one girl night and one boy night a week. Simply put, we go out together one night, I go out with the girls one night and vice versa. Again, another tall order, but one that we have really tried to keep up. And as bad as “the day afters” are sometimes, they are still totally worth it.
Last night we had dinner, just the two of us, and then headed to a friend’s 40th birthday celebration at one of our all time favorite haunts, The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. It was a blast. And a very late night. And we’re paying for it today. But I personally couldn’t live without it. I love that time to reconnect with my husband and have uninterrupted conversation. I love hanging with our awesome friends and playing shuffleboard and letting loose. It makes me happy. And occasionally hungover. But for me, it’s worth it.
Don’t worry. We’re actually quite responsible parents and are more or less bright eyed and ready for the day on a daily basis. Our kids are the bomb diggity and we absolutely love sharing this fabulous city and world with them. As you can see, many of my blog posts are dedicated to making their lives as magical as possible. I love being a mom. I loving making the mundane magical. I love this motherhood adventure. But. I also love my me time.
My new Mommies are People section is simply going to celebrate the joy of taking care of yourself. And taking the time and spending the money and doing what you need to do to be the best you and the best mom. It’s going to highlight some of my fave NYC joints, shows and events that don’t have a kids menu or a cartoon character. Once a month I’m also going to showcase one of my most admired moms doing what she does best. Being a person AND a mom. I’m constantly in awe of these women and what they contribute to our world. They are badasses.
The name Mommies are People pays homage to one of my all time favorite songs on the Free to be You and Me album. I probably listened to Parents are People 3657 times as a kid and that song always intrigued and inspired me. So here’s to us. To finding our bliss and changing the world. Oh. And the diapers.
“Yeah mommies can be almost anything they way to be…” ~ Parents are People, Free to be You and Me