It could be a few weeks or months down the line, but your first evening out after having your baby will be one to remember – whether it’s because you had a brilliant time… or you fell asleep in a corner at 8pm. Enjoy!
In that delirious first-night-out-after-pay-day kind of way. You think you’ll have time for your make-up ritual, but by the time you’ve fed the baby and put him to bed, the taxi’s here – and a G&T’s calling. Image: Corbis
But also a bit nervous
Yep, this too. The thought of leaving your baby for the evening… *charges phone ready for hourly check-ins with sitter*.
Venue is key
Basically, somewhere with lots of seating. The days of loitering around a bar desperately trying to decide if that group is leaving the one and only table are firmly behind you. Especially since you've only had four hours sleep. Image: Corbis
Bars are actually kind of noisy
On second thoughts, maybe opt for the pub next time. Image: Corbis
Heels are fun
While they last – yours came off after 20 minutes. On that note, how totally impractical are clutch bags? Where to keep the breast pads? There's just no room. Image: Corbis
There’ll be a wardrobe moment
Yes, you felt self-conscious at first in that top you haven’t worn for ages, but you were in it. And bloody proud of it.
You’ll become a chatterbox
While you rallied your friends to join you, chatting to a stranger in the toilet queue (and showing her all your baby pics) was pretty fun. Grown-up conversations – woop! Image: Corbis
Lightweight is your new middle name
After cutting back on alcohol for months, one glass of wine went straight to your head. So, perhaps give the third Long Island Ice Tea a miss in future. Image: Corbis
Photos took on a new meaning
OK, they're less fun without your baby looking cute, but selfies take fewer attempts when you’re not juggling a little person in your other arm. Image: Corbis
Breast pads make an appearance
Mid-exchange with the mildly fit barman. Image: Corbis
Boys, boys, boys
Everywhere! After months of being around mainly women at your NCT groups and playdates, here you are – in mixed company!
Tiredness catches up on you
By about 9.30pm. It’s just those lounge sofas are so comfortable. Taxi! Image: Corbis
Groan. These days, there's no sleeping it off. Pass the paracetamol. Image: Corbis
You've never been so happy since you became a mum – and you love the precious time you spend with your little ones. But, now it's 8pm, they're in bed, and it's time to relax. Because this is what your day looked like…