I recently posted this photograph on my Instagram whereby Bobby – my seven-month-old son – and I simultaneously yawned after both having a big night.
Bobby had slept over at his Nanna’s house, while Mummy and Daddy went out for a ‘few’ Christmas drinks with friends.
You see, although it’s great that Bobby had some quality Nanna time, the very bitter-sweet reality with having children is that they always get given back, no matter how bad the hangover!
Approaching my first New Years Eve as a mum, it’s fair to say I was having very mixed emotions as to how I wanted to celebrate the year that was. It’s no longer a case of the ol’ attitude of, “I’ll be right…I’ll sleep-in til the afternoon,” or “I’ll just pull a sickie on Monday!”
I have a not-so-little baby who greeted me with his grunting first thing on New Year’s Day morning, which translates to, “Mum, I’m awake, feeeeeed meeee. Give me every inch of attention physically possible.”
So, I’m here to give my top 5 reasons why having a hangover with a baby is simply not worth it for me.
1. Instant regret sucks
Fast-forward after a night of drinking and freedom. I crawl into bed. My breath stinks and my teeth are furry. Dammit, I already struggle to find time to shower on a good day, so tomorrow I will smell. Bang. Regret.
My head is spinning and I watch the roof do circles above me. I envisage the challenges that lie before me in the morning when Bobby wakes…which is now in three hours to be exact. Bang. Regret.
2. I care about Bobby, but he doesn’t care about me.
The same baby who will shout for me at 7am for his breakfast is also the same baby who will want to climb, scratch, bounce and bite my poor, throbbing head all day. He will also want to squeal – because that’s Bobby’s new thing – all day, and pierce my extra-sensitive, hungover eardrums.