Once Christmas is over, you are suddenly stuck in those few days of limbo where you are still wearing pyjamas in the afternoon and eating chocolates for dinner. Before you know it, your thoughts start to turn to the next milestone: New Year's Eve.
New Year's Eve is always a night full of anticipation where you are supposed to have elaborate plans or so many party invitations that you can't decide which to attend!
However, it is often a bit of an anti-climax and staying up until late is much more challenging than you remember. This only gets more noticeable once you are a new parent.
Paying a small fortune to get into a club then queuing for a taxi at 4am? Not these days!
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Okay, so you don’t have any glamorous events to go to. But as you see women tottering past, freezing half to death, you feel smug about your slipper socks and fleecy blanket situation.
3) Snug and smug
Once the kids are in bed you get ready for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Hair up, bra off and maybe some hand cream slathered on too.
4) Getting ready rituals
Forget party dresses and fake eyelashes, you put on trackies ready for your takeaway curry. And maybe the last few remaining Christmas chocolates. Or the leftover cheeseboard.
5) Dress for dinner
Given that you haven’t had to shell out for cab fares, event tickets or pay for drinks, it only seems wise to have a scour of the sales on your tablet…
7) Shopping from the sofa
You might not have a hangover but the chances are you will wake up on New Year’s Day, bleary eyed and in need of more sleep. Sadly no lie in is on the cards as you’ll be knee deep in Duplo by 7am.
9) Early start
On January 1st the only people you see before 4pm are dog walkers or fellow parents.
10) Kids = dogs
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